How We’d Change Our Stars, in 6 Words

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photo credit: San Diego Shooter via photopin cc

Changing your stars is kind of a big deal.

It’s like in Scrabble, when you’re saddled with Z, D, D, Y, R, R, L. You cash in your chips for a new set. Surrender up what you have, and trust that whatever you pull out of the bag is to be than what you had.

Every month, I compile a post called 6 Words. Ernest Hemingway inspired it when he claimed you can tell a story in a six-word sentence. I call on bloggers, friends, strangers, and a few strange blogger friends. How will they respond to the prompt?

January is Change Your Stars month. What would you change in your life, sky’s the limit, in six words?

This prompt took right off from last month’s wishes for 2015. It’s almost like a reset button. What would have happened if stormtroopers got into disco? Talk about changing your stars. (They’d still be lousy shots, but could do The Hustle).

How would you change your stars?

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photo credit: ☼zlady via photopin cc

1. Better health, focused writing and serenity.

Cathy C., of An Empowered Spirit blog

2. My health – I wanna do more

Stephanie-May, of Darky Blue blog

3. Own Parisian apartment again (and jet).

Letizia, of Reading Interrupted blog

4. Pack up, and move to Australia!

Alison L, of Writing Wishing blog

5. Grow heart,mind; Shrink stress, buttocks.

May, of Messy Money blog

6. Voice my feelings not eat them.

Kathy R., of My Dishwasher’s Possessed blog

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photo credit: M$$MO via photopin cc

7. More: Time, energy, peace, love, happiness.

Theresa, of Theresa’s Mixed Nuts blog

8. New concept takes off like wildfire!

Christine, of A Sprinkle of This and That blog

9. A car that never breaks down.


10. To dance with my fear courageously!

Tara N., of Family Sport Life blog

11. Younger back and pain free runs.

Deb, of Deb Runs blog

12. Shape time to chase my passions.

Penelope G., of Penelope’s Oasis blog

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photo credit: Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer via photopin cc

13. I’d sing like a Broadway star.

Dana H., of Kiss My List blog

14. Twenty pounds of grief weight gone.

Kathy G., of Kissing the Frog blog

15. Get butt moving, lose 45 pounds!!!!

Lisa, of BlondiesBEARista blog

16. Change being overwhelmed; seems manageable – not.

Kate H., of Can I Get Another Bottle of Whine blog

17. Win the lottery, pay off med-school!

Jamie J., of Kreyv blog

18. Win the Powerball. Ponies for everyone!

Gina T., of Full of It blog

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photo credit: Dark_Mokona via photopin cc

19. Reconcile with my wife and children.

Tony R., of A Way With Words blog

20. Get auto focus lens for brain.

Harmony H., of Harmony With Animals blog

21. Children wouldn’t be such picky eaters!!!

Lisa W., of The Golden Spoons blog

22. Believe in myself, today and always.

Kirsten P., of The Kir Corner blog

23. Time to relocate – destination Pacific Northwest!

Nancy W., of On the Home Front blog

24. Three-month relocation – Canada is cold.

Kim S., of Co-Pilot Mom blog

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photo credit: seyed mostafa zamani via photopin cc

25. Change my dreams into my realities!

Jen W., of Pink When blog

26. Defeat depression and accept body image.

Roxy, of Unintentionally Brilliant blog

27. Every precious moment has a place.

Maggie M., of Maggie May Just Say This blog

28. Simplify life through organization and budgeting.

Michelle N., of A Dish of Daily Life blog

29. Dream bigger until it becomes reality.

Ashley M., of Post Grad Jitters blog

30. More time for everything I love.

Cynthia, of You Signed Up For What?! blog

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photo credit: WilzDezign via photopin cc

31. Sparkle as I approach my goals.

Angela A., of Playing With Words blog

32. Learn to hold onto the moments.

Jennifer L, of Outsmarted Mommy blog

33. Stop procrastinating and write that book!

Kristen, of 31 Million Seconds blog

34. Beach dreaming while sipping Pina Coladas.

Janine H., of Janine’s Confessions of a Mommyaholic blog

35. Year-round Idaho temperatures of 80 degrees.

Aunie R., of Aunie Sauce blog

36. I’d stop worrying and just live.

Meredith E., of Perfection Pending blog

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photo credit: the Italian voice via photopin cc

37. Move the scale to the left.

Sharon, of Mayor of Crazyville blog

38. Kids napping at the same time.

Kim, of Protean Mom blog

39. Direct the movie “Pigs Gone Wild.”

Bacon T., of Pig Love blog

40. Seek the silence, rediscover the beauty.

Les B., of Time Out for Mom blog

41. 2015: less chores, more me time.

