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Reflections: A Penchant for the Eclectic

13/09/2017

“I had a penchant myself for doing several things at once. I wanted to draw, write, speak.” Patti Smith

Reflections: A Penchant for the Eclectic & Positive - In Life and Art...

Reflections: A Penchant for the Eclectic & Positive – In Life and Art…

Move beyond security; develop a penchant for the unknown; learn; grow; expand. SayQuotable
I have a penchant for fresh notebooks and mechanical pencils. It seems every time I go to the store, I buy a new notebook. I have dozens of them just sitting around. Richard Paul Evans
I read too many romance novels during my formative years. I have a penchant for romantic comedies. I understand why ‘Romeo and Juliet’ came to such a pass. Roxane Gay

A Penchant for the Eclectic & Positive Aspects of Life: As far back as I can remember, I was a deeply distracted and imaginative child. I flitted from one creative endeavor to another in a matter of minutes or days, depending on my mood and how long a particular thing held my interest. I fell in love with an eclectic selection of interests and books, and read everything and anything in my dad’s Study; including my mother’s Cookbooks on the shelves in the kitchen, and the daily newspapers and magazines that came regularly to our doorstep.

Essentially, some might say I was a budding polymath. Ha! I might have become fully so but, if you went to school in the British system, you knew that the path was pretty rigid with a strict curriculum that was enforced to the last letter.  There was little room for excessive, youthful exuberance … then again, it was also a matter of timing and teacher. Mind you, I probably didn’t understand half the things I read as a child but, it kept my active mind very busy and I enjoyed every minute of being carried away, from time to time, into a new and distant realm; albeit an unfamiliar one. One day, I wanted to be a ballerina, the next a banker, doctor, model, rock singer and everything in between. I did get a chance to do some of those things; for instance, my poor mother enrolled my sister and me in Ballet class until the very nasty dance teacher informed her we were going to be too tall to become ballet dancers. I was very offended and glared at her in anger until my mom noticed and dragged me out of the class and forever turned her back on that studio.

My penchant for the eclectic was briefly interrupted by the dance teacher. The teacher’s suggestion that we find more suitable activities for growing girls offended me not just because she said it to my mother, within hearing distance, but also because she challenged a belief I held even as a child, that we can try almost anything, explore the world and become better informed about it all. The world was an open door through which we could investigate all that she had to offer so, that early knock from a dance teacher was not welcome. Nevertheless, it opened doors to other forms of dance, martial arts, swimming, yoga, music, sports, you name it, all of which I embraced with the same degree of passion I embraced everything else that caught my interest … that is, at least for some of my interests, until something new, different and complex came along.

 

“When I was really young, I wanted to grow up and be the sun. Which shows an early penchant for ambition or narcissism or grandiosity or delusion – all of which are bellwethers for becoming a writer.” Gayle Forman

Reflections: A Penchant for the Eclectic & Positive - In Life and Art...

Reflections: A Penchant for the Eclectic & Positive – In Life and Art…


YouTube Video: Welcome Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. via accompanying video shared by her mother, Serena Williams.

There is no great genius without a touch of madness. Seneca
Disappointment has quite a penchant for taking one by a surprise. Pawan Mishra
Americans have a penchant for the future and tend to disregard the past. Alan Dundes
The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, and one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder . Virginia Woolf
I’ve always had a penchant for dialects. I remember getting detention and being told, ‘Have a think about where doing these funny voices might get you someday. Nolan North

Reflections: A Penchant for the Eclectic & Positive: The greatest gift a parent can give a child, after loving them, is a pair of wings to fly and explore the world.  As I read the Vanity Fair article and watched the video of Serena, her hubby and her baby above, I imagined what a varied and fun life she is going to have… I can bet on it. My parents gave me plenty of inspiration and, even though, they were neither perfect nor had all the answers, they opened my eyes to a world beyond my own. We had friends from around the globe.  They came to our home for dinner parties and we went to their homes too. Children observe these behaviors in their parents so, it is not enough to pay lip-service to having an open mind about other cultures, you must live it too.

