Write Your Healthy Living Memoir

By Katie, 10:02 am

Here’s the challenge: capture the essence of your healthy living experiences…in only six words.

I was having trouble falling asleep last night, so I pulled this fun little read off of my bookshelf. Have you heard of it?


Not Quite What I Was Planning is a compilation of six-word memoirs. Yes, just six words. It was inspired by the legend that Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in six words. Not surprisingly, he rose to the occasion, writing:

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Wow. The lesson? You really can tell a whole story in six words!

Some highlights from the book:

“My second grade teacher was right.” - Janelle Brown

“Danced in fields of infinite possibilities.” – Deepak Chopra

“When all else fails, start running.” - Dean Karnazes

“Brought it to a boil, often.” - Mario Batali

“Lucky in love, unlucky in metabolism.” - Leah Weathersby

“In a Manolo world, I’m Keds.” - Colleen Cook

“I colored outside of the lines.” - Jacob Thomas

Of course my brain started spinning with what my six-word memoir would be in regards to healthy living. I couldn’t pick just one! (I guess writing multiple memoirs kind of defeats the purpose of only using six words, but whatever! :-) )

My Six-Word Healthy Living Memoirs

On Healthy Eating

  • Ate real food. Felt much better.
  • I found balance amidst the extremes.

On Exercise

  • Thought I couldn’t. Then I did.
  • Learned to love moving my body.

On Balancing Body, Mind, and Soul

  • Started living when I stopped obsessing.
  • I hope God knows I tried.
  • So grateful for my undeserved blessings.
  • Trusted in Jesus’s message of love.
  • I finally realized perfection is overrated.

Just For Fun ;-)

  • Loved God, cookies. In that order.

Can you relate to any of my six-word memoirs?

If you decide to write your own, feel free to share it in comments! :-)

2 Responses to “Write Your Healthy Living Memoir”

  1. [...] thought-provoking, well-written and helpful. Recently, I came across a post from her archives about writing a six-word memoir, which I had to share with Weightless [...]

  2. [...] I read about six-word memoirs on one of my favorite healthy living blogs and then I wrote about the concept on my body image blog [...]

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