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What I Like About You. Yes YOU! - Outside The Box

What I Like About You. Yes YOU!

What I Like About You.  Yes YOU!

Now that we have said goodbye to 2013 and have welcomed in 2014 I sort of feel like I should be writing some kind of New Years post.  A year in review.  A list of resolutions that I won’t keep.  You know, that sort of thing.  I’ve thought about it.  What to write that won’t bore us all. But instead I’ve decided to take a different, and hopefully more entertaining and inspiring approach.

2013 was a big year.  But really aren’t they all?  When’s the last time you thought hey that was a pretty easy/boring/uneventful year?  Each one of them presents us with new challenges.  Good and bad.  When I look back over the year that was I could write pages and pages about the things that happened. I have a three year old so, honestly, there’s a book right there. But the more I reflect on 2013 the more I keep coming back to the people in my life and how their words and actions impacted me.

The relationships we have go a long way in shaping who we are and the decisions we make. Those relationships can bring us joy, pain, wisdom and insight. They teach us how to love, how to be patient, how to have compassion.  They allow us to see a reflection of what we want to be or sometimes just the opposite. Good or bad, short or life long – there is almost always something positive we can gain from the people that have come into our lives.

What I Like About You

You make me laugh.  Seriously laugh. Spit wine out my nose kind of laugh.

You reinforced the stock I put in trusting my own instincts.

You are grace personified.

You reminded me that not everyone has ulterior motives.  That there are people that are truly genuine and kind.

You taught me that it’s not impossible to make a second impression after all.  That you really can’t judge a book by it’s cover and some people are worth a second look.

You are a vixen.  A naughty, naughty vixen. With a heart of pure gold.

You reminded me was it was like to have a “bestie”.  That person (besides my spouse) that I can divulge anything and everything to with complete trust and with no fear of judgement.

You  are courageous and brave. I admire your strength more than I can begin to tell you.

You are beautiful, inside and out.  I know you forget that sometimes.  I’m going to keep reminding you.

You have an amazing smile.

You are a great listener.

You never give up.

You can almost always find something nice to say about people.

Your laugh is contagious.

You stand up for what you believe in.  But not in a manner that belittles what other’s believe in.

You are not afraid to be you.  Because you know that who you are is more than good enough.

You reminded me that self worth is not measured by the number of people who like you. It’s about quality not quantity.

You give great hugs.

You showed me that fierce does’t always mean powerful.

You are honest.

You are you!



This article has 6 comments

  1. Happy New Year, Shayna! What a thoughtful post. It makes me want to be a better person in 2014 so that I can positively impact those around me, including YOU!!! xoxo
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  2. Shayna, this was a great read. I miss seeing you and Chris and Molly. I feel bad that Life, Work and simple timing has kept us apart for so long. I miss spending time in the shop helping out. You all make me feel like family when I'm around…I thought about you all on New Year's Eve, remembering the last time I was there with Mary-Ellen. Miss you guys…. Hope to see you soon.
    – DP

    • Thank you Doug.  We think of you often.  I also have a container full of cabbage rolls in the freezer with your name on them!!

  3. I heard a great saying once… we're born alone. we die alone. any (valuable) relationships we have in-between are gravy. Well, I made the gravy part up because I can't remember what they said but you get my drift. Both of us are so lucky to have such great people in our lives. Here's to many more years. Besos, Sarah
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  4. I'll cheer to the people in our life and life in our people 😉 

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