Guest Post: You in 10 Words! by Ginger Calem

Today I’m tickled pink to have my sweet friend Ginger Calem (who also happens to be Little Miss Took’s cyber-auntie) guest posting.  Ginger is a rockstar in my book for so many reasonsbut the thing I love most about her is that there hasn’t been a week since we’ve met that she hasn’t put a smile on my face.

Today Ginger wants to get to know you…in ten words.  No more, no less.  Here, she’ll explain.


I’ve been taking part in an amazing online workshop about branding, building a platform and blogging which is being taught by Kristen Lamb, who wrote We Are Not Alone and Are You There Blog, It’s Me Writer.

One of the first exercises was to make a list of 100 words that can be used to define us.  Some people really struggled, some didn’t. Eventually, I think we all got the hang of it.

The exercise fascinated me.  As I read through my classmates’ lists I saw so many similar words and I saw words I wished I’d thought of (and I did add them to my master list — I’m not above sharing notes!)  What was so great is that you can really get an overall feel for a person in the mass of words they used to describe themselves.  I even thought it would work fabulously as a dating service technique, but I digress and I’d like to assure my darling husband that I won’t ever be needing a dating service … he’s totally stuck with me!

I’ve already connected with a lot of my classmates.  I have great new friends.  When I read their 100-list I thought, ‘well, no wonder we get along’!

I thought it would be fun to really narrow the scope and give myself 10 words, only 10 to define me.  Oh, and let’s leave off the obvious ones (mother, wife, friend, sister, etc.) I’ll give you my 10 if you give you yours.  It’s fun, I promise.

You only have 10 words to tell someone ‘who you are’!

Ginger’s Ten:  Writer – Fitness – Strength – Loyal – flip-flops – competitive – Wine – Smartass – Cooking – Christian

Ok, that was actually hard, 10 not enough words!!  But now it’s your turn. Tell me in the comments what your 10 words are!


Alright, you heard her!  Get crackin’ on your ten words!  And after you’ve left them in the comments, hop over to Miss Ginger’s blog – she’s a fabulous writer.  You won’t be disappointed, promise!

(And just in case you’re wondering, here are my ten words:  Barefoot, Happy, Creative, Unorganized, Protective, Sharing, Hopeful, Smart-ass, Friendly, Puddle-jumper.

And I agree with Ginger.  10 words is not enough!)


31 thoughts on “Guest Post: You in 10 Words! by Ginger Calem

  1. Gloria Richard Author says:

    OMG! I have to come back. I can’t do ten w/out thinking about them. SO sorry I haven’t commented on your blog lately, Ginger. LOVE it! Call me a Social Media Slug for the last thirty days. No. Those are NOT part of my ten.

  2. gingercalem says:

    Hi Everyone! I’m SO excited to be over here w/ Myndi at Barefoot Blogging today. It’s one of my favorite places to hang out! So, let the party begin. I can’t wait to hear everyone’s 10 words.

  3. Natalie Hartford says:

    OMG LUV this post and I couldn’t agree more guys. Those 10 words totally gave me this image and sense of exactly who you are Ginger. I love that you used FLIP FLOPS!! Love it….
    What would mine be…hmmm….I don’t know if I can do just 10….eeeeqqqquuueeee!!
    Writer – Optimistic – Pink – Stiletto – Flip Flop – Camping – Funny – Authentic – Outdoors – Bedazzle – Dog – Golf – NASCAR – Romantic
    DANG that’s 14 and I just can’t cut it anymore…LOL!!
    GREAT post you two…

    • gingercalem says:

      Hi Nat. I can’t imagine a world without flip-flops! See, I told you 10 was hard. I adore your words and they paint a beautiful, vivacious picture of you!

  4. emmaburcart says:

    What a fun activity! I love it! OK, here are mine: Story-teller, creative, shopper, princess, spontaneous, funny, strong, beachy, sun-worshipper, shoe-whore. Wow, that was hard. But it totally helped me see the overlap in the things I love. Fashion and make-up are part of my creativity, as is writing. Who would’ve thought? Fun post! Oh, snap, I forgot reader!

