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Confidence Breeds Success, Conceit Undoes It.

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There is a difference between being confident and being conceited. Many suffer from a low self-esteem, myself included. It is good to see the good within, to love yourself, and take pride in what you do. But there is a fine line between having a healthy sense of self worth and being arrogant.

Something else that troubles me sometimes is when people feel the need to tear others down to build themselves up. There isn’t a need to do this, not even when say businesses are in direct competition with one another. That is part of why I hate to watch political debates or ad campaigns. Even simple advertising for products we all buy put down the competitors. Why can’t people or companies simply put their best foot forward and let their work speak for itself?

Comparing your work to others to make a sale or win a vote seems to be a smart move,  but when doing so blatantly puts the others down, that honestly just takes away any interest I may have originally had in you or your product. Everyone has their own philosophy, but mine is, if you want my business, you will earn it by being hardworking, respectable, honest, and be able to show me the talent you possess WITHOUT putting down the talents of others.

 

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With all of my heart, THANK YOU!

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I want to give thanks to Laura, who just subscribed to my blog, bringing my number of readers to 600! WOW! Thanks, to all of you for your support! And hey, stop by Laura’s blog and see what she has to say. She’s got a lot to talk about and I think it’s worth stopping by to read a little and say hello! 🙂

I am so humbled by the overwhelming amount of love, encouragement, and support I have been given since joining WordPress. I am beyond thankful to each of you that has read what I have to say, stopped by to give feedback or just to chat, offered up wise advice, made me laugh, and forged friendships with me. YOU ALL ROCK! Seriously, thank you! Thank you for letting me inspire you and also for inspiring me. It is such a joy to be a part of the WordPress family.

May I just Say You’re All Amazing? :)

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May I just say you’re all amazing? I may, why then I shall! I now have, including e-mail subscribers, have 501 people who read my blog. I am so very humbled by this. I truly appreciate all of you for taking the time to read my ramblings, poetry, rants, etc. Thank you for the comments, advice, encouragement, re-blogs, and likes. Your support, friendship, and kindness mean a lot to me. You inspire me with your funny stories, heartfelt tales, recipes, music videos, pictures, and poetry. I hope that this post finds you all doing well. Before I wrap this up, I will again say thank you for all you bring to my life. I love you guys and dolls. Keep on sharing/writing!!!!

Thank You For Your Support

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We all have ways in which we express who we are

Some design buildings, others dance, and there some who bake

Many are the ways in which we can showcase our thoughts & feelings

For me, it is through the art of song & poetry

 

I talk a lot, anyone who knows me knows this to be true

But there are times when I can’t seem to find the words to speak aloud

When I go over it a thousand times in my mind & words fail me

This is when I let the words instead flow from my fingers instead of my mouth

 

There is something about writing, or in this case typing the words within my mind

And while the words that form don’t always rhyme as typical poetry might

They always somehow aptly tell all who will read it exactly what I am trying to convey

It’s been an outlet for me for so many years, a way to truly express myself

 

I don’t know if my words will ever grace libraries and bookstores

But I do know that they have reached thousands of eyes

And touched at least as many hearts over the years

So even if I never make a dime for my talent, I still feel richer than I can say

 

I share what I have to say, how I feel, and what I think so that you might better know me

And also because I hope to inspire, instill courage, and to encourage people to follow their dreams

No matter what you aspire to do, no matter who you are, I hope that you know you’re important

Though there are many who read my words that I will never in person meet, still you do matter

 

One of my purposes in life is to love others & to show that love in all the ways that I can

His words have taught me to reach out to the world around me

But even before I came to know & love my wondrous God above

Love for mankind always had its place within my heart

 

Through acts of kindness, friendship, song, and poetry is how I tell my story

And it’s how I show you all how much I care for each and every one of you

May each of you that reads this know that I am blessed by your presence

Your support for what I do means more to me than I can ever truly say

 

But let me do the best that I can to show you how I feel with my words

Though no amount of cliches, witty phrases, or sentiments will ever really suffice

There is one thing I’d like to say though & may it touch your hearts as your support touches mine

This simple word can make a major impact & may it do just that now: Thank you

I just wanted to say….

