‘Cause All Of Me, Loves All Of Me And Words & Pictures

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“When you truly love yourself, you are enough. Your happiness and well-being become a top priority”
― Annette Vaillancourt

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I am feeling somewhat better after my little break-down this week.  When I think about this coming Fall and how alone I will be, I go back to that sad and dark place occupying a corner of my heart.  Fortunately,  I am beginning to see the possibilities for me and what opportunities await me in the months and years to come.

I also thank you wonderful people, for your unbelievably kind words of encouragement.  You truly are the best and I wish I could climb right into this screen and hug you all…and kiss some of you, too.

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In working through this realization that I will be spending an abundant amount of time with just me, I decided that I better get to know me.  What if I don’t like me?  What if me and I just don’t jive?  If I am going to be tied to my own arthritic hip 24/7, isn’t it important that I find out as much about me as possible?  Especially, to ensure that me is not a criminal, an identity thief or God forbid, a bitch! Imagine that!

 So I decided to follow me, for a full day.  Like an eager student who shadows  a person in their workplace to decide if the type of work she is observing, is something she wants to pursue.

I had to ask me for permission and thankfully, me agreed.

After watching me get up, make the bed, go to the bathroom and get dressed, I have to admit, I was a bit bored (yawn).  Me’s knee was swollen and she was limping around the house (what a  wuss!)

I watched me eat some cereal and sit on the comfy couch with my laptop, ready to search for the opportunities and activities waiting to be chosen by me, to help fill the endless hours my empty nest will bring (ay, that was a mouthful.)

First Internet Search:  A Jewelry Making Class.  Me enjoys making bracelets out of beautiful beads  but needs the skills necessary for securing clasps and hooks. What? A Class this coming Sunday? Why, yes!  Me and I are both available to attend (maybe we will get a twofer on the cost.)

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Second Internet Search: Meditation.  Me has always wanted to learn how to meditate and appreciate the true meaning of mindfulness.   What? Free classes at the University? Yes, please!

Woman meditating on the beach at sunset.

Then, me took a short break to look at showtimes for a movie I have been dying to see;

Words and Pictures

What? 2:20 today? Ticket for One, please!

I could have called my friend Gina who wanted to go with me but I decided that I needed to go, with just me.  Like a date.  With me.  Would me share popcorn with me?  Would me like yeast or cheese on her already buttered popcorn? Would me try any funny business in the theater? I had to know.

After accepting the fact that my fellow movie goers were no younger than 97, I settled in my seat, with me.

 YOU ALL MUST SEE THIS WONDERFUL MOVIE!!

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2380331/

Starring Clive Owen & Juliette Binochi, in an inspirational romantic comedy.  Clive Owen plays, Jack Marcus a prep school English teacher who tries to educate his students about the power of the written word (as writers, you are going to really appreciate his character and his take on the English language.)

Juliette Binochi, an artist in real life, plays the character of Dina Delsanto, an artist who is battling  Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Her illness limits her painting abilities and she is forced to teach Art at the same prep school.  A friendly war ensues about the importance of Words vs.  Pictures, as the two teachers try to prove to their students that their mode of expression, is superior to the other.

No, it is not a chick flick.  It is an everyone flick.  It deals with addiction, bullying, family relationships and passion for one’s career.

  What an inspirational film.

Me and I both loved it.  

We discussed it on the way home.  I then told me that I was happy she let me shadow her today.  I told me that I kind of liked her.  That she is fun, beautiful and a fighter.  

I reminded me that there is nothing we cannot handle, together.  

I told me that I was happy to be me and that I even… loved her.

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‘Cause All of Me is Learning to Love,  All of Me

57 thoughts on “‘Cause All Of Me, Loves All Of Me And Words & Pictures

  1. I’m glad you did this, Maria! Now you know you’re awesome! Looking forward to your next date with yourself. Keep us informed on your classes.

    Will look for that film. Sounds like my kind of movie!

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    1. Gracias, Maurnas! You are right, I could just totally change so that I like myself more. You can’t change anyone else but you sure can change yourself! This is getting way deep. 🙂

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  2. So glad to see you’ve realized that “me” time can be so awesome. I relish my alone time, without hundred or the kid under foot. The beading and meditation classes are some things that I’d love to do, too. Have fun exploring and enjoying your own company. Color me a tad bit jealous.

