What one word describes you best? (And why?) Most Liked Hot Conversation

My answer:

Thoughtful. Not in the “she-brought-me-chicken-soup-when-I-was-sick” thoughtful. Thoughtful in the sense that I live in my head. I am an internal person, content by myself with my thoughts.

I have to be careful, though – sometimes, my thoughts can get the best of me. There’s a lot of stuff up there. That’s why I write.

What one word best describes the woman you are today – and why?

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  1. Lynnette Lynnette says

    compassionate

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    • zsa zsa zsa zsa says

      I adore the word compassionate. It’s so real and just falls off the tongue, doesn’t it? My one word to describe myself would be VIVACIOUS. I have discovered I fill up a room. I make people laugh. My spirit is alive and friends with women much, much younger than me, older and the same age. I don’t know what I’d do without them.

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    • teeka1234 teeka1234 says

      Eclectic
      I have such varied interest that I’m almost a contradiction in terms. While I have a strong faith in the Lord, I have always had an inquisitive mind and love to explore all things paranormal. I am a hard nosed journalist by trade but delve into these things that others would not really expect from me. Two sides of a coin, I guess.

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  2. watermusic watermusic says

    Confident. I am more comfortable in my own skin than ever before. I know that I don’t have all the answers, don’t know everything and don’t need to.  I know that being human is a hot messy experience. That has allowed me to stop pretending and start living more fully. The result is as, one person recently said, a quiet confidence that is very attractive.

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  3. watermusic watermusic says

    Wordle are fun to play with. I’ve done variations of this off and on over the years with students and it can be a lot of fun. Please excuse the spelling. I’ve got to fire Spell Check. She sleeps on the job.

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  4. Jaki -- fiftyfab.com Jaki -- fiftyfab.com says

    Exploring…I have the confidence now to unwrap myself and go unfettered out into the day. It is sometimes scary but wow it is an amazing a world, the one that you can see beyond your fears.

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  5. Alicia Alicia says

    Resilient……but because without that…I would be drooling in a corner.

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  6. Sienna Jae Fein Sienna Jae Fein says

    WARY. Lots of happiness comes my way — from friends and family, travel, exercise, worship, volunteering, blogging, music, art, shopping, dining out, cooking in, reading, lazing about.  I LOVE my lover, and I love my job. 

    But as I near retirement, I wonder what the challenges will be …. what will I do with my time? will I have enough money? will my relationships change? will I feel like a has-been? will I feel old? am I too late to be a meaningful, more available presence in the lives of my grandchildren? how long will I be healthy and active?

    Wary, but far from woeful. Not my first challenge, and probably not my last. I can do this, and with spirit!

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    • Laura Laura says

      Sienna….Think of retirement like summer vacation when you were a kid in school. Your time to do whatever it is you want…sounds like fun to me!

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    • Lynnette Lynnette says

      Well, i am in the same boat when it comes to retirement.  Should i sell the house and get an apt?  Where?  I still owe about $70K on this house but the neighborhood is so safe i would want to stay.  But then again, a house is a lot of work!  Will i have enough money to travel, will i get bored, will i enjoy doing nothing, will i ever get out of bed?  I have 4 years to go, so hopefully things will figure themselves out.  It usually happens on my case.

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    • Gramma Gramma says

      Sienna!  Embrace it!  Yes, you will go through many emotions…it will be like you are ending a long relationship….but, you are also starting on a new adventure….First of all, go with the more time with the grandchildren…they will fill you with compete love and fulfillment…and you , them….So few grandparents spend quantity time with their grandchildren, and, I think it is so important!  Then, realize, that you will now have time for all the things, and thoughts you didn’t before…Sure, relationships will change…some will end, but many more for the better….think, plan, and then embrace it!

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  7. Dallas Lady Dallas Lady says

    Integrity.

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  8. Laura Laura says

    Adventurous because there isn’t too much I would say no to.

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  9. Vicky1956 Vicky1956 says

    Restless

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    • watermusic watermusic says

      I love that itchy feeling, even though it can be aggravating.  I feel like a dog walking in circles trying to catch the scent for what’s next. Just know that next always comes.  How far are you from Atlanta?

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      • Vicky1956 Vicky1956 says

        About two amd a half hours…maybe three if I’m drinking coffee and have to stop. I live in Cullman which is 50 miles north of Birmingham on I65. I would love to meet you!

