This is what I look like this morning.
Recognize the tee?
If you answered NO then you must get thy arse to the movie Funny People PRONTO.
At least I think you should as, if you HEART the Rogan & the Apatow as I do, you shall adore it.
But I digress.
Today I am officially forty years and two months old.
What does that mean?
Not a whole heck of a lot except I inexplicably received this birthday gift in the mail a few days ago.
Gift receipt. Birthday wishes. No name!
As a result, Ive been on a rampage of making my I(n) R(eal) L(ife) friends fashion their own six word memoirs for me.
It’s amazing how difficult it is to construct a memoir (of love or otherwise) in only six words and yet how revealing the short staccato sentences can be.
A friend (age peer) who requested anonymity emailed me this:
I lost my confidence at twenty.
Another, who is blog-free but didn’t ask to be anonymous, emailed me this short statement:
I discovered my sanity in clay. Sarah
(Im not sure it bears clarification but she meant pottery and not Aiken)
So that’s what’s on my mind this First Person Friday.
The powerful nature of very few words.
Im keeping this post short & ending by sharing MY six word amore-memoir:
met love on bus with Mounds™
Please, should you feel motivated, hit us all up in the comments with your six words.
memoirs of life. musings on love. or simply six words you choose for this day to capture whom you strive to be.
(oh, and should you be the one who sent me the gift/have any idea whom it might be please to hit me up in the comments with that as well.)
Jen, a priorfatgirl saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 2:22 am
Wow, so many words, how to squeeze it into 6 short words? I’m gonna try though:
“prior fat girl till the end
“Prior fat girl paying it forward.”
Have a good weekend Miz!
Michelle saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 2:37 am
Believing in and loving myself everyday!
Ash saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 2:37 am
Eyes up, see in, heart out
moonduster (Becky) saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 2:50 am
Has courage to live her dreams
Lance saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 3:29 am
Live, love, laugh, leave a legacy…
Nan saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 3:32 am
You can’t leave us hanging with that 🙂
I run I play I laugh
Fat[free]Me saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 3:36 am
under construction: body, mind and spirit
Tammy saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 3:53 am
(I want that tee!)
Sister Friend Mother Daughter Woman POWER.
Evan saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 4:14 am
Miz where is the shirt from.
(Get it? six words still? :))
Yum Yucky saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 4:16 am
I Finally Know Who I Am
(at age 36)
Cammy@TippyToeDiet saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 4:22 am
It hurt, but I kept going.
Hanlie saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 4:26 am
I overcome and grow every day.
Mary saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 4:26 am
I hadn’t heard of this before!
(OOPS that isn’t my memoir)
Painting praying loving longing strength success.
Diane Fit to the Finish saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 4:46 am
Never easy but always worth it.
Andy saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 5:12 am
Life change small steps it’s hard.
I really liked Funny People too.
Where is the tee from?
Miz saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 5:13 am
ROUGH MORNING Tornado rebelling send help.
The tee is from PopJudaica.com
Andrew(AJH) saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 5:26 am
I lost weight and gained life.
Mara @ What's for Dinner? saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 5:29 am
Was bullied, so I teach now.
It’s the story of my life, seriously. I was über-bullied in middle school, made fun of, beaten up, you name it… I sought solace with a select handful of teachers who showed me how wonderful people can be, and I made the decision to be a teacher so that I can be that person for other kids.
Alice saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 5:30 am
Even when it’s hard, love yourself.
Alex saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 5:31 am
Paralyzed by fear. I’m now free.
Fab Kate saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 5:32 am
Finding heart in the little things.
Lesli saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 5:34 am
Have a good weekend Miz.
Thank you for all your encouragement.
Amanda, another priorfatgirl saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 5:36 am
share your love; don’t be afraid.
South Beach Steve saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 5:40 am
new life began in July 2009
Samantha saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 5:42 am
Tying a knot always hanging on.
Samantha saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 5:44 am
I just saw your tweet.
I hope your morning is getting better.
Amy H. saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 6:10 am
I ate two muffins this morning. OR
I can’t think of anything profound.