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      1. Glad you clarified that, Ronnie! I was envisioning one hundred kids under your foot! 🙂 I know I will enjoy the time for me I just happen to be a very social person who loves company! I’ll figure it out. 🙂

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  3. Well this all sounds like good stuff Maria 🙂 You know, I’m alone a lot too. My daughter still lives at home but her ‘aspieness’ gives her a crazy way of life more or less nocturnal that is. But that’s another story. So, I have a very strange twilight way of life. Maybe I should blog about it, lol 😉 Still, I get stir crazy sometimes, and like you, try to find ways to keep me and myself busy. Maybe we should hang out together, haha 😀 Blogging takes up a lot of time though and my writing of course. Trouble is, I can write all day and then nothing else gets done and then I get cranky!!!! Never happy, eh?? Anyway, all that to say, thanks for the movie heads-up, I’ve not seen it but I adore Clive Owen so that’s enough for me. Also, I don’t particularly like chick-flicks so even better. How are those falcons doing by the way?

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    1. Yes, it sounds like you spend a lot of your time with yourself! Especially with your daughter being more of a night owl. Like you, I spend way too much time on the computer and then feel worse for not getting much done. Right now I should be doing a lot of things, but… 🙂

      You really must see this movie, especially because of your appreciation of the written word AND pictures. I know you will enjoy it, Sherri!

      I haven’t checked on those falcons lately. They are probably in their teens right now and you know how not fun it is to watch teens. LOL. Have a lovely weekend!

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      1. I definitely will, when it comes out on DVD I’ll be sure to rent it.
        Yes, I know what you mean, not half as much fun 😉
        Thanks Maria, and now it’s Monday already so I’ll wish you a good week ahead…and here’s to us both getting on with those things we should be doing but know we won’t because we’ll be here instead … LOL 😉

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  4. Stalking yourself sounds like it was awesome. 🙂 Glad you saw a good movie. I wondered about that one. I had seen the previews. Since you gave it a thumbs up I might have to check it out.

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  5. I had a feeling that you would like your company, Mrs. B. I told you that, didn’t I? (Modesty, Mark, modesty …) Did you try some funny business at the movies with you and grab some elbow by mistake? That would have been hilarious to try for your, um, shoulder, and come up with your elbow! Jewelry making class should be fun for you and you. Maybe meditating class first, so your left hand will have a better idea of what your right hand is doing. Just make sure that you and you continue to have a good time. 🙂

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    1. You were right! I should have listened to you right from the start. 🙂 I tried yawning and then subtly putting my arm around myself but it felt…awkward. I also tried to hold me’s hand but she was busy shoving popcorn into her mouth. 🙂

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      1. How was it for you sharing popcorn with you? Did you feel shorted, or did you feel shorted? Or did both of you get enough? 🙂 I love this post, Mrs. B. Oh, you know that already, don’t you? And you, too.

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  6. I did the post… go look go look go look… I tried to do a link to you but I am on a borrowed computer and it is a Mac and I am not a Mac guy but I am a computer moron, so I couldn’t make it work. But I stuck your name in there. And I wasn’t making fun of you in the part about the empty nest syndrome… I am on your side.

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  7. Judging from this post, you and yourself are going to be just fine, Maria! I think a meditation class is a great idea. As for the movie, thanks for recommending it…I haven’t even heard anything about this movie, but it sounds fantastic!

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    1. Hi Jill! I’ve been thinking about you lately and hoping all is good with you. I love your friday guest highlights but I do miss hearing what you are up to. Any new puzzles?

      Have you ever tried meditation? My brother swears by it and is always in a state of peace. I want that! Regarding the movie, you have got to see it, Jill! It is phenomenal and so though-provoking! Have yourself a great weekend.