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      • watermusic watermusic says

        I think Oxford is halfway, but there maybe something else. Shoot me an email watemusic@gmail. com and let’s see if we can’t get together this summer.

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  10. Generic Image brendas8 says

    Strong!!
    Bren

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  11. Barb McAdoo Barb McAdoo says

    Confident…life has handed me a lot of lemons in life, and, through time I’ve seen them turn to lemonade. I believe the only “failure” in life is the failure to try…it’s what you learn that helps you grow.

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  12. SusiS SusiS says

    Creative. After 25 years in technology consulting, I am finally doing what I love with graphic and web design but it goes beyond that. I create in so many ways – painting, drawing, flower beds and many times, taking something old and making it new. This is my passion and there are not enough hours in the day for all of the ideas in my head! :)

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    • Valerie Valerie says

      Hi Susie, wow, I LOVE the taking the old and making it new…I’m doing the same thing with my salvaged window painting.  I feel a kindered spirit in you..I also love gardening, and being creative! Kudos to our age, and our freedom and our ability to live in the now.

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  13. Valerie Valerie says

    Enlightened! At age 55 it only took 33 years of marraige, my son almost dieing in a car accident, a daughter with a social disability and 3 cats to wake me up. Talk about God throwing bricks when a gentle nudge is ignored!. I am now at peace with all that has hapened mainly due to learning relaxation and Reiki.  I am certified in Reiki l and ll and ART.  I am launching a small home based business of hand painted home decor items and painted salvaged old windows. I finally love myself, somehting I haven’t ever been able to say. Yes…I am enlightened!

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  14. Deidre Deidre says

    Thankful. Because without all of the challenges, difficulties, sadness and hardship in my life, I am now able to understand why these things happened and what I could learn from them. I am constantly thankful for my husband, children, job, home and health, and thankfully looking forward to the future. Thanks to a divorce I now love myself and life and do not regret the past. Thanks for being a single Mom which taught me so much especially that happiness doesn’t mean having lots of money! And thanks so much to my husband who taught me that true love does exist with the right man at the right time! Yes, I am thankful!

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  15. discoveritall discoveritall says

    “Seeker” would be the word that best describes me. My online name, Discoveritall, testifies to that. In the past I’ve been timid but as my spiritual journey has unfolded I’ve become a seeker – not just spiritually but about everything – and decidedly bolder. It’s been an incredible ride!

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  16. Generic Image Nettiedogg says

    SOBRIETY….After 30 years of being a drug user, I finally put an end to it on Nov. 24, 2006. Today, I have over 5 yrs clean and am the proudest I’ve ever been about myself, in my whole life. Being clean has given me the opportunity to be my 92 yr old mother’s caretaker while she suffers from moderate alzheimer’s disease. I am so glad that I am now in a position to take care of her when she needs me the most.

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    • Sharon Greenthal Sharon Greenthal says

      That’s fantastic, Nettiedogg. I’ll bet it feels amazing to be able to help your mother.

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      • Generic Image Nettiedogg says

        Sharon, thank you for your reply. It has been amazing. I never had children, so caring for her reminds me of being somewhat of a mother to her. It’s sometimes tiring, frustrating and unnerving, but the greatest reward is knowing she is happy and content.

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    • Gramma Gramma says

      Good for you!  I also caretake my Mother….I am thankful that my “attitude” towards her changed “before” I began that hard, if in some ways fulfilling, task….we are close now…loving.  She is not the strong Mom I remember, but I am glad that I am here to help her spend her last days in comfort and laughter…;)

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      • Generic Image Nettiedogg says

        I also get fulfillment from taking care of my mother…. And during this journey, even though it does get frustrating, we have gotten closer and closer. My love for her has blossomed and she is always complimenting for being her child that “stepped up to the plate” and that makes me feel real good.

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  17. Nancy Schimmel Nancy Schimmel says

    This is an oldie, but I have to say it: the one word that describes me is “refuses to follow directions.”

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    • Gramma Gramma says

      Would that be rebellious?  I feel a little of that in myself, sometimes….;)  I think it is healthy…;)

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      • Nancy Schimmel Nancy Schimmel says

        A little bit rebellious, and a little bit not wanting to put myself in that small a box.

