Guest Host

I am so grateful to Jim and to the others who offered to step in while I take a much-needed break. I am going to reblog his theme post, but please go to his site next week and until further notice for your SLS themes. I know others have offered, but Jim was the first one to offer and put up a post. Hopefully Jim will reach out if he needs more help going forward.

Thank you again for all the love, everyone. It is truly appreciated!

A Unique Title For Me

I am honored to take over as the guest host for SLS Helen Vahdati’s This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time Song Lyric Sunday, while she is recovering. It is late, so let’s get to the prompt which is “doctor/health/medicine”.  I am not sure how this will work, but if you create a pingback to this post, I will read your blog.  Feel free to suggest future prompts.

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Song Lyric Sunday – Thank you by Dido

I realize I’m probably cheating, but most of the time when I post a theme, I have a song in mind already.  However, this week was completely different.  I knew I wanted to do the grateful theme, but I honestly had no idea of a song.

So, I took to Google and was reminded of this song.  I fell in love with Dido years ago, I just haven’t listened to her music in a while.  When I first heard this song, I could only dream of someone who treated me this way; someone I could be grateful to spend a day with…  I’m happy to say that this song could be my anthem on most days now.

I was the girl who probably should have given up on love; and to be honest, I almost did.  I could never have imagined myself where I am today… happy, in love and so grateful to wake up next to someone who makes me feel so loved.  Thanks for being in my life, baby.  I’m so grateful to have you!

Thank You by Dido
Written by Dido
Lyrics found at AZ Lyrics

My tea’s gone cold, I’m wondering why I got out of bed at all
the morning rain clouds up my window and I can’t see at all
And even if I could it’d all be grey, but your picture on my wall
it reminds me that it’s not so bad
it’s not so bad

I drank too much last night, got bills to pay
my head just feels in pain
I missed the bus and there’ll be hell today
I’m late for work again
and even if I’m there, they’ll all imply that I might not last the
and then you call me and it’s not so bad
it’s not so bad and

I want to thank you for giving me the best day of my life
Oh just to be with you is having the best day of my life

Push the door, I’m home at last and I’m soaking through and
then you handed me a towel and all I see is you
and even if my house falls down now, I wouldn’t have a clue
because you’re near me and

I want to thank you for giving me the best day of my life
Oh just to be with you is having the best day of my life

The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week is “gratitude”.  It is open to anyone who wants to share music, so please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.


JustJoJan Day 5 – Looking forward to an amazing 2016

I can only imagine that 2016 has to be better than 2015. I think I only say that because at the start of 2015 I was so hopeful. It was going to be the year, even though I started the year out getting laid off and starting a new job. I had no idea at the time how much I would need to go through in order to get where I am today.

It was a long road.

The only thing I feel like I kept up and actually increased was my blog. It warped into something new and different and I sometimes miss the longer stories I was writing, but I just don’t have the time right now. I’m happy to write shorter stories, poems and little snippets of my crazy life. I even managed to start my own prompt which I feel is more successful than I ever imagined it would be. Even if I didn’t have other bloggers  participating each week, I have so much fun sharing my favorite music and music lyrics every Sunday.

I’m not one to write down goals or to carry a bucket list, but I do have some plans that are coming together for 2016. I’m hoping to have some amazing news soon in my personal life and the new day job I moved to in September has only one place to go, and that is up! I’m more excited than I can say that I took that particular plunge. Even as miserable as I was at the job I had last year, I still almost canceled the phone interview I had in September. I thank my boyfriend almost every day that he talked me into keeping it.

As far as writing, I am starting to feel the novel coming back to life in my head. It’s been sitting dormant for the past year and I’m feeling it tickling the back of my head again. It’s weird how I can ignore it for a while but it starts to sit in my head again, and I know I spend too much time thinking about it rather than writing it down. So much of why I don’t keep going is insecurities. I know we all go through it as writers, but writing for the blog has helped tremendously.

Anyway, this turned into more of a retrospective post about last year, but I am looking forward to everything coming together for this year.

I want to thank all those who have clicked the follow button on my blog. I am over 400 followers today and I can’t even imagine how that happened. I am incredibly grateful for this amazing community and to be a tiny part of it.

Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda G. Hill. The prompt for today, 2016, was given to us by Fiona’s Favorites. Feel free to join in the fun!


Happy Blogoversary

I wanted to take some time out of my challenges, writing, and busy work days to note that I have officially been blogging for a year. It’s not something WordPress and I agree on because I opened up my account about 3 years before I actually wrote my first post. In fact, I received a notice a few months back about a three or four year anniversary or something, but I just ignored it.

My real anniversary is May 14, 2015 when I posted for the very first time. It was one of the scarier things I’ve done in my life and to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot. I just wanted a place to write and post stories and try to do this thing called writing.

Little did I know that within a year I would have over 300 followers! I’m amazed every day when I receive a notice that someone else found something worth following on my blog. I want to say a huge thank you to every single one of my followers and this amazing community. I’ve met so many beautiful people and have received such amazing support along the way.

This whole blogging thing can be very overwhelming and I’ve had times in the last year when I didn’t post much, but I have never wanted to stop or give up. No matter how hectic my life becomes, this is still the place I come to spew my personal creativity and fill my soul with other creative voices.

I’ve learned so much, not just from my own process, but from reading other posts and following other blogs. I wish there was time in a day to read every single post of every single blog I follow, but it is no longer possible; not just because I am busier in my day job, but I’ve clicked the “follow” button so many times, I don’t think I could read everything that hits my reader in one day even if I tried. I do what I can and comment when I’m inspired. I appreciate all of you for doing the same.

Thanks again to all those who have supported me along the way and continue to read and give feedback. I think everyone should do something they love, even if it’s just a small thing every day. It has given a meaning to my life I was lacking a year ago and I’m so grateful to all those who inspired me to start this blog and pushed me to keep writing.

Here’s to another year and maybe another after that.