Feelgood Friday: It’s my blog and I’ll post what I want to

Naturally, today’s blog title is meant to be sung to the tune of one particularly famous Cyndi Lauper song (in your head if you’re a normal person, out loud as you type it if you’re me.) Heh.

So I could spend this post detailing out the nutritional black hole that was my day yesterday (bagel & cream cheese for breakky, chicken wrap & chips for lunch, food court Japanese bento box for dins if you were wondering) and how Harry Potter really was just as good the fourth time around. Or I could spend this post talking about how I clearly had forgotten what it is like to have a puppy in your home (though I maintain that Daxter was never this much work. My brother disagrees.) All I know is that you owe me big time, sister dearest.

So cute. So. Much. Energy.

Instead, I’m going to do this 5 Things post that Laura tagged me in. Yes, I realize that I literally just did one of these kinda things with my 7 Links post, but hey, it seemed to get a good response from you guys! Plus, it’s Friday and maybe someone out there could use a pick-me-up on this incredibly humid morning (seriously. It’s like walking into a swamp. WTF DC?) And lastly, and you may have already caught onto this because you are so very clever and that’s why I love you, it’s my blog. I get to post what I want to. Heehee.

Five source

So the idea is that I post five things that I love about myself (it’s hard to narrow it down that much, I know. HA!) They can be physical (toned arms!), mental (brilliant at math), emotional (supportive), totally random (makes perfectly symmetrical pankcakes) or anything else. Then I tag five other bloggers to do the same. Then you all reflect and comment on something that you love about yourself! And then we all bask in the glow of self-confidence and mutual acceptance (hence the whole “Feelgood Friday” thing.) And we kick off the weekend the right way. Sounds good? I think it sounds good.

Gretchen’s 5:

Big Sand Bucket
photo by ben powell

1. I love my sense of humor. I know that some of you might not agree (what sense of humor?) but I think I’m funny, dammit! After all, “if you can’t laugh at yourself, life’s going to seem a whole lot longer than you’d like.” (Garden State)

2. I actually kind of love that I’m such an emotional person. I mean, I know that most people wouldn’t really consider this to be a great trait, considering that I cry at the drop of a hat and have the thinnest skin ever (never be mean to me, k guys? Hahaha.) but it’s really something I’m trying to embrace. I’m a sensitive person. As much as I’ve tried in the past, this is something that I am never going to be able to change. And I’m finally realizing that I might not want to. Being this way is how I’ve gotten a lot of my strengths: empathy, honesty, and fiercely caring for my friends & family. But it also forces me to try to overcome some of my weaknesses, like being overly sensitive, defensive, and inappropriately emotional (hello crying at work!) I’m a work in progress, what can I say?

3. Let’s get vain: I love my eyes. They’re the most Asian part of me (perhaps the only Asian part of me — thanks DAD.) and so sue me, I think they’re pretty. Almond-shaped, deep-brown, small and evenly set.

Β photo by ben powell

4. Let’s get vainer (is that a word?): I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been kinda digging my legs lately. This is NEVER something I would have been able to say a year ago. I used to avoid shorts like the plague, but I’m definitely coming around to them. Okay, so maybe what I lack in Asianness, I get to make up for in long leggedness (thanks Dad!)


5. What else could this end with? I love that I’ve lost 56 pounds! I know I talk a lot about how I still have a ways to go, that I’m not at my goal yet, blahblahblah. While that is still true, I’m not done losing weight and I’m not at my “happy weight” or “healthy weight” or whatever-you-want-to-call-it weight yet, I think that sometimes I fixate so much on losing more than I forget to celebrate how much I’ve already lost, and how far I’ve already come.

So there you have it! So time for me to tag some others:

Jennifer @ A Knack for Nutrition
Erin @ The Part-Time Writer
Casey @ Hippie Health Nut
Bailey @ Bailey’s Belly Battle
Melissa @ The Journey to Marvelous

What do you love about yourself?


  1. I think I love you.
    The end.

    • I KNOW I love you.
      But as you can see above, lover, the real question is: what do you love about YOURSELF? πŸ˜€

  2. Gracesays:

    I love your #2 because that is exactly the biggest thing that I love about myself – my sensitivity. Sure it’s awkward that I can burst into tears by just watching commercials or when I would cry at work…. and when I was younger, I was annoyingly oversensitive (and probably still struggle with that in some ways). A lot of people have given me a hard time about this side of me, but I’ve come to not only accept this about myself, but even embrace it! Empathy is a gift, not a curse.

