I’ve been out and about these last couple of days, purposely putting myself into the hands of complete strangers. I’m talking about the spa. I have a love-hate relationship with the spa. I end up loving the conversations I have there, but when I initially arrive, I dread having to talk to these strangers who I will be with for the duration of the next 1 -2 hours. I just want to walk in there, be unknown, and just get my stuff done lol. What I do is so unique, and to be honest, it’s difficult explaining it all. I do a lot of things. A lot of great things, but I guess instead of asking me what I do, I feel that the question I’d like to hear is ” So Marika, tell me what you are about! “
That’s a WAY better question, and one that I am getting used to asking when I meet someone for the first time. I DO many things, but what is it that I am about? Well!
I am about LIFE. I am about madly loving my husband daily and making memories of a life well lived with him. I am about ridiculously loving my children and raising world changers confident in who they are! I am about seeking justice and walking humbly with my awesome God. I am about empowering artists in to their dreams, and my friends in to their goals. I am about laughing, having fun, going on adventures, and sometimes, I am about reading a good book and having a cup of tea by my fireplace. I am about loving others, celebrating others, valuing EVERYONE, as well as reaching out and standing up for those that don’t have a voice. I am about LOVE.
A friend of mine asks all his clients to make sure they can answer one simple phrase, and I have adopted this as challenge when I am in conversation : Answer this : ” My name is… ” and ” My life is about… ”
It’s not what I do that defines me, but who I am. Perhaps even more importantly WHOSE I am. I think if strangers asked me that, I’d be way less introverted and a whole lot more excited to talk to them. Telling them about Living LIFE, as opposed to, ” well I run a record label, Im an artist and a songwriter, had a couple number 1’s, blah blah blah. I know – it can be exciting – but what happens when I don’t have all the glam and stats – which I am finding I’m low in that department in some of those right now. Those successes or lack thereof, never change who I am. Im so grateful for that even in the hard ” I’m nobody special, and my success is shrinking days ” ( yes i have those haha). Regardless, I know who I am, and that above all, I am LOVED.
Photo credit: Annette Biggers www.triplecord.com & Disneyland 2013