1. Post-It Notes
I don’t know what I would do without post-it notes. They are bright and fun and make me appear to be an organized person. Post-It Notes are how I manage to get my “right brain” tamed so that it can function in a “left brain” job. Their advantages are endless….they allow me to color-code tasks; they don’t fall off my desk like my other papers; they can be relocated, etc. They are the perfect combination of whimsy and functionality. Post-It Notes make me a better employee and probably a better wife too. Many Thanks to you 3M!
2. Human Touch
I realize I’m biased because my love language is physical touch, but both science and religion have proven its power. Touch has the power to bless, to heal, to comfort, to show kindness, forgiveness, friendship, and love. Whenever I receive a hug or brush of fingers through my hair from someone I care about, I am filled with peace and joy, and the world doesn’t seem like such a harsh place. It’s far more effective in bringing life to my soul than anything I can read through social media. Seth Godin puts it this way, “I’m not sure that any number of Facebook likes can replace a hug.”
3. Disney Princesses
Not long ago a group of us girls drove down to Florida to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon. On the drive we spent a good bit of time discussing each of the princesses we favored and what was special about her. As the conversation progressed we realized that whether it was our strong will and tenacity, or our love of good books, or our passion for discovering new worlds, we each saw ourselves in the eyes of our favorite sparkling protagonist. Like each leading lady, we found we all possessed a strength, wisdom, dignity, and beauty which are truly that of royalty. (Also, in case you didn’t know, the best princesses own pet tigers.)
4. Puppy Love
I am borderline obsessed with puppies – to the point where if I’m having a bad day, I search for them on Pinterest to cheer myself up. Yes, I love their soft furriness and playing fetch, but it goes even deeper than that. I am convinced that God gave us puppies just so we could have another example of unconditional love. Puppies can’t do a whole lot for us but there’s no end to the love that they have for their owners. Like a puppy, my only real job is to be loved and cared for by God and to love Him with everything that I have in return.
5. Secure Women
Insecurity is something that I, and many other women, have played the victim to for far too long. It’s been hard to get my mind to accept the truth and not lies about who I am and what I am capable of. I admire and look up to women who have found victory over insecurity. Those who have taken up their swords to war again the beast of insecurity are nothing short of modern day super heroes. No one gets out of its jail for free. You have to fight and claw your way out and that takes immeasurable courage. A woman who refuses to give up, give in, back down, or return to prison, is a rare pearl of great worth. She is who I strive to be and she is who I am becoming.
Jessica Belkot is, officially, by the state of GA, the biggest smiling, loudest laughing, fire jumping, mud truckin’, pizza loving, car racing, corn mazing, road tripping, puppy loving, frisbee hustling, adventure seeking, neighbor helping, selfless giving, ostracized caring, Wipeout watching, rule breaking, name remembering, fault forgiving, love tank filling, lyric quoting, joy inducing, non-boring best friend. (Ghostwritten by her husband.)