30-Day Writing Challenge: Day 5


Three things I like about my personality:

  1. I love my passion – the fire that sparks within when I feel strongly about a certain idea, topic, event, or anything in particular.
  2. I am grateful that I can empathize with many people, and that I have the ability to see things from different perspectives to better understand a person or his/her actions. Sometimes that makes all the difference. Sometimes it doesn’t. But, either way, I’m glad I am naturally empathetic.
  3. I love my tenacity – that no matter what I’ve gone through or will go through, my determination and perseverance will only strengthen. I may not see it right away – and at times giving up seems like a comforting idea – but my tenaciousness gets me through. I am better for it.

30-Day Writing Challenge: Day 4


25 Things to Do Before My Next Birthday:

  1. Read more books (goal: 10)
  2. Finish at least one WIP
  3. Lose at least 50 lbs.
  4. Go to the beach
  5. Get my hair cut (and maybe colored – I haven’t put any color in my hair since I was 18 or 19)
  6. Go to the doctor for a check-up and some tests
  7. Get on a steady supplement regimen for PCOS
  8. Find good, yummy alternative salty/savory snacks that aren’t full of crap like the chips and Cheetos I love so much – or easy ones I can make at home (it’s more difficult than I realized to find this)
  9. Drink more tea
  10. Try at least five different healthy, homemade salad dressings so that I can eat more lettuce/salad at home.
  11. Buy some plants that repel mosquitos (they’re out and ready for attack here)
  12. Sort through all the boxes still left to unpack (yep, it’s been over a year)
  13. Donate all of the clothes, toys, shoes, etc. I can after said sorting through boxes
  14. Sit back in awe of the uncluttered, or less cluttered, house
  15. Think of ten more things to do before January
  16. Continue thinking …
  17. Oh, yeah!! Teach our son to drive! 😀 He’s going to be 16 this year. Holy Moly!
  18. Dance when my son is done with his last math class (these past two years have been frustrating for him – and, in ways, me – due to all the AP math he’s had to take)
  19. Try a new food
  20. Find a way to trim Cocoa’s nails without her wigging out (this may not be attainable, but it’s worth a shot … of rum when I’m done trying)
  21. Visit a dentist (I need to get my teeth cleaned and whatnot but hate going to the dentist)
  22. Get my son to the orthodontist so that he can get the braces/Invisalign for his bottom teeth he desperately wants
  23. Cry heavily every once in awhile because I miss cheese, bread, and chips … damn PCOS!
  24. Treat myself to a few books after I lose the 50 lbs.
  25. Write more

30-Day Writing Challenge: Days 2 & 3


Day Two:

Something I look forward to in the next 12 months. Hmm. Autumn. I love the fall. I think each season has its own unique beauty, but I just adore autumn. 🙂

Day Three:

My day in detail:

Got dressed.

Drank coffee with coconut oil (which I’ve just begun doing … I’m used to drinking plain black coffee, but this is a good way to get some extra goodness in my day, and it doesn’t change the flavor … but if it had, I wouldn’t have minded since it’s, you know, coconut).

Got ready to go online and saw that my Internet was out. Again. Called the company – there’s yet another network problem in the area. Problem was fixed within an hour (although I don’t know how long it’d been since it’d been off so I don’t really know how long it took them to fix the problem).

Had my first-ever Skype session with my sis, nieces, and nephew. Loved it!

Took  a selfie I didn’t hate. I don’t take a whole lot of pictures of myself – self-esteem issues and whatnot – but I felt good, so I took one (okay, four – one which I actually liked).

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Played FV2 for awhile.

Watched my husband and son, off and on, put together our son’s new basketball stand/hoop thing. They’re still not finished assembling it and it’s been hours. That thing came with a lot of parts. Too many, if you ask me.

Read an email from my partner in one of my classes.

Checked Pinterest, email accounts, Blackboard, Twitter, etc. on and off.

Ate yogurt. And ate sliced banana peppers.

Wrote this.

30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 1


Basic things about myself:

I’m a mother to an awesome 15 year old.

I’ve been married since ’99 (I was 18).

I’m 35.

I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary/Ovarian Syndrome … which should have a different name since it’s an hormonal imbalance that doesn’t require cystic ovaries).

I am a grad student attending ECU (distance education rocks my socks). I’m in their amazing MLS program. Future librarian right here!

I have a BA in English.

I write. Not enough. I’m trying. I’m hoping this challenge helps me practice up a bit and get into the flow of writing every day.

I love coffee. And willow trees. The beach. Sunsets. Rain (except when the dogs are stir crazy because it’s rained for too long and they can’t go outside to release some of their pent up energy). Playing Farmville2 and Wizard101 are my go-tos when I have some free time (if my nose isn’t in a good book). Reading. I love reading good books, short stories, and poems. I’ve loved reading since before I could read (when I just flipped through books and made up the story as I went along).

I have depression. Some days – most days these days – I’m okay. Some days I’m really not…no matter what I say. I have anxiety – not crippling – but enough to stress me out pretty badly. I know these issues most likely stem from PCOS and the embarrassing symptoms that come along with it, but I know it has to do with my past as well.

I am a feminist. And proud of it. I believe women and men should both be valued members of society, with equal rights, pay, and opportunities. I do not hate men. I simply believe they are capable of being much more than our patriarchal society tells them they should/can be. They are smarter than society gives them credit for. As are women. I could go on… but I guess you could just visit my Pinterest to see some of what I’m about.

Salty foods are my dietary weakness.

Books are my financial weakness (though I’ve tamed the beast inside and only buy books when I truly can afford to … and after making sure I really want to read the book I’m considering purchasing).

My favorite colors are deep/dark purples, slate grey, and green. I wear a lot of black (tops) because I think black looks good on me – as does green, but I don’t often find green tops for plus-sized women that aren’t hideous.

If there’s anything else you’d like to know, feel free to ask!

Are you participating in this 30-day challenge? If so, post your links. 🙂