What single word would you use to describe yourself?

I ran into a friend at the grocery store the other day.

This is not surprising because a) I have lots of friends and b) I eat lots of groceries. This particular day I was just running into the grocery store while I was on my way home from … the grocery store. A different grocery store.

THAT’S the way I roll. I am a rolling ball of excitement who visits not one, but TWO and sometimes THREE grocery stores in a row. A remarkable feat when you consider I grow all of my own vegetables. And make everything else out of kitty litter and water bottle caps. What is it I’m buying then?

Well, on this particular trip it was a package of hot Italian sausages, buns, tortillas, sour cream and a copy of Flea Market Style magazine.

My friend Marlilyn who works at the grocery store came up and gave me a big hug and kiss.  This is not surprising because a) I’m very cute and b) Marilyn’s very kissy.

In fact 3 aisles later some man pointed to my lip marked cheek and jovially asked who’d  been kissing me.  I slapped him in the face with my sausage and screamed INAPPROPRIATE TOUCHING, INAPPROPRIATE TOUCHING.  It’s kind of a blur but I think I somehow got hold of a whistle and started blowing it too.

It was probably an overreaction on my part.  I’ve been a bit jumpy lately. But it’s amazing what people let you get away with after the tiniest of nervous breakdowns. I’m thinkin’ of robbing a bank.

Anyhow, Kissy-Monster Marilyn and I were talking and she described me as having a “steely resolve”.

Really?  I have a steely resolve?  I guess I do.  That’s fun.  I’m not sure I ever would have thought of myself that way, but now that she mentioned it … I think she’s right.  If I were to describe myself, “steely resolve” probably wouldn’t be the words I’d use.  Which got me to thinking … how would I describe myself if I could only use one word?

Kind?  No.  Even though I am kind in a lot of cases it’s not what defines me I don’t think.

Smart?  You bet.  I can spell the word Chihuahua without a dictionary AND I can tell you what temperature it is in Fahrenheit if only given the current temperature in celsius.  And a pen and paper.  And access to Google.

Funny?  Come now.

Then it came to me.  I’m determined.  It might not be a great word to describe myself to other people but it’s who I really am.  Others would probably describe me as funny.  Or handy. Or wildly engaging with just a touch of mystery.

But to me … I’m determined.

You know what I’m going to ask now don’t you?  And I want you to really think about it.  It might not be as easy as you think.

If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?

Funny Kind Smart Caring Clever Happy Angry Damaged Mischievous?

Or maybe Steely?

Have a good weekend,





  1. Rachel says:

    Hi Determined. I’m Mercurial.

  2. Sarah says:

    One word? Ugh. I’ll go with loyal. Fiercely loyal.

    (I know this is cheating, but the runners up were patient, supportive, and smart.)

  3. Jeanette says:

    I’m “creative problem-solver” – and can also be a little bit wordy 🙂

  4. Allison says:

    I’m somewhere in the P’s … persnickety or persistent.

  5. Jen says:

    One word… evolving

    Yeah. That fits right now. I am JUST starting grad school to get my MBA. I am making a career change, I am just leaving newlywed status. I am trying to work on my little business, and trying to find work. Plus I changed my diet, started exercising, and stopped smoking.

    Yeah, evolving fits.

    But my friends would call me quirky…

  6. Jeanne McNeil says:


  7. Laura says:

    Passionate. Mostly because it sounds a tad more flattering than melodramatic.

  8. Ashley W says:

    Warm. (I hope.)

  9. missnicoleo says:

    I’m often described as: long pause…..interesting.

  10. Kirsten says:


    • Denise says:

      Kirsten – okay you got me to hit the dictionary at 7:00 am on that one. Several online dictionaries in fact … and the thesaurus. And I am still wondering what you mean. One mentioned opposites, another a specific computer search another amphibian (I’m hoping that isn’t it). Bi-polar? Multiple personalities? Inquiring minds want to know. ~Denise And now I guess mine must be “curious”. Which does in fact fit me.

  11. Bobbi says:


  12. Trysha says:

    I’m not kind, but I’m friendly. Loyal is what I would be preferred to be known for. Some people would probably use the word bitchy to describe me, but those people…would probably be right. Haha!

  13. Court says:


  14. Susan R says:

    Independent, above all else.

  15. Cathy says:

    Cathy is: Friendly.

  16. Tara says:

    As soon as I saw the headline of your post, I immediately thought, “Oooh, I know this one – I’m determined!!”

