Showing posts from August, 2015

Phoenix Reborn

Grace stood, trembling, staring around the tiny gritty apartment she had called home for the last seventeen years of her life. Fear should have been gripping her heart but anger was the only emotion coursing through her body. This shitty hovel with walls so thin she could hear the tweakers fight and fart next door was the only home she had known but after tonite she knew she had to go.

She had excused every wretched thing he had done to her up until this point. She let his insults toughen her skin, wore her bruises like badges, cleaned up any mess he made and built herself up after every time he knocked her down. But this? This she could not forgive.

Unfortunately she could hear his drunken snoring from the bedroom and her anger refocused. Her eyes were drawn to the burnt papers and ashes awkwardly piled in the middle of the living room. Her art, her refuge, her only saving grace, he decided to burn for fun amidst her cries of protest. Then he beat the shit out of her until she agreed…

Panting To A Better Me

I run.

Well, I jog. Barely. But I do it. For 45 minutes at least 3 times a week if not more. When I step off the treadmill, I still shake and pant like I did on day one.
Difference between now and day 1 is that even though I pant, even though I still sweat profusely, even though I hate it still, I have grown because of it and worked up an endurance that I thought I would never have. 
There are some aspects of my life I cannot control. I would like to control them very much but it will never happen. It is frustrating, maddening and unchangeable. It is what it is. 
Me? I can change me. I can go to the gym, put on my headphones and listen to Janis serenade me as I meet my personal best. I can watch my weight get lower and parts become toner.  I can continue to go to therapy and delve into the darkness that plagues me with someone who cares and works with me to make it manageable and better. Every time I do these things, I end up bent over panting because it's exhausting, life changin…

Square Peg Needs No Hole

Last night, I went to a burlesque show. It was beautiful, goofy and graceful. Not one of the gorgeous women performing on stage fit the 'typical' mold of 'beauty'. That's because they refused to squish themselves into a predestined damn small circle that today's beauty attempts to be defined by society. They shimmied and sauntered all over the damn stage, owning every inch of their squareness and with every movement, flick and twitch they held the audience captive with their courageous confidence by being themselves and making no apologies for it.

And for the first time in a long time, I was jealous.

Not of their beauty, not of their dance moves, not of their lingerie, although every bit was unique and sensational.

I was jealous because these stand out women were confident in who they were and what they were doing. They did not care that they were not the 'definition' of pretty or petite. They were square pegs proudly displaying themselves for all to see …

Use Your Words: August 14th, 2015

Hello and happiest of Friday's to you. Today's post 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.My words are:Stitch ~ challenge ~ close ~ question ~ absolutely notThey were submitted by:http://batteredhope.blogspot.comThanks Carol!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.                         * * *There was never a question in her mind about the company she chose to keep. Her friends and lovers were fierce and fabulous. They gave no second thoughts to the words they let fall out of their mouth.…

Blog With Friends: Beat The Heat

Hello and happy August! I do hope today finds you in good spirits. As you know, the summer heat can easily get to us all so that's why a few of us have gotten together to show you how you can beat the heat this year.

The summertime heat, albeit nice and relaxing, can get to some scorching temperatures. While we know that we should go inside and drink lots of fluids and flip on the air conditioner we need to remember we also are our pets advocates. Keeping the following tips handy will not only keep your furbabies cool and happy but give you the peace of mind you need during the unbearable heat.

1.)  If you are hot-they are hot. If you are seeking shelter and trying to get out of the heat your pets will should too.

2.) Make sure your pet has enough shade and water. Whenever your pet baby is outside, make sure they have enough fresh, cold water. You can add ice to their water as well. Providing shade can help pets cool off too. If there is not much tree shade in your yard that is o…

Secret Subject Swap: August 7th, 2015

Hello and Happy Friday!

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 16 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. 
My “Secret Subject” is: 

Do you remember a time when you finally mastered a new skill? What was the skill, and how did you feel when you finally perfected it?

It was submitted by: you! 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:

http://www.BakingInATornado.comBaking In A Tornado     The Momisodes http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.comThe Bergham’s Life Chronicles Sews and Schools                       Dinosaur Superhero Mommy on Parade http://www.southernbe…