Lynn Haraldson-Bering saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 6:11 am
Oooo!! You know how I love word play (and haikus).
This is the mood I’ve been in lately:
I love chocolate, hence I exercise
But as a memoir:
Found my missing pieces at 128
Ron saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 6:14 am
Today it is
Help me make it through today
BeckStein saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 6:14 am
I breathe music, love, passion, life
Sagan saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 6:14 am
That is an awfully sweet gift.
Nightmares kept me up all night.
My life is a wondrous gift.
I’m talking in 6’s all day.
Dana saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 6:16 am
I’m so saddened by your friend’s memoir, Miz.
What a terrible thing.
I find inspiration all around me.
Miz saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 6:17 am
I’m talking in 6’s all day.
SAGAN? That made me laugh as all morning Ive been doing it in my head as well…
Gigi saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 6:20 am
Lost in woods, still moving forward.
Kimberly Lee saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 6:22 am
It is hard to sum one’s life up in a mere 6 words. But here is my attempt:
Life, love, future – found at home.
the Bag Lady saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 6:32 am
“I would do it ALL again!”
And the Bag Lady needs some help. Please to come to her blog and answer her question…. ‘kay?
Bek saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 6:48 am
Expected a grand adventure…got one!
Leah J. Utas saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 6:53 am
I have trouble with the six-word thing. I have been thinking about it off and on for quite a while.
Best I can do right now:
I came. I saw. I tried.
charlotte saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 7:00 am
It’s like Haiku but easier! Wait, that’s not six words. Maybe it’s not so easy. How about this:
My life should be sketch comedy.
“I’ma gonna let you finish but…”
Gena saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 7:00 am
Addicted to coffee, dependent on TUMS.
Or at least that’s what I’ve had up on my facebook for the past year. I’ve got the lingering effects from a migraine preventing me from being clever this morning.
Fitarella saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 7:02 am
Have to think about it, will be back later.
Miz saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 7:06 am
Charlotte you’re mean! You knew I just got Gold Digger outta my head 😉
BL? I’ll be over when I’m home!
jill saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 7:20 am
So Many Regrets, Yet I’m Happy
Jill saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 7:40 am
Thinking of my family:
The Youngest Is Now The Strongest.
(and I don’t mean physically)
Andrea@WellnessNotes saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 7:42 am
Am what I want to be.
Eva saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 8:05 am
How could you not pick:
You are what you repeatedly do.
erin saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 8:21 am
How funny you don’t know who sent the book! My husband and I received a wedding gift that to this day we do not know who gave it to us!
My memoir: Found Jesus, found love, lost weight. 🙂
MizFit saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 8:23 am
and you KNOW I thought the end of you comment was going to be, Erin, that it was from you!
Runeatrepeat saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 9:01 am
Redhead – runs, eats. Still has booty.
Marisa (Trim The Fat) saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 9:28 am
As someone reminded me this morning…
Slow and steady wins the race 🙂
Hang in there, Miz – I feel ya – BELIEVE me! Got my own tiny tornado and unfortunately, there’s no hiding in the basement 🙂
Geosomin saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 9:44 am
eyes wide open, heart on fire
Arzu saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 9:45 am
I will never give up trying.
Pippa saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 9:48 am
I am my own deepest delight.
That might sound narcissistic, but it is something I am learning this year. If I don’t delight in myself, who will? If I don’t change my life to create delight in it, who will? Nobody knows as well as I what the things are I delight in, and I need those things on a daily basis! So I need to create them myself.
Destination Athlete saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 9:54 am
I am stronger than I think.
Alyssa saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 9:57 am
(I also saw a man in Starbucks the other day wearing a t-shirt that said “Just Do It…Tomorrow.” Made me laugh.)
Also, wanted to wish you, Ren Man and the Tornado a Happy new year!!!!!
Mallory saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 10:01 am
I liked this one by Cammy@TippyToeDiet, “It hurt, but I kept going.”
Make a plan and execute it.
Crabby McSlacker saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 10:10 am
Even lazy whiners get lucky!
suzanne saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 10:12 am
Be healthy, be strong, love life!
tricia2 saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 10:19 am
I am good enough right now.