I had a penchant for asking lots of questions of strangers and family friends. In another life, I must have been a reporter of sorts… I remember wondering and asking why some people never ventured off their street. They lived small insular lives that began and ended on their doorsteps. Even though some were friends with my parents, they, and by default their kids, never expressed one iota of interest in seeing the world. The kids would say “Why venture afar when we can get ice cream from Joe on the truck. If we move or travel, we will miss his Sunday bell ringing.”  Thinking about that idea now strikes me as funny but, to a child, it made perfect sense. It was the familiar; it was home, and it was safe. I, on the other hand, loved that my family traveled and moved around and I looked at each new place as an opportunity to reinvent myself. But, it was a double edged sword… The constant distraction and flitting interests meant that I got bored easily as a child and would get into trouble for stupid pranks or other childhood silliness.  There was also the constant disruption of life and the need to make new friends and abandon some old ones. Like Nolan North above, I had my share of detention too. Today, there is a name for all of that but,  let me not digress.

WINTER BLUES by Barry Tebb via poetrysoup.com
For Penny Abraham
I wish I had Auden’s penchant
For going about in carpet slippers
Or the late HRH Margaret’s panache-
A chauffered Rolls with six outriders-
This late December day with its sparkle of sun on frost
I’d so much rather be in Haworth’s cobbled street
With cascades of carols in torchlit procession
Or still better with a passionate friend to make love to
By Penistone Crags and then sit in post-coital bliss
In the tea-room, reading Claudel in whispers,
And not as I was, heading for Camden’s
December Trust Board Meeting, of which I’m not a member
But a regular attender, watching the watchers
At a comfortable distance, hoping to hear democracy’s arrthymia.

 

“Our only solace as writers is in the work itself, and perhaps also in a penchant for blissful ignorance that allows us to gamble, to risk, to keep going where others would tote up the odds and stop.” Gayle Lynds

Reflections: A Penchant for the Eclectic & Positive - In Life and Art...

Reflections: A Penchant for the Eclectic & Positive – In Life and Art…

I have a penchant for playing God’s clowns. Actually, I played Nijinsky once, and he used to call himself God’s clown. Stephen Lang
Maybe my penchant for hippie-deluxe eccentricity came from an escapist dream of a different world. It was tough being a working mom in the 1970s. Suzy Menkes
Qualities you need to get through medical school and residency: Discipline. Patience. Perseverance. A willingness to forgo sleep. A penchant for sadomasochism. Ability to weather crises of faith and self-confidence. Accept exhaustion as fact of life. Addiction to caffeine a definite plus. Unfailing optimism that the end is in sight. Khaled Hosseini

Reflections: A Penchant for the Eclectic & Positive: Were you a happy, sad, complex or angry child? Even though, on the surface, I didn’t appear to be a happy child, my sister Joy held that record and was aptly named, I had a very happy interior life. My inner world was populated with great stories, colorful art and people, and a rich appreciation for the beauty of the universe and nature. I wrote poems and short stories as a kid and, whenever I got into trouble, I would reach for a funny story to ease the tension. My teachers were all convinced that I would be a comedian and writer some day. Oddly enough, my humor is not something that can be scripted.  It kinda comes in its own way; sadly, harnessing it is not a snap. With the same enthusiasm I picked up things, I unceremoniously dropped them and that was a challenge. The few things that stayed constant were my love for nature, travel, yoga, good food, and a great story.

My mother was an avid gardener and a gourmet cook so I was exposed to beautiful, exotic flowers and fine foods from an early age. My mother was also a great storyteller and when she wasn’t busy pursuing one of her many eclectic dreams, notice the genetic marker there, she would regal us with funny stories and new and interesting dishes. We also asked her lots of questions about life and requested dishes that we imagined or read about in our story books. Plum pudding was one and, for the life of me, I have no idea why that stuck in my head for years. Rhubarb Crumble and Spinach saute came to mind too and my mom had a favorite dish that she named Everything Fried Rice; it had a lot of wonderful herbs and spices added including raisins, ginger and a variety of dried fruits. Mom wasn’t keen on sweets, but we had a lot of other dishes that filled the gap with savory and sweet treats added to the mix. I will feature more of her recipes in future posts.

 

More Below!
“I always had a penchant for falling in love. Every time I found myself without a mate, I fell into a state of low-sizzling panic.” Jane Fonda

Reflections: A Penchant for the Eclectic & Positive - In Life and Art...