Heather S., of Heather Christena Schmidt blog

42. Debt-free published author and home owner.

Allie T., of Sparkly Shoes and Sweatdrops blog

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photo credit: Ms. Phoenix via photopin cc

43. My negative attitude to positive gratitude.

Kristi M., of Moms Own Words blog

43. No wrinkles, no cellulite, win lottery!

Princess Rosebud, of Enchanted Seashells blog

44. Act more, think less, find balance.

Stephanie R., of So I’ve Been Thinking Blog

45. I’d accept my sweet, imperfect life.

Kristen, of Bye Bye Beer blog 

46. Anxiety won’t feel like a noose.

Tamara B., of Tamara (Like) Camera blog

47. Must-have mommy vacation- total relaxation!

Jodi F., of The Noise of Boys blog

48. Start living a very wow life.

Eli P., of Coach Daddy blog

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  1. Naila Moon says:

    For some reason, I am not getting in my email when you have this challenge. This is the 2nd time I have missed it. 😦

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Sorry Naila – they go out through the month to folks in my inbox and when I visit blogs (which I don’t get to nearly enough.)

      Drop me an email tomorrow for February’s prompt!

  2. The sky truly is the limit here and going to lie after the past few days’ weather never could my own be more wished for to be honest. Still thank you always for including me 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      And to think I felt disappointed to learn this morning they took away the chance of winter weather here Sunday/Monday.

      1. We still supposedly got more on the way towards the end of the week, but hopefully not as bad as this past storm.

  3. Tara Newman says:

    Wow! I love these. Some great inspiration here from a whole bunch of lovely people! Thanks for having me join in on the fun.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you like it Tara. There are a few I’d like to borrow. And a few new faces. Happy to have you along again!

  4. Ooh, I like #47! 🙂 These are really deep. Great topic, Eli!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Jodi nailed it, didn’t she, Kate? And yeah, people got all contemplating on us. I worried the topic was too close to December’s, but everyone proved me wrong.

  5. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me says:

    Oh I love these…wondered what this month’s was.
    I often look at my Scrabble letters and think “well these are good, but I can’t DO anything with them for crying out loud.” But do I ever trade them? Noo…I’m convinced if I just hold on to those I was dealt, I’ll get my opportunity. Not always so, in Scrabble or life.
    As always, a great collection of thought (I like the one with “think less” in it…I need to do that) and a bunch of new people to check out.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I wish I had included it in one of our emails! It’s tough to give in an start over. It might be the toughest thing ever to do.

      There are some good new faces in this one … hope you find some new faves, Lisa!

  6. radiochick74 says:

    Wonderful topic, Eli! It made me think. I love the one about changing a negative attitude to positive gratitude. I think it’s easy to be negative – I doubt myself a lot – but just having this life is something to be grateful for. And chasing passions? So fabulous. I love yours too…and I hope that wow life is what you’re living! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Shannon! This one got people thinking. Kind of a reset for New Year’s resolutions gone awry. The stuff that deserves gratitude is there, we often just don’t see it.

      We have to have something fueling that fire within us. It doesn’t have to mean selling all your possessions to start a South American tribe, but there’s something. there has to be.

      Glad you liked mine too … a very wow life would be awesome.

  7. PigLove says:

    Still waiting for a sponsor to fund Pigs Gone Wild – snorts and rolls with laughter. XOXO – Bacon

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      We need to get a kickstarter started for you, Bake!

  8. kathyradigan says:

    I love this one, all of them are wonderful!! Thank you so much for including me!! And I am sending good thoughts that your intention sees the light!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Not a bad crop, eh Kathy? So glad you were in it again. I think a very wow life is within my reach.

  9. jamie@kreyv says:

    These are great! Love the negative attitude to positive gratitude.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks JJ! I think the move to positive gratitude will stick with all who read this.

  10. ma_honey7 says:

    Reblogged this on postgradjitters and commented:
    A wonderful collection of “How We’d Change Our Stars, in 6 Words”.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      So glad you were part of it, Ashley. And thanks for reblogging it! It’s an honor to be on your site.

      1. ma_honey7 says:


  11. Dana says:

    A very wow life – I love it! I try to do that too. It may not be wow for everyone, but wow for me. I also love the varied sentences – some big, some small, some lighthearted, some serious. And quite a few comment on the cold – I can relate. I spend the winter under an electric blanket!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I love it too, Dana. We can all go for something like that. Wow is quite personal.

      So many different perspectives … and I think a valuable element of this project is that no one sees anyone else’s response until they’re posted.

      People brought up the cold like they usually do chocolate and wine.

  12. Letizia says:

    Wishing you a year full of wow, Eli!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I’d like for you to find a little wow yourself, Letizia – thanks!

      1. Letizia says:

        Thanks, Eli; always looking for some additional wow in my life 🙂

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        We have 11 months left to do just that!

  13. Tamara says:

    I like ‘less chores, more me time’ I sign up for it where..?
    The good thing about the less this / more that wishes is that a small amount is already there. Up to us to figure out how to increase the ‘more’ and decrease the ‘less’!
    What makes your life WOW, E?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      There has to be some sort of outsourcing, Tamara – or a movement to just refuse to do the chores. We do have the key to most of this, don’t we? We just have to move that direction.

