Secret Subject Swap: March 6th, 2015

Hello and happy Friday! Today I'd love to welcome you to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 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. 

Dun, dun, dun!

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

Stacy Sews and Schools

Spatulas on Parade

The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

The Momisodes


Someone Else’s Genius

Confessions of a part-time working mom

The Lieber Family

Southern Belle Charm

Searching for Sanity

Sparkly Poetic Weirdo

Small Talk Mama

My prompt is: You can have any one blogger write a guest post for your blog. Who would you choose? It can be anyone as long as they do blog.

It was submitted by the awesome Baking In A Tornado~thanks Karen!

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Kelly Debie.

Kelly Debie from Debie Hive is my choice.

Hands down my favorite blogger is who I would love to guest post for my blog. Hell, she could take over my blog and I would contentedly sit back and sigh and read her words.

She can write it all. Seriously. She does not shy away from tackling issues close to her heart and speaking her mind in a eloquent manner.

Postpartum depression. PTSD. Loving, learning and living life while family members battle the bastard cancer. Dying with dignity. Breaking the stigma of mental illness. TTPMOT or Things That Piss Me Off Tuesdays. Women's rights.

These are just some of the subjects she writes about, unabashedly, honestly, in the most raw ways. She can nestle right into our hearts with her beautiful words and memories or become the prickly annoying sensation under our skin demanding our attention to open a possibly an uncomfortable, but much needed conversation about topics that too often are swept under the rug, that are vilified or ignored until they too demand attention because they reached their breaking point and all hell broke loose.

My only complaint about her writing is that I don't get enough of it. But I suppose since she is a mother of five, a wife, busy woman, openly battling postpartum depression, doula, proud nerd for life, creating necessary conversations, a champion for compassion and understanding, pretty much a super hero, and such an amazing writer that when I do get to devour her words I am filled with sustenance, forced with reflection and opened to new perspectives, I will let it slide.

The thing I enjoy most about Kelly is that she is human in her writing. Ah, what exactly does that mean you may ask? Well, she forces us to connect with ourselves, our issues, our insecurities. She does not shy away from the gritty, uncomfortable parts of life.

Yes, she writes about beauty around us and she does it with idyllic imagery. She can capture a moment a memory with a breathtaking photograph. She is one of the few people who can take a quote, a self-explanatory saying and delve into it and get even more layers out of it than anyone could have imagined.

But she also writes about the dark times, the scary times, the times we wish we never had to endure or go through. The times that broke us but also strengthened us. The times and moments that are hard to face, to remember, to reflect on, she openly shares not only to soothe her soul by the cathartic writing but also becomes a light, a beacon for those who are still struggling to come to terms, who are still battling the baffling curve balls life throws at us, those of us who simply need to know others have gone through this too.

She understands this world is made up of layers, that we are made of layers. Funny, sad, complicated, heart breaking, thought provoking, no clue how we survived layers.

So. I adore her and her writing and truly hope this post doesn't creep her out.

I'm going to end this with a favorite snippet from her writing that I believe we all should remember because every day we are still standing spinning on this magical marble is a day we are aging and living this confusing, chaotic beautiful life.

I've learned though, that aging is something best done with gratitude. For every day that I am here, I am grateful. For every moment of frustration, I do my very best to breathe deep and remember that this too, whatever this is right now, shall pass.

Because it always passes.


  1. You write from the heart too, Jenn. Your words are every bit as meaningful.

    1. Thank you for your kind words Karen they mean a lot coming from you friend ❤

  2. I am seconding what Karen said.
    I think that the reason her words speak to you so much is because you can see yourself in them. If that makes sense.

    1. It does ❤

      Maybe so. I just know I like reading her pieces!

  3. I love a writer who brings more out of you when you read her words. Sounds like you've found a great one!

    1. It's awesome when you can just fall in love with the writing! You learn about the author and yourself too.

  4. Thank you so much for your kind words. I am humbled. XOXO

    1. Thank you for writing pieces worth reading ❤

  5. Replies
    1. Just like you.

      And you were the one that introduced me to her writing so thank you.

  6. I can see a sparkling guest post on Kelly DeBie's blog in the near future!!!

  7. Wow. I think you've recruited another fan for Kelly!

    1. She's awesome for sure! Definitely check her out.

  8. Can't wait to read Kelly, but you're pretty amazing too!

  9. I love finding a blogger that you could just read forever. Kelly sounds like an amazing writer though, if she can tackle all of that and more, some of those are the subjects that scare me the most about writing, because it can take true skill. Beautiful post, well done.

    1. Thank you. I love when writers make you want to read forever!

  10. I love Kelly. Excellent choice! ♡♡♡♡

  11. Okay, so I'm very interested. I'll be making my way to her little bit of blogginess pronto.


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