What do you love? What don’t you love?

Okay, now I’m excited.

The blogger John, from Stories in the Struggle posted a Love/Hate Challenge. The deal is that you list 10 things you love and 10 things you hate, and then ask all of your readers and followers to do the same. I’m in, John!

This is the core exercise of my book. Making and keeping up these 2 lists was the  key to figuring out who I was, and what I needed to be doing in the world. I write about lists A LOT on this blog. A recent post about how you are what you love, can be found HERE. I think this is the very best thing a person can do. Because when you notice what you love and what you don’t love, in the noticing you are paying attention to your life.

And when you pay attention to your life, you discover who you are. It’s freaking magical.

Things I love (in no particular order)

  • Cedar waxwings
  • Sinking down farther and farther into the sand with each incoming wave.
  • The little spit sink and cup at the dentist.
  • Office supply stores.
  • Marching bands.
  • Ironing
  • A great white shirt
  • Unplowed snow
  • Pudding
  • Fountain pens.

Go here for a more comprehensive comprehensive list of all the things I love.

Things I hate (in no particular order)

  • Vacuuming
  • Inserts in magazines that either fall out, or you have to rip them out to read in peace.
  • Plastic cutlery
  • The warm feeling of dog poop through the plastic bag.
  • Parallel parking
  • Styro packing peanuts
  • February
  • Mother’s Day
  • The cereal at the bottom of the box.
  • The phrase “poster child.”

Go here for a more comprehensive list of all things I don’t love.

I am so amped to know what is on the lists of the people who read this blog! I hope lots of you will play.

Thanks, John!

7 thoughts on “What do you love? What don’t you love?

  1. Thanks Kath. Really enjoyed this, as well as the March 28th post “Notice Your Life!” Paying attention is so important. I used to go on and on with people about living “wide awake”, same thing I think. I’ll second the love for pudding and a great white shirt, and agree with the hate for vacuuming. My dog Rudy, a corgi, sheds like crazy in the hot, humid weather here and I have to vacuum way too much to stop my hardwood floors from looking like shag rug…

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  2. I did my list today but I focused on travelling. I so agree with you about Feb., dog poop in bags, and parallel parking which I have never done since my test! Ironing, I am afraid would be on my hate list and I find it funny that you like office supply stores…. my husband is in office supplies 🙂 I also don’t know if I associate anything positive about dentist’s offices except when I leave! I guess that is what makes life interesting… we are all unique.

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  3. I’ve been wanting to do this since I first heard you speak of it. First draft.

    Things I love………
    The smell of onions frying in butter
    My old, blue, raveled, cotton, pull over sweater
    New life in a spring garden
    My son’s smiling face
    Almost anything blue and white
    Sincere hugs
    A good red wine
    Impromptu road trips

    Things I hate…………
    Ticks, fleas, parasites
    Grating cheese
    Tight clothes
    The soprano and alto saxophone
    Animal cruelty
    Reading history
    Cleaning the oven
    Tangled yarn
    Long, cold, gray winters


  4. Good morning. What a nice way to start the day. Here’s a list with absolutely no forethought (while lying in bed):
    Things I love:
    My new duvet cover
    harvesting a garden
    the morning sounds coming in my window right now
    a freshly organized cupboard
    warm lemon water
    getting up before my entire family and doing whatever I want
    when something “clicks” while practicing the Uke
    getting stuck in a novel and never wanting to leave

    Things I hate:
    Old hard gum
    cleaning a hardwood floor (usually of dust and dog hair)
    the yucky stuff that accumulates on the base of my toothbrush holder
    mean people
    paying bills
    child hunger
    self doubt

    There, funny how the I hate list was more difficult than the I love list. I hope you have a fantastic day!


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