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Birth Month Traits Meme

Saw this first on Julia’s site, then on Thomma-Lyn’s and decided to play along. A Scorpio with a Libra rising and born at the end of October, I am not convinced that all these traits will align. I thought it’d be a good opportunity to share a bit about me. The complete list of traits for each month and how to participate can be found here.

Ready, set, go:

Loves to chat. I’m all about connecting with others. Conversations in person are preferable to chatting on the phone. Interpersonal communication (how we relate to one another) fascinates me. Sharing my passion and experiences energizes me. Learning and asking questions from my friends, coworkers and family rejuvenates. Meaningful exchanges interest me more than idle talk.

Loves those who loves them. This is too simple. A given. Of course it’s easier to love/adore those you love/adore you. I’m not a masochist. I place great importance on my relationships and value those whom are part of my social circle. Life is too short to TRY to win acceptance and approval from everyone.

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” ~ Jane Howard

Loves to take things at the center. I have no idea what this means. Next question, please.

Inner and physical beauty.
I’ll write about my need/desire to have beautiful physical surroundings.

We always splurge for flowers and like to ensure our space is organized and clean. Because we love to entertain at home our fridge and pantry is always well-stocked.

One of my guilty pleasures is “real estate porn.” My husband and I can’t afford to make the leap into a larger home right now (with a toddler and live-in nanny our disposable income is, well, non-existent) but we both enjoy looking at/drooling over opulent and expensive real estate listings on http://www.mls.ca. Granite floors, marble kitchen countertops, ceramic sinks and lavish, walk-in dressing rooms – sure, why not? Antique auctions and cruising through furniture galleries are also favourite pastimes.

My motto: go big or go home. Lately, we’ve been going home.

Lies but doesn’t pretend.
I have no idea how to answer this. Anything I write could be construed as validating the statement. Question for you out there: what’s the difference between lying and pretending?

Gets angry often. I’m of Greek descent. I’m passionate. What else can I say?

Treats friends importantly. I’m an only child. Friends are part of my extended family and lifeline.

“We human beings are social beings. We come into this world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence to others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason, it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.” ~ Dalai Lama

Always making friends.
I work as a professional communicator (public relations). I believe in treating everyone I meet with respect and kindness.

Here’s what I know:

“Relationships are all there is. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone.” ~ Margaret Wheatley

Easily hurt but recovers easily. I’m comfortable with the idea of rejection. I’m a writer with countless rejection slips … I’ve “embraced the suck” and treat everything as a learning opportunity. As Samuel Beckett wrote, “Fail, fail again. Fail better.”

Daydreamer. “As long as you’re going to think anyway, think big.” ~ Donald Trump

Opinionated. I’m of Greek descent. I’m passionate. What else can I say?

Does not care of what others think. Not true. In the end, we all live one life. And that life is all about the people we live with.

I’m of Greek descent. I’m passionate. What else can I say?

Oscar Wilde once suggested that if a person did what he or she loved, it would feel as if they never worked a day in their life.

Strong clairvoyance.
I trust my gut instinct and grew up in a superstitious household. I’m Greek, remember?

Loves to travel, the arts and literature.
As a writer (and as a blogger), I am a content-creator and have an innate desire to learn more. Thus, I read voraciously and widely. As well, I question everything. I’ve been fortunate in my career path to have travelled widely and my husband and have made this a priority. Arts and literature make the world we inhabit larger, vibrant, inviting, understandable and more palatable.

Touchy and easily jealous. Not so.

Concerned. Writers are keen observers of the human psyche. We have a fundamental need to be recognized and appreciated. I’d replace concerned with: what do you really want/need?

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Playing that Greek card? I use the Irish one often. I love what you said about relationships.

Oh, I wanted to say, in response to your lovely comment on my Blog Expectations post:

Congratulations on your upcoming one-year blogoversary! You have a beautiful blog and a wonderful way with words -- you're warm and poetic and insightful. I always look forward to reading your posts.

I'd greatly enjoy a post on your expectations for Chicken Scratch!

Yes, I'm so glad that you and I participated in TT -- your blog quickly became one of my must-visits, and you became my friend. :)

I might get back to participating in TT one of these days -- it's a lot of fun. It's nice to know it's there, when I want to jump back in!

wow - great responses! And another MLS junkie! I had to wean myself off it after we bought our townhouse, but still sneak on every now and then for a fix :P

Thanks for the head's up - I'll put this up on Quarter Rest in the next few days (gotta leave space for Haiku Friday).

I loved reading your answers, Christine. You are a warm, wonderful person, and I am happy to know you! :)

I enjoyed the quotes, too -- wise and thought-provoking, my friend.

Big hugs to you, and I hope you're having a fabulous week!

This is great, Christine! Really meaty answers. And I love your repeating refrain - 'I’m of Greek descent. I’m passionate. What else can I say?' LOL!