Welcome to Day 31 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be…  Or…simply: Be…
Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin”
and in our homes and beyond.  If you missed The Introduction or you’d
like to follow the entire series, you can find each post listed here.

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Whew! This has been the fastest month on record.

It’s been a joy to meet the challenge of writing each day.  Though it has been a little more challenging that I imagined.

When I embarked on this journey with you I thought that the task ahead would be much more light-hearted.   I truly had no idea that as I wrote I would be writing these sometimes direct posts, full of challenges. Through these #31Days I hope you have learned with me to Be, and how to live fully and beautifully in your “skin,” in your homes and beyond.

As a gal who recognizes that it’s the “extra” in “ordinary” that makes life “extraordinary,” I put my heart and soul in the #31Days series.   Your comments throughout the series have been wonderfully encouraging and thoughtful.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your interaction.I thought it would be fun to end the series with the ABC’s of being.   And a printable.  Of course.

This is a list of words that we want to be. Just think how we can impact our world by simply being.


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What would make the conclusion of the series extra fun, would be for you to leave a comment with a one sentence explanation for one or more of the ABC’s listed below.  I’ll come back with them very soon.  I really do hope you’ll join in the fun.


The ABC’s of being…

Alert  ~  Brave  ~  Content  ~  Diligent  ~  Encouraging  ~  Faithful

Gracious  ~  Hopeful  ~  Inspiring  ~  Joyful  ~  Kind  ~  Loving  ~  More

Nice  ~  Original  ~  Prayerful  ~  Quiet  ~  Real  ~  Silly  ~  Thankful

Unique  ~  Virtuous  ~  Wise  ~  Xtraordinary  ~  Yourself  ~  Zealous


Day 31 Challenge:  Pick two being words for each month and write them on your calendar.  Make it a point to be aware of how you are or are not being ___________.  And choose to be ___________ and ____________.


All 26 being words have been carefully and thoughtfully chosen.  They are words to describe an extraordinary person.  And I think they are all descriptive words which we would appreciate others using to describe us.  Which ones are your favorites?   Which ones describe you right now?  Which ones do you need to aspire to? 

 I hope you will take the challenge, and also take the time to leave a sentence explanation for at least one of the ABC’s of being.

Thank you so much for faithfully reading and commenting on these 31 Extraordinary Days to Be… 

Being me….


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  1. love this! what a great visual to see on a daily basis. a while back i went to a funeral of an old freind that i had lost touch with when we moved. the weird thing was that she had a mental disease and MS from her early 20s until her death in her late 50s. she and her husband raised three great boys but the lion’s share of daily living was on him and her input was minimal due to two major diseases. her girlfreinds frequently helped out with meals, cleaning, kids, that sort of thing. but at her funeral her husband at one point just collapsed into our arms sobbing and saying, “what will i do without her? she did EVERYTHING.” astonished, i rode home in silence until i realized it really is NOT about what you do, it is only about who you be. thanks for a great series.

    • Suzi…thank you so much for sharing this heart-warming story. It sure puts things in perspective doesn’t it? Would you mind if I shared it in a post?
      Thanks for your kind words. They mean so much!!

  2. What a great idea! I want to talk about being silly. When my children still lived at home, I said something at table which my nearly grown son thought inappropriate coming from me. “Mom, you’re not supposed to say that; we have you up on a pedestal!”
    My teenage daughter chimed in, “Yeah, Mom; get back up on your mushroom!” I told them it was a slippery slope! I had always stressed good table manners & etiquette in general because I wanted them to be able to conduct themselves well in any situation.
    Then I became “The Tealadie” & began to teach them the proper way to serve & sip hot tea. By this time the grandchildren had graced our family sphere & the teaching continued. Because they still view me as the “proper one”: alias “The Tealadie” , I find it fun to occasionally climb down from “my mushroom” & do or say something really silly or undignified. Heaven help me if I ever lose the ability to just relax, have fun & be silly on occasion! After all, the Bible does say “A merry heart does good like a medicine”!!!