Reflections: A Penchant for the Eclectic & Positive – In Life and Art…

American media has a penchant for making stupid people famous. Shibby
A fierce literary woman with a penchant for married men, Margaret Fuller was ultimately torn between motherhood and her final career as a political reporter. Susan Cheever
Out of nowhere, I became a fairly well-known director with a penchant for opera, which I did for 10 years. Then I realized I was taking myself out the theater channel, and so I re-focused on theater. Jack O’Brien
The proclivity and the penchant of a mans persistence for doing work par excellence is a great way to improve his prospect, prudence, positivity, productivity, performance and personality both on the personal and professional field. Anuj Somany
Firstly, there is no such person as Death. Second, Death’s this tall guy with a bone face, like a skeletal monk, with a scythe and an hourglass and a big white horse and a penchant for playing chess with Scandinavians. Third, he doesn’t exist either. Neil Gaiman

What do you have a Penchant for? Where does my spectrum lie? In retrospect, all the distractions and imaginative play that populated my early years helped foster a love for writing, reading and exploration. When I delved into blogging, it became another way to express myself on a wide range of topics. Now, this would be viewed as a problem for some, and you always hear some talking heads going on about niche this and niche that. But I wasn’t bothered. So you can imagine my delight when one day, I found the perfect niche for my eclectic interests = The LIFESTYLE BLOGGER niche!  As a lifestyle blogger, I can cover a range of interests and topics and not feel pinned down by an expectation to announce myself as X. I don’t necessarily do that in my personal life so why pretend online? Whatever speaks true to your heart is what you should pursue and do it with the utmost joy and without expectation. The rest will follow in good time… Everything has a season. As for the name they would call what I’ve spent an entire post writing about? ADHD and it is perfectly fine. A dear friend once said, it’s a mark of genius and I choose to believe her infinite wisdom. Another friend reminded me of the renaissance age and the men/women who flourished with a wide range of interests in eclectic fields during that period in history. There is a real provenance and history behind it so, if you ever find yourself feeling down about your divergent interests, just remember you have the mark of a Renaissance man/woman. It’s all good.

Oh yeah, TV is probably one of the inventions that truly understands the eclectic mind! It had to be someone with the same active mind that came up with the idea of multi-channel programming. What a feast for the head… we just need to monitor our consumption. On another note, the 69th Annual Emmy Awards will be televised on Sunday, Sept 17th. Below is a selection of the nominees in some of the most popular categories. I don’t watch the majority of those shows but I am familiar with the work of many of the nominees and some of the shows I’ve seen and enjoyed. I plan to watch the unfolding of that award ceremony on Sunday. I hope you will too.
READ: How To Be A Renaissance Man

For those of you interested in seeing more you can click the link to get the full list of nominations.
Drama Series                                      Comedy Series
“Better Call Saul” (AMC)                     “Atlanta” (FX)
“The Crown” (Netflix)                          “Black-ish” (ABC)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)           “Master of None” (Netflix)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)                   “Modern Family” (ABC)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)                   “Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“This Is Us” (NBC)                                  “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
“Westworld” (HBO)                                “Veep” (HBO)

Drama Actress                                                             Drama Actor
Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”) ………Sterling K. Brown & Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)
Claire Foy (“The Crown”) ……………………………………Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) ……………..Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”) Matthew Rhys ………(“The Americans”)
Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”) …………………………Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”)
Robin Wright (“House of Cards”) ………………………….Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”)

Comedy Actor                                                                 Comedy Actress
Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) …………………………..Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)
Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”) …………………………….Tracee Ellis-Ross (“black-ish”)
Zach Galifianakis (“Baskets”) ……………………………….Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) …………………………………….Allison Janney (“Mom”)
William H. Macy (“Shameless”) …………………………….Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) …………………………….Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”)

Variety Talk Series                                                             Reality Competition
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (TBS)…………………….“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC) …………………………………….“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC)
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)…………….. “Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“The Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS)…………. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (vh1)
“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO) …………………………….“Top Chef” (Bravo)
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS) ………………..“The Voice” (NBC)

Television Movie
“Black Mirror: San Junipero” (Netflix)
“Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love” (NBC)
“The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks” (HBO)
“Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)” (PBS)
“The Wizard Of Lies” (HBO)

 

 

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post:  – Penchant –  Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt. Not sure how to participate? Here are the steps to get started.

 

Positive Motivation Tip: Enjoy your eclectic interests and celebrate them!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos  Photos Eclectic, Street Art via Pixabay

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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  1. Jessica Hughes permalink
    13/09/2017 4:08 pm

    I think opening the world for exploration and providing many different and eclectic experiences for our children is one of the best gifts we can give them. We should let them see and believe that the possibilities are endless and encouraging their explorations.

