Friday, March 14, 2014


apple -- porcupine, tree --- shade, tomato -- potato--, elephant -- zebra, left foot -- right foot, dr. Seuss -- books, football -- movies, Christmas -- upstairs, glass -- attic, ice cream -- cone, Milky way -- galaxy, milk bone -- frodo, garbage -- truck, pillow -- baseball, paint -- cookie


I'm taking an improv class. I don't know what the above word exercise has to do with improv but to me I think of improv like I think of someone giving me a word and I have to say something back to them, probably that makes no sense. The ones above maybe made some sense because I was writing them instead of speaking them, but you should try it! Just a series of words and writing or speaking whatever comes to mind.

Improv is not safe. It reveals how odd we all are, I think. I'm sure that's not in the Improv dictionary anywhere, but it's silly and fun and you are supposed to say and do the first thing that comes to your mind, which is the opposite of what we are told to do in life. This is scary.

What if we lived this way a little bit more, I wonder, without harming people of course? What if we were a little more free, what if we lived with a little less judgment? What if it was not super frightening to say the first thing that comes to our minds even if it is a contradiction?

What if we are contradictions?

I don't like crowds but I am a party person.

I don't like getting up in front of people and sharing what comes to mind but I take improv.

I don't like sharing hard stuff with strangers but I write a blog.

I don't like driving but I have been an in-home counselor.

I am a person of contradictions.

Apple porcupine

Pillow baseball

Paint cookie

May you live not trying to push away your contradictions and unconventional ways today in a world that is crowded with ordinary.

linking with lisa-jo for five minute Friday and simply beth for (a little more than) three words


  1. Julie, I really enjoyed this, especially the last line. Thanks. I'm your neighbor from Five-Minute Friday today, and I feel lucky to have gotten to read your words. I almost didn't participate today because of how exhausted I felt (after a night up and down with my kids, who didn't sleep well for various reasons)...but there's that contradiction between "needs sleep badly" and "just HAS to write." Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    1. Hi Abbey, thanks for taking the time to write that sweet comment. Can't wait to learn more about you! You inspire me! I'm feeling the sleep/write contradiction right now. Not sure what will win.

  2. i really enjoyed reading this post too. It reminds me that i'm odd-normal.... and everyone else is too... :-)

    1. So, so true. Glad we are all different yet the same :).

  3. i like this! I'm going to try that word list thingy: tulips, pink, chocolate, gotta eat some chocolate. NOW. Okay, that didn't work out so well. Ha!

    1. Haha! You've got the right time I'll end with chocolate.

  4. Oh dear I think you just described me;) great post. And in case I haven't told you thank you for being a great friend.

  5. Well I just loved this. It simply made me smile just thinking about saying whatever comes to my mind but I really enjoyed some nuggets about you. Love when we have the opportunity to get to know each other better. :) Thank you for sharing with TWW. Blessings.