Lori saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 10:24 am
Radiance is marrying my best friend
Marianne saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 10:27 am
Oh yes I did…so there!
Teresa saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 10:29 am
Take one day at a time.
That’s what I live by, because you never know what the day has in store. I try to take it as it comes and not dwell on my mistakes. Always looking forward. (Most of the time) I’m not perfect. 🙂
Patty saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 10:39 am
I love this idea!
I believe in me. I matter.
Met partner in bar. Love flowed.
Quix saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 11:00 am
eyes wide open, heart on fire <— love this one.
I am extremely verbose, and would have a hard time with a one PARAGRAPH memoir, but here’s mine for what I’m feeling right now:
Everyday is a chance to conquer.
Happy new year and happy weekend!
Shannon Fab Fattie saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 11:03 am
I have been here all along
Shannon Fab Fattie saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 11:05 am
Sorry to double comment but that felt powerful! All teary eyed and shiz, thanks Miz Fit, XO!
Janet saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 11:14 am
Breathe deep. Laugh much. BE PRESENT 🙂
deb saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 11:25 am
The student became the teacher.
(So many times.)
Pain now, Better Future Because.
(on my miscarriage, bad hormonal reaction and choice to be sterilized before having children.)
Loving someone is never wrong. Maybe.
(no explanation needed).
Dance is physical expression of emotion.
It never hurts to hug someone.
I could do these all day!
Jill saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 11:26 am
Girl, you started something for me! I’ve been 6-wording all morning long, some serious, some not-so-much:
More in love now than before.
Recognizing myself in the mirror again.
Elliptical kills me, makes me strong
Don’t bully me; am tough b*tch! 🙂
Coffee is good, ‘ritas are better
Cocky country boy melts my butter!
I could go on and on with this I’m afraid, but I’ll just stop there! Happy Weekend!
MizFit saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 11:28 am
yep. Ive been doing this all freakin day in my head and now Im off to a playdate with the Tornado.
Must. Speak. In. Full. Sentences.
(or not. either way :))
Kerri. saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 11:30 am
Despite my disease, I remain whole.
Pubsgal saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 11:45 am
The shortest comments ever from Pubsgal:
Met for coffee, still going strong
(Life at present)
Getting diabetes revealed my inner badass.
Missed that right turn at Albequerque….
Pubsgal saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 11:46 am
(Am loving these, by the way!)
Dinneen | Eat Without Guilt saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 12:00 pm
Inspiring others feeds my soul.
(okay, that’s technically only 5 words…)
Jody - Fit at 51 saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 12:03 pm
Happy New Year, Carla! I know this year will bring you all you deserve! Thx for the great post!
I keep trying to find me
Meredith (Pursuing Balance) saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 12:18 pm
I have come a long way.
Shelley B saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 12:36 pm
Sh*tty day at work – leave there.
Sorry, it’s one of *those* days where I want to quit my job and find somebody to give me money for working out. That could happen, right???
Camevil saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 12:44 pm
Paid her dues before age 40.
LND saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 1:02 pm
Still Learning. Still Fighting. Always Growing.
Life Power Words: Fierce, Relentless, Fighter.
Drizzly, rainy day. Love makes better.
Sometimes the teacher. Mostly the student.
(Wow, I could go on all day!)
Dr. J saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 1:39 pm
For a second there, I thought it was Tim Tebow!
Keep on keepin on keeping on!
GeorgiaMist saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 2:05 pm
Six word memoir: Discovering a much happier, courageous me!
Mary Meps saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 2:06 pm
We are all made of stars. 🙂
Felice saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 4:50 pm
Love Mounds. Bought one yesterday, actually, after not having one for ages and ages. Haven’t eaten it yet, though. (What am I waiting for?!?!)
Keep on running. Strong and happy.
bunnygirl saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 5:04 pm
I love your shirt, and I’m not even Jewish!
Angela saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 6:52 pm
Looking back no more, going forward.
Hoping in God’s good, perfect plan.
Learning from the past without regrets.
Looking to the future with hope.
No to m&m’s, yes to barre.
Lean, tone body here I come!
