Nice to meet you

by eringoodman on January 30, 2014

in essays+reflections

My kids and me, circa 2007.

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When my kids were small, I used to play a game with them called “Nice to meet you.”

It was a way to help them get dressed, where I would reach into the sleeve of their shirt and find their hand and pull it through. As I did, I would shake it and say “Nice to meet you,” which always made them smile and heartily shake my hand right back.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about meeting new people and getting to know them.

(About a month ago, I started a new part-time job at a bakery-cafe where I am meeting LOTS of new people every day.)

There are different stages to getting to know someone, starting on the surface level, and eventually moving deeper. (I personally, like the moving deeper part, don’t you?)

So, if you were getting to know me (as a friend, or in preparation to work together), here are some of the things you would probably learn about me fairly quickly.

In no particular order, these are some of the things I believe in:

1. Love, in all its glorious forms

2. The power of a nice, deep breath

3. Shopping at smallĀ  businesses

4. Respecting (and listening to) our elders

5. Recycling, composting and raising chickens

6. Finding spirituality wherever it finds me (which is often, while looking through my camera lens)

7. Pasture-based farming

8. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

9. The power of intention

10. The goodness of Energy Nuggets (minus the wheat bran, now that I’m gluten-free)

11. The importance of community

12. Long walks on the beach

13. Savoring the perfect moments


How about you? As I got to know you, what would I learn?

What are the things you believe in?



{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristen February 14, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Hi Erin! It’s wonderful to read your words again. Things you would learn about me very quickly are:
*I make no judgments – for real.
*Community is SO important to me; and I enjoy building it for others.
*I am a great listener and love supporting people (and in work, I’m supporting mamas and love it!).
*I find peace in nature, clean spaces, being outdoors, watching my children play together harmoniously, and listening to music.
*Being a mom is super hard work and super rewarding – I won’t say I love every minute, but I wouldn’t change it for the world!


eringoodman February 15, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I love this list, Kristen and have already learned many of these things about you.

And….for those who don’t know you…you are also the co-founder of this incredible organization:


Courtney Pinkerton February 26, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Lets see… i believe in the power of good quotes (abd writing in general), sel-compassion and kale salad. Nice to meet you, indeed!


eringoodman March 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Mmmm, yes. Kale salad. :-)


Nicola March 2, 2014 at 12:12 am

I love your list! And ahhh, I am catching up. I thought I was subscribed to your blog, but there are posts I didn’t know were here. :)


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