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  2. lavandamichelle permalink
    13/09/2017 5:14 pm

    I always enjoy reading your post. I’m so happy that my parents not only gave me love, they also gave me wings. I hope to give my girls wings as much as possible

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  3. Gladys S Parker (@momtograndma) permalink
    13/09/2017 5:38 pm

    I agree that children learn to like eclectic things, sites, travel, people and attitudes from their parents or caregivers. I don’t remember my mother being eclectic about much, although she had a penchant. for nursing and did become one at 37 and with a husband and 4 children. I have always had dysthimnia ms a life long depression. My penchants were for minor things like water falls, music, a comfortable place in one of our state parks. Somehow my children turned that around and take my grandchildren traveling, they have lessons, team sports, swimming, computer classes. I am so happy about that.

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  4. 조이 Czjai (@RebelSweetHrt) permalink
    14/09/2017 5:56 am

    Mine would have to a very complex childhood. I’ve had more downs than ups, to say the least. On a more positive note, all those complexities made me become the tough person that I am now. 🙂

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  5. April Smith Decheine permalink
    14/09/2017 7:54 am

    I love eclectic styles. My husband and I love going into the city and looking at all the painted murals.

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  6. BluKatDesign Upcycled Jewelry permalink
    14/09/2017 10:05 am

    Being an artist all of my life I have a penchant for the eclectic! I’ve always liked unusual art and people, much more interesting!

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  7. Sian Lifts Weights permalink
    14/09/2017 11:44 am

    Im excited for the emmys! It appears my favourite nominees are all on netflix, stranger things and master of none being some of them!

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  8. Lexi Mary permalink
    14/09/2017 1:58 pm

    I love your super inspiring post, I never ask myself if I’m a pollymath as well, aha! well maybe yes maybe not. but anyways I love reading your post, love those stunning photos love to know that we have some common interest 🙂

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  9. Ashvin permalink
    14/09/2017 3:55 pm

    This is a really interesting post. I did not know what the word ‘penchant’ meant but now I do. Personally, my penchant WAS to learn different languages and just loved learning about different cultures. But that has disappear a bit. With work and different responsibilities, this has disappeared a bit.

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  10. Unfiltered Mama permalink
    14/09/2017 4:30 pm

    You fit perfectly into that niche! I thought I would be considered a lifestyle blogger as well, but turns out I was wrong! We all have our own interests and thoughts. Who cares how random they might be!

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  11. Erinn Sluka permalink
    14/09/2017 4:40 pm

    What a great insight from your friend about ADHD. Follow what you love and making the turns as change happens to stay on path

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  12. Rika (@thedealmatch) permalink
    14/09/2017 11:12 pm

    I have a penchat for photography. I am also a lifestyle blogger, i enjoy sharing my passion and interests through writing and images.

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  13. Bhushavali permalink
    15/09/2017 2:53 am

    When I think of eclectic. I always relate it to my personal taste in fashion! It is eclectic.. Its always modest but too quirky! Like you, probably my beginnings too were from home, esp mom!

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  14. nadaliebardo permalink
    15/09/2017 7:02 am

    So funky! Reminds me of certain areas of the city here. Where there’s just a mis-mash of boats, graffiti, and older buildings. Fun for photography!

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  15. Annie @ Mamadweeb permalink
    15/09/2017 7:20 am

    This is beautifully written! I’ve always had a penchant for romance and travel 🙂

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  16. RonRon permalink
    15/09/2017 8:35 am

    Such a deep and meaningful post. I have to reread this one again to be able to intake all the positivism in it!

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  17. Christina | From Under a Palm Tree permalink
    15/09/2017 8:39 am

    I can definitely relate to always having a busy mind and doing a lot of different things. I often wonder if I have ADHD and if I always had it but never knew. This is such a great post!

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  18. My Little Box of Tricks permalink
    15/09/2017 8:41 am

    I definitely feel like I’m still that creative child on the inside. Perhaps, that’s why I’m finding such difficult deciding on a career path. Every book I read, show I watch, person I talk to piques my interest in a way that makes me think “I want to do that too.”

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  19. Cia Black permalink
    15/09/2017 10:32 am

    When I first got to this post, I looked at content, scrolled through and looked at the art. Then I went back and read what was written. You really opened yourself. You went in depth with who you are and how you became that person. Even digging into your past life. I adored every part of it.

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  20. Corinne & Kirsty 🍂 (@corinnekirsty) permalink
    15/09/2017 1:33 pm

    This was a beautiful post! I loved reading it! And your pictures are beautiful and illustrate perfectly your post!

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  21. Yes Missy permalink
    15/09/2017 4:26 pm

    Such a lovely post! Everyone longs for something, I have a penchant for travel. Hope to see the whole world someday!