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  18. Jane Barnes Jane Barnes says

    AUTHENTIC. I’ve spent too many years trying to please others and caring too much about how it would look if I chose not to do what was expected of me.   Now, what you see is what you get.  I’ve always been a ‘doer’ and people have tended to call on me for so many things (I’m a homeschooling Mom) and I now realize it’s okay to say, ‘I wish I could but I’m sorry I just can’t’ (creative ways of saying ‘no’).  I give honest opinions (rather than tell people what they want to hear) remembering to ‘speak the truth kindly’.  I’m true to myself more.  I’m stronger and more confident.   And the funny thing is, I have more, closer and caring friends in my life than I have ever had before – people who appreciate my authenticity (and, let’s not be humble, my kind, generous heart and my ability to have fun and make someone laugh when it’s the last thing they feel like doing).   I’m me at last, and that’s the key that opens all the doors to spending the last third of my life discovering new things to enjoy and new ways of being happy.  And, as a 55 yr old, newly single Mom (after a 28 yr marriage) with a 13 year old daughter to raise and school, I hope she can gain something from my new perspective.  Though, quite honestly, she’s already her own person with an amazing personality and doesn’t concern herself with what others may think of her.   And that’s awesome!  So maybe she’s the one who’s showed me the way….  LOL

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  19. Generic Image Janet says

    Confused – Just recently empty nested, marriage of 33 years, husband cheated in the past twice that I know of, he insists that’s is a true number.  Not sure what I want the next 30 years to be – a new adventure by myself or try to keep this marriage going and hopefully enjoy retirement years with a man I have put so much time in but actually just caught him in a lie last night about have quit smoking.  I don’t know what to do or how long to wait for an answer to come to me if my husband will mess up again and the answer will be handed to me.

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    • Sharon Greenthal Sharon Greenthal says

      Janet, it sounds like a difficult place to be. Do you love him? Do you want to be with him? Would you be happier alone? Can you financially make it without him?Those are the key things to think about.

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      • Generic Image Janet says

        I do love him and I can make it on my own now.  He insists I won’t regret it, I’ll try to place a little faith in him.  He is a good man, we do have fun together and have 3 beautiful children and 1 grandchild.  Just trying to protect myself from anymore hurt I guess. Thanks for the reply.

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  20. Gramma Gramma says

    So many words to choose from!  I want to be fearless, confident,adventurous,but I am not, not yet anyway….I do feel that I am blessed, but hesitate with that, because I somehow feel that , that would be bragging, and that isn’t me….I keep thinking, RENEWED. (Give fresh life or strength to)     During the last 5-8 years I feel that I have changed a lot…though still not all the above adjectives, I have grown and stretched, and still am…I fell like I have been watered by God and that I am sprouting with new green.

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  21. Guilded Lilly Guilded Lilly says

    Contemplative

    In fact I have been contemplating which word to pick for this post for days! 

    I love thinking about what makes me, everyone and everything tick :)  

    Here is a link to an interesting and fun website if you want to understand/explore the person who lives in your head and heart: http://www.personalitypage.com

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  22. Generic Image Kim Tchon says

    Volunteer-

    And good at it! It gives me more than I’ve ever given!

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  23. Margo Margo says

    I feel at peace. So it would be peaceful. Came to terms with the past as it cannot be changed 
    Margo

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  24. Pam Pam says

    Passionate.  What a surprise to understand at 66 what word I would use to describe myself.  The strange thing is that most folks wouldn’t use that word for me.  And that’s something to think about.

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  25. Hawk Lady Hawk Lady says

    Student..

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  26. Sabina Sabina says

    Determined:  that’s me. No matter what happens, I am determined to overcome, to carry on, to make the best out of every situation, determined to survive, to live moderately, as healthy as possible without being fanatic, to do the right thing, to be a good person, to give my life meaning, and so on and so on.  Determination is the key!

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  27. Generic Image Spikeygrrl says

    ARTICULATE.

    Raised by a university professor father who for almost 40 years was Head of Graduate Studies in English Literature at a large urban university, and a children’s librarian/adult literacy advocate mother, I had a 30-year career in quite a variety of industries and job titles, the common factor among which was wordcrafting — on paper, on video, on radio, in public speaking. I also picked up my [adoptive] parents’ political activism and was working on local and regional campaigns long before I was old enough to vote.  (They’re rolling in their graves right now, no doubt, because I have as totally committed myself to the opposite ideology as they once committed to theirs.)

    Passionately — Spike

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