      To be heard, to be loved, and to hear and love … that makes a life wow, T.

  14. Kim says:

    Love these – I really like yours – living a wow life!!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Not just a wow life – a very wow life!

  15. stephrufa says:

    Maybe “A very wow life” description should be a prompt…I’ll bet those sentences would be something. Thanks again for including me, this is one of my favorite collections. And I’m sensing a theme of “bigger, better, healthier, stronger, happiness and gratitude” – I like it. I like it a lot.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Now you’re on to something … there are months that don’t lend themselves easily to a prompt. I’ll keep “a very wow life” available for then!

      Glad you were in it, Stephanie. There’s a lot of momentum here. And you’re a part of that.

  16. Reblogged this on A Way With Words and commented:
    I contributed a six-word sentence to Coach Daddy’s blog this week.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Tony – thanks for taking part, and for sharing on your blog!

  17. ksbeth says:

    i always love these, and #30 is it for me )

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Cynthia really nailed it with No. 30. Do you read her?

      How in the world did I not send you an invite? Inexcusable.

      1. ksbeth says:

        it’s all good, you have to spread the love around a little bit.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        There’s something serendipitous about it.

  18. A Wow Life. Yes, I love that. What a great thing to which to aspire.
    Thank you for inviting me to join again, Eli. It’s always fun and so interesting to read the other contributions.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      A very wow life, even. I love it too. It can mean so much. I’m glad you were along again, Kim. always fun to see what everyone comes up with, and you make such great contributions.

  19. Kim says:

    Love it, as usual. Here’s to a great 2015, everyone!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Kim! Your 2015 is going to be quite a ride.

  20. Ann Koplow says:

    Read great blogs like yours more.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I really, really like your sentence, Ann!

  21. So much inspiration! Thanks for letting me play along!! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks for being part of it, Meredith. Join me again next month?

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        Email me tomorrow – I’ll have the next one ready by then!

  22. I really love a lot of these. I feel so inspired! Thanks for inviting me to play along. It was a lot of fun to come up with a grand plan in just six words.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Not a bad collection, right Kristen? Let’s go through them one by one. You’re getting good at this.

  23. Thanks for inviting me to play; it was a lot of fun to read all the contributions!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Welcome to the tribe, Rosebud.

  24. Dawn says:

    I think my favorite is “Sparkle as I approach my goals.” I like the use of sparkle! It was fun reading through them.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Dads usually don’t sparkle, though, but I think it works for women. Only way I’ll sparkle is if the girls paint my nails.

      Got your email – watch your inbox tomorrow, Dawn.

  25. laurie27wsmith says:

    Another great set Mate. I love the baby picture though.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Ain’t it good? Glad you liked it, mate.

      1. laurie27wsmith says:

        I always like your 6 words, love the baby though.

  26. Debbie @ Deb Runs says:

    Here’s to everyone “changing their stars!”

  27. Rorybore says:

    I don’t know what it says; but I can find a little bit of myself in each of these.
    I am choosing to believe it means I am in the most excellent of company!

  28. YOU had the best one! That is SO perfect! Thank you for the invite, Eli and as always your kind words & friendship!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Jodi! I love the idea of very wow. Glad to have you along for this one, and I hope, next one, too.

  29. Oh, your wraps this up nicely! LOVE IT. How do I get another invite?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Tiffany! Very wow is something special. Just send me an email for the February prompt.

  30. tamaralikecamera says:

    “A few strange blogger friends” – I mean that’s really only me, right?
    Well, I certainly hope Alison moves to Australia so I can visit her!
    May you get your wow life, in many wow ways.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It is you, and everyone knows it, Tamara.

      You’ll have to make sure there’s a farmer’s market with kale, and a cookie shop, wherever Alison lands.

      Very wow, I’m after a very wow life!

      1. tamaralikecamera says:

        There’s always kale here if everything else fails. Everyone here has great skin. And great hair.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        I saw a Twitter pic of grocery stores in the northeast before the storm. Everything was gone. Except for the kale.

      3. tamaralikecamera says:

        Haha!! Remind me to show you something SO funny! We have an “only in Northampton” Facebook page here. Somebody submitted a photo of all the kale completely gone, but the bread and milk still on shelves.
        As for the rest of the Northeast, they don’t live in our kale bubble.

  31. I’m already feeling so positive! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s kind of instant, isn’t it?

  32. Oh….I LOVE these! I’m adding several to my list of “Things to do in 2015”
    Your call-out is fabulous! I just got a nice note from a friend yesterday with a quote that said, “Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.”
    Sounds like a WOW life to me 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Great set, right Michelle? It’s like a ready-made new-year’s list. I’m humbled at how well my ‘very wow’ was received – if only I could take credit for it!

      Your friend’s attitude is a key ingredient in a wow life. Love it.

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