celebrate quirks “When you find people who not only tolerate your quirks but celebrate them with glad cries of “Me, too!” be sure to cherish them. Because those weirdos are your tribe.”


I LOVE this saying. It is so true. I find that when I am weird, child-like, silly, don’t have a care in the world and am enjoying where I am at in life…aka being my true authentic self, these “quirks” show up. Things like bursting out into song or dance or a thought or saying will come flying out of my mouth. It is in these moments that allow others to let their guard down and join you. Being authentic together and at that moment you really do feel a heart connection, a string that ties you to one another. Instant rapport and connection happens in that instance. This is an indication of someone else in your “tribe”. A common denominator, an open door to actually “see” each other like they talk about in the movie “Avatar”. (Great movie, if you haven’t seen it, rent it tonight!)

An example of what I am talking about. Music. I love music that has a great beat, catchy phrase, underlying message, etc. I have been known to be producing and running an event, getting things organized and set up, the AV guy is playing some “set up” music and all of the sudden…I will sing a line of the song. My client starts busting up laughing! “I thought I was the only one who does that!” She is a fellow “weirdo” who is a part of my tribe.

Music again, this time at a my boyfriend’s company picnic. A group of chemists and engineers and me…so not a chemist or engineer! Heck in my daily world I am so far from science and more on the other side of the spectrum looking at meditation, how thoughts become things, using essential oils and homeopathic methods; how am I going to relate to very science and math people. Remember, this is the first time meeting the majority of them. While my boyfriend is off in a Bocce tournament (which he did end up winning, yay honey!) I head over to a picnic table of his co-workers surrounding the Dessert table. As we discuss which dessert I had brought it then seemed like all of a sudden we got on the topic of songs, popular music videos and television shows like “GLEE”. Then we are singing lyrics of different songs. Mash-ups of our own. It is getting louder. Other people from the group are looking over at us, shaking their heads. I get a text from my boyfriend “You okay?” My reply “Yes! We are singing! :-)” His response back, “I know, we can hear you. LOL” I just found more of my “weirdo tribe” and we were having a good ‘ol time.

Your tribe is EVERYWHERE. Although if you never open up and be your authentic self, they will walk right on by. The ones that do walk on by when you are being authentic, that’s okay too. It is always my hope they find their own “weirdos”.


Happy Weirdo Seeking!

Much Love,


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