What I Believe

No, this isn't going to be a post about my spiritual thoughts or religion-based beliefs.
Well...you might get a taste of that, but not in the way that you think :)

I had this particular assignment in college (feels so weird to say that now that I'm done) that really stood out to me. My Intro to Advertising professor told us, "I want you to write down what you believe. Keep writing until I tell you to stop." It was difficult for me to get going, but once my pen hit the paper the words just kept flowing. This is a taste of what I believe:

I believe in loving out loud and loving without boundaries.
I believe doing whatever it takes to pursue your passions.
I believe in hugs from behind and kisses on the forehead.
I believe in laughing until you can't breathe.
I believe in choosing your battles wisely and being present in every moment.
I believe in a man opening the door for a woman, and the woman saying, "Thank you," while she grabs the next door for him.

I believe in sliding around on a tile floor in your socks.
I believe in calling in sick on a rainy day to stay in bed to cuddle or to read your favorite book (even if you've read it 100 times).
I believe in driving with the windows down while singing at the top of your lungs.
I believe in dessert before dinner.
I believe in finding joy through meeting the needs of others.
I believe in following your heart, even if people think you are crazy.

I believe in surprises.
I believe in doing without the fear of failing.
I believe in picking a flower and wearing it in your hair.
I believe that a smile from a stranger can turn your entire day around.
I believe that every single person is beautiful in their own way.
I believe that one person can make a difference.

While I was home sick the beginning of this weekend (thank you for the well wishes!) I did a whole lot of thinking/praying/reflecting. I am SO excited for what is to come the next few months. God is pretty incredible...that's all I'm gonna say for right now!

Oh and the winner of the $50 gift card to SwimSpot is....drum roll...
Congrats Samantha! I sent you an email!


And last order of business...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD :) I love you!



  1. I love this post! I believe in all of these, especially the one about the guy opening the door and the girl saying "thank you" while returning the favor. My husband still opens the door for me, car door, any door and it makes me feel special. Silly, I know :)
    Have a great day!


  2. I dig what you believe in. Sounds a lot like what I believe in too :)

  3. Happy birthday POPS!!!

    I love your statements girlie.. very positive and highlights the little things in life... or shall I say the LOVE LITTLE THINGS!! I totes believe in dessert before dinner myself... had to point that one out.

    I'm home sick NOW as my family just went home today from a weekend visit, but seriously after reading this list, it makes me smile, which I haven't been doing a lot of today. Thank you for sharing these things with us and helping us realize that this isn't IT especially if we don't want it to be... I believe in much more in life if you strive for it, and I believe in your friendship you let shine through your blog!!

    xoxo, Bev

  4. I love your list of "I believes" .. I think I'll have to do this in the near future, I hope that's okay :) Thanks for the inspiration, girlfriend! Have a wonderful Tuesday & Happy Birthday to your daddy! :)

  5. I teared up about 10 times throughout this post...I love this so much! Makes me happy. Thanks for the positivity, sweet girl. You are a blessing!!


    I am sooooo excited for you and your "cray cray" life!


  7. This is a wonderful post! Thanks so much for sharing. I second most of what you believe in. Do you think that you may do something similar to this for Smell the Roses? I've been reading your blog for a little while now, but just started my own and can't wait to participate.

  8. You and your dad are too cute! I DEFINITELY believe in dessert before dinner...and rainy sick days are the best :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  9. this is really sweet! i love this. it's kind of a fun assignment. i really believe in love and kindness myself and try and live that!

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

  10. Happy birthday, father LLT! ;-)

    I love this list, and I remember reading it when it was on your About page. What wonderful reminders to your readers. How lucky they are to have your blog to read every day!

    I love you, sister dear!

  11. Great post! I love your blog and I'm your newest follower! hope you can check me out as well! : )


  12. I love this post because I believe in all of these things as well... What a wonderful way to inspire others.

    And you favor your dad a little. Happy Birthday to him!

    Sarah @ Crazy Beautiful Life

  13. I love this post. We have so much in common!

    Your dad looks like a fun guy! Happy birthday to him!

    Glad you're feeling better :)

  14. lovely :) love your heart!

  15. I loved this post! This should be a STR challenge!!
    Happy birthday to your pa! Hope you have a great day!
    Happy Tuesday!

  16. okay i love this post. you and i have a lot in common :) also, you and your dad are ADORABLE. i love that pic!

  17. I really loved this post, it made me smile. So many good thoughts! :)

  18. just came across your blog, really enjoying it :) and, being 5"1 myself, I automatically feel a special kinship with you, lol. will be following your blog fo sho! xo


  19. I love this post! And I definitely agree with you...dessert before dinner is always a good idea :)



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