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Poppy wants to live in a world where everyone's story matters, regardless of their income or way of life.

As a photographer, she's won ribbons at the county fair. As a spiritual seeker and writer, she's been featured in Jen Louden's The Life Organizer and once published an article at allthingsgirl.net.

When she's not writing or photographing her story, she can be found at her day job as a technology consultant, or at home snuggling her cats, or in the park, taking a walk with her husband.

All You Need Is _________

All You Need Is _________

What are the things you can’t live without?

I’m a little surprised, on first reflection, how much I’ve changed. Younger Me would have given you several books she couldn’t live without, a few items of clothing, and some other assorted objects.

Now - wow, what could I not live without? Well, a roof over my head, there’s one. Safe water and food on the table, there’s two. The love of my family, friends, and pets, there’s three. Everything else might be negotiable.

Sure, books to read, movies to watch, music to lift my spirits make life more pleasant. Having appropriate, well-sized clothes to wear makes me feel hopeful. Being able to decorate myself with clothing and jewelry makes me happy.

It disturbs me a little that my “what I can’t live without” list now reflects the first levels of Maslow’s hierarchy pretty much exactly. Safety, water, food, belonging. There’s a nagging worry in my head that I appreciate those more because I’ve run too close to losing all of them - the anxiety a symptom of my CPTSD, I expect, because I’m not actually in any danger of losing them. I’d really like to be proud of my resilience, instead of afraid of what happens if everything falls apart.

What are the things that YOU can’t live without? Comment below or share on your own blog.

How to play along

Because safety is a core value for me, I am asking that comments in this space avoid all the ugly things: shame, blame, judgement. I am asking that disagreement and discussion be polite, respectful, generous, and open to vulnerability.

Because community is healthy behavior, I welcome you to comment, to share your thoughts and responses and discuss this with empathy with me and with each other.

Coffee and Conversation

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What I'm Reading This Week

What I'm Reading This Week