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  22. chbamey permalink
    15/09/2017 4:59 pm

    Loved reading this! A blessed life, to be so positively influenced by your surroundings. Not a TV fan myself but I do love the movies…I guess it’s about finding your passion!

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  23. Rosey permalink
    15/09/2017 5:07 pm

    I’m teaching in a US school and I wish we had the more rigid structure at times. A lot of class time is taken up on ‘rule reminders.’ Creative is good, I have a daughter who is very creative. 🙂

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  24. Queens of Virtue permalink
    15/09/2017 5:07 pm

    What an awesome post! I LOVE the creativity in the art pieces. It was such a great read, thank you for such an inspiring read!

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  25. kleebanks permalink
    15/09/2017 5:09 pm

    I love your posts because they are so comprehensive and well-written! Wow, I think my penchant would be focused on creative things I can do with my hands: sewing, quilting, crafting, crocheting, dollmaking … Anything along those lines! 🙂

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  26. Carol Cassara permalink
    15/09/2017 6:10 pm

    I have a penchant for learning and understanding how the mind and the heart can heal people. It’s really important that we allow a child to explore and learn things that he or she is interested in. We shouldn’t lock them in a cage and tell them to follow one straight path. We should let them fly free and see the world for all it is.

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  27. chewoutloud permalink
    15/09/2017 8:16 pm

    I love how your inner world as a child was happy 🙂 Joy is a great name, but Elizabeth means “My God is Bountiful” in Hebrew. You certainly have a bounty of creativity, eclectic creativity, and great imagination 🙂

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  28. Shawn Basey permalink
    16/09/2017 1:04 am

    I’ve a penchant for music and writing. Though like yourself, I tend to jump around a lot in my activities and they’ve gotten quite varied in the past. Only now finally am I really starting to focus.

    And teachers do indeed have such a huge impact on our early lives!

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  29. Garf permalink
    16/09/2017 8:47 am

    The pictures are beautiful. They are very artistic and colorful too.

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  30. Josselyn Radillo permalink
    16/09/2017 9:03 am

    My penchant for the eclectic was and still is writing quotes about my day. and as a child was drawing

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  31. Kelly Reci permalink
    16/09/2017 9:46 am

    This is such a great article. Your pictures are all beautiful and stunning.

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  32. apollineadiju permalink
    16/09/2017 3:21 pm

    This is a brilliant post and I did enjoy. I am going to save it for later.

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  33. therecklessbabe permalink
    16/09/2017 3:35 pm

    I grew up being very shy, but I was still very curious. I grew up in a place where there were only people of my heritage but as well as your family, my parents made the effort to make my sister and I see what was outside of Mexico. We traveled a lot to other countries, and that made me very interested in learning other cultures. Now, I live in another country and have a long term boyfriend from the other side of the world, and I’m happy. I’m still a kinda shy person but still love to be the center of attention, I don’t know how that can be.

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  34. Via Bella permalink
    16/09/2017 4:58 pm

    I can’t believe someone said you would be too tall to be ballerinas! Especially with active kids, it shouldn’t matter the height!

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  35. Courtney Klimka permalink
    16/09/2017 5:00 pm

    You always paint such a beautiful picture with your words. This post has been picturing a little girl rotating through a million different outfits for various activities at warp speed and at the same time you are reading the paper, reciting a poem and painting a picture. You sound like you were such a vibrant, creative child.

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  36. gracielaalexandraa permalink
    16/09/2017 7:09 pm

    This post was everything! I loved the pictures! There’s a place by here called the Poor Porker and they have the same eclectic vibe!

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  37. Melanie Poulos Walsh permalink
    16/09/2017 7:57 pm

    My middle daughter sounds a lot like you as a child. She adores all things creative and wants to try everything. I think all of the exposure will help her find her truest passions, even if that is everything under the sun!

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  38. Katie permalink
    16/09/2017 9:37 pm

    It’s comfortable to stick with what you know. I have a sense of adventure and I’d love to see more of the world. But I’m also content living daily life. Routines are also helpful for establishing peace and contentment.

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    • 17/09/2017 1:11 pm

      Like I said, different strokes work for different folks. Routines serve different roles in our lives and they don’t all lead to peace and contentment. That is what makes our world as diverse and varied as it is. 🙂

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  39. brigettedanielle permalink
    17/09/2017 7:30 am

    I was the same way as a child (kinda still) I want to dabble in everything I can! I think that is a great quality for someone. Learning different skills and trying new things can let the mind keep expanding.