    • Haha!! We do need to be silly. I love that your daughter told you to get back up on your mushroom…cute!! Propriety has it’s place. And it’s surely one that has been lost in culture today. It’s sad when business people need to take classes in social etiquette. I hope you find yourself free for a bit of silliness yet tonight. Blessings my friend!

  3. Diane, this was just a lovely series. I didn’t get a chance to read every post, but I did read quite a few. Great job, my friend! It is so hard to write for 31 days straight, BUT, I do hope you plan to turn this into an eBook. 🙂

    • Thank you Rosann…I really appreciate your encouraging words. This series was a challenge. All of this is not easy to write about.
      I’m intrigued about the e-book idea…maybe we can talk?

  4. My favorite words on the list are diligent and kind. I fail on both accounts I’m afraid!!
    I really don’t know me anymore. I know the old me but I don’t know the new me. I love Jesus. I share Him with others. I write notes to encourage others but not as much as I used to for I think I’m kind of slipping away. It takes me so long to complete a task. I get forgetful! So I’m not sure where I fit!

    • In my world, Gwen…you are a bright spot and a most wonderful encourager.
      Keeping you in my prayers. Trusting that today will be a day where you are blessed beyond imagination.

  5. I have thoroughly enjoyed these 31 days. It has provoked all my emotions and made me be a bit more introspective than usual. The word kind is meaningful to me. I have a quote on my wall : “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” Henry James to his nephew William James.

    • Thank you so much for letting me know how the series impacted you. I’m humbled. And blessed. The introspection was there for me too. 😉
      What a great quote! I need to remember that. Thanks for sharing it Linda!
      Hope your weekend is extraordinary!! 🙂
      p.s. going to share that quote now on FB

  6. Okay…cool quote. Be kind, be kind, be kind. And I’m a firm believer in ” there’s no such thing as being ‘too kind’…” Yes, this 31 series was clearly about introspect…how could it not be when it was speaking to ME ‘being’. And no, navel gazing isn’t the answer for me as I think things to death and take no action. I’ve settled in with the comfy bits, and grimaced but ‘did it anyway’ when the introspect handed me something a little less comfortable. Both are good things for me. Remember, I invite G-d to ‘disturb me when I am comfortable’. LOL. Scary, but true! 😉 Thank you for dedicating yourself to these 31 days.

    Alert– for me, this is about being attentive, ‘present’ in the moment, energized by being able to hear and bring TO another human being in the moment.

    • I know…I thought that was a terrific quote too!! You might even see it here sometime. 😉
      Oh my…you sure did pray a brave prayer!!!!
      Thanks for your encouragement dear friend. 🙂

  7. Hi Diane,

    These are fantastic! I would love for you to link them up!! You can put them under Crafts if you would like to. 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • Thanks, Marti!
      Once I popped back over I realized that two of them might actually fit in the Thanksgiving section…loosely.
      Hope your weekend has been Extraordinary!!

  8. Love this list, and a printable to boot! This would be great in my bedroom, in a place where I could be reminder of these ABC’s every day. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you so much Sarah for your encouraging words. You just made my day! I’m thrilled that you will be able to utilize it.
      Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!!

  9. This is great! I love all the adjectives you chose to describe how we should be every single day! Beautiful print, too! Thanks so much for putting this together and sharing it!

  10. Wonderful series and thank you for sharing it with us at TTF! I love the printable!

  11. I love this! Very important words to live by. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  12. This is wonderful Diane, and very thoughtful. Beautifully done! I do apprecate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

    • Thank you so much Kathy! I did spend quite a bit of time thinking through the words. Of course…I second-guessed myself because it was hard to choose sometimes. 🙂

  13. Love this. What a great idea. Featuring you tonight at our blog hop

  14. Totally printing this. Have seen it a few places and love it! Would love to see you link this up over The Weekly Creative – 6 blogs, a ton of fun!


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