    But then you stole it right from under my determined feet so I’m going to go with my second thought:


  17. Terri says:

    This old lady …well I’m known as “OHNERY”. Like to keep the youngin’s on their toes. HeHeHe.

  18. Amie Mason says:

    I would say ‘bubbly’ or ‘chatterbox’ but I think my husband would say ‘moody’ or ‘highly-strung’….

    • Viki says:

      But Amie, that’s the beauty of it: They’re two sides of the same coin–it’s just the actions you choose with your qualities that determine whether or not that quality will be seen as positive or negative. When someone says to me, “Man, my kid is so STUBBORN,” I say to them, “But that means that she will stay the course when she needs to!” (aka DETERMINED). If your husband says you’re moody, you can take pride in being SENSITIVE TO OTHERS’ MOODS . . .which is an excellent gift! Nobody wants a friend who is indifferent to their own mood. And HIGH-STRUNG? Try ENERGETIC, SPARKLING or (my personal favorite and my one word) VIVACIOUS! It’s all in how you spend the energy that determines the word, even if they represent the same/a similar quality.

  19. Allison in E ON says:

    Sad to admit: Tired.

  20. Stephanie Hobson says:

    Stubborn, aka bull headed. Or as a friend of mine said just last week, “Like a dog with a bone”.

    Or as a different friend once described me, the most curious person he had ever met. Not curious as in unusual, exotic, or even interesting. Curious as in nosey!

    So put those two together, nosey and stubborn, and right there you have trouble in River City!

  21. carey says:

    Hmmm.One word to describe myself? I just can’t decide. Smart, yes, funny, sometimes. Loyal, you betcha. I guess what I am, is indecisive.

  22. LuAnn Agustin says:


  23. Lea Studebaker says:

    Empathetic. My husband says its a curse and a blessing, I care enough for the both of us, then some. His words not mine.

  24. JBB says:

    Muh? Is that a word?

  25. Sia says:

    Efficient… For now.

    … And your grocery store attack cracked me up.

    …AND, thank you for that “fly.sitting.on.your.food.laying.eggs.so.cover.it.up” post a few days ago… Now, I imagine eating fly eggs every single day.

  26. Kimberly says:


  27. kimberly says:

    Wow, that’s a tough one. it has to cover all the little facets of your personality, and mine are all over the place. lol. I think the best one, would be the word ” resolved”. can I use that? is it a description, or an end result?

  28. Turtle!….wait maybe Feral cuz it sounds more exciting!

  29. Sue says:

    I recently got on Medicare and have been dutifully getting all my long overdue screenings. The last was at the GYN, who was gazing at my nether regions and announced that all looked normal, but atrophied. I’ve been feeling nothing but atrophied ever since.

  30. Christine says:

    I would use the word Mama to describe me because….well it’s true and….because currently my old self is lost somewhere in this title.

    • Karen says:

      Well then find your old self. Think about it today. You’re not a mama. Well, you are, but that’s only part of it. It’s not what you are. Think of pre-mama you and remember what it was, and become it again. 🙂 In addition to mama. ~ karen!

      • Nancy Blue Moon says:

        Great advise Karen..Christine..Think of something you used to love doing..something that made you smile and feel good about yourself..Then make time to do it again..Remember: When Mama’s happy..everybody’s happy!

  31. Laura Bee` says:

    Who I am and how I feel are very closely intertwined. This morning you caught me feeling less like myself.

    I’ll get back to you.

    • Karen says:

      I”m glad you’re giving it some thought. ~ karen!

      • Laura Bee` says:

        Feeling much better. Thanks for making me look for me today…the answer popped in my head just now.

        Now – if you really knew me, this would make you laugh because I say it so often – I’m fine. Fine in many ways & I’ll continue to be fine.

  32. RosieW says:

    Hard to choose, as I’m drawn to your word DETERMINED, but think ECCENTRIC is most accurate.

  33. Candice says:

    I’m in the throws of helping with my daughter’s upcoming wedding (November) with 200+ guests.I’m a minimalist so this pomp and circumstance is alien to me and I have no idea what the f@#k I’m doing and the fact that I think she’s making a HUGE mistake, I’d say I’m…anxiety-prone.

  34. Jodi says:

    I’m gonna say “golden”. Because I still need reminding sometimes how precious I am – and how good my life is, even though I’m getting better at appreciating it.

  35. Natika says:

    hmmm… this is a very interesting idea, especially the part where you say what others would call you and what you would call yourself is different.

    Idealist is my word.

  36. Carol says:

    Multifaceted! 😉

  37. Cindy says:

    Eclectic. But I like evolving a lot too.

