*8Things: Promises to Myself

8things from Magpie Girl This week’s *8 Things is brought to you by Chan, self-professed  “life-a-holic”  who responded to my Ask Magpie request with the simple phrase “things you promise yourself.” Not things you promise your kids, or our spouse, or your mother.  Just those things you promise yourself.

Usually my *8 Things list rolls of my tongue, but this one was a bit tricky. How about you? Is it easy or tough to come up with *8 Things you promise your own baby soul?  Here’s what I finally came up with:

1. To stay in the room with my current meanie Gremlin (Food) until I get the upper hand, or we make peace, whichever comes first.
2. To never succumb to my illness.
3. To be okay with a certain lack of depth.
4. to embrace whimsy.
5. to not be beholden to the tyranny of proper grammar. (tru dat!)
6. to be madly in love with the bohemian ideal:


7. to be okay with underachievement.
8. to never stop writing.

What are your *8 Things? Grab a button and play along. Oh, and don’t forget to put the link to your list in the comments below. Cheers!

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Jennifer May 21, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Monkey Mind. I have that book…what is it called? It escapes me.

Anna May 21, 2009 at 2:08 pm
Kristin May 21, 2009 at 3:19 pm

This really inspires me to make a list of my own promises. I have no idea yet what I’d put on it.

I’m curious about number 3. Can you say more?

KnittingJourneyman May 21, 2009 at 4:03 pm

This is the first time I’ve played-and I love this.
Thank you for making me say out loud the things floating through my brain-maybe now I will REALLy take heed of everything.

Chana May 21, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Glad I was able to inspire this :)

When I saw your tweet, my eyes fell on the journal open on my desk. I had written on top of the page, “I promise” and then I made a list of things I promised myself. I have been going through a very difficult time lately, supporting someone close to me through a major life crisis. So my list was: chocolate, flowers, naps, pastels, ice cream, hot cocoa. (And yes, I did give myself all of that.)

On a deeper level, at the core of what I promise myself is that I won’t abandon myself, despite being abandoned and betrayed by others.

Tori May 22, 2009 at 12:05 am

This is my first time playing along too, it’s fun! It was definitely worth writing down these things.

Bethany May 22, 2009 at 8:03 am

I’m not sure I’ve told you yet, but I love your 8 Things posts. Something about my raging infatuation with lists… I dunno. :) I would be very interested to hear more about #1 on this one, how you are able to make peace with the food gremlin. I think a lot of us can relate.
(P.S. – I keep forgetting to let you know when I update my blog, but I have a couple of new posts up this week. Have you tried out Google Reader before?)

Rachelle May 22, 2009 at 9:06 am

On Number 3: I am a fairly intense person, and I try to think deeply and well about any number of things. But I know loads of folks who are more intense and serious than me. When I’m with them I sometime feel like a flibberdigibbet.

Once in my former writing group, one of the women was feeling quite worn down from the intensity of some things she was processing. She said something like “Well, I guess it’s just the season of going deep. But I wonder, in a society where most people live about here (holding her hand mid forehead), how deep do I really need to go?!?” We all cracked up.

Maybe another way of talking about it is to refer to the great This American Life Espisode, “What I Learned from Television” in it the narrarator says “I was one of those people who would say things like “Well, I enjoy NOVA.” Then he had to watch a bunch of TV for a story and he kinda fell in love with America’s Funniest Home Videos. But he laughed until tears rolled down his face.

A certain lack of depth is good for the soul. :-)

Rachelle May 22, 2009 at 9:09 am

On Number One: So, I decided to start working on food issues with my life coach, the amazing Jena Strong of Strong Coaching. (Hire her, fuh sure!) The minute we looked at the issue, I realized Food was a great big bully in my life — and not one I could leave behind, because how can you NOT have a relationship with food? We aren’t sure what to do next so I’m sitting in a room with this enormous gremlin. It’s a round room with only one door and he’s in front of the door just kind of goofily squating there, staring me down. I’m sitting on the floor staring him down. Sooner or later we’ll figure something out. — And of course, when I do, there will be blogging! :-)

P.s. Bethany, I tried Google Reader but it’s so un-pretty I just can’t bear it! Oh the silliness of me! Off to check out your posts…mwah.

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