Finish This… #1: Grown-ups, being one-of-a-kind, Spanx, traditions, bedtime habits, and happiness.

By January 8, 2014 finish this...

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1. I first felt like a grown-up…
Grown-up? I’m only five feet tall. I’m not sure I’ll ever feel like a grown-up. Maybe yesterday when I managed to I survive the polar vortex with just my usual winter accessories and an extra coat of lipstick. Or it could have been the day I ripped out the mirror and the medicine cabinet in my bathroom the first day I owned my condo…and then replaced both of them all by myself. Perhaps it was the day I packed up my stuff and moved to Virginia Beach on a random Tuesday or six weeks later when I rented my first apartment.

Nope. I’ve got it. It was one day a few years ago. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny morning, and I was driving to work with the windows open. I was wearing a lovely outfit. My hair looked good. My makeup looked good. Everything at work was going well. I had a great boyfriend and a handful of awesome friends. I wasn’t stressed out about money. I had gone running the night before and gotten up early enough to eat breakfast before work. One of my favorite songs came on the radio. I really had it together that day. (Or at least that morning. Who knows what happened after that.)

I imagine that day felt a little like this.

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2. I am one-of-a-kind because…
…I am a wealth of contradictions. I am realistic and imaginative; silly and serious; outgoing and introverted; confident and self-conscious; anxious and fearless; happy and nostalgic; coordinated and clumsy; wordy and articulate; organized and messy; put-together and casual; smart and naive; deadline-oriented and prone to procrastination; good at a lot of things and easily bored of them; attentive and careless; genuine and sarcastic; calculated and compulsive; thoughtful and blunt; talkative and shy; self-assured and worried what others think; creative and technical; strategic and spontaneous; conservative and uncensored; argumentative and non-confrontational; a great storyteller and a horrible liar; detail-oriented and able to see the big picture. I’m sure I could come up with hundreds more pairs of opposites, but I think you get the point.

I’m also the only person I know who still wears Hawaiian shirts from high school and isn’t afraid to pair them with a leopard-print belt. Come to think of it, I think I’ve worn a leopard-print belt every day for the last three-and-a-half months with everything from plaid to gingham to stripes and prints and polka dots and green velour pants. Does that make me one-of-a-kind, too?

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3. Spanx is…
…not something that should be worn as shown by some random individual in this photo taken by me at PURE Nightclub in Las Vegas, May 2010.

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4. My favorite family tradition…
…is Christmas Eve at my grandparents’ house. It was my favorite tradition in elementary school when I had to write a paper about one, and it remains my favorite today. I love having the opportunity to catch up with all my aunts and uncles and cousins at least once a year.

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5. The last thing I do before bed is…
Put my phone on the charger and tell one of my cats to stay the hell away from my pillows. (This one is particularly sneaky.)

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6. Happiness is…
When all the little things seem to go right — one after another for an extended period of time. Or when that fails, a sun-drenched day spent basking in the shade of a colorful umbrella on a sandy beach while listening to my favorite music, sipping an ice cold drink, and reading a fabulous book.

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Prompts for Week Two (January 15)
1. If I could make anything grow on trees, it would be…
2. I can’t stop smiling…
3. I get back to nature by…
4. I dread washing…

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