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      1. Aw…that’s sweet, Maria. I have a small 500 piece puzzle going on the dining room table, but it’s been neglected lately. I recently took an online writing class which kept me pretty busy. I submitted my first 3 chapters and it came back like a blood bath! 🙂 I’ll have my work cut out for me. I did find out two weeks ago that I came in second place in the Southern Writer’s Magazine Short Story Contest. That was a shocker, to say the least. Aside from that, the day job has been keeping me busy.
        I want that state of peace too, Maria. Perhaps your brother can teach us with a YouTube video? Is this the famous brother? 🙂 I’ve tried meditation and it is a great thing. I just haven’t made it a daily habit which is critical if you want that peace your brother has found. I have heard that meditating for as little as 10 minutes a day can do wonders for you. We should try it!
        I’ll definitely see that movie…wish we could go together. I might go with me, myself and I.
        You have a great weekend too!
        Now I must go check out pouringmyartout’s blog to see what he wrote for you! xoxo

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        1. Congratulations on your second place in the Southern Writer’s Magazine! It’s about time they see and appreciate your talent!! 🙂 Good for you on your online writing class. That’s something I have been considering as well. I’ll have to add it to the now long list of things to explore this Fall.

          It is my talented director/producer brother who meditates. He is the most level headed and balanced person I know. He lives IN the moment of every moment and is always mindful. He would be a great teacher for us. I will have to ask him if he will help us out. 🙂

          That Arthur is hilarious with his post dedicated to me. He calls my condition emptynesterol. Love it! 🙂

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        2. Thank you, Maria! There are a lot of great online writing courses out there.
          I love how you describe your brother. I see why he is so successful. Let me know if he offers a class…I’ll be the first to sign up!
          I’ll have to check out Arthur’s blog again. When I popped over, I didn’t see the post. Perhaps I was early.
          Have a great weekend! xo

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        3. Hope you don’t mind me butting in ladies, but I too have been wondering about you Jill, so thanks for asking her Maria and had to be nosy and read! I am so happy for you coming in second place for your story Jill. Is that the one about the lighthouse keeper? Many congratulations, that is a wonderful achievement! xoxo

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        4. In that case I will, haha! Jill, this is fantastic news, you must have been elated when you heard! Maria, we need to get out the bubbly and celebrate…cheers to you Jill 🙂 xo

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  8. My daughter Mollie loves that song… she was walking around singing it yesterday. It sounds like you are going to be fine. Remember, any time you are bored or lonely, you can come to my blog and be cheered up… but please do not climb out of my monitor screen without warning me first… I will think I am having a flashback and then have a heart attack.

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    1. Ha,ha,ha! This really cracked me up! I so love that song too and can’t listen to it enough. I decided to twist it a bit and think about loving all of me. Corny but essential. I promise to warn you first before I pop our of your screen! 🙂

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  9. Thanks for reminding me about this movie. I really want to see it. Maybe I’ll take myself tomorrow afternoon, just me. 🙂

    I admire your attitude, Maria. So much of dealing with change is how we choose to tackle it.

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    1. Andra, you are going to love this movie!! So much substance! I do hope you see it soon.

      My usual routine is to deal with my emotions, throw a little tantrum, ponder it all and then move forward. So far this method has worked for me and I hope it helps me with the new changes ahead. 🙂

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  10. “and kiss some of you, too.”

    How YOU doin’?

    Having time to yourself can be scary initially. You’re so used to having something to look after. Some deadline to meet. Some responsibility that can’t be ignored. You’ll eventually become comfortable with it and find things to do in your spare time. You’ll develop hobbies. In short, you’ll do fine. You got this.

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    1. LOL on, How YOU doin? 🙂 Puerto Ricans love to kiss everyone! It’s just part of who we are. 🙂 You described it all perfectly in your comment. In fact, would you like to me my ghost writer? 🙂

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    1. I am definitely a social animal but I am finding out that me is a lot of fun! I would still prefer having people like you around to party with! 🙂 And I have plenty of wonderful friends I can hang out with it will just take some adjusting during the hours of solitude. I think I will be ok. 🙂

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  11. Good for you Maria. I think you will enjoy yourself immensely and come alive trying new things that will become part of the new you. I secretly love going to the movies by myself. It’s always been one of my silly passions. You are going to rock meditation and it may just change your life 😉 Rock on girl! Hugs to both of you 🙂

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    1. Thanks, chica! I might as well have fun with me, right? Going to the movies on your own is kind of fun. The only thing is that I always react to different scenes and need someone to tough base with about what we have just seen. Fortunately, a man two seats down from me shook his head in agreement when I gasped during a scene. 🙂

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