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1,000 SUBSCRIBERS, YOWZA!!!

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Oh Mylanta! I started my blog on WordPress in July of 2012, while I was going through a rough time. My friend, Courtney was reading my posts on Facebook about what was going on and she suggested I start a blog. She said that by sharing my story, it may inspire and help others. So, I did just that nearly seven years ago.

Sometimes, I wrote a lot, daily and even multiple times a day at times. Other times, I would not be on here for several consecutive months. I’ve written many things, from poetry to life stories and from hot topic posts to sharing my photos.

Being a part of this community has been a blessing. I’ve come across many talented writers, musicians, photographers, sketch artists, and great minds with a lot to share. I’ve been inspired, brought to tears, dreamed a little more, laughed, and felt a plethora of emotions while looking at my feed. I love WordPress! Thank you for including me as part of the blogging family!

I would like to think that my words have also touched others, that maybe the things I’ve shared have inspired you? I come here to share pieces of me, in the hopes that even one person who stops by that day will find joy, that they find a kindred spirit, or that they have found inspiration for their next blog, song, sketch, poem, or other creation. I come here to look at what you share with the same hopes for myself.

So far, it’s been a wonderful time! I enjoy contributing and also the contributions that many of you bring to this great community. From sharing our raw emotions to something funny we heard or read that day to showcasing our work, there’s so much wonderful content on WordPress. I’m thankful I get to be a part of this.

So again, thank you! Thank you to my 1,000 subscribers for being a part of my journey!!! Thank you for many great years and here’s to many more!!! I hope your day is filled with joy and love! Try to share a little kindness today!!! One person, one voice, and one act of generosity can make a difference!!!

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The Art Within Us All

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His skills with paint are practically legendary

Hours spent in the studio whenever inspiration strikes

Passion flows from his fingertips into each brushstroke

What a gift his hands have, one that a heavy heart carries

 

Can you hear that almost angelic sound?

The music coming from Lady 88’s voice can silence any crowd

Words that only her mind understands flow from the keyboard

As her message reaches out its hand, our souls are found

 

Months have been spent writing, editing, and rewriting

Research and so much raw emotion bleeds through the pages

Set in fiction, but truth is hidden just beneath it all

A secret war within is one he is daily fighting

 

The $50 meal you’re eating smells of love & creativity

Take a picture and tweet about this work of delicious beauty

Did you take any notice to how much went into it?

Such hard work shouldn’t be met with passivity

 

Walking through the hand made arches & decorative halls

You gaze in wonder at the craftsmanship in every square inch

Is this it, the home you’ll choose to raise your family?

The one where your family’s story will adorn the walls

 

Art comes in many forms, even in ways others do not see

From designing cars and clothes & even writing computer programs

It’s all around us, in all we do in our everyday lives

I pay tribute to the artist within each of us, the ones we choose to be

 

Let us not ignore the beauty that surrounds us every single day

There’s so much wonder to create, share, & behold

If we but open our eyes to the world around us

May we let the art in our souls find all willing to look our way

 

Random Thought

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Something that is truly amazing is when readers can find meaning in a piece that the writer never even considered until the readers said something.

Just food for thought. โ™ก

Time Flies When You’re Being Inspired

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Today Facebook reminded me that I began blogging on WordPress four years ago today.

So much has changed since I began this journey. I was going through a rough time in my life. My romantic, financial, and family life were all such a dramatic mess. But as I’d write about it, via status updates and poetry, a friend suggested I try blogging, to share my life with others and perhaps inspire people with each post.

I contemplated the idea and then decided to jump in elbows first. What an excellent experience it has been the last four years. I had no idea just how wonderful doing this would prove to be.

Thank you to each person I’ve met along the way, for each kindness you’ve all shown me, for the support you give me and my blog, for writing such amazing things and inspiring me, and for being a part of my life. I’m glad to have met each one of you. My life is all the more blessed having you in it. I love you guys and gals, immeasurably so.

Here’s to more joy, learning, growing, meeting new people, getting to know each of you better, friendship, family, ideas taking root, and love, ah yes, above all love. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›

A Question I Ask Thee…

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I feel like many only skim over blogs and don’t take the time to fully read them. So many times, I see blogs that ask people for their input and people just simply “like” the blog, but don’t leave any feedback. I think that’s wrong. If we’re really going to be a part of this community, we should share more with one another and I don’t mean just writing more blogs, but commenting on one another’s work and becoming something bigger, something greater, something with more heart.

