You Write It Wednesday 


What made you smile today?

I have enjoyed this week more than most. Spring is definitely in the air and this is day three being stress free. Sometimes you can only see something if you are actively looking for it. I have been looking for things to make me smile in the most unusual places and it’s been working better than I ever imagined. We get more of what we focus on so I am choosing to focus on the things that make me happy. Your turn! What made you smile today?

What Are You Grateful For Right Now?


Let’s face it, I’m not so sure people have been feeling very thankful lately. Sometimes our ability to feel gratitude is dependent on how well things are going for us at a particular time. The truth is, the times you are feeling your worst are the times you need to reach out and find at least something everyday you can be thankful for. Today, I am grateful for the blogging community. The way we respect one another’s views while at the same time challenging one another to think about something differently makes the world a better place. Thank you for the loving, inclusive group that you are. My heart is full. What are you grateful for today? 

What Do You Take the Time to Share?


We have become people who live to share. Ask yourself one very important question today. What is it that you are sharing? Is it an offensive article about the candidate you don’t like? Another bloggers post? Is it your opinion? Your time? Your money? Your service? Your criticism? Your support? Love?

Share something worthwhile today. Be honest with who you are and what you contribute to a fragile world. 

Is Blogging Work or Play?


When I first started blogging I became addicted to expressing myself. The freedom to be completely, unapologetically me became like a drug I couldn’t get enough of. Then I started to pay attention to stats and I felt this insatiable need to reach so many views each and everyday. Blogging wasn’t as interesting or fun anymore. It became a competition with myself to maintain a number that at the end of the day, didn’t really mean a thing. 

The remedy was simple. I went cold turkey from blogging for awhile and now I only post when I really feel like jotting something down. I don’t want to lose the fun and gratification by getting lost in silly goals. Why the need for competition at all? Maybe it just makes sense to write what and when I simply want to. 

How about you? Is blogging more work or play?

Sh!$ Happens


I put so much time and effort into writing a post this morning. All of a sudden the site crashed and that post I worked so hard on was gone. I am trying my best to stop reacting to everything that happens and choose how I respond. I could throw a fit and frantically try to write the post again or I can simply say, oh well and move on. I have to stop believing that bad things always happen to me and remember that sometimes things happen. It has nothing to do with me. The world is actually NOT conspiring against me even if I want to believe it is. This is a reminder that sh!$ happens. You can either lie down and roll around in it or step over it and move on. I say move on. Happy Monday!

A Note of Gratitude


I spent many years feeling lost and unsupported. People are hard these days and that “suck it up” attitude runs pretty strong. These last few years though, I have found an amazing mountain of support and encouragement from my blogging family. Not only are you kind enough to listen and empathize but you also offer solutions and try and help. I hope you know the difference your sweet words make in my life. Just the fact that you even take a few minutes of your own precious time to make a difference in mine, makes me feel very blessed. Thank you to each and every one of you who has ever brightened my day, straightened me out or offered hope and choices I wasn’t even aware existed. My plate is so full and I am grateful. Thank you.


Honesty is the First Step: My Healthy Living Update :(


This post by Danny at Dream Big, Dream Often hits on so many good points. The first is, blogging keeps most of us honest and accountable. The second is that many of us gain weight over the holidays. The third is, when we are the problem, we then need to be our own solution. Can you identify with any of this?

Dream Big, Dream Often

In my opinion the only way to really connect with anyone is to be honest.  Not necessarily spill your guts and empty the closet honest, but honest in a general sense.   The funny thing about blogging is I find myself being “empty the closet” honest when I would not be in real life.  Anyone else experience that?

Anywho, since the holidays began in November, I neglected my eating and pretty much let the dogs run loose!  And I am now paying for that decision.  I knew I was gaining weight because I could tell my clothes were fitting differently; and by differently I mean tighter!

So this past Friday I finally weighed myself and I was instantly disappointed and needless to say immediately made the decision to go back to basics.

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Step Away From the Cell Phone


It’s so important to step away sometimes. I’ve taken the last few days off of blogging and I have lessened the amount of time my phone is in my hand. I don’t even keep it in the same room anymore. I noticed I am less stressed but more focused. I am not forgetting why I walked into the room and I feel like my brain is coming back into focus. I didn’t realize how much time I wasted checking WordPress, Facebook and surfing the net. I’m not neccesarily using my time to do anything constructive but I have learned the value of stepping away.

What is something you need to step away from?

License to Behave Badly


Great post from thought provoking read. Do you agree or disagree and what is the solution?

Me - Who am I?


No situation we went through as children ever gave us the right to behave badly. No matter what was going on, we had basic expectations to uphold and never were we granted free rein to behave uncontrollably. At all times we had to be respectful and courteous to others. If we were not, then we would be disciplined.

It was our responsibility to learn how to control our emotions and not allow them to cause us to make foolish decisions. We had to control our anger and our desires to lash out. Was it always easy? No! It was difficult and I failed a lot. I had quite the temper and it took years for me to learn how to control it. But I knew that if I lost it, then there would be consequences to pay.

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