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To all who read my blog, whether it’s just now and then or whenever I post…I just wanted to say, THANK YOU! Your support means a lot to me. Now and then I like to post blogs such as these to let you all know just how much I appreciate each and every one of you. Your support is beyond appreciated! And hey, thank you for being you, for posting what you want without apologizing to anyone else for how you feel or who you are. *hugs to all of you amazingly beautiful people*

Best Moment Award

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I was nominated by TWO people for this award: Eddie & Shaun. Thank you so very much, I am deeply honored. I am to give an acceptance speech. So, without further ado, here it goes:

I first want to thank God for giving me the gift of being a good writer, for being able to be someone who can touch other people’s lives through words and also through actions as well. I want to thank Him for being an amazing support and for getting me through tough times. I want to thank Him for His mercy and His love.

I would also like to thank those in my family that support me and have believed in my ability to write. Thank you so much to: Grandma Strahota, Mom, my step-mom Cindy, my sister Brenda, my cousin Kate, my aunt Marion, my aunt Lisa, my aunt Cindy, my cousin Stephanie, and to anyone else I may not be able to think of who have given me even the slightest bit of support in this.

Thank you to my friends who have supported me as well. That list is too long for me to be able to mention them all. But the ones who most recently have been here for me are: Aimee, Courtney, Sharon, Joe, Laura, Heather, Jessica, Lisa, Doug, Schelley, Megan, Eddie, Shaun, Mike, Victoria, Ionia, & Michelle. Anyone I may have forgotten, please forgive my oversight, especially to my WordPress family. The support I receive on here is amazing, especially the last few weeks. I am making some wonderful friends and I am so very happy and so touched to be a part of this.

I write because it’s a way to express myself when I am unable to vocally say what I’m feeling. I share what I write because I want others to get to know me in ways they didn’t before and most importantly because I want to touch others, to inspire others, to give people hope. Writing is a part of who I am, it has been since my childhood. I am just so glad that the gift God gave me is being used to help and not hurt. May I continue to bring joy and light and love to the hearts of those around me. May I make you laugh, smile, cry, dream, think, and feel.

Thank you again boys, so honored you felt I was deserving of this award. They just earned it themselves or I’d nominate them again. To be honest, as humbling and wonderful as being nominated for these awards is, I think I am going to take a break from accepting them for awhile after this so that I may focus more on my writing instead of who to nominate for this or that. Here and there it’s lovely and I am honored each time, but right now it’s become a little too much for me.

But, I am humbly accepting this award before that hiatus and so I must nominate a few people I believe deserve this award. That list is pretty big actually, but I am going to keep it short. I want to focus on a few bloggers who have captured my heart so much in the past week. So, here is to you….

Michelle: My dear, you inspire me in every blog I read of yours. When you write about music, your family, your life, and just how you feel about things like Autism, it touches my heart. Reading your story really did it for me. I look up to you.

Schelley: I love reading your blog, seeing your pictures, guessing what your picture of the day might be, and just talking with you. I still remember the first picture I guessed on and it was salt, though I thought it might be ice. I love how you capture the very essence of something and show the world its finest details, really make one look at something for what it really is. Keep showing us the world through your eyes and through the lens of your camera.

Victoria: I love how real you are in your blog. I love reading about your life, your joys, your trials, your funny tales, and so much more. I love our discussions and how you pour out your heart. I want to thank you for your kindness and your support. I believe I came across your blog for a reason and I only hope that many more come to see you to be as wonderful as I do.

This is all for now, it’s been a long weekend and I haven’t been online much. I did want to do this though. Again, I am taking a hiatus from accepting awards. I do again thank each of you for every nomination and for all of the continued support. I love you. Good-night and God Bless!

P.S. Thank you Eddie, for teaching me how to properly link to other’s pages! 🙂

It’s Award Time….AGAIN!!!!

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With all of these nominations, I am really starting to get emotional here. Thank you all for the award nominations, you guys and gals ROCK! This particular nomination is for the Liebster Award and the nomination comes from http://meganhasocd.com/author/mlmessme/ and you really need to stop by her blog. She is an amazing person with a lot to offer us readers. Thank you, lovely lady, thank you!!!

Here are the ever-daunting Liebster Blog Award Rules:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions that the tagger has set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. No tag backs!

