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Women Lifting Women

Question: “Habit of lifting, Who joins?” – join the chat on HER – https://weareher.com/shared-post/56838

It’s something we must do: stick together, empower one another, and lift each other up.

That simple!

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100 Questions No One Ever Asks – 4 Hats and Frugal

This 100 Questions No One Ever Asks video tag is hilarious and fun. Try it out!
— Read on 4hatsandfrugal.com/2014/05/100-questions-no-one-ever-asks.html

A little fun so we can get to know one another=] You can make a video, as she did, or a written blog post. Please try to remember to tag at least one person to join the fun:)

The questions:

1. DO YOU SLEEP WITH YOUR CLOSET DOORS OPEN OR CLOSED?

Closed

2. DO YOU TAKE THE SHAMPOOS AND CONDITIONER BOTTLES FROM HOTELS?

No

3. DO YOU SLEEP WITH YOUR SHEETS TUCKED IN OR OUT?

Neither. I have a made up bed and sleep on top with extra blankets on top of me.

4. HAVE YOU STOLEN A STREET SIGN BEFORE?

No

5. DO YOU LIKE TO USE POST-IT NOTES?

Absolutely, but I don’t have many.

6. DO YOU CUT OUT COUPONS BUT THEN NEVER USE THEM?

Sometimes, lol.

7. WOULD YOU RATHER BE ATTACKED BY A BIG BEAR OR A SWARM OF BEES?

Definitely a swarm of bees.

8. DO YOU HAVE FRECKLES?

Only in the summer time.

9. DO YOU ALWAYS SMILE FOR PICTURES?

Usually, but not always

10. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PET PEEVE?

Selfish people

11. DO YOU EVER COUNT YOUR STEPS WHEN YOU WALK?

lol, no

12. HAVE YOU PEED IN THE WOODS?

I have not, but I have pulled over and peed over a hill.

13. HAVE YOU EVER POOPED IN THE WOODS?

Haha, no!

14. DO YOU EVER DANCE EVEN IF THERES NO MUSIC PLAYING?

Maybe once or twice.

15. DO YOU CHEW YOUR PENS AND PENCILS?

No, but I did have the habit of eating paper. I have no idea why.

16. HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE YOU SLEPT WITH THIS WEEK?

That would be zero

17. WHAT SIZE IS YOUR BED?

Queen size bed.

18. WHAT IS YOUR SONG OF THE WEEK?

Middle

19. IS IT OK FOR GUYS TO WEAR PINK?

Absolutely, they look hot in that color.

20. DO YOU STILL WATCH CARTOONS?

Yes, I sure do. I like The Amazing world of gum ball and Lego friends currently.

21. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE MOVIE?

My least favorite is anything in the Alien/Zombie genre. Bores me to madness.

22. WHERE WOULD YOU BURY HIDDEN TREASURE IF YOU HAD SOME?

I’d bury my treasure beside a landfill. I’d think people would least suspect it to be there.

23. WHAT DO YOU DRINK WITH DINNER?

Normally, it’s coffee, milk, or water.

24. WHAT DO YOU DIP A CHICKEN NUGGET IN?

Ranch Dressing, or honey BBQ if from Rally’s.

25. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD?

I absolutely love chocolate!

26. WHAT MOVIES COULD YOU WATCH OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND STILL LOVE?

The Lion King

Age of Adeline

Collateral Beauty

27. LAST PERSON YOU KISSED/KISSED YOU?

My two beautiful daughters

28. WERE YOU EVER A BOY/GIRL SCOUT?

Indeed, I was.

29. WOULD YOU EVER STRIP OR POSE NUDE IN A MAGAZINE?

To be honest, I think I would.

30. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WROTE A LETTER TO SOMEONE ON PAPER?

Wow, it’s been quite some time.

31. CAN YOU CHANGE THE OIL ON A CAR?

I don’t know exactly how to, but I’m learning.

32. EVER GOTTEN A SPEEDING TICKET?

Nope, I’ve never gotten a speeding ticket.

33. EVER RAN OUT OF GAS?

This hasn’t ever happened to me either, thankfully!

34. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF SANDWICH?

Toasted bread with cucumber, cheese, tomato and mayo.

35. BEST THING TO EAT FOR BREAKFAST?

Cinnamon and brown sugar poptarts

36. WHAT IS YOUR USUAL BEDTIME?

Usually between 9:45-10:30

37. ARE YOU LAZY?

Sometimes I am, but I’m also a single mother of two young kids.

38. WHEN YOU WERE A KID, WHAT DID YOU DRESS UP AS FOR HALLOWEEN?

A dead bride, an M&M, I don’t remember others.

39. WHAT IS YOUR CHINESE ASTROLOGICAL SIGN?

Is this different than the other astrology sign?

40. HOW MANY LANGUAGES CAN YOU SPEAK?

I can speak English, but I can interpret Spanish well.

41. DO YOU HAVE ANY MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS?

I get tons of magazines for free, currently: Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, People. magazine and a few others.

42. WHICH ARE BETTER: LEGOS OR LINCOLN LOGS?

I have no idea lol.

43. ARE YOU STUBBORN?

Entirely to stubborn sometimes.

44. WHO IS BETTER: LENO OR LETTERMAN?

I’m really in different about either. I think Jerry Seinfeld is hilarious.