  38. karen anderson says:

    weird. And proud of it!!

  39. Amanda says:

    Okay, I saw it in the graphic above, but it fits. Curious. Relentlessly.

  40. marilyn says:

    i looked in the dictionary for the definition of determined and …you guessed it..steely resolve! imagine! me…positive! my brother once described me as pollyanna..i’ll take it. and yes i am a kissy person, runs in the family and is all part of the positive thing..i try to pass it on. lol

  41. jenny says:

    really difficult finding one word to wrap up my whole personality but id just say ‘unique’

  42. Beckie says:

    lately? defeated

    other times…resigned

    I’ve also been told I am *argumentative*

    but…I beg to differ

  43. Linda J Howes says:

    I am also very creative, necessity being the mother of invention and all. This and other reasons have also made me – resolved.

  44. Wendy says:

    InnerAltitude! I start the day off great..then BAMM…someone looks at me weird or the tractor in front of my 10 minute drive is too large to pass…the words on the menu do not match what I’m eating…turns my mood backwards. Give me barn aroma, puppy, the ocean..I can then eat everything on the menu without chewing with a smile.

  45. jainegayer says:

    Karen, you are determined. I read your blog on doing your ENTIRE yard…moving those boulders, definitely determined.
    I woud have turned and ran, very far.
    People tell me I’m strong, emotionally.
    I guess I am…

  46. KimC says:

    Control-freak. I hate that about myself! On a side note, I laughed when I read that you describe yourself as determined. With school starting, I had to fill out a form describing my 11 yr.old daughter in 5 words. On the list I used ‘perfectionist’ which my daughter took offence to so together we switched it to ‘determined’. She seems to think that description has a nice ring to it as she’s been tossing it into every conversation this week!
    Have a great weekend Karen.

  47. A college professor once called me “exquisitely feminine”. Yes, still trying to figure that one out.

    But I would call myself tenacious. I don’t like to defeated by any challenge that comes my way.

  48. CP says:

    I have a similar story to your grocery store encounter, but rather than “steely resolve”, I got “quiet force”. I’m going with it. Albeit quietly and forcefully.

  49. Judy D. says:


  50. qtpuh2tme says:


  51. Diane S says:

    How I see myself = confident
    How others see me = doormat

  52. Kathy says:

    Kinda Kooky!

  53. Phedra says:


  54. Jamieson says:

    ONE word??! I’ve never said just one word in my life.

    • Amy Schmucker says:

      YEah, that about says it for me too.

      I guess my word would have to be talkitive. Or friendly would be more positive spin on it.

  55. Johan says:

    Sitting here with an ice pack on my face because some batshit crazy woman hit me with a package of meat yesterday. Can’t remember much after that but there is a ringing in my ears too….
    I am going with ‘curious’, at least I was….

  56. Charmaine says:


  57. Rondina says:

    To others : smart. I hate that. I’ll be talking to a total stranger and out of the blue they ask, “You’re really smart aren’t you?” That’s when I dismiss myself as soon as possible. I think I’m friendly. Why would I be talking to the total stranger if I wasn’t friendly?

  58. Heather says:

    Persistent. Like a dog with a bone

    • Debi says:

      Wrong! I’ve seen your blog. I’d say – amazing!

    • Sally A. says:


      Don’t say that! I know how you feel though. Right at this moment I am torturing myself because of something really dumb I did recently at work. I mean really dumb. Like they might fire me dumb. So my word was going to be dumb. Just know that tomorrow is another day and hopefully that’s the day it gets better! Right now would be good too, but oh well. 🙂 Also, everybody fails and everybody can be dumb.

      • Sally A. says:


        I’ve noticed that many of us are defining ourselves with a word about how we feel. That’s different. I feel dumb, but after I looked up Mercurial (cause I’m dumb :)) I realized that describes me perfectly!

        1. changeable; volatile; fickle; flighty; erratic: a mercurial nature.

        animated; lively; sprightly; quick-witted. (I think quick-witted may be a stretch)

        Add dumb and we’re there!! Ha!

      • andrea meyers says:

        Ii did something dumb at work, got fired, and lost my dream house I was 5 days away from closing escrow on!!
        you’re not dumb, just in a journey-learning mode. everything happens for a reason.

  59. Sue H. says:


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  61. Jodi T. says:


  62. Alice says:

    Grateful — with good reason — but I try to be, even when things don’t look so good.