First, 11 facts about myself:

1. I want to travel to each country my family members came from and more besides, but especially those so that I can see where we came from. Those countries are: Germany, France, England, Ireland, and what was once Bohemia and I now believe is the Czech Republic. I am also Native American, so well, I am already here. 😉

2. I want to see all 50 states before I die. So far, I have visited and driven through 21 states. Though Arizona I just drove through and have yet to put my feet on the ground there.

3. I am a nut fanatic. I like cashews, pistachios, almonds, peanuts, etc. I love to just sit and munch on them. I do not really care for walnuts or pecans and I do not care for my nuts to be baked into anything, just as they are.

4. I love tigers, I feel they are beautiful animals.

5. I love horses, they are majestic. They are peaceful and easy for me to talk to. I truly feel they understand.

6. I am a Harry Potter nerd.

7. I am also a Twilight geek, but I do think that vampires should NOT sparkle.

8. I do not like horror movies, period.

9. I feel that comedy is great medicine for a frustrated soul.

10. I am not a fan of cold weather and that is ironic since I was born and raised right here in Wisconsin.

11. I like Tinkerbell.

Here are a few things, 11 to be exact, about myself based on the questions asked by http://lovinchelle.wordpress.com, but since http://meganhasocd.com/author/mlmessme didn’t ask questions, I decided to answer the ones she was given:

1. Favorite thing to do?

Writing, singing, photography, spending time with my son, cuddling and talking with my boyfriend, & bowling.

2. Ideal job

I would love to be a professional writer.  I enjoy doing it as a hobby, but going professional would be extremely rewarding to me. (agreed, Megan!) Realistically at this point, I would like to be an Administrative Assistant because I have been one before and I am good at it. I like to file, fax, make copies, type letters, edit records in a database, balance invoices, enter credit card payments, deal with the mail, etc etc. I like that sort of stuff and that is my geek side coming out. 😉

3. Whats one thing you wear that probably needs to be thrown away?

I have a few old shirts that could be tossed.

4. Do you work well with others?

Often times, yes. I view myself as a team player, but there are times when I wish to be left to myself to do my tasks.

5. Whats your mental age?(kid at heart?)

It depends on the moment, it really does vary from time to time. Sometimes I feel very youthful and sometimes it seems as if my soul is old. Currently, I don’t really feel too old or too young, just feel somewhere in the middle. A lot of life is gone, done and then, I feel as if I still have a lot left too.

6. Have you ever worked in a restaurant ?

Yes, let’s not go there……………………………

7. What do you like to eat?

Chicken, pork, beef, venison, many pastas, lots of veggies, lots of fruit, CHEESE, etc etc. I do NOT like spicy food, not too much in the way of seafood except shrimp and tuna, and really hate: liver, onions, asparagus, cooked spinach, radishes, beets, turnips, most squash, blueberries, and more but too tired to think lol

8. Do you prefer outdoors or in?

During the winter months and bad weather, indoors. If it’s a beautiful day, outside and in Wisconsin, they seem to be few and far between, so I appreciate them when we get them.

9. Could you survive without internet or cell phone?

I admit, it would be very difficult for me as those are two ways in which I keep connected with the outside world.

10. What time is it?

Currently, it is 8:11 in the morning, central standard time.

11. Did you groan or smile when you read the rules for this award?

As always, smiled with gratitude and humility.

Now to tag 11 lovely bloggers who I wish to nominate for this award:

1) http://jsb10711.wordpress.com

2) http://aopinionatedman.com

3) http://rashikathebookowl.wordpress.com

4) http://tworiversblog.com

5) http://thereporterandthegirl.com

6) http://colouryourdream.com

7) http://cruisingthroughmylife.wordpress.com

8) http://bzebza.com

9) http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com

10) http://writerunrepeat.com

11) http://lifeoutofthebox.com

I don’t know to make it look like just their name instead of copying the entire link to their blog, otherwise I would and make it look cooler. 😉 But, hey, you….yes, you, go check out these amazing blogs! Read, laugh, cry, and enjoy what they have to share! Thank you for inspiring me you lovely nominees! I love you for who you are and what you share with us!

And thank you again, to each blogger I follow and to each one that follows mine. The support you give me is nothing short of amazing! Now off to cuddle with my sleeping boyfriend. 😉 Have a wonderful day and God Bless each of you!

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