Yesterday, I wrote such a blog, one that asked for feedback and not one person answered the question I posed. Why? Why did everyone simply hit “like” and then continue to scroll past? I don’t want to just write blogs and have people lightly read what I have to say. I want people to engage in conversation with me and with others. I try to participate in other’s blogs as often as I can, even spark conversations with others that commented. This is a community, one that should be ready to grow together. We need to work on doing that more. I am guilty of it too sometimes, but I am getting better at it.

So, I am going to try this again and see if anyone is really paying attention to what I am saying. Yesterday, I asked those who happen to read it that day who their greatest influence in life is and why. I am going to pose that same question today. Today though, I am kindly asking for you to comment, to actually participate. I want to get to know my readers and anyone else who might stumble upon my blog. I am here for so much more than sharing my thoughts and feelings. I want to get to know others, be inspired by you, and hopefully inspire you as well. Let’s work together to make this place even better!

I am going to pose another question today as well. And the proof that you’ve really read this will be in your comments below. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We all have events in our lives that shape us into who we are today. I want you to take a moment and think about what is one of the events in your life that has shaped you the most and how has it done so? Please share with me and with others. Me and myself want to know, and my avid readers! ย Side note: That was a Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire quote! 10 points to the house that can tell me who said it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I have had a lot of major events in my life that have shaped me into the person I am today. It is hard to say which one has shaped me the most, but I am going to pick one, because otherwise we’d be here all day. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Being a foster kid was definitely an experience I won’t forget. I had been molested as a kid and had to be taken from my home. That in and of itself shaped me quite a bit. I live with PTSD because of it, but I have been learning to not let it define me. But that’s not the experience I want to delve into today. Being a foster kid is something I want to talk to you about today.

I have seen many stories on Facebook lately from foster parents, about the kids they have taken in, and how rewarding it is to help kids in need. Those not in it for the money, but in it to help kids overcome the hands they were dealt, show them love, and give them good lives are truly amazing people. I lived in a few homes and I can testify that there are some truly wonderful people out there, with kind hearts that just want to help kids heal and see them thrive.

For many kids, it’s not an easy adjustment, even if the new situation is better than their old one. To take them from what they know and throw them into something and somewhere new with people they don’t know is hard. Trust is already a hard thing for them to give anyone and now here are new people who claim they only have their best interests at heart.

For me, it was hard. As hard as life was with my mom, I wasn’t sure what to think about being sent to live with people I didn’t know, especially when I’d also have to switch schools too. Everyone was a stranger. It took me awhile to adjust and being labeled a freak for being “in the system” was difficult. “What did you do to get put into foster care?” Really? Most of us didn’t do anything. Many of us were hurt, by those who are supposed to love us the most. But, it was and I am sure still is hard for outsiders to understand. I was told before that it was likely the only way they could react to us because they just didn’t know what to say or how to act. But, to a kid, that doesn’t make us feel any better. It still hurts.

I will say this though, I am grateful to those who took me in, cared for me, and did everything they could to help me move forward. I was shown a lot of patience and kindness in a time when I had known so little before. I was given hope. And now, as an adult, I know that I want to give back, to help others like I was helped. When we’re in a position to give back in that way, we will. My husband supports this as he knows how important it is to me and also wants to help kids who feel lost and alone, give them a chance at a happy childhood and the hope for a bright future.

Well, I said more than I planned on, though that is often the case with me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you enjoyed reading. Now, if you’d be so kind and leave me some feedback and also share with me a part of yourself, that would so appreciated!!!!!! Let’s keep this community growing closer together!

Hymn of Nine Gratitudes

I needed to see this today! Perhaps you need to see it today too? โค๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›

Ninefold Evolution

Grateful are we for our sorrows
for they remind us of our JOYS
Grateful are we for our heartaches
for they remind us of our LOVE
Grateful are we for our falls
for they remind us of our RISING
Grateful are we for our ills
for they remind us of our HEALTH
Grateful are we for our fears
for they remind us of our COURAGE
Grateful are we for our ignorance
for they remind us of our KNOWLEDGE
Grateful are we for our self-indulgences
for they remind us of our GIVING
Grateful are we for our angers
for they remind us of our COMPASSION
Grateful are we for ourselves
for they remind us of our OTHERS

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Meet and Greet @ Dream Big: 6/25/16

Let’s keep this community growing! ๐Ÿ™‚

Dream Big, Dream Often

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Itโ€™s the Meet and Greet weekend at Dream Big!!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.ย  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags.
  4. Feel free to leave your link multiple times! ย It is okay to update your link for more exposure every day if you want. ย It is up to you!

  5. Share this post on social media.ย  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new blogs to follow.

Now that all the rules have been clearly explained get out there and Meet n Greet your tails off!

See ya on Monday!!

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