  63. Brenda says:

    I’m working part-time in a job I’m not enjoying any longer, my daughter just left for college (freshman) & I’m missing her badly, I really need to find a full-time job (yeah, in this USA economy)that I “hopefully” enjoy …..I need to get to know my husband again (we have a 14 yr old son in the house still, but unless we find some commonality that does not include our children, I’m afraid what our relationship will look like in 4 yrs when he leaves)….so yeah, adrift. Or depressed, that one works, too. I’m really, really trying to change my “word” to hopeful….but I don’t have much hope of that…yet.

    • Sandra says:

      Oh my, Brenda you are describing …me! Although my two sons have both moved out, one currently in college, the other graduated and working full time etc. they are still local. Daughter just started college that is 4+ hours away. One 15 yo daughter at home for three more years…and who is this person that shares my bed?

      One word to describe me? positive

    • Brenda, your comment really touched me. I can feel how sad you are, but I love that you’re trying to change your word.

      I believe words are the most powerful tool we have to transform our lives. I tell my daughter (who is 10, and our child of “no”) that when her words roll back over her ears and her brain hears them again, her brain believes them. So it’s important to give her brain positive words to build a positive outlook.

      It sounds juvenile, I’m sure, but I believe it. Another word for ‘adrift’ is ‘searching,’ but ‘searching’ is active. It gives you power and authority over your own direction. And even though things are changing rapidly and changes can be terrifying, there’s also a ton of opportunity: to redefine your relationship with your husband, with your son, and together as a family. To find a job or career path that fulfills you. To figure out where your interests lay, then pursue them with passion. To indulge in new ways to expand and deepen your relationship with your daughter now that she’s away.

      There is so much opportunity, and as a Searcher, you can try on different hats and seek out what truly makes you happy.

      Apologies for the armchair psychology. I hope you can grab hold of that rudder and steer yourself into what makes you happy. ~ April

      • Brenda says:

        April………thank you…….just — thank you! 🙂

        • Tim says:

          I know this is from awhile back now. But all i have to say is “good for you!” You may be “adrift” right now, and i know it seems cliché and even a little 12-steppy, but the first step is admitting there is a problem. You can’t fix a problem you didn’t know existed. You made a decision to love and cherish your husband till death do you part. You just need to remember why you made that decision, and wake up each day and make that decision again. Remember why, and you will find that connection again…I promise!

  64. karol says:

    Today, it’s “troubled”. Tomorrow, I’m hoping for better. So maybe “hopeful” would be a more positive choice for today.

  65. Andreae says:

    I’m really good at synthesizing, in the sense of synthesizing information into something coherent, not in the sense of playing the synthesizer. Does this make me synthetic? I only wear natural fibres…

  66. Maggie V says:

    POSITIVE!! Like Marilyn says it runs in the family at least most of us in the family. The glass is always half full and we like it that way at least most of us. Just sayin! Cheers

  67. Sandy says:

    I would say “Thinker”. It is nice to know that I am not the only one that shops at two or three grocery stores. It saves me money!

  68. Glenda says:

    Optimist. Kind of like Scarlett O’Hara – “Tomorrow is another day” or could be considered ostrich with my head in the sand. I prefer optimist.

  69. Kathy says:

    Joyfully tenacious. Or tenaciously joyful.

  70. gabrielle says:


  71. Marion says:

    I’m opinionated. Seriously, I have an opinion on pretty much everything. I’ll share them with anybody if given the chance, although I know (most of the time) when to shut my mouth. I had a friend once tell me I was “too honest” sometimes. So yea, I’m honestly opinionated (and quite liberal, so there ya go).

  72. taria says:

    I need to work on this because it is probably cranky. Been a long year for us here and I have just become cranky.

  73. Melissa says:

    What does your mirror face say?

    We have a family joke that the way you look at yourself in the mirror is the way you want the world to see you. When I look in the mirror, I try to look “approachable and friendly.” To counteract my TYPE A personality…

    My word to describe myself, in spite of my mirror face, is: resourceful.

  74. Patricia says:

    either caring or enabling….hmmmmmm

  75. West Coast Nan says:

    Amazing – not that I think I am great or anything, just that to have gotten this far in life is quite a feat so I will honour that with my one word description. Also, I can still do a cartwheel.

  76. I would used determined as well. I think in the end it describes how I manage to go about my day to day life and the things that get thrown at me.

  77. Ruth says:

    Good morning, Determined… I am Complex (as in ‘complicated’, not the one that requires psychiatric assessment) ;P

  78. jan says:

    It is what it is…or I am what I am.

