Friday, December 11, 2009

I Heart...

I recently received the I Heart Me award, which requires you to list 10 things you love about yourself. Now, I know that I post outfits and stuff about my life on this blog but believe me, I am not narcissistic. I won't hesitate to list off things I don't like about myself or list off things that need improvement - I can rhyme 'em off like a grocery list, but ask me to list what I love about myself I get sarcastic or I'll say something in jest. I think in a lot of ways, we can be really hard on ourselves. We see the good in others and let their positive traits outshine their flaws, but when it comes to ourselves, at least for me, I hesitate. 

But then I read the words Sher included in her post regarding this award, "Hope...this award...reminds you just how completely unique and special you are. There is no one in the world just like you!" And it reminded me, we all have our little things that make us, us. Little things that we do or have learned to appreciate about ourselves, little things that those we love, appreciate in us. Thank you, Sher. It still took me an hour some time to list 10 things but here's what I came up with: 

1. I love that I am not afraid to laugh at others myself.
2. I love that I try to see the good in people. Even when they make it difficult.
3. I love that I am borderline OCD and have floors so clean, should I ever feel like it run out of plates, I could eat off of them.
4. I love that I can find the inner strength, I sometimes forget I have, which keeps me from giving up.
5. I love that whenever things seem hopeless, my faith always pulls me through.
6. I love that I know my way around the mall a kitchen. Even if that surprises some.
7. I love that expensive simple things can always make me smile.
8. I love that I don't always know what to say, but when I find the words, they are always sincere.
9. I love that my heart can heal and love like I've never been hurt.
10. I love that in the most unexpected places I am able to find wonderful friends.

I'd like to pass this onto each one of you, because I certainly heart ALL of you. So in your comments, please DO tell me one (or as many as you like) thing you love about yourself. It might just be what I love about YOU :)

On another note, I received this from the lovely and uber creative Kim of Cupcakes and Mace. It's a necklace I won by giving it its name, the "C² (C squared) Necklace". Winning one meant I could customize it - I picked two of my favourite quotes and Kim helped me choose between the two and she helped with the colour as well. And it turned out perfectly, I absolutely love it! Check out Kim's amazing Etsy shop to wear your favourite quote on your neck and/or pick up one of her other fabulous custom pieces! Thank you so much, Kim!

[love like you've never been hurt]'s the only way to do it...

Have a wonderful weekend, loves!
xx Ela


  1. Heartwarming! This made me smile.

    I love that I always make a good dinner for my man, even when I'm tired.
    I love that I cut my own hair.
    I love that I'm tactful and polite.


  2. Love your new necklace and congrats on the award.

    Your no.1 made me smile... I remember the eggshell/popcorn comment about sitting wearing that dress.

    You are such a great person, I can sense you have a good heart.

    Something that I love about me...

    I love that I find joy in everything I do.
    I love that I have peace in my heart knowing that I raised my boys well.
    I love that I'm such a cool mom.
    I love that I am such a very positive person...I don't dwell on negatives.
    I love that I can always say "there is sunshine after the rains" and really mean it.
    Like you, I love that I can laugh at myself and even make fun of myself too.
    I love that I smile a lot. (too much I guess)
    I love that I am respected by my colleagues in the industry I'm in.
    I love that I can make people smile by just being me.
    I love that I'm so in love with life.

  3. What a wonderful are such a doll and always write from your heart.

    I love that i...
    - tell it like it is {truth is best}
    - can laugh even on the toughest of days

  4. you totally deserve ONE SCRILLION AWARDS! i am crazy for you!

    i love my feet after a really good pedicure!

  5. Thank you for being honest Ela! Like you, i'm always a bit hesitant to go on about what i love about myself... we ARE too hard on ourselves a lot of the time! I just feel like people would think i'm full of myself if i went on about good things about me! haha! Let's see...

    i love that i put other peoples interests ahead of me... and that at least in that one way, i am unselfish. :)

    i love that i try to see the positive side of everything (and like you... even if it is hard!)

    i love that i love life!

    P.S - that quote necklace is such an awesome idea and it looks great on you! will definitely check out her shop! :)

  6. Hi darling, I've been so busy lately, sorry for the late response! Your blog is allways amazing

    The Bible of fashion,

  7. Congratulations on winning the blog award!

    Most of all, I love my resilience, and my never-say-die attitude. :-)

    By the way, I hope this is all right...there's a lingerie giveaway contest happening at the blog and I'd be delighted if you enter! :-)

  8. congratulations on the award!! i esp. love #3 and #9! and cute necklace- congratulations on winning that too :) xo, mel

  9. ela, you should never have a problem with loving things about yourself. you are the most selfless and sincere person i know! and that is inspiring!

    i love your #8 answer. i can totally relate. as for me, i love that i always keep it real and never go against my beliefs and/or (what little) morals i have to fit in. i also love when i see my mother in me. she is the woman i aspire to be but i know i have a lot to learn before i can be anywhere as amazing as her.

  10. Can I borrow some of those OCD tendencies? My house is a wreck. Ah ha ha. Congrats on the awards lady! I love it when someone with great taste isn't only pleased with the expensive things in life!