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  40. abccooper17 permalink
    17/09/2017 8:33 am

    I feel you on this! Sometimes it’s hard to still my creative mind and focus on one thing for too long whenever my brain is moving all over the place. Beautiful pictures!

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  41. acheerymind permalink
    17/09/2017 12:09 pm

    As a child, I was the same I wanted to be something the next day it was totally different. I was hyperactive and to calm down a bit my parents introduced me to art, so I used to paint and my creative took over my over excitement so I could enjoy things in a more sensitive way. I love art, especially street art, I love how the artist appears so free to share their creativity! This boat on your picture and the colorful women face is exactly it!

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  42. Feldon permalink
    17/09/2017 2:04 pm

    You’re so open and honest in your writing. I love this. I can definitely relate to losing interest in things as a child, and getting into trouble, and I had my fair share of detention lol. The list goes on! I look forward to learning the secret to your moms recipes! We don’t eat a lot of sweets in my home either, and we are always looking for ways to keep us away from them with substitutes. Thank you for this!

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    • 17/09/2017 2:29 pm

      Thank you too Feldon! My mom was strict about it but you know the danger of that approach… we gobbled up sweets at every chance. Balance is key, in my opinion, and my kids are better off with the balance. Yes, I will feature more of her recipes soon. 🙂

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  43. kage2015 permalink
    17/09/2017 3:24 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful up bringing with parents who introduced you to several different and interesting things. Giving a child wings to fly is so important. Doesn’t mean you give them free range to get in trouble or get hurt, just the ability to experience and see what they enjoy. Those experiences make up who we become and we will change even as we grow older and hopefully wiser.

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  44. Gillie permalink
    17/09/2017 5:30 pm

    A very entertaining read. I was and am eclectic. School tried to grind it out of me but I was lucky that my parents encouraged it. It made my schoolmates decide I was weird because I wasn’t interested in fitting in. I have tried to encourage my children ask many questions and be themselves. Not easy for them today but they did flourish.

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  45. stylevicksen permalink
    17/09/2017 8:02 pm

    The part that stood out the most to me was how the ballet teacher was so dismissive. How terrible of her. She could have allowed you and your sister to continue! I loved all of the quotes included and the beautiful photography!

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  46. Shell permalink
    17/09/2017 9:46 pm

    I’ve always believed in letting my kids see many different possibilities and try to foster creative minds and thinking….

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  47. Ithfifi permalink
    18/09/2017 12:57 am

    I couldn’t agree more in your words, giving children the wings to fly, to learn, to live really is the best gift. I don’t think we can ever steer them in one clear direction but we can always be there to catch them and watch them grow 🙂 Looking forward to the recipes too!

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  48. Lyka permalink
    18/09/2017 1:24 am

    What a great piece of writing! Even as an adult, I still wonder why people choose to stay in their hometown and how they manage to live a routine life there every day that passes. I think I’ll figure out in the near future when I’m more mature.

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  49. Hrakaridi permalink
    18/09/2017 1:31 am

    I have a penchat for traveling all over the world, that’s why i am a travel blogger!! Great post as always Elizabeth 🙂

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  50. Tatiana Sieff permalink
    18/09/2017 1:42 am

    I sometimes stay shy in my art/designs to delve into the eclectic – but I think your photos are really wonderful, especially the street art. I forget how much street art there is in London. I could take photos for hours!

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  51. Tiffany Yong permalink
    18/09/2017 2:06 am

    I would say I have a penchant for acting! Ironically, I scored badly for English back in schools and now, here I am as a blogger! Weird huh?

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  52. Eileen permalink
    18/09/2017 2:25 am

    My parents gave me something no one else can steal from me. They gave me the best education in top Catholic schools they could afford. From pre-school to college. They made sure that I could make a living for myself, and I thank them immensely for that. The only way I know I can repay is to work hard to give my children the same. I am almost there. My daughter has a bachelors degree in Economics and Finance, my son is a Hotel Management major, and my other son only has a year left to go to earn his degree in Computer Engineering and Robotics. About my penchant? It is simple. I love sunsets and zen gardens with eternal waterfalls and koi fish.

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  53. toastycritic permalink
    19/09/2017 11:08 pm

    I never thought of a lifestyle blogger as a person who had a penchant for the eclectic. But there is such truth in that statement. We do go off in a lot of different directions because our interests are varied. I know some people think of not being able to focus on one thing is a vice. But I think it can be a virtue because it allows one to see the world in its various different aspects.

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