  79. toekneetoni says:


  80. Rebekah says:

    Observer: a person who watches or notices something. Thanks for causing some introspection this morning!

  81. Patti says:

    A long time ago at some dumb thing we went around the room each of us using one word to describe the others. I got “pleasant” and “nice” … blech! I think I’m a Fearless sh*t-kicker!

  82. Karen says:

    This is hard!

    I would say – overwhelmed!

    Others would say – confident?

  83. saf affect says:

    When I read the headline my mind jumped to ‘single’ describing your new state. So on that line, being single as well, I prefer not to use that word as I don’t want to be in that state and in the spirit of ‘The Secret’ if I label myself as such it is what I will continue to be. I prefer the word ‘available’ – available for a relationship, available for my family, my friends, life experiences. ‘Available’ is a state that is constant, whether in a relationship or not.

    But I digress. So along the lines of this post – ‘Positive’. 🙂

  84. Rhonda SmartyPants says:

    One of your best posts, Karen. I especially resonated with the ‘tiniest of nervous breakdowns’ and your thought to ‘rob a bank.’ When I was in a similar state of mind (as in ‘lost’ my mind), I destroyed a brand new Harley Electraglide one afternoon. that would be when my one word description would have been “Enraged.”

    Happy to say, 7 years later; after searching desperately and finding my ‘lost’ mind, receiving much kindness from strangers, being loved from my grown children and wonderful grandchildren, and rebuilding my life one step at a time, I would describe myself as “courageously buoyant.”

  85. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Need to think about it Karen..tell you later..

  86. Tres says:

    Impish or Clutz.

    Either one is true. A little mischievous, typically happy, and always finding something to trip over or run into.

  87. Shirley says:

    A perfectionist.

    You know what a perfectionist is, don’t you? A person who takes great pains and gives them to everyone else!

    Yup, that’s me to a T.

  88. Rhonda SmartyPants says:

    Further thoughts on this post, if you please:
    Love to see how thought-provoking this is for some of us — shows how multi-dimensional we are and what interesting readers you have;
    This one little question can begin a psychic shift in our thinking about who we are to ourselves, not just how others describe us;
    Recognize that we are changing, shifting, and evolving every nanosecond and revel in that fact.
    I have a plaque on my wall that says it all, “When you are done changing, you are done.”

  89. Sandi says:

    Unorganized. (But maybe I’m just having a bad day. Month. Season.)

  90. Jeannie B says:


  91. Trissi V. says:

    Strategic … ’nuff said

  92. Kathline says:


    I think sometimes that takes a little more faith and strength than “optimistic”, and that’s what I’ve had this year – a little more faith and strength than usual. 🙂

  93. Dogged.

    Which doesn’t sound very flattering, but is accurate. Whatever I do (good or bad) I do it doggedly. So… yeah.

  94. nicole says:

    Me? I’d say I am absorbent.

    I’m inspired by everything around me…I always suck in other’s moods (not always fun)…and always reaching to learn…

    great post xo

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  97. ally says:

    “gets it done”

  98. Linda says:

    quirky……stated by a friend, who also clarified “but in a good way”!

  99. NikiDee says:

    Tenacious. Which I guess is sorta like determined but I know for sure I’m not a copy-cat.

  100. Deb says:

    Happy, even when life is so hard. I’m grateful to be able to feel happy deep down inside

  101. Lisa Kuhl-Thomas says:

    Honest. What you see is what you get.

  102. susan says:


    I also like “mercurial” so maybe it should be “undecided”?

  103. Langela says:

    My mother described my two sisters and I when I was a senior in high school. One was beautiful, one was sexy/alluring. And me? I was level-headed. To a practical woman who had no use for looks, my mother was complimenting me. As a teenaged girl, I was devastated. What girl dreams of being level-headed? However I’ve grown to see that beauty fades, sexy gets fat, and being level-headed has given me a good life.

    Now for my self-descriptive words… an organized mess, an ever-thinking disaster, weirdo, under active over achiever, curious, analytical, dreamer, sarcastic, funny, guilt-ridden.

    I am a thinker. That’s my word.

  104. Emily says:

    You just made my day. I have a quick story to share. At a job interview, years ago, I was asked the same question. Totally unprepared for it I stopped and really thought about it for a minute, and my word was also determined. My interviewer hired me on the spot. The first time she had ever done that in her 20+ years of hiring. Turns out that was her word too. I’m still surprised that I chose that word, and it still feels like the perfect word for me.

