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Jo’s Journey (A Somewhat Irreverent Guide to Doing Anything Better) – 10 Steps to Cultivating Beauty

I’ve been talking a lot to my mom lately.  Last night the subject of our conversation turned to what makes someone beautiful.  And that got me thinking about my friends and why they are so beautiful to me.

My friends…

1. Make eye contact with me

2. Listen intently

3. Try to understand what I’m feeling and where I’m coming from

4. Are caring and loyal

5. Are honest about their own fears and insecurities

6. Share their successes and triumphs

7. Are generous

8. Have a sense of humor about themselves and about life

9.  Are curious about the world and aren’t afraid to try new things

10. Embrace their age with honesty and grace

I figure if I can strive to be even half of those things to my friends, I might just become more beautiful, too!

 funny hair roller fashionista

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” 
(Kahlil Gibran)


    • Thank you, my friend (although I could certainly have been a little more prompt in responding to you!)

      But my excuse is a good one this time. I’m deep into the weeding out/organizing of my Dad’s jewelry study. He has enough equipment and materials to keep me busy for a long time…the trick will be to get back here (to Oberlin) enough so that I can make good use of his state-of-the art bench and tools. I’m so glad we had that connection; it makes me feel close to him as I sort through his treasures and clean and organize his tools. I think he would have been grateful.

      Love, Joana

      On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 6:43 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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