How We’d Improve Ourselves, in 6 Words


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Ever look up, and see that the month has passed you by?

6 words graphicSeptember was supposed to be self-improvement month. Thirty days has September, as the rhyme goes … which means today’s D Day for the month. How’d you grade out?

Me? I’m about as far from ending the Month of Self Improvement on a good note as the Colorado Rockies are to meaningful October baseball. I’d so like a do-over.

Y’all did good, though.

Every month, I compile a post called “6 Words.” Ernest Hemingway inspired it when he said any story can be told in a six-word sentence. I ask bloggers, friends, strangers, and a few strange blogger friends to respond to a prompt.

September is Self-Improvement Month. What’s one thing you’d like to upgrade about yourself, in six words?


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1. Be patient! You will get there.

Sandra, of A Momma’s View blog

2. Remember patience, gratitude, joy and magic.

Brenda H., of Friendly Fairy Tales blog

3. SRtop wasting time, finish that novel.

Nicola Y., of Nikki Young Writes blog

4. So many things, can’t choose one.


5. Remember to take time to breath.

Tiffany M., of Sounds Like Life to Me blog

6. Be comfortable in my own skin.

Debbie T., of Heartbeats~ Soul Stains blog

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photo credit: Keyboard via photopin (license)

7. Practice being impeccable with my word.

Britt S., of Britt Skrabanek blog

8. I need to start with heart.

Tamara B., of Tamara (Like Camera) blog

9. Dad bod out, killers abs in.

Eric W., of All in a Dad’s Work blog

10. Losing pounds while still enjoying pizza!!!

Tamara G., of The Three Gerbers blog

11. A sense of direction…forever wandering.

Darcy  B.

12. Flatter stomach and less flat chest.

Jennifer L., of That’s a Jenn Story blog

13. Improve my workout regime to daily!

Alyson, of The Shitastrophy blog

14. Hibernation. I will simply skip winter.

Jess W., of Jess Witkins’s Happiness Project blog

15. Learning patience while having fun, too.

Robin C., of Witless Dating After 50 blog

16. Laugh everyday – it’s good for you.

Ashley M., of Post-Grad Jitters blog

17. More patience and tolerance, less cookies.

Melissa S., of Home on Deranged blog

18. Live as if tomorrow doesn’t exist.

Megan W., of The Walker Fireside Chats blog

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photo credit: The art of being happy… via photopin (license)

19. More happiness, more health, more wealth.

Kelly W., of The Centcible Life blog

20. Wish I could volunteer more often.

Becca H., of It’s Yummi blog

21. Chocolate, ice cream, Cookies. NO!! exercise.

Rebecca B., of Everyday Life blog

22. My upgrade: More Jesus; less Paige.

Paige H., of Tales From the Laundry Room blog

23. Less unworthy worry, more sincere engagement.

Kelly M., of Just Typikel blog

24. Stop speaking negative words over myself.

Lyn C., of The Call of the Pen blog

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photo credit: You know why this balloon is in such a good mood? via photopin (license)

25. Happy people take risks. Maybe me?

Kathy G., of Kissing the Frog blog

26. Stress less and have more fun!

Lori C., of A Day in the Life of Patooie blog

27. Develop a better sense of direction!

Susan F., of The most — of Every Moment blog

28. Live more intentionally, not by default.

Hallie S., of Hallie Sawyer blog

29. Sleep! No blogging late at night.

MaryAnne, of Mama Smiles blog

30. Pull on jeans without breaking sweat.

Meredith S., of The Mom of the Year blog

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31. Not flat, just smaller stomach, please.

Sarah N., of The Momisodes blog

32. Time to tighten those bingo wings!

Mary W., of Outmanned Mommy blog

33. Smile more. Laugh more. Just be!

Ashley T., of The Confessions of a Working Mum blog

34. Time to downsize my dress size.

Cassandra, of The Next Delusion blog

35. Less belly, less telly, more Shelley.

Momus, of The Next Delusion blog

36. Learn to say NO to Nutella.

Marcia D., of Menopausal Mother blog

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photo credit: Yoda HDR 1 via photopin (license)

37. Try not. Do or do not.

Les B., of Ink Interrupted blog

38. My catchphrase from wicked awesome to…

Kerri A., of Undiagnosed and Still Okay blog

39. Fully trust my head and heart.

Rachael B., of Three Boys and a Mom blog

40. Confidence to be myself without apology.

Laurel R., of Alphabet Salad blog

41. Go to bed earlier, rise later.

Deb, of Deb Runs blog

42. To find more faith in myself.

Tammie B., of The Graying Chronicles blog

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photo credit: via photopin (license)

43. Regain the focus I once had.

Stephanie L., of Kickass Problem Solver blog

43. Even adventuring expats are human, vulnerable.

Britta B., of It’s a Britta Bottle! blog

44. Replace anger with love, compassion, humour.

Ann, of Grubbs and Critters blog

45. “ENGAGE MEMORY” switch for my brain.

