Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Write or Die Wednesdays: Leaving a Legacy



Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us each week.

                                      


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Last week we wrote about our passions, and it was so much fun reading everyone's passions from writing to inspiring others to kids & sports and more! It was so hard picking just one weekly featured writer when everyone equally shared their hearts. Because of this, we are re-sharing everyone's post!

Kasey at the Bat
How to Make a Life
How I Roll
The Chronicles of Chaos
Shelly's Cabaret

This week's prompt is the following: What will be your legacy?


Happy writing!

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This is a hard one for me because to be honest, thinking about my legacy ultimately leads me to thinking about my death. My thoughts on this subject tend to get overly morbid if I dwell on it too long. I mean, it's kind of mind-blowing to think that, no matter your religious or spiritual beliefs, you will eventually cease to exist on this Earth. And obviously, that's never going to happen to me because I'm going to become a vampire and live forever. *slow blink*

OK, fine, let's say this immortality thing doesn't work out. So, what will be my legacy??? How do I want to be remembered? What will I pass down to my kids and grandchildren and great-grandchildren?

I hope to leave behind a literary legacy. You knew I was going to say that, right? Writing has been a shining light in my life and I would hope to pass that on in some form. Hopefully, a book or three. ;) But not just writing. I want to also pass on a love of learning. Soak up everything you can. Strive to learn new things.

I hope to leave behind a legacy of love. For my boys: That no matter what happens or where life takes them, they know that I loved them with every fiber of my being, every ounce of will and energy that I have. For my husband: That our love changed my life and saved me time and time again.

It may not sound like much, but these things are extremely important to me. I'm a simple person and I don't expect much, but if I can pass those things on, I'd die a happy lady.

But I'd totally invite a vampire into my house to bite the shizzle out of me, so hit me up if you know any.


What will be YOUR legacy? 





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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Building Bridges Instead of Walls


Being an introvert has its ups and downs. Lately, I've found it to have more downs than ups. Sometimes, I wish I could be more like my hubby who has never met a stranger. 

It's a pretty lonely existence. But then again, being an introvert means that 90% of the time, I'd much rather be alone. I can read, write, just enjoy the solitude. Not feel any obligations or guilt in not calling anyone back, etc. 

That other 10% is very powerful, though. It's hard enough to make friends as an adult. That other 10% wants to have people to meet up with for brunch, or call to come over and watch Walking Dead and eat popcorn. That other 10% is desperate for one-on-one girl time where you can talk about anything and everything over coffee, or margaritas at happy hour. 

I'm tired of being The Quiet Girl Who Keeps to Herself. [Clearly, I drew the short straw when they were giving out Native American names. Just a joke, don't sue me, people.] 

Seriously, though. I'll never be the life of the party. Well, at least not while I'm sober. Ha. But I want to be more open to new connections, new people, new experiences. I know it's a bit early for resolutions, but I'm going to work on this. 

So, won't you join me on my Extroversion Excursion? [You like that? Just pulled that one from the buttockal region. You're welcome.] 


P.S. Don't forget to check back here tomorrow for Write or Die Wednesdays! Our prompt this week is: What will be your legacy? Happy writing! Click here for more info on Write or Die.






Monday, November 17, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things: November 2014 Edition


Well, hello there, lovelies! It's time for the next edition of A Few of My Favorite Things. I really love doing these posts every month because it gives me a good excuse to do some online window shopping. Not that I really need an excuse. ;) 

  • Um, have I mentioned that if Eric Church and I weren't already married to other people, I would totally kidnap him and marry him? Because yea.. I would. And when I do, I have to do it in style and wear this sweatshirt

Via

  • I absolutely love Julie Ann Art. The shop features awesome greeting cards (that you will most definitely NOT find in Hallmark), but there are also some other items that caught my eye, particularly this notepad that I really need in my life. 

Via

  • Oh, this mug. It satisfies both my love of crows and my love of Edgar Allen Poe. Lurrvvee. 


Via

  • Does this book even need an explanation? Favorite author + latest book = DUH. Get in my bookshelf!!!

Via


And this concludes the latest installment of A Few of My Favorite Things. 


What are some of your must-haves? Leave a comment and share below. 



P.S. The writing prompt for Write or Die Wednesdays is: What will be your legacy? Hope you join us! Click here to read more about Write or Die. 



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lifting the Fog



As I was driving the kids to daycare yesterday morning, there was this incredibly dense fog outside. It was so thick I was afraid to pull out of our neighborhood because I couldn't see a foot in front of me. But driving safety aside, there is something just so beautiful about fog. 

Dom, my oldest, said to me, "Mommy! I can't see anything, can you?" And I replied, "No, honey, I can't, it's so foggy!" And he said, "But it's so pretty!" And it was. I love the way fog transforms your surroundings. Roads and landmarks that you drive by every day take on this whole new presence. It really changes your perspective. The fog forces you to slow down, drive a little more slowly, be a little more present in the moment. 


Sometimes, I think of fog as a metaphor for life. The fog appears. You struggle for a bit. You are unsure of where you are going or what's going to happen. But you keep your head down and you push through. Eventually, the fog will dissipate and your perseverance will be rewarded. 

Am I the only weirdo who thinks of this stuff while I'm driving with two yelling children in the backseat? 

