Friday, February 13, 2009

SHE...


Happy Valentines Day you beautiful, wild women! I am here to remind you that, regardless of your single / divorced status - whether you have a gay husband, new straight husband, boyfriend or if you are totally independent this year - today is a day to remember to fall deeper and deeper in love with YOU. Celebrate being a woman. Celebrate all the glorious, sexy, wonderful and vibrant things that you are.

The following is the text of a favorite gift book, by Kobi Yamada [Compendium publishing], that I keep by my bed. I cannot recommend it highly enough. If you're able, grab one for yourself and every woman you know and love.

Happy Love Yourself Day!!!

SHE...

CELEBRATE HER PASSION...
She loved life and it loved her right back.

CELEBRATE HER WISDOM...
She listened to her heart above all the other voices.

CELEBRATE HER PRIORITIES...
She pursued big dreams instead of small realities.

CELEBRATE HER RESILIENCY...
She saw every ending as a new beginning.

CELEBRATE HER SELF-ESTEEM...
She discovered her real measurements had nothing to do with numbers or statistics.

CELEBRATE HER TENDERNESS...
She was kind, loving and patient with herself.

CELEBRATE HER ACCOUNTABILITY...
She woke up one day and threw away all her excuses.

CELEBRATE HER SPIRIT...
She realized that she was missing a great deal by being sensible.

CELEBRATE HER GOALS...
She turned her cant's into cans, and her dreams into plans.

CELEBRATE HER INDEPENDENCE...
She ignored people who said it couldn't be done.

CELEBRATE HER MAGIC...
She had a way of turning obstacles into opportunities.

CELEBRATE HER FAITH...
She went out on a limb, had it break off behind her, and discovered she could fly.

CELEBRATE HER SELF-RELIANCE...
She discovered that she was the one she'd been waiting for.

CELEBRATE HER PRESENCE...
She added so much beauty to being human.

CELEBRATE HER FRIENDSHIP...
She walked in when everyone else walked out.

CELEBRATE HER RADIANCE...
She just had this way of brightening the day.

CELEBRATE HER WARMTH...
She made the whole world feel like home.

CELEBRATE HER CHOICES...
She decided to enjoy more and endure less.

CELEBRATE HER FREEDOM...
She decided to start living the life she'd imagined.

CELEBRATE HER OPTIMISM...
She colored her thoughts with only the brightest hues.

CELEBRATE HER BRILLIANCE...
She was an artist and her life was her canvas.

CELEBRATE HER BRAVERY...
She ran ahead where there were no paths.

CELEBRATE HER JOIE DE VIVRE...
She crossed borders, recklessly, refusing to recognize limits, saying bonjour and buon giorno as though she owned both France and Italy and the day itself.

CELEBRATE HER STRENGTH...
She held her head high and looked the world straight in the eye.

CELEBRATE HER COMPASSION...
She not only saw a light at the end of the tunnel, she became that light for others.

CELEBRATE HER JOY...
She designed a life she loved.

CELEBRATE HER DARING...
She took the leap and built her wings on the way down.

CELEBRATE HER HAPPINESS...
She said bye-bye to unhealthy relationships.

CELEBRATE HER AUTHENTICITY...
She remained true to herself.

CELEBRATE HER...
She made the world a better place.

6 comments:

miss sarah darling said...

thank you so much for this! i love it!

Troy and Julie said...

Em...Em...Em....I so miss you! Thank you for keeping this going. Just went through all this again with a long time friend of mine, who watched me go through my own gay nightmare and now she is dealing with her very own!!! Amazing. Anyways, I appreciate that you have continued this for the benefit of so many. Sadly as you know, the story remains the same with the church. I hate that part of the church. I do not understand and I continue to compile my long list of questions for Him once I have gone on. Life is crazy for me...5 kids and running around to all the activities, doctors, school and other things they have going on. Would love to have lunch sometime. Either my next trip your way or yours here. We are planning summer sometime to come run a race in your parts. Maybe the raspberry festival in bear lake or possibly the SLC marathon. We'll see how life treats us...gotta keep running!!!

How are you? Life? Kids? Mom? Hope things are good busy for you. Again I miss you, love you and thank you for all this.

Julie

James McOmber said...

This is really beautiful, Emily, thank you. More women need to read this and believe it.

I am a white, heterosexual, active Mormon, and I am also a feminist who tries to be as understanding as possible about the gay LDS community.

Småenglenes verksted said...

I love your poem - it is so powerful. Tone from Norway

Kayleigh said...

I'm a random poster - (my blog is here: http://peanutbutterandpajamas.blogspot.com/) I found this book at a local thrift store and instantly fell in love. I couldn't justify buying it, but did anyways! I want to tear out all the pages and frame each one of them... They really speak to me.

Kayleigh said...

Oh, I'm also in Utah! So you'll understand when I say I got the book at DI

:D