Mo, of Mocadeaux blog

46.  Accept what will be; no worries.

Janna T., of Janna T. Writes blog

47. Better hair that doesn’t puff out.

Amber M., of Airing My Dirty Laundry blog

48. Fastest zombie 5K time: Not eaten!

Kim, of Protean Mom blog

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photo credit: some lovely hand writing, on queen west via photopin (license)

49. Patience and grace with my family.

Jennifer K., of Jenn Kehl blog

50. Patience for big and small things.

Janine H., of Confessions of a Mommyaholic blog

51. Learn something new and take risks.

Dana H., of Kiss My List blog

52. Anxiety about things I can’t control.

Sara L., of Sara Letourneau’s Official Website & Blog

53. To be a better Human Being.

Laurie S., of The Adventures of Writing blog

54. Find the joy in the rush.

Christine C., of The Mom Cafe blog

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55. More time doing what I love.

Julia T., of Diary of a Word Nerd blog

56. Love myself more, inside and out.

Tania, of Tania 2 a Tee blog

57. Less guilt and shame. More love.

Ann K., of The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally blog

58. My metabolism needs a turbo boost.

Andrea M., of About 100% blog

59. Take better care of my health.

Ellen, of 15 and Meowing blog

60. I’d upgrade my voice and SING!!

Lisa W., of The Golden Spoons blog

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photo credit: Dashing Fast via photopin (license)

61. To experience life through others’ eyes.

Cathy J., of Just My Thoughts … and a Cup of Tea blog

62. Dominion, Time, Learn, Write, Grow, Flourish!!

Vicki R., of Horses Dirt and Motherhood blog

63. I can pick only one thing?

Lisa L., of The Meaning of Me blog

64. Fewer affairs with Henry (O Henry)!

Jenn S., of Jenn’s Midlife Crisis blog

65. Forget the body, fuel the brain.

Lisa B., of Black Panty Salvation blog

66. Remember that my mess won’t endure.

Eli P., of Coach Daddy blog

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97 thoughts on “How We’d Improve Ourselves, in 6 Words

  1. So many good ones, but I think the one from Chris (#54) is my favorite. Joy in the rush…finding happiness in what you already have. She’s a wise one, that Chris. Happy almost October, Eli!

    1. Chris nailed it, right? Perspective means so much, that everything can look different when we improve on it.

      Happy late September to you, Dana. I ran out of time in Self Improvement Month.

  2. Great idea from everyone! Thank you for including me, Eli! Hope I get invited back. And this is sheer coincidence, but thanks for making me lucky number nine. That was my number in every sport I played from 7th grade through high school.

    1. Glad you liked them, Eric. and nice debut. The invitation process is random and complicated, but I can see you here in the future for sure. Stay close. The number thing was completely at random – only one contributor gets the same number every month! Long as she wants it.

      1. I figured the process would be intricate and convoluted. That’s how I managed to get mine. The number was really cool because it was random. Can’t wait for October! (fingers crossed for a recall)

      2. It’s convoluted plenty, Eric. It was just a matter of time for you, and the back end of things around here is about as behind as the people who still use telephone books.

        One hack for questions: If you want in and haven’t heard from me yet – just send me an email.

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  4. SO many wonderful sayings here (and love the Yoda-ism). I think this may be my favorite though: Laugh everyday – it’s good for you

    Thanks for sharing, and hope all is well with you! I can’t believe how quickly September came and went either. GAH! XOXO

    1. Always a great thing to get in some Yoda wisdom, right Charlotte? Here’s hoping you get some laughter in your day, too.

      September’s speed got us here in Carolina to Barbecue Month faster. No complaints here.

    1. Britt! Great as always to have you join us. You’re one of this community’s charter members. Too bad there’s no tangible gift for that! But we dole out all kinds of the intangible.

