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Monday, May 23, 2011

In Others' Words: Being Yourself

"To be happy, it first takes being comfortable in your own shoes. The rest can work up from there." ~ Sophia Bush, actress

I'll admit it: I like shoe shopping. Style is always important, but if the shoes look good and feel lousy--tight, uncomfortable--they go  back in the box and on the shelf.

Sometimes being comfortable with myself feels like shoe shopping. Who do I feel like today? Did I squeeze my personality into a bunch of shoulds and shouldn'ts? Did I try to fit into the latest fad--or was I true to myself, to who God made me to be?

I'm not really all about being happy because "happy" comes and goes with changes in your circumstances. But there is some fundamental truth to today's quote. Happiness--being content--starts with being comfortable with who you are. 

And who you are doesn't go out of style.

So here's a question for you: If you had to describe who you are by choosing a pair of shoes, what type of shoes would you be? Are you comfortable with that? 

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At 6:56 AM, Blogger Katie Ganshert said...

Not sure...but my favorite shoes to wear are flip-flops or no shoes at all. It's one of the reasons I love summer! Hmmmm...what does that say about me??

At 8:14 AM, Blogger Wendy Paine Miller said...

Worn-in beach sandals that have little dips where the toes go.

100% comfy with that.
~ Wendy

At 8:35 AM, Blogger Beth K. Vogt said...

It's funny. I put a photo of those fabulous vivid blue heels on the blog post.
And I am a barefoot kind of gal too. And I have a pair of bright red beach/all terrain sandals. :O)

At 10:36 AM, Blogger Jeanne T said...

I guess I'm in with the "right" crowd today. I am a flip-plop/open toed shoe kind of gal too. Barefoot in summer is common for me.

I like the analogy of shoe shopping and being comfortable with who I am. Great word pic! Thanks, Beth, for the thought-provoking post.

P.S. I love the color of the shoes in your pic, but I don't think I'd ever wear them! Too afraid of tripping over myself and having sore toes at the end of my time in them. :)

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Beth K. Vogt said...

Maybe I'm attracted to the shoes in the photo because they are the exact color of the shoes my daughter is wearing with her wedding gown--only she is wearing ballet flats!

At 11:43 AM, Blogger Sonia said...

That's it - I'm going shopping for shoes! Too bad you're busy, you could come with me!

At 12:17 PM, Blogger Beth K. Vogt said...

:O) Wait for me, Sonia!!

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Keli Gwyn said...

I have a pair of Earth shoes, so-ugly-they're-cute black leather Mary Janes. As a 70s gal who wore out a pair of Earth shoes during their debut when I was in high school, I was thrilled to discover that the "negative heel" shoes are back and are more stylish than before. (I found my pair in a high-end shoe store and spent more than usual for a pair of shoes.)

I'm like those shoes in some ways. I"m all for style, but comfort trumps. I like quality and would prefer one beloved item to a host of near misses. Like Earth shoes, I'm better now than I was in my 70s: stronger, wiser, more willing to put aside my fears and pursue my dreams.

At 1:20 PM, Blogger Stacy S. Jensen said...

I like the support of my running shoes and the lift of a good solid heel.

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Beth K. Vogt said...

Oooh, Kelli--I like your attitude!
And I'm with Stay too. I like my sandals and my bare feet sometimes. But I'll slip on a pair of heels for the right occasion too. (And then slip them off when I'm sitting at the restaurant! LOL!)

At 1:52 PM, Anonymous Tracey Solomon said...

No one pair of shoes sums me up. I have shoes for every occasion- from leopard print heels to ugly ugg boots. There are several aspects to my personality too- so I'm going with a closet full of shoes. Which, would also be accurate. I could be Imelda Marco's poor, suburban, stay at home mom- cousin....:P

If I absolutely HAD to choose one pair? It would be these: I love juxtaposition.

At 2:20 PM, Blogger Beth K. Vogt said...

Love those Lady B Boots, Tracey!! And they're reasonably priced, too!

At 3:58 PM, Blogger Sarah Forgrave said...

I used to go for high heels with pointy toes, but lately I'm into cute flats with fun details. I guess that means I'm down-to-earth with a splash of fun. :)

At 4:38 PM, Blogger Beth K. Vogt said...

That's a good mix, Sarah!


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