Thursday, July 31, 2008

Cardinal Rules IV

It has come to my attention that we need to review the rules.

Not regular rules, which are meant to be bent, broken, twisted and otherwise tossed aside with scandalous disregard, but Cardinal Rules. Guidelines and standards by which we live, and which are never, ever broken.

In order to provide an all encompassing and comprehensive list, I have requested the assistance of four incomparable women who are wise, witty, experienced, strong, open minded and walk through each day with humor and a good woman's grace.

Welcome to Minx of The Inner Minx, Sognatrice of Bleeding Espresso, Heart of Guilty With an Explanation, and Vanilla of Absolute Vanilla. Thank you for your assistance ladies, I couldn't have designed a better team to produce these essential life rules.

We will feature each ladies Cardinal Rules for one day this week.

Cardinal Rules

Sognatrice's Cardinal Rules

Per Sognatrice's request, this is a second publishing of a post she wrote when she turned 31, and it's completely appropriate for this project. Thanks Sognatrice!

31 Things I’ve Learned in My 31 Years

1. Family members can be friends and friends can be like family members.
2. Laughing until your stomach hurts should happen at least once a day.
3. Being alone does not have to mean being lonely.
4. Dreaming is essential to living.
5. When what others want and what you want differ, trust your instincts.
6. Dogs are woman’s best friend too.
7. Sometimes love really isn’t enough.
8. Broken hearts should be worn with pride; it means you dared to love.
9. Peanut butter goes with everything.
10. Fireplaces, books, and blankets rule, especially when enjoyed together.
11. Inclement weather and important appointments are like peas and carrots.
12. Trying new things and meeting new people keep life interesting.
13. You can’t control what others do, but you can control how you react to them.
14. Stepping and/or kneeling on tacks hurts. A lot. Avoid it.
15. Love can be found in the wind.
16. Trust is a choice.
17. Innards for dinner do nothing for me.
18. The shower is a good place to cry.
19. Living simply helps others simply live.
20. Being wrong isn’t failure, it’s human.
21. Everything happens for a reason.
22. Sleeping, particularly napping, is underrated.
23. Being the bigger person isn’t always easy, but it’s always rewarding.
24. The sound of someone’s voice can be the most beautiful music in the world.
25. You don’t need to meet someone in person to develop a close relationship.
26. Success and happiness are best defined individually, i.e., by each person.
27. Appreciating small, good things makes dealing with big, bad things easier.
28. Homemade is always better.
29. Being accessible 24 hours a day is annoying.
30. The best way to learn a foreign language is full, painful-at-times immersion.
31. Moving ahead is easier if you understand where you’ve been.

Thank you so very much Cara! What a wonderful list, and all of it so true!
Tomorrow will be our last installment of Cardinal Rules, don't miss it!


heartinsanfrancisco said...

I love her list! No. 31 is perfectly wonderful, and should be taught to everyone alive when very young.

michelle of bleeding espresso said...

Thanks Hearts!

I just realized that with my birthday coming up in October I'm going to have to add another one to the list...I bet I'll be swiping one from my fellow ladies' Cardinal Rules ;)

The Passionate Palate said...

Bella Scarlet - Thank you so much for those Cardinal Rules installments. I needed that reminder of what is truly important in life. You picked some wonderful women, too! Thank you.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...


I agree. All these lists should be taught to everyone; hence their being posted.
Isn't this a fantastic list?

Thank you Michelle!

I am so glad that you helped us; you came up with such a wonderful list. I appreciate your contribution very much. Swipe as many rules as you want.

Hi Jeni!

I am glad that you came away with some advice that you could use. These women really are something else, aren't they!
Nice to see you Bella!

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

J at said...

I hadn't been here for a few days, so I just got caught up with all of the rules at once. What a great idea! Love them all.

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

An awesome set of rules!I can so relate to them.She's really "lived" those thirty one years :)

exskindiver said...

love this list

Wanderlust Scarlett said...


A rule overload? Goodness, I hope not! I love them all too, hopefully we can follow them all!


Sognatrice/Michelle really has lived a very fascinating life, she has more great stories than most people her age.

Miss Chesca,

I do too, isn't it great?

Scarlett & Viaggiatore