…I stood up to a bully to protect my little brother.

…I chose band over sports because it’s what I really loved.

…I chose my friends because of who they are and not because of what they wear or what gossip has been spread about them.

…I graduated with honors despite the fact that many of my friends didn’t.

…I refused to give in to peer pressure, but still had fun.

…I chose to go to college away from home despite knowing I would be terribly homesick.

…I was there for a friend when his parents divorced.

…I was there for that same friend when his girlfriend of four years broke up with him.

…I was there for my brother when he had to make a difficult phone call to me.

…I decided not to drink myself to death.

…I fell in love with my best friend.

…I was in the room for a cancer diagnosis…and bleak prognosis.

…I married my best friend.

…I watched my best friend and husband say goodbye to his dad.

…I was the first in my family to earn a Masters Degree.

…I suffered two miscarriages but refused to give up on the idea of being a mom.

…I was weak…but my husband was strong.

…I fought PPD.

…I helped pay for a boy’s graduation costs so he could be part of the ceremony.

…I cared even when I didn’t want to anymore.

…I admitted I was wrong.

…I took on more jobs than I should have.

…I chose my family over myself.

…I rocked a wee little boy as he smiled up at me sleepily.

…I snuggled in next to my husband, held his hand, and fell asleep.

…I hoped.

…I believed.

…I held on.

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About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. You…

    …are a stronger person than you realize.
    …are appreciated for all that you do and all that you are.
    …are my special lady.

  2. Awww, and he’s your first commenter again! LOVE him! 🙂

    I, too, was a band geek. Band geeks of the world, UNITE!!

    I’m headed over to vote now, too! Have a great Monday!

  3. This is beautiful.
    It’s hard to choose one thing when we are many things wrapped up into one.
    Great post.

  4. I love that you married your best friend.
    All of your choices show what a caring, giving person you are.
    And stronger than you think.

  5. I promise I read the whole post, but I stood up to a bully on a bus for my little brother, too. I got teased and teased (and a black eye) but I had to do it.

  6. I’m melting over that first comment. Lucky lady, you are! This post is a great snapshot of the person you are. Thanks for sharing all these pieces of yourself.

  7. Ingenius way to tweak the prompt and avoid picking one moment. You conveyed so much about you in so few words.

    You and your husband are so sweet.

  8. This is perfect!!! I feel like I know you so much better than I did before reading it and you didn’t even share that much, but what you did is powerful. Such a clever twist on the prompt. You rock!!

  9. It’s true! It’s hard to define one specific moment or event that defines you. We go through life and overcome so many hurdles… we are made whole by conquering each of those obstacles. No one instance defines you as a whole. We’re made up of hundreds of little events like this. Loved this! Thank you for sharing.

  10. This is a beautiful post.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  11. LOVED this post! You are such a strong person and are surrounded by so much love.
    I too married my best friend – we are so blessed because not many people can say that they are still so much in love with their husbands as we are. (and I can tell you are)

    How is it that i tweet with you all the time and yet do not visit your blog? I apologize for that LOL 🙂

    You are such an honest writer, what a breath of fresh air!

  12. I love that you chose to highlight many moments that define you. This is such a wonderful way to “meet” you. You are an amazing person Katie. xo

  13. That is a good way of responding to the prompt. Makes it easy to gain a sense of who you are.

  14. this was so beautiful, I truly loved learning about you.
    you are just as amazing as I imagined you’d be.

  15. Loved your post. I got a little teary when I saw the first comments. So sweet…..

  16. That’s a whole lot of hats you have and are wearing. How on earth do you manage to look so fab in all of them!

    Loved your response to the prompt and I am glad that you choose to “once….”

  17. All these incredible ways to incorporate so many things that make up who you are without actually focusing on one! You did a great job!!

  18. Wonderful post! So many singular statements add up to someone that I’m glad I once clicked a mouse and began visiting! :>

  19. Hope, believed, and held on…words to keep in a back pocket for a rainy day! Lovely!!

  20. Funny – I could relate to so many of those things! Band instead of sports, graduating with honors, masters degree, PPD. I loved how you formatted it.

  21. Hey! You cheated!

    But I’m glad. All those glimpses gave me such a great picture of the deeply complex, wonderful, caring, true person that you are.

  22. Aw, I love that he was your first commenter and that you two are so obviously perfect together.

    And I love that this, despite being the “laundry list,” is so very descriptive of who you are.

  23. I love this post. So beautiful in capturing everything we need to be in life. Perfect.

  24. Love how you responded to the prompt and you take such pride in the person that you are. Love it.

  25. I love that you ended this with “I held on” because sometimes? That’s all we can do, whether life is good or bad, we hold on.

  26. Beautiful post of self worth and valuing others too, nice to have just met you on Twitter. And I love that your husband comments (mine does too).

  27. I like the way you chose to do this. I came away feeling like I know you a little, though I’ve only read your more recent posts. I admire the you you strive to be. Thanks for your honesty.

  28. I struggled with how to tell so much with so little…you managed it beautifully.

    Visiting from RDC

  29. I loved this take on the prompt.

  30. I was a Glee Club geek!

    Also a big fan of the list format. Lists make me happy.

  31. I like this approach to the prompt! It says so much about you. 🙂

    …and I was a band geek too. hehe Loved it, honestly. Best part of high school for me.

  32. This is a nice interpretation to the prompt. It really shows who you are too 🙂

  33. This was a fantastic spin on the prompt. You said so much in such a short span. LOVE it.

    P.S. I was a band geek too.

  34. So much good here, Katie. Strength and courage and compassion and… the fact that you tossed the prompt out the window? just a little cheeky humor.

    Love it.