With that, my words are done!
Jodi Jones saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 7:53 pm
After running into an ex boyfriend or important old friend…
Great! I have broccoli in teeth!
On my way to something of worth…
Stain on shirt, always on boob.:o(
From my 3 yo after failing to adequately dress him properly…
Mommie is lame, but love anyway!
These truly sum me up…LOL:o)
s saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 8:02 pm
wow, these are all pretty great.
here’s one i thought of offhand.
studying the brain keeps me sane.
Kel saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 9:48 pm
Lotsa good ones; read them all.
Found what I’ve been looking for.
Michelle @ A Shade of Gray saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm
I *love* Yum Yucky’s:
“I Finally Know Who I Am”
Hmmm, 6 words huh?
I feel grateful every single day.
Mikela saysSeptember 18, 2009 at 10:31 pm
Went to dinner with friends tonight and the topic of conversation? Memoir in six words! Much fun.
Rusty: family friends service love environment communication
Linda: music love fair equitable enthusiastic family
Hugh: Linda, I love you, I do.
Me: I have had a happy life!
Thanks for a thought provoking topic.
FLG saysSeptember 19, 2009 at 3:28 am
Wow. Six words…
There’s always time, till there’s not.
I need to remember that.
Tom saysSeptember 19, 2009 at 5:10 am
Today is IT. No more excuses.
Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) saysSeptember 19, 2009 at 6:56 am
Still laughing over Clay Aiken comment.
Hmm, 6 words for today…
Will the sun ever come out?
That’s all I got for a Saturday morning at 8 AM.
You met the Ren Man on a bus? With a Mounds bar? I like it. 🙂
RA saysSeptember 19, 2009 at 8:02 am
Mornings suck, bring me coffee now!
Every day is challenging – Bring IT!
My life rocks, I give thanks
Very cool Miz…you kick A**
Diana saysSeptember 19, 2009 at 12:09 pm
Found my voice at minus seventy.
Translation: after losing 70 pounds I found I could speak in front of groups without freaking out about it. I didn’t think they were looking at my fat anymore, but were actually listening to me. Guess it’s not a very good memoir if I have to explain it. 🙂
Love this post. Love you.
Cynthia (It All Changes) saysSeptember 19, 2009 at 12:18 pm
God’s work is my work.
Its my job obviously but I also believe taking care of myself mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically is God’s desire for my life as well.
Patty saysSeptember 19, 2009 at 12:22 pm
Where is the shirt from??
I want one for my husband!
Joy saysSeptember 19, 2009 at 3:35 pm
So many great responses. I’ve been mulling it over for a while, but am stumped.
So many ideas, so few words.
But, in the spirit of what I was taught to say when asked a question I couldn’t answer, I’m going to have to go with:
Don’t know yet, but I will.
Merry saysSeptember 19, 2009 at 5:16 pm
I love all these comments – and I’m impressed that they can be squeezed into six words.
Lazy by nature; must walk dog.
Hmmmn… this requires some more pondering.
Hillary saysSeptember 19, 2009 at 8:24 pm
i have never felt good enough
Jamie saysSeptember 20, 2009 at 8:38 am
Not sure 23 is a good time to write a memoir. So consider this more motto than memoir.
I will always do better.
If I can say (in 20 years) that I have always striven to be better, I think I’ll be happy with the way I lived my life.
Lisa Epstein saysSeptember 20, 2009 at 10:41 am
1- Happy new year!
2 – i didn’t send you the gift but wish i had
3 – i wish life had a manual
4- have missed you!
Lynn C saysSeptember 20, 2009 at 6:29 pm
Walking sixty miles; Love my Mom.
Michelle Smiles saysSeptember 21, 2009 at 11:48 am
Started slow but hit my stride.
Becky saysSeptember 21, 2009 at 5:08 pm
I am finally catching up on all of last week’s blogs…
Drink beer, eat food, exercise, repeat.
Mary :: A Merry Life saysSeptember 23, 2009 at 10:51 am
Nothing lasts forever; I changed everyday.
FatFighterTV saysSeptember 24, 2009 at 8:27 pm
What goes around comes around baby (added the “baby” to make it six words) 🙂