    You’re so lucky to have long legs. I’m tall, but it’s because I have a long torso. It would be more useful to have long legs, certainly. πŸ™‚

    • Ahhh, I’m so glad to know I’m not alone in being a huge emotional mess sometimes. And that I will potentially grow out on my over-sensitivity/defensiveness… I hope?

  3. I love that I am emotional too. I cry at kodak commercials for crying out loud! But I think that just makes me funnier because I can laugh at myself after Ive spent ten minutes crying because that grown up kid came home to his sweet golden retriever after his year of college! Oh man, I dig it.

  4. Gretchen I love that you love how emotional you are — I am very emotional as well. I cry when I’m happy, when I’m sad, when I’m mad, etc.

    What do I love about myself — I am extremely loyal and will stick with my family/friends no matter what.

  5. Aw, great post! Seriously…you have beautiful eyes, my friend; and your sense of humor is totally why I wanted to room with you. Haha! I love this post and thanks for passing the torch.

  6. I am so happy we are friends and will soon be real life friends. This post rocks my socks off. I love that you are so honest about yourself. Plus, Japenese bento boxes are the bomb.com.

  7. Great post! It is hard sometimes to come up with 5, but if we all did this, I think the world would be a happier place!! Thanks for spreading the sunshine! πŸ™‚

  8. Ai Reisays:

    I most definitely think that you are funny! I mostly love the times when you say “I crack myself up!”.
    I have to tip my hat off to you for liking your legs. I’ve never been able to say that about myself, so good for you for not only saying it, but meaning it.

  9. I love love love this post! And I love that you’re emotional. Nothing has ever been as frustrating to me throughout my life as people who don’t FEEL.

    One other thing I love about you is how excited and open you are about what you like! I can definitely see the time when I would have been a complete closet ‘Pretty Little Liars’ fan, for instance (btw did you watch this week’s ep?! OMG!!!), and it’s only been in the past five years or so that I’ve started thinking “You know what? I like what I like! Everyone has different tastes and that’s okay!” This might be a strange thing to love about someone, but I think it’s fabulous! So keep being awesome!

    I’ll have to write my “5 Things” post soon!

    <3 E

  10. Michaelasays:

    great things you love about yourself!!
    Your legs are great!! Mine are unfortunately not very beautiful (thanks grandmom…), but at least they are healthy and I can walk a thousand miles with them πŸ™‚ And I love my scars on them.
    What I love about myself… Physical facts for a start: My blue eyes and my red and curly hair, in general, I think I have a beautiful face, very symmetric, which I like. Although I am not skinny, I am well proportioned and yeah, I just look like a woman πŸ˜‰ I also love my sense of humor and the fact that I can laugh about myself. I love, that I am determined and energetic and an optimist. Yep, I really do love myself πŸ™‚
    Hurray to ourselves and our beauty, inside out πŸ™‚

  11. Jen robinsonsays:

    Yes I do owe you for Oreo but he is so darn cute! Maybe Daxter brings out the worst in him! :-p ok in the spirit of the post I like my Asian-ness, which is something I couldn’t have said when I was younger and just wanted to be 5’6″, blond and blue eyed!

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  12. YAyyyyyyy!!! So glad you joined in on the fun and the positive hippie drum circle full of looooooove. Hah. You do have pretty killer legs, girl.

  13. I love this post! I think you’re damn funny. Also, I’m incredibly emotional as well and I love it. I’d rather have too many emotions than too few πŸ™‚

  14. Dude. “If you can’t laugh at yourself, life is going to seem a whole lot LONGER than you’d like.” I think it’s time you rewatch this amazing movie.

  15. I love your sense of humor! thats one of th reason I love your blog!and you have seen harry potty 4 times!?!?! lucky!

  16. I love that I accept Plan B… as it is usually the route I seem to take lately. Although not always in stride… sigh!
    Have a great long weekend!

  17. I’m jealous of the Asian-ness of your Whasian blend – the eyes are fab. I am Whasian, but only in last name. My asian is completely nonexistent, and coincidentally, so is my white – or at least what my blonde haired, green eyed mom looked like.
    Your legs rock. As does losing the weight. Love it.

  18. Keithsays:

    By the way, I don’t know if Cindi Lauper did a version, but the original of It’s My Party, was by Leslie Gore back in the early 60’s! I like that you have seriously come to like yourself!!

  19. I love these posts, although I found mine extremely difficult to write. It’s kind of weird, I actually picked 3 of the same traits as you did.

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