    1. I love the trends. There’s always some, and often they revolve around chocolate, naps and wine (although I doubt in that order.) Doughnuts ought to be a given, Julia!

  5. Thanks so much for inviting me to contribute my six words. Great way to close it the month! I got a chuckle from some of the weight/appearance ones, but on the other hand it makes me sad that we forget we are beautiful in God’s eyes. (Still, I tend to see myself through critical eyes, although less than when I was younger.) I could relate to the 1st #43. I forgot what focus is 🙂

    1. Glad you could join us, Janna. The six words have become an end-of-month fixture here.

      We can learn so much in the responses – and the cool thing is I’m the only one who knows what everyone has submitted until it’s published. The trends are natural.

      The *first* 43! I’ve got to fix that. It’ll drive me crazy if I don’t. Glad you liked it – although fitting that it pertains to focus, and I had a lapse of it when I put the second one in!

  6. So many good ones, another great month!
    I think I will need to print out a list of those once I am back home!
    Thanks for letting me contribute – now go take care of that mess! Or not 😛

    1. We keep rolling around here, don’t we Tamara? If you could tick one of these off a week in real life, imagine where we could be.

      Thanks for being part of it! Now, about that mess …

  7. perfect pic is perfect!!! 🙂
    well, once again, I am floored by us. amazed by all of you. the collective outpouring of heart and soul almost leaves me breathless. All I can say everyone: we nailed it! and, We Got This!!

  8. Thank you for working my brain again, Eli. I cant pick a favorite because they are all so meaningful. Thanks again. PS. I am happy if I’m in the strange blogger friend category. :0). And I agree, where has the month of September gone? Away, way too quickly. LJ.

    1. Brain work is constant over here, LJ. Glad so many resonated with you. Thanks for securing your spot in the strange blogger friend camp – it’s crowded but fun.

      I’m leaving September behind. October can be so much better.

  9. What a fantastic list! I can identify with most of the authors, at least at some point in my life if not currently. Thanks, Eli, for inviting me to be a part of the September submission. It’s been a delightful experience, from choosing my six words all the way to seeing, to reading them on your blog along with all the others, to conversing with a couple of new readers on my blog. Such a fantastic way to further grow as a writer and in the community of bloggers! 🙂

    1. Thanks for being in it, Paige! You can see the life cycles revealed with responses. I love that you’ve experienced the engagement that comes with it – and that you posted your own words on it!

      We just started to visit the blogs around us on the list, and it’s going to be a fixture from here on out.

      You’re all here because I like you all.

  10. What a diverse, funny, inspiring post Eli. Thanks for asking me to participate. Isn’t it amazing how much you can say with six words?!

      1. Yes it does Eli. I really enjoyed it, had to really focus my bouncing thoughts. It takes real effort to distill your thoughts like that! 🙂

    1. I didn’t even know who Henry was! Must be a Canadian thing. Glad you liked it this month Kelly.

      October is National Field Trip Month. Where would you take the Coach Daddy crew on a field trip?

  11. I definitely came here to see what I wrote, because I have no memory of it at all!
    On any given day, it might change.
    Beautiful/hilarious lineup.

    1. It’s almost like a time capsule, Tamara – or at least what you packed yourself for lunch this morning (because who can remember this stuff? It can be a surprise.)

      At any given moment, it can change. Thanks for being part of the beauty and hilarity as always.

  12. Love these. Oh… And since your mess will ensure anyway, how about we organize a clean up party in my kitchen?

    Darn dishwasher flooded everywhere. Oh well. I got away from the zombies. You win some, you get eaten other times.

    1. Thanks Kim. If I get to eat first, I’m okay with heading up the cleaning crew for your kitchen.

      I’ve flooded the dishwasher twice. I knew it was either that soap or not that soap. Zombies hate soap, I heard.

      Some days you’re the dishwasher, some days you’re the little washing capsule that doesn’t dissolve properly and leaves white flaky stuff everywhere. Right?

  13. Hi Eli! Thanks for the invite and including me in. Some great quotes there. Amazing what you can do in just 6 words! Would love to contribute again in the future; regardless how complicated your process might be. Thanks again. 😀

  14. Figure out what self improvement is?

    Definitely step 1for me, here’s to October being my version of self-improvement September, just late as usual 🙂

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