Use Your Words: February 14th, 2020

Hello and happy Friday!
Today’s post (Use Your Words) is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. 
Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 

I’m using:  hearts ~ candy ~ heart-broken ~ teddy bear ~ cheater ~ celebrate

They were submitted by: Thanks Dawn!

It really never bothered my mom that her romantic life wasn’t engaging. She was never truly heartbroken over a man or a relationship. My dad was a cheater and I was his middle child…but that disrupted his already made…

Secret Subject Swap: February 7th, 2020-Measuring Me

Hello and Happy Friday!
Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 9 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado           Spatulas on Parade             Wandering Web Designer   

The 10 Year Challenge: Then and Now

As the end of 2019 draws near, we find ourselves staring at the advancing horizon of 2020. We have the promise of  adventure, the possibility of new beginnings and the future in front of us. So naturally, we take a moment to look behind us, to see where we have been and compare

Social media has this 10 year challenge currently where you post a picture from 10 years ago and a recent one from this year. As these challenges tend to do, they catch on quickly, and many people start to do them. What I have noticed the cruel self-criticizing captions and comments associated with many of these 10 year comparisons. 

I will say there a few positive ones that have been going around, talking about finding their faith, and starting families, and being finally happy but man, there are quite a bit...with much heavy handed self-criticism. 

Many people are making sure to point out how bad they looked prior, how 'skinny' they were years before, how th…

Come Fly With Me...

Airports are homes to everyone. 

Even, if only, for a few hours. 

These homes to airbuses that make it possible to fly like the birds in the sky embody adventure. They hold the promise of anything and anywhere for...anyone. 

Whether people are going home, heading on vacation, traveling to say goodbye to a loved one, there is something special and profound about stepping in that metal contraption and trusting it enough to take you to towards new experiences to add to a new chapter in your life. 

Listening to people that are sitting and milling around the airport is beautiful and humbling. 

Yes, there is the occasional grump, but if you listen long enough you will notice most people are not that way.

While traveling the other day, my first flight was delayed, I got into Detroit at 8:15...and my connecting flight was supposed to leave at 8:30. The couple next to me in the plane was freaking out trying to get me off quicker because they did not want me-a stranger-to be late and miss my flight. …

Feeling Fine as A Failure: Thoughts After Thinking Suicide Was The Answer

What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person, is what John Green wrote in his book Paper Towns. Or so Google said. I've only watched the movie, which, really isn't my M.O. Typically, I read the book, swear by it and get annoyed with any little inconsistencies that exist in the film. 

Okay....let me get back on topic.

I ran across that quote a while ago...and it has rolled around in this noggin of mine. And, I found it to be quite beautiful. 

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.” 

Even the BEST people in the world, people who choose to save others, people who give of their time freely to volunteer, people who are gracious, people who listen when they are tired, the people who hold others' hands when people are scared, the people who give 3rd and 4th chances...they are still merely mortal. They are not better than the next person . They still have a little over a gallon of blood coursing through their bodies to kee…

Do It For The Holy Shit You Got HOT...or.. You Know, Don't

There is a meme that is plaguing me lately. I keep seeing it pop up on my social media. I keep seeing it when I close my eyes. I keep hearing people say it, and to be quite honest, it is bugging the ever loving crap out of me. 
The meme that is currently annoying Sparkly Jenn. 
To me, yes everyone can have their own interpretation but this is my blog so-my take, this annoying meme is saying: Lose weight so you can appeal to other people who would not have noticed you before! Make sure you make huge strides in life not to be healthier but so you can be eye candy for those who don't even know your name! Completely change who you are and all your habits so some arbitrary person who has no real say in your life can validate you by telling you that the body you are in is now attractive to them!
Yes, it can simply be some 'cute' little picture out there to 'help' 'motivate' people to a healthier lifestyle. And, yes, maybe I am being a killjoy but let's break dow…