“Don’t let the agony, regret, or fog of yesterday blind you to the fact that each new day carries with it a plethora of opportunities to move your life into the right direction.” -Steve Maraboli

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Write or Die Wednesdays: Light My Fire.


Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! 
We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us each week.

                                      


If you are new to this link-up and are wondering what Write or Die is all about, check it out here!

So, last week our writing prompt was a photo. We had such a great time reading everyone's posts and seeing how we are all inspired by the same photo in different ways.

I was especially impressed [this is Mia right now, btw] by Shelly's poem from last week, "A Field Full of Wishes". It was beautiful. Click here to read it. Shelly doesn't know it yet, but she is our Weekly Featured Writer, weee! :) Show her some love! [OK, back to your regularly scheduled programming!]

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This week's prompt is inspired by this line from the song "Unkiss Me" by Maroon 5: "You can't light a fire if the candle's melted." What lights your fire? What inspires you? What's your passion?

Happy writing and happy reading!

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Words. Words have always been my passion. Big surprise, right? But it's true. Whether it's reading beautiful words in a book or trying to write beautiful words of my own - words just inspire me. I love how they can invoke certain emotions or provide imagery for entire scenes.

There's nothing better than settling down with a good book, or opening up a blank page that really gets me going.

I always say that someday I want to be a writer. But you know what? I *am* a writer. Right now. Just because I'm not a published author doesn't mean that the words that I write don't have value. They matter to me. In the midst of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, for those of you in the know), I'm surrounded by tweets and FB posts of people who are writing novels. And I'm envious. Because that's ultimately one of the biggest dreams and passions that I have.

So, this is my promise to myself: Even if it takes me until I'm 80 years old - I'm going to write a novel. I'll work on it here and there, whenever I can fit it into my schedule. But I'm going to do it.

I can't tell you how happy this makes me. I'm feeling inspired. I've said it for a long time, but I have never put this idea that I have down on paper. It's always been "some day." Well that day is TODAY, damn it.

I know it sounds stupid - like, "Mia, if you've always wanted to write a novel, then why haven't you?" Well, the answer is fear. Doubt. Guilt. Insecurity. Feeling like nobody would want to read what I write. Lack of inspiration. But I've been reminding myself these past few months that life is short and that I don't want it to pass me by. Well, here is me following my own advice.

I've got plenty of blank notebooks and a vast collection of pens just calling my name.

My candle is no longer melted. It's time to make this dream a reality. 

What is YOUR passion? 







Monday, November 10, 2014

12 Sad Songs for When You Need a Good Cry

Songs that make you cry; sad songs


Do you ever find yourself feeling down? Maybe you had a bad day, or received some bad news. Maybe you're suffering from a bad breakup. Maybe somebody has a case of the Mondays [that would be me]. So you watch some sad movies, or read a sad book. 

Or better yet, you listen to some sad songs. Studies show that listening to sad music when you're sad helps you feel better. So, here are 12 songs that I've chosen especially for you when you've got the blues. They always help me when I'm in a funk and I hope that they will help you, too. 

Let me set the scene for you. It's raining outside. You're in your room. It's dark and you have some candles lit. You're laying in bed, staring at the ceiling. Singing along with your heart and soul. Ready, set, go. 


1. Last Kiss by Pearl Jam. 


2. Creep by Radiohead. 


3. I Will Remember You by Sarah McLachlan. 


4. Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton. 


5. Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O'Connor. 


6. Everybody Hurts by R.E.M.


7. Here Without You by 3 Doors Down.


8. Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye.


9. Grenade by Bruno Mars.


10. Rolling in the Deep by Adele. 


11. Jolene by Dolly Parton. 


12. Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers. 



What are your favorite sad songs?  

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Write or Die Wednesdays: Living the Simple Life


Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us each week.


                                   


If you are new to this link-up and are wondering what Write or Die is all about, check it out here!

So, last week our writing prompt was the word "cozy." We had such a great time reading everyone's posts and seeing how we all mentioned many of the same things: coffee/tea, a good book, fuzzy socks, etc.


Becca's poem, which presented the essence of coziness in such a succinct way, made us want to go streaking in Target (haha)! That is why we have chosen her to be Write or Die's WEEKLY FEATURED WRITER! Yay, Becca!

Please take some time to read Becca's poem here, and show her some love if you haven't already!

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This week's prompt is the image below. Happy writing and happy reading!




I'm really tired of the rat race. You know what I'm talking about, right? The days that pass by in a blur. Work, eat, sleep, repeat. Living life, but not really experiencing it. Another day, another spin in the useless hamster wheel of life. Soul-sucking repetition. What is the point exactly? Work to pay bills. Pay bills, go broke again. Work to get more money and pay more bills. That can't be the point of life. But it's the reality, I suppose. 

You know what I would really love? You know what I dream of? Just a simple, quiet life. A small house in the country, with lots of land. Growing our own herbs and vegetables. Wide open space for our boys to run around. Heck, maybe even a small farm. Pigs, cows, chickens, goats. Haha. 

No sitting in traffic. No noisy neighbors. No HOA. No cubicles. No strip malls. Just fresh air, blue skies, and fields of green. Leisurely family walks or picnics. A big tree, providing shade on a sunny day - perfect for reading or napping. 

Not this constant hustle and bustle. Sentences like "Hurry up!" or "We're going to be late!" But instead, "We have all the time in the world."


That's my dream. A simple life of simple pleasures. 

What's your dream? 

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