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What You See Is What You Get

Anyone else see Alyssa’s prompt “what you hope people receive from you” and suck in some air? This is one that really gets deep and gets your gears turning, am I right? All at once everything and nothing came to me. We all want to be that cool person that says “I don’t care what people think of me.” But let’s be honest with ourselves, shall we? We do in some way, at least a little. Not everyone is going to like you, and that is cool I get that. And you shouldn’t live your life tip-toeing around to please other people or getting them to like you. At the end of the day though, whether you like me or not…what I want you to take away is that I am Nadine. I want people to at least say, well at least she is genuine and true to herself.

Because I am here to tell you, I am the same person no matter what situation I am in or who I am with. Sure, I might be more reserved in a professional group or around people I don’t know…but I am still Nadine. I might filter my use of cuss words around elders and children…..but I am still Nadine. I might not express my views of politics, religion, or what football team I root for to every person I encounter…but I am still Nadine.

And honestly, I really want people to just think I am kind and clever. Because when it comes down to it,  I honestly do have good intentions. I want people to feel like I listen, respect their opinions (even if they are wrong) and just feel comfortable around me. Even if I am awkward sometimes.

I want to be a place for laughter and support. Where you know you are going to get an honest answer. I am nothing if not honest.

What do you want people to receive from you?

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  • Reply Bri @ North Star Girl Lone Star World November 1, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I love this. Such a great response. The second to last paragraph summed up how I feel perfectly.

  • Reply Amy @ The Crazy Wise Woman November 1, 2016 at 8:24 am

    I think this is a great outlook. We all know people who behave one way in a certain group and completely opposite in real life. That has to be exhausting. Being true to yourself is the key to peace!

  • Reply Kaitlyn November 1, 2016 at 8:28 am

    To be a place for laughter and support is a good one. I would hope that people receive that from me as well. I receive from you that you are a very genuine, honest, and cleverly funny person.

  • Reply Rebecca Jo November 1, 2016 at 10:03 am

    That is a tough question.
    & I love your response to it. … I love you are STILL YOU in every situation with every person. That’s the true you that God made you to be.
    Its funny because we talked about JOY in our youth group this weekend & how it should exude off of you. I hope that’s what people receive from me. JOY. I love receiving it off others myself.

  • Reply Carly November 1, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I really love how you answered this prompt! I feel like I’ve had the everything and nothing to say about almost all of them. It’s so important to be yourself, but be able to be sensitive to who you might be around.

  • Reply Mattie @ Northwest Native November 1, 2016 at 10:37 am

    This is the PERFECT response to this prompt! I love it. I feel the same way. Keep being Nadine! 🙂

  • Reply Allison Arnone November 1, 2016 at 10:41 am

    this is the one prompt i did from the blogging challenge because it really spoke to me (and admittedly is something i’d never thought of before). it’s a good exercise in self awareness and perception and i think your response is great!

  • Reply emelia November 1, 2016 at 11:06 am

    I love this, I’m all about being me. I used to try to be the quiet girl or not outspoken…but that’s not me. I’ve learned to accept and truly love who I am…every bold, weird, quirky, funny part of me and the one who cusses too much too 😉 LOVE THIS and you Nadine!

  • Reply Laura November 1, 2016 at 11:19 am

    haha, I feel like we’ve talked about this so many times. It’s so true — it’s so exhausting trying to be someone you’re not. Why take that energy away when you could be devoting it to something that is truly you? I love my Nadine and the way she is, no matter WHAT – especially because I can always count on you for a laugh (a la the middle finger emoji yesterday) or honesty.

  • Reply Audrey November 1, 2016 at 11:25 am

    This is a prompt that I doubt I’ll get around to answering because I’m just not feeling a strong answer. Honestly, I think that people should do their best to give “good” into the world, whether that’s through cleverness, kindness, honesty, etc.

    I hope that when people interact with me they get a sense of acceptance. I try very hard to let other be themselves (as long as they’re not hurting themselves or others). I don’t care if you sleep around or save yourself for marriage, I don’t care if you go to church every Sunday or visit a mosque or strongly oppose the idea of a god/s, I don’t care if you make a million dollars or minimum wage. I hope that people pick up on that with me. I try to be down to earth, occasionally witty, and nice. I have no idea if that’s how I come across or not. Haha 🙂

  • Reply Sierra November 1, 2016 at 11:27 am

    I love this! It’s so important to be yourself and feel confident with who you are. You’re right, no matter who you are I’m sure we’ve all had some thoughts about what people think. I want people to know how caring I am, goofy, awkward at times, trust worthy, and trying my best to be an exceptional mother. I’ve always gotten the sense that you are being real in your blogging which is why I love reading it.

  • Reply StephTheBookworm November 1, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Kind and clever are very good things to be. 🙂

    And yes, it’s so easy to say “I don’t care what anyone thinks of me!” I say it all the time and I wish it were true but it’s really not.

  • Reply Myra November 1, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    This post is everything, friend. It’s very much what I want to people to receive from me too. A true to myself person — someone who will be honest and loving no matter what.

  • Reply Teh Megan November 1, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Those closing paragraphs are pretty much exact descriptions of my life. Especially the part about the awkward. Sooo awkward…. Great post! 🙂

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders November 1, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    As much as we don’t want to filter ourselves in everyday life, sometimes we have to. Like you I filter out my curse words when I’m around family and children, and I also know when I’m not going to bring up football or politics with certain people, but that doesn’t make me any less me!

  • Reply joey November 1, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Oh girl YES YES YES! You are such a genuine and kind person! Love this (and you)!

  • Reply Robin November 1, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    You have always been an awesome, “what you see is what you get” blogger in my opinion. (Some bloggers seem so fake.)

  • Reply Lindsay November 1, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    This is why I love you and your blog!

  • Reply alyssa November 1, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    I’m glad this prompt made you think so deeply! This was such an interesting self-analysis to read. I agree that I live how I want to–not in deference to anyone else’s preferences, but with different courtesies extended to different people where appropriate. And I hope that people see me as a genuine person too, because I want them to know they can trust me. This was a great post!

  • Reply ellesees.net November 2, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Great prompt. I want people to think I’m kind as well and a great friend.

  • Reply Cara November 2, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I think this is great, and even though we’ve never actually met in real life I can tell you’re such an authentic person through and through! I want people to know I’m a kind person- no matter where I’m at or who I’m with. Kindness is what it’s all about.

  • Reply kristen November 2, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    i was totally stumped by this prompt but you hit the nail on the head. genuine but also all the good things too. and obviously i only know you online but i think you are all of those things 🙂 you’re awesome!

  • Reply Dani November 2, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    When I read the prompt I was like “Huh. That’s a tough one!” But I love your response, and think you definitely come across as someone accepting, kind, and honest to everyone. And also someone who stands up for what they believe in and not take shit from aholes, so maybe that’s the true to yourself part. 😉

  • Reply Rach @ This Italian Family November 2, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Honesty is so important! It’s so good that your friends can always count on you to be honest with them!

  • Reply texerinsydney November 3, 2016 at 3:00 am

    I love the consistency of you saying that “I’m always Nadine.” This was a tough prompt, yet I think it asks an important question. And, I think you’ve answered it well.

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