Swiftly Painted Challenge: 13 Selfies, D1

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October: Writing prompt: Reflect and respond to this statement: your followers follow you willingly. Create an image of what describes you as a blogger. Bonus points for little clues about what’s going on in your life.

October Selfie [1]

October Selfie [1]

So I’m here for Day 1 (a tad belated) of the Swiftly Painted 13 Day Selfie Challenge! I’m so excited to participate with Annmarie and Jess! Today’s writing prompt asks to reflect on the statement, “Your followers follow you willingly.” I think that’s such a true statement of all bloggers. There are blogs that appeal to each one of us in a truly different way. It’s a special thing when you gain followers because I think that means that you impact others – even if it’s through sharing your own experiences. I really am shocked that people tune in to what I have to say or share for the week. I know JP reads this – but wow! Other people?! You guys are awesome.

I blog because I love to write, and it’s a fun way to share my experiences and interact with other people. It’s an amazing way to stay INSPIRED and to strive to live a happier, healthier life. But let’s get real here – I blog from work. That’s where a lot of my inspiration comes from – hitting me in the middle of the day, or in a rogue morning where I feel extra awake and inspired.

Life has been HECTIC to say the least. Tons of stuff is going on and work is just super crazy lately. I worked all weekend and then had late nights on Monday and Tuesday this week. So, my face above? I think it totally clues you in to how I’m feeling. Wacky!


Swiftly Painted Challenge – 13 Selfies … all me…all the time!

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Hi ya’ll! I’m participating in a new challenge since Blogtember has ended! I’m really excited to join Jess from The Iris Blog and AnnMarie from The Simply Swift Blog in their 13 month self-portrait challenge!
The challenge has the blogger taking 1 selfie for 13 months and posting that image with a content prompt! I’m really excited and it starts TODAY! I’m traveling (by plane) for work today so I’m not going to be able to take a selfie AND post – but I’ll be back tomorrow to join in on the fun and make up for the slacking I’ve been doing! Can’t wait!

Blogtember, The Final Day: Two Best Friends That Anyone Can Have

Today’s topic: Share a photo of something old. Maybe something that has personal history for you, that was passed down to you, and that has special meaning to you. Tell us about it and why it’s special.

Today is the very last day of Jenni’s Blogtember challenge and I’m so happy to have been a part of a great month-long of topics. It’s been so fun and has exposed me to numerous other blogs that are entertaining and a great read! Plus it really helped me with content since I’ve been super crazy busy with work!

Tomorrow I start a new 13 month challenge! It’ll be exciting so hold on to your pants! More info to come!

But today’s topic is to share a photo of something old. And I’m sharing an old photo of my grandma and I. (I’m not sharing it because my grandma is old…calm down!)

gram + i (circa 1984)

gram + i (circa 1984)

This woman. Where do I even begin? This is the woman that raised me and over the course of my life, moved from being my grandmother to being a mother, a friend, a confidante, a Hawk, a disciplinarian, and all of the things under a moon a person who raises you can be. When my dad moved in with his parents after his divorce from my mom, this was the person who I spent 97% of my time with. She woke me up for school (sometimes screaming at me because I DID NOT want to get up), she made me breakfast (and that’s where I know a lot more country songs than I should because she listened to Chicago’s US 99 all.the.damn.time.), she took me on her errands, and she took me clothes and school shopping. She was the person who was home when I arrived home from school every day. She was a homemaker, and she ran our house.

We always say in our family that she gives out “tough love.” And, it’s so very true. She loves all of us (my dad, uncle and me) fiercely. And she has the endearing nickname of “The Hawk” in our family because she knows EVERYTHING. Seriously, you cannot sneak anything past this woman. And if you DO make it past her – you feel a retched guilt.

She never had a daughter and she always wanted one. So, when I moved in with my dad, I became her daughter. I still think she loves me more than my dad and uncle! Ha! 🙂 She is and always has been an amazing woman. She has some of the BEST stories about her younger years and I could listen to her talk for days about the things she and my grandpa used to do, where they used to go, about her job developing pictures in a photo shop, or how my grandparents went rollerskating all of the time when they were in their 20s. She’s old school. She hates technology, but she’s smart as a whip and I love her ever so much for that.

I don’t get to spend as much time with her as I’d like to, and sometimes that really breaks my heart. She’s one of a very few people on this earth that loves me no matter what. She raised me, and although she and I butted heads more than a few times in my life (hey! I was a bratty kid), she was always, always, always there for me, no matter what.

Blogtember Day 19: There’s a Snark in the Water

Today’s topic: An anonymous letter to your Facebook friends. Be as snarky as you’d like. (but don’t include people’s real names.)

Today’s Blogtember topic will make heads roll. So I think I’m going to tread lightly and try to talk pretty vaguely because I don’t have time in my life to handle drama.

First of all – there have been a number of times where I’ve seriously contemplated de-friending or even blocking certain people because of their daily mushy love rants to their significant other. You live with the person. They know you love them. Why do you send them public proclamations of love daily on Facebook? It’s weird, impersonal and a bit too much.

I’m actually part of a rare few that like to see pics of other people’s kids on Facebook. There’s silly poses and wacky smiles, and most of all my friend’s love for their little human being. But when we’re doing weekly posts counting down their age? It’s annoying. I’d rather see your kid playing, spending time with you, or something other than a pose and an announcement of their age. Pardon me while I tune out.

QUIT asking me to play Candy Crush on Facebook. I play it. I’m not addicted to it. But I REFUSE to hook it up to Facebook. I don’t need people to see how often I play and I don’t want to borrow you lives or whatever else the perks of hooking it up to Facebook provides. Let me play my game by myself.

Stop threatening to “clean up your friends list.” Do it already and don’t warn people. Are you looking for them to beg you to keep them? You’re. Crazy. Stop. Being. Crazy.

Quit airing your dirty laundry all over Facebook. It may be monumental to you, but I really think people should limit the sharing of super personal information on Facebook. If I wanted to know every exact detail of your crappy experiences, down and out life, etc. I’d talk to you in person. Why are you sharing this information online? It just makes for a good soap opera in real life for me.

Mkay. That was snarktastic. So I’ll end there. WHEW! What are your biggest pet peevs of people on Facebook?