  105. Ellen says:

    Eccentric is the nice way of saying it….and it’s what other people call me. Personally, I think I’m ordinary. I always thought it would be wonderful to be eccentric, and don’t dare claim what I think of as an accolade for myself. But it’s true that I’m not-like-other-people (there, I made it one word!) (is that eccentric of me?)

  106. Grammy says:

    Honest. It’s a curse.

  107. Teresa says:


  108. Stephanie says:


    (although on a bad day my nicknames are Impatient and Snippy)

  109. Miss Momma Me says:

    I am Inspiring. (Oh if only you could see the fire in my eyes when I say that!)

    I left an abusive alcoholic cheating father-of-my-children (all those words are HIS words, except “father”) in the dream house we built together and the job I always wanted to…

    – provide my children a nurturing environment
    – live my life peacefully
    – pursue higher education
    – raise my children on my own
    – do it on my own terms and kick ass doing it!

    How do I know I’m inspiring? I see it in the eyes of my children.

    Good day! Case closed! I am inspiring!

  110. Rita says:

    I’d describe myself to be “striving”. Never satisfied with the status quo, always seeking to be better than I was a moment ago. A better teacher, a better mother, a better student, a better wife, a better self. Not that who/what/where I am is bad or wrong, I just have lots of things I want to do and learn!

  111. Zoe says:

    Independent…sometimes to my own detriment when I become fiercely independent. Drives my husband batty!

  112. Ella says:

    labile (in both feeling and being)

  113. Katja says:

    I would say practical. Others (especially shrinks) have described me as self-aware. I don’t think either of those really pop into peoples heads immediately upon meeting me, but there you go.

  114. kathy says:

    Beaten down. (sorry, 2 words) No, not physically but after 24 years of happy marriage, it’s coming to an end. I’m 62 years old, I think I’m still pretty and smart and funny, but losing the love of my life. I get the dog & cat & house if I want, but Karen’s description of “sharing” is what I’m feeling the loss of too. Sorry to be a downer on my first post to this site, but the sadness is overwhelming.

    • Karen says:

      Kathy – Nancy Blue Moon, who comments regularly here, is going through the exact same thing as you at around the same age as well. I can’t say I feel beaten down at the moment, but that could change in an hour, LOL. But it’s been a few months now and … I’m good. There will be an enormous amount you’ll miss. And for a long time. But you’ll also rediscover yourself. You’ll find out how many friends you have that you didn’t really know you had. And my words of advice … don’t keep it bottled up. Don’t hide it. Don’t pretend it isn’t happening. And find someone who just agrees with everything you say, LOL. My niece did that for me. I’d say “He’s an asshole. I don’t even know who he is anymore!” And she’d say, “Yes. He is an asshole. I don’t know who he is either”. You’ll get there. You really will. (I say that will all the confidence of someone who hated it when people said that to me, LOL)~ karen!

  115. Jay says:

    Aw hell. I’m mardy, chippy and stroppy (all great Northern England words for bloody-minded). I’m inquisitive, optimistic and engaged with our exciting world. I’m medicated, clinically depressed, struggling. I’m friendly, brave and compassionate. I’m a cineaste, a book-worm, a gardener, a mum. I’m dedicated, organised, creative, determined, a planner and an activist. I’m a sybarite, a culture-vulture, a friend and an insomniac.

    Oh bugger. I guess my word is… LOQUACIOUS

  116. Katty says:


  117. kathy says:

    Thank you, Karen. Yes my soon to be ex- is an asshole too. My not-close friends and neighbors love him, as he can turn it on & off so smoothly. I always believed every word he said…. word of advice “beware”.

    And you are right, talking about it opens up a lot of conversations with people that you find really do love you for who YOU are. My favorite times in life are going to my own bed at night (we are still in the same home) and my worst times are waking up in the morning. I have faith that this too shall pass. I remember that I used to be a strong women and will again.

    Thank you for your kind words. And to quit being such a downer, I love your blog… hard to choose a favorite, but probably would be the chickens and Beatles “Hear Comes the Sun”. Also when I enjoyed cooking for us, I totally got into grinding your own hamburger…


  118. carol says:

    Yeah, you can spell chihuahua but can you spell Albuquerque?

    My word is smart-ass.

  119. janinemsam says:

    Planner/Director… Oldest bossy sister/cousin of many boys and flaky girls, only female rep on sales team, mom to two sullen teenagers. Printed calendars and sharpies make the world go round.. 🙂

  120. Danni says:


    Brenda I’m not sure if this will help but I truly believe this book helped save my marriage, try reading The Five Love Languages. The author has escaped me at the moment but he even has a website called the five love languages. Great book!