  11. Fabulous necklace! And congrats on the award... I loved reading your list. I can relate to all of that, especially #4... I think what I love most about me is that (despite my cynicism... and I blame my job for that), I never dwell on the negative and see beauty in everything. Except perhaps that creepy homeless guy down the street... hmmm...

    Wishing you a fabulous weekend!

  12. congratsa on the awards! i could use some of the ocd too. i forgot the termite guy was coming this morning and my house was a total disaster! i was mortified.

    i love that i'm learning to like myself more--there's far more good than not so good.

    happy weekend!

  13. You are amazing and I could think of a million reasons to heart you!

    That necklace is adorable. I love that quote.

  14. YOu are too sweet my dear Ela. And this necklace is adorable! I love that you're borderline OCD like me!

  15. Aw this was so cute :)
    I love that I love you!

  16. Congrats on the award! That's a great necklace too!

  17. Hahaha, Ela! I absolutely love your crossed-out words. They are alwyas SO funny!

    I loved this list about you. Seriously, you're one of the most kindest people I know!! You totally deserve this award.

  18. Ela you are such a beautiful woman! I love your love list. :) You soul is amazing and there should be more people like you in the world! That necklace is simply lovely as well!

    I love rain, because that means a rainbow isn't far away.

    Take care and have a fabulous Friday.

    Love & Aloha, Sharon

  19. Love #4!
    Congrats on your awards!


  20. Awww lovely post! I love that I'm ocd too when it comes to cleaning :) the necklace is pretty orig too. Have a great weekend!

  21. friday post is up honey!!! happy friday!!!

  22. What a cool necklace- love it!

    Enjoy your weekend :)

  23. Yep it's sea urchin. His favorite sushi dish is called Uni which is sea urchin. Vomit right? Anyway he went out snorkeling and found a bunch of sea urchin, speared one and brought it back to eat. He felt super manly. haha!

  24. That was one of the most wonderful lists ever! Ever!

  25. you are wonderful and i love learning more about you:)

  26. Being narcissistic is not a bad thing, as long as you have something to show for it.

  27. Congrats for the award. So happy for you!

  28. Your list is beautiful, and congratulations on winning such an exquisite necklace! :)

  29. i like the way you did your list congrats on the award
    how about i you try paper plates before you resort to the floor lol

    it would be hard to name a lot like you said but i love my ability to make any situation fun and get the room laughing

    i like the necklace those words are very good to live by

    Vi from Cali

  30. Ooh schweet! You are all of those things and more! Ethiopia was fab, I lived there part time for 4 years which was very cool, it kept me tanned and gave a whole new insight.

    10 things, oh my, here are a few... I'll blog the rest!
    1. I love my SUPER HIGH pain threshold becuase right now, I've got a wisdom tooth apearin and it should hurt like a bizatch.
    2. My open mind, you could tell me the strangest thing about you and I wouldn't judge.
    3. I love my little feet
    4. I love my sarcasm, it keeps me ammused during dull times


  31. of your whole list of 10, I like nr 1 the most. Because I do that too, and it's my way to live life. I think it's actually what keeps life fun and joyful!


  32. Congrats on the award. I love all the things you love about yourself. :) You are such a sweet friend and good person and talented writer and beautiful girl. I feel so lucky to know you!!

  33. that is a wonderful list. you are just as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside.
    congratulations on the award!!

  34. love the necklace! i need to take a photo of mine too, how awesome is kim?

    number 8 and 10 on your list i adore. you are so sweet xxx

  35. What a unique and pretty necklace! I loved your list Ela, it is so important to have faith and love when all seems lost. You are such a lovely person and thanks for your sweet words, as always. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

  36. Bravo on those awards! And judging from your blogsite, they're well deserved!


  37. I love knowing all these new things about you. I rather leave to others to point out what they love about me.

    B* a la Moda

  38. I wanted to say hello this Sunday afternoon. I hope you've had a great weekend. Take care. Enjoy the week ahead. Cheers!

  39. Cute necklace! I love reading the words on the pendant. So uplifting. :)

    I love that I can make fun of myself.
    I love that I'm a good listener.
    I love that I can see the 2 sides of a story objectively.
    I love that I can forgive and just let go.

    Congratulations on the award and for sharing a part of yourself to us! :)

    Have a lovely week ahead, sweetie! :)

  40. aww you are the sweetest, i had fun clicking on those links to see you tagged! so precious:) i could have added in a million things i love about YOU, but you did a pretty good job on the things i know about you;) you're such a sweet person and i can see that so many of those traits are so true about you. lets see... something i love about myself is the compassionate side of my personality (that i no doubt got from my dad) i love taking care of people and making sure people are happy. love you so much, you have no idea how much your comments last week meant to me. you are such a wonderful and BEAUTIFUL person:)

  41. Oh Ela, there's so much of you there is to love! Thank you for doing the list and sharing it with us! It's great to appreciate oneself once in awhile:)

    I love how I'm able to enjoy my own company, some people might find it daunting, but I heart my alone time.

  42. I so love that necklace!

  43. What a nice post! Every one of us should have a list and post it on the fridge and read it everyday! =)


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xx Ela