    • gingercalem says:

      Favorite part: “Oh, snap, I forgot reader!” haha!! I’d add adventurous, brave and athletic to your list. Oh and CrossFitter! 🙂

    • gingercalem says:

      Hi Laura, thanks for playing. It’s going to be so fun to get to know/see everyone by their words today. I can identify with many of your words. I love to knit even though I haven’t take the time to do so in years. You crack me up with ‘stuff-saver’ … sounds better than pack-rat and goes well with nostalgic. 😉

    • gingercalem says:

      Nice list! I tend to be politically incorrect too, or more specifically, I’m not political at all. Drives people nuts! hee hee! Thanks for the comment.

  5. Melinda VanLone says:

    OK, this will be a quick attempt. I could cheat and go fetch words from my 100 word WANA list but I won’t. So…in no particular order: writer, reader, cats, RPG, photographer, painting, singing, barefoot, water, chocolate!

  6. Alicia Street (@AliciaStreet1) says:

    Love you ten words, Ginger! So great when classmates core over to each other’s blogs. Makes for interesting stuff – especially with two women like you and Myndi 🙂 Okay here’s my ten – reader – writer – dancer – romance – mythology – music – studious – creative – unfocused – friendly. Hmm . . .

  7. Elena Aitken says:

    Very fun. And looking at your lists, it’s no wonder I like you both so much.
    Okay..let’s see if I can do this (totally borrowing from others, I too am not above sharing notes!)
    writer, water, mountains, runner, strong, wine, emotional, relaxed, authentic, determined

    Hmm…that was hard.

    • gingercalem says:

      Yep — we’d be great friends!! I love and relate to every one of your words! I’m adding CrossFitter and ‘Ring-Conquerer’ to your list. 😉

  8. Judythe Morgan says:

    Great exercise Ginger. Could work with characterization too.
    Coming up with only ten was as hard as the 100 for WANA class, W/o your help and Mary’s I’d never thought of those so w/o cheating or help, here’s my take on ten:Wine, Writer, Walker (not necessarily in that order)
    Reader, History bluff, Romantic
    Dogs, Antiques,
    Inquisitive, Slightly OCD or is that ODD

    • gingercalem says:

      Judy, that was SO fun in your living with w/ Mary. I want to do it again. You nailed your list. I’d add all sorts of other positive attributes but you know, one shouldn’t gild the lily. HUG

  9. Karen McFarland says:

    First of all, Myndi, I do hope that you are alright!
    Secondly, Ginger you are an amazing guest poster! Great idea! Okay, my ten.
    Christian, Wife, Mother, Friend, Loyal, Persistent, Supportive, Sensitive, Reader, Writer
    Oh, I like the ODD as above! LOL! 🙂

    • gingercalem says:

      Wow, Alica, your 10-words are great. I love ‘seeker’ and of course ‘hopeful’. Thanks for playing.

  10. patriciasands says:

    Hey Ginger – Nice to get to know you better here at Myndi’s. The WANA community continues to grow and connect so many great peeps!
    Congrats on the cyber-auntie addition to your profile!
    My 10 words (as you say, apart from the obvious) – writer, photographer, golfer, travel-junkie, reader, dreamer, volunteer, bridge player, friend, NANA (saved the best for last!).
    That was an interesting exercise, thanks!

    • gingercalem says:

      Hi Patricia — yep, love the WANA community and how we’re all making such awesome friends and connections. You did save the bast for last. 🙂 I get such a great feel for you with your list. My mom was a big bridge player for many years. It seems people don’t play bridge that much anymore. I love a card game called Euchre. It’s popular in the mid-west. Very fun! Thanks for playing.

  11. Amber says:

    How fun! I can’t resist chiming in with mine too. 🙂

    Loyal, happy, unorganized, perfectionist, singer, computer, internet, Diet Coke, Christian, creative.

    • gingercalem says:

      What I love about your list is that I totally relate to the ‘opposites’ of unorganized and perfectionist. I’m that way too about some things so it’s great to see it it someone else as well.

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