Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Keep It Real Tuesday

It's the Climb

I know it's cheating, borrowing someone else's words. But these are so apropos. I want you to read them and pretend they're from me today. (Full credit given below.)

I can almost see it

That dream I'm dreaming, but
There's a voice inside my head saying
You'll never reach it
Every step I'm takin'
Every move I make
Feels lost with no direction,
My faith is shakin'
But I gotta keep tryin'
Gotta keep my head held high

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side
It's the climb

The struggles I'm facing
The chances I'm taking
Sometimes might knock me down, but
No I'm not breaking
I may not know it, but
These are the moments that
I'm gonna remember most
I've just gotta keep goin', and
I gotta be strong
Just keep pushing on, cause

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side
It's the climb

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side
It's the climb

Keep on movin'
Keep climbin'
Keep the faith baby
It's all about, it's all about
The climb

Keep the faith, keep your faith, whoa...

THE CLIMB lyrics by Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe, performed by Miley Cyrus.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Inspire Me Sunday

Whatever relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment are precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment. There is a hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution.
Deepak Chopra

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Keep It Real Tuesday

You Are Here
photo from 123rf.com
Here is a moment. Right now. Today.
Do you recognize all it has to offer?
Sometimes I blow right by them, the moments. Sometimes I get so caught up in what will happen tomorrow, or next week, or in what I want by next month, or year, that I forget to focus on today. I lose my right now. I overlook the little things, the simple joy of being in an instant.
I don't want it to be that way. I want to focus on my right now. I want to experience my here.
I'm learning.
I'm going to mind the moments.
Are you?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Inspire Me Sunday

from animalpicturebeautifulanimals.com
These days I'm living and breathing quotes and inspirational thoughts, soaking up wisdom and encouragement. It's been my routine to post the ones that touch me most here on this blog.

Today it's your turn to share a passage, a scripture, or a lyric. Something that moves you.

Inspire me.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Writing on Thursday

repost - originally posted in February of 2010
I am inspired by:
painting by Donna Downey
*a song
*motion pictures
*fiction, good or not
*others' success, ideas
*revulsion, because still, there is beauty
*the heart of a child
*my own frustration
*support from others
*merely a word
*visual prompts
*color, or lack thereof
*warmth, or none
*a dream
and so much more.
By what are you inspired?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Keep It Real Tuesday

The Latest

Last week we filed for the divorce.

I was going to write a little poem to tell you, nothing cutesy or too full of syntax, but a spruced up announcement, at the least. I've discovered the sprucing up isn't possible, though, when I so wanted it to be.

Because it is what it is. So many have been saying that phrase to me of late. It is what it is. What does that mean?

It means it's real. My divorce. And his divorce. No turning back.

I know a lot of people don't understand the decision, which was mine. There are so many to whom it came as surprise. Family, I know you're out there, still wondering. But I can't help that. It's true, no one knows the truth of a relationship but for the two in it. It may not be for you to understand. It is not my place here and now to enlighten you. And besides, I can't lose myself to trying to make people understand. I'm sorry.

And I'm going to say it again.

It is what it is.

It is what will be.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Inspire Me Sunday

God dwells within you, as you.
Hindu belief, as shared
by Elizabeth Gilbert in EAT, PRAY, LOVE

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Writing on Thursday

True Dat

Someone said to me last week, "Don't let all the bullsh!t keep you from writing."

And I think that says it all.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Keep It Real Tuesday

She of the Ermas: Celebrating Stacey Graham!
If you've been around Something She Wrote for long, you've seen me talk about (and have maybe seen my posts at) the humor blog, An Army of Ermas.
Today we Ermas are honoring our creator, editor and all-around bossgirl, Stacey Graham. Because she rocks! Our Army wouldn't be the success it is if it weren't for her loyalty and hard work.
This gal is crazy-busy, multi-talented, and a whole lot of writerly awesome. She's a super mom, writes humor, loves Erma Bombeck (duh) and Austen, and she digs zombies and wee ghosties, who infiltrate many of her projects.
What's more fantastic? This lady has signed multiple book contracts in the last few months, and she is poised for the success she so well deserves. Coming soon: GIRLS' GHOST HUNTING GUIDE (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, May 2012), ZOMBIE TAROT (Quirk, Spring 2012), and BAD AUSTEN (Adams Media, November 2011). Yay!
You can visit her site here, and learn so much more about her wide reach in the written world. Please go say hello! Tell her an Erma sent you.
For a more personal note, and to keep it real, I have to say that I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for Stacey. We connected on MySpace (eons ago!) when I was just getting my true, serious start as a writer, trying to find my way and forge a path. She did the whole taking-under-the-wing thing, and guided me to the writers' forum Absolute Write. From there I grew and learned, began networking, started a foundation, and made some of the strongest bonds ever, with so many writers. All because of Stacey! And I know she's done just as much to help others, because that's the kind of person she is.
Stacey, we love you! Many thanks and best to you always, dear friend. You deserve every happiness.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Inspire Me Sunday

The spiritual life is not just an interesting religious idea, or a hoped-for berth in heaven. The spiritual life has earthly dimension--it is life that you can taste, and smell, and touch, and see, and hear. It is reality.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Writing on Thursday

Blogger: RAWR!

Friends, I have been floating around and reading blogs and trying to catch up with you all. Commenting, though, is proving muy difficult. This frustrates me, because I like to leave a note and let you know I've been by. This frustrates me, because it ruins my mood for visiting in blogland.

Blogger is not remembering my ID. It wants me to sign in each time I try to post a comment. But I do, and then still, it insists I'm "anonymous." Just when I think, Okay, I'll post this way and clarify who I am within the comment, I am asked to sign in again. It is a vicious, vicious circle, and my comments won't publish.

I guess all this to say I'm still here, I'm still out and about, so know that I visit and I read, even if I can't always let you know I've done so.

Is anyone else having issues like this? Any ideas how to fix the whole deal?

MY TIP TO BLOGGERS: Place your e-mail address somewhere on the main page of your blog. Readers need a way to reach you should there be trouble with the commenting system.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Keep It Real Tuesday

About Mean People

I have many good people in my life. So many. I can't even count. They're online, and also in real-life, a true, authentic support team of friends and family.

These people lift me up. They see my worth. I am enough just this way that I am. Because of who I am.

And so the things they say and the things they think and do will hold more weight with me than what comes to me from others.

This means there is no room in my life--especially right now, but from here on out--for those who will talk about me with no truth in their mouths. For those who will judge my character. For those who will take advantage of a woman's feelings or vulnerability, and make like they're sincere when they're anything but.

This is me saying, How dare you?

And this is me saying, Shame on you.

This is me saying, I will not give control over my feelings to those who don't deserve it.


I thought so.