  121. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Searching..have been all my life..not sure what for..hopefully I will know if I ever find it..

  122. Sara says:

    Serendipitous. Such is my life 🙂

  123. Jen says:

    Loyal (as a Beagle)

  124. Anna N says:


  125. Christine says:

    I got my son to agree to put on my tombstone….
    “She was Silly, but not Stupid”

  126. Deb says:

    Stubborn…no ifs, ands or buts (I’ve found it’s not really a bad thing in the long run once I learned to pick the battles that are right for me).

    What a great exercise, Karen! Sometimes we lose that connection to self and little nudges like this are just what we need. Thanks ever so much.

  127. christine says:


  128. Karen B says:

    In a word – “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”

  129. Bre Quantrill says:

    Lost. Which isn’t as bad as it sounds. It means I can’t be found to be bothered with trivialities (is that a word?) and drama and I can take great adventures in trying to find myself. It can be a bit lonely here (where am I anyway?) but that encourages me to amuse myself more and enjoy the people I meet along the way.(I also send postcards so my family knows I’m not dead.) I have a map of my life that shows where I’ve been. I treasure some of the stops, but some have been awful places I’m all too happy to leave behind. Pesky map doesn’t show where I’m going though, so out of curiousity, I just keep on keeping on, hoping I’ll have enough pluck to get to the elusive “there” and the sense to recognize when I’ve “arrived.” (Maybe my word should have been rambling…)

  130. Rebecca says:

    Love this post! Have read every comment! Interesting thought process and self-evaluation so early in the morning.
    I am little bit of everything, like a mixed bag, but not unpredictable like. But one thing I always am is present.

  131. Donna says:

    A colleague once told me that I have a core of steel covered in velvet, and therein lies my strength. I’ve had to be strong – but I like the idea that I am soft as velvet, too.
    I think my word is Blessed.

  132. mayr says:


  133. Sue says:


    My husband says only YOU would look at it that way.

    Friends say you are the only one that would do that.

    Strangers say why did you do it that way?

    I have heard well that is different.

    I love it when my husband says..You are one of a kind Baby.
    Yeah…lets go with unique.

  134. Brie says:


  135. Chris says:

    I have taken my time to think about this. I went through several words that have described me during the years, and come up with WIP – Work-In-Progress. I am ever changing and evolving and learning. It will be this way until I take my last breath.

  136. kelliblue says:


    This is coming from someone who hated school, and was really great at being really average in school. But I somehow found my inquisitive side, and now, I want to know everything! I’ve become a lifelong learner, and most of what I know (like you) is self taught. I seem to learn best that way. I’m the one who always picks up a book/magazine at the office or at a friends, not paying attention to the conversation; or the one who looks more closely at a paperweight that has some creature caught in resin; or finding the fascination of looking at the books on someone’s bookshelf; or watching every video on YouTube to learn about a particular topic, whatever it is…it’s the side I inherited from my dad, a lifelong ‘tinkerer.’ Never stop learning…it all comes in handy eventually. 🙂

  137. Leigh says:

    “Resigned” which sounds a lot better than “defeated”! Though “overwhelmed” was also tempting…

  138. Kate says:

    Someone once described me as whimsical. I’ve always liked that one.

    If I may be allowed a two word description, another good one is Politely Relentless. Or Relentlessly Polite. I can go either way.

  139. theresa says:

    blessed as in having blessings and as a curse word–I am a bit scattered these days and always seem to be looking for some blessed item or other

  140. peggy says:

    I once had a roommate who found my bottle of B Complex vitamins and remarked, “Well, here’s your problem. You should be taking B simple.” I would it they made ’em!

  141. Michael says:

    If I had to pick one right now it would be “tired”.
    The doctor is still trying to figure out why I lost 50 lbs in the first 2 months of the year and another 20 lbs since. And I’m not trying. Tired from all the testing and the wear on my body.

  142. Janet says:

    Unusual.. i didnt read any other comments because I didnt want to be swayed by other adjectives and “unusual” became the descriptive word. And I like it. Its like you, unusual, different and unique. Its why I read your blog daily. You are unusual like me…does that make us “the same” hmmmmm?

  143. andrea meyers says:

    lol. just keepin’ it real. even typing “lol” and “keepin” with no “g” is obnoxious.
    my friends tell me I should be a comedienne. that’s like saying “well, at least you have a pretty face”.
    I want to be Brilliant !

  144. Sue From Vermont says:

    Tonight: Sad. My mom died 9 years ago today, and I miss her. The kicker is, another commenter named Barbara wrote “peaceful”. Barbara was my mother’s name. So I guess my word is Emotional.

  145. Meri says:

    I have recently gone through just this exercise. I started with ‘helpful’ and was comfortable with my word as I sped through life helping out anyone that needed it. After many conversations with a good friend, I came to realize that my reason for being so ‘helpful’ was so I could be in control, or ‘controlling’. It seemed to fit that I would help out, work, home, grocery store, little old lady crossing the street, so I could control the situation, be sure it was done right, and all would be right with the world. Then my good friend asked me “What are you afraid of? What will happen if all is not right with the world, and whose definition of right are you using?” Oh shit, I went from ‘helpful’ to ‘fearful’ in a few conversations. sigh. On another note, those of us of a certain age who have spent our lives taking care of others, fulfilling responsibilities, etc., should read Joan Anderson’s series ‘Year By the Sea’. Thought provoking. See, there I go being helpful, no controlling, no fearful, shut up.

  146. Michelle says:

    Hubby says I am creative.
    I prefer resourceful.

  147. Susan says:

    Over the years there have been many single words that would have described how I was at that time, but now that I’m retired, I think the word that best describes me now is “lazy.” Lazy and loving it!

  148. Caarin says:

    Trainwreck 🙂 In the best way possible of course.

  149. Dedicated.

    It seems to sum up me in all the different areas of my life.

  150. doni says:

    Twisty. Sometimes as in ‘dark and twisted’ and sometimes more quirky and changing directions. My sense of humor is twisted according to my husband. He has no appreciation for my facebook posts. I would describe him as fuddy-duddy. See how I cleverly made that into one word (sort of)?

  151. Kat says:

    I can’t seem to settle down, done the “run away bride” thing 4 times, still have all 4 engagement rings. Moved more times than I care to admit and in the process of moving again! So my current boyfriend just last night decided to tell me that he was thinking about my life and has decided that I have an aversion to anything remotely to do with staying put and commitment and called me a gypsy and I could only shrug my shoulders and had to agree with him.
    So “GYPSY” it is! But I am a really cool gypsy!

  152. Chris says:

    Goofy! That’s my true self. At work, I can be seen as conscientious and understimulated, but it pays ok.

  153. Claudia says:

    Harmless. Well, mostly 😉

  154. Lindsey says:

    I’ve noticed that most of the “words” are super positive which is amazing! I love it.

    But my word is….fraud. I never feel authentic. I wonder if I’ll ever be “real.” Hmmmmm…..

  155. Sarah says:

    Nerdy! Definitely nerdy.

  156. Tigersmom says:

    Sorry for the delay, but I really had to think about this one. I ran through a lot of words that describe me, but the one that sums it up is Real. I’ve never had the desire nor the ability to be anything other than who I am. (That’s not saying I have never wanted to have what someone else has.) As another poster put it, “What you see is what you get.”

    I also can’t tolerate phoniness or pretension in others. Can’t stand it.

  157. I love your blog so much Karen. You are funny and smart and determined. I think that is why we all adore you so much. I think the one word would change from time to time as we all change. But for me at this stage of life it is


    I am a Mom with a part time business and 3 kids in 3 schools and volunteer commitments so I am very intentional in all that I do.

  158. Mindy says:

    Wow, this is seriously difficult. I’ll have to think about it and get back to you….

  159. Meg says:

    Courageous. For damn sure.

  160. dana gault says:


    Although that is more of a feeling than a characteristic.

    My college-age children said “badass”. I am so proud.

  161. Amber says:

    Random! I’m curious, smart, weird, easily distracted, a bit evil in a nice way but most of all random….I blame my parents who had the mindset of both hippies and hospitality, manner focused Southerners. How can you not be a bit random when one of the lessons from your mother you remember most is “You might actually have to kill someone at some point but you’ll never *need* to be rude”

    • Karen says:

      LOL! That sounds like a perfect t-shirt slogan. ~ karen

      • Amber says:

        That is an idea! The lesson certianly stuck though. To this day rudeness upsets me more than pretty much anything from others and I almost always watch my manners. Maybe if I get a second world I’ll go with polite! Though weird is still up there.

  162. FlagirlinTN says:


  163. Marti says:

    Focused. I’m guessing that’s me.

  164. Lauren says:


  165. MT says:

    I call myself practical. My husband says evil. >;)

  166. Kitten Caboodle says:

    Ok, this is very late but I’ve been on vacation with blessedly little access to the internet.

    I am warped.

    And proudly warped at that.

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