45. EVER WATCH SOAP OPERAS?

LOL, no not really.

46. ARE YOU AFRAID OF HEIGHTS?

I’m terrified of heights.

47. DO YOU SING IN THE CAR?

I love singing while driving.

48. DO YOU SING IN THE SHOWER?

I love singing in the shower.

49. DO YOU DANCE IN THE CAR?

I dance in my seat no matter where I am. I can’t really dance lol.

50. EVER USED A GUN?

No, but I am going to get my concealed weapons permit.

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51. LAST TIME YOU GOT A PORTRAIT TAKEN BY A PHOTOGRAPHER?

When my oldest daughter was 4 1/2 months old, which was quite sometime ago.

52. DO YOU THINK MUSICALS ARE CHEESY?

No

53. IS CHRISTMAS STRESSFUL?

Yes, Christmas, Thanksgiving, most big events in life.

54. EVER EAT A PIEROGI?

I have, and I love them.

55. FAVORITE TYPE OF FRUIT PIE?

Super chilled banana cream pie with vanilla crust. Yummy!

56. OCCUPATIONS YOU WANTED TO BE WHEN YOU WERE A KID?

Archivist, teacher, mommy

57. DO YOU BELIEVE IN GHOSTS?

Actually, I do. There’s too much unexplainable things to believe otherwise.

58. EVER HAVE A DEJA-VU FEELING?

Not in a while, but I have before. It’s really an unusual sensation.

59. DO YOU TAKE A VITAMIN DAILY?

Haha, no. I’m sure I should be though.

60. DO YOU WEAR SLIPPERS?

No, most of the time, I’m not wearing anything on my feet.

61. DO YOU WEAR A BATH ROBE?

I do wear a blue big fluffy bath robe.

62. WHAT DO YOU WEAR TO BED?

99% of the time I’m just wearing panties to bed.

63. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CONCERT?

Aaron Tippin is the artist I saw in my first concert experience.

64. WALMART, TARGET, OR KMART?

Target, all day!

65. NIKE OR ADIDAS?

I’m indifferent about either. Both are too expensive.

66. CHEETOS OR FRITOS?

I’d choose Fritos with melted Velvetta cheese.

67. PEANUTS OR SUNFLOWER SEEDS?

Neither?

68. EVER HEAR OF THE GROUP TRES BIEN?

Ummm, no.

69. EVER TAKE DANCE LESSONS?

I haven’t but I’ve wanted to for some time now. I don’t have a dance partner.

70. IS THERE A PROFESSION YOU PICTURE YOUR FUTURE SPOUSE DOING?

As long as he’s providing, and it’s not illegal, than no.

71. CAN YOU CURL YOUR TONGUE?

Yes I can.

72. EVER WON A SPELLING BEE?

I’m a horrible speller.

73. HAVE YOU EVER CRIED BECAUSE YOU WERE SO HAPPY?

This happened just last week. I was watching a video of two ppl laughing.

74. OWN ANY RECORD ALBUMS?

I used to but not anymore.

75. OWN A RECORD PLAYER?

Nope

76. DO YOU REGULARLY BURN INCENSE?

Daily, sometimes multiple times a day. I love incense.

77. EVER BEEN IN LOVE?

Currently, I am.

78. WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IN CONCERT?

I would love to see P!nk in concert.

79. WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?

Honestly, I can’t remember.

80. HOT TEA OR COLD TEA?

Both, depends on time of day though.

81. TEA OR COFFEE?

Always, coffee first.

82. SUGAR COOKIES OR SNICKERDOODLES?

Either

83. CAN YOU SWIM WELL?

I can swim well.

84. CAN YOU HOLD YOUR BREATH WITHOUT HOLDING YOUR NOSE?

Yes sure can.

85. ARE YOU PATIENT?

Unfortunately, not very.

86. DJ OR BAND AT A WEDDING?

Definitely a DJ!

87. EVER WON A CONTEST?

Not that I can recall.

88. HAVE YOU EVER HAD PLASTIC SURGERY?

Definitely not and don’t plan on it.

89. WHICH ARE BETTER: BLACK OR GREEN OLIVES?

I love green olives on pizza and black in salad.

90. CAN YOU KNIT OR CROCHET?

Nope, neither… but, I can write, cook, and paint.

91. BEST ROOM FOR A FIREPLACE?

Living room

92. DO YOU WANT TO GET MARRIED?

I’ve been married twice. I’m ok without a third try.

93. IF MARRIED, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MARRIED?

Not married

94. WHO WAS YOUR HIGH SCHOOL CRUSH?

Too many to name. I was ridiculous.

95. DO YOU CRY AND THROW A FIT UNTIL YOU GET YOUR OWN WAY?

Ummm, no… but, I do hope others would see the situation from my point of view.

96. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?

I do, a 2.5 and 5.5 year old daughter.

97. DO YOU WANT KIDS?

I’d love to have a son.

98. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

Blue is my favorite color.

99. DO YOU MISS ANYONE RIGHT NOW?

I miss someone very special to me right now. The pain hurts terribly.

100. WHO ARE YOU GOING TO TAG TO DO THIS VIDEO NEXT?

I honestly don’t know. I would hope someone would read comment and/or participate.


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Evening Wishes

D8D13419-6412-48E6-B54D-72FC0B010927At the end of the day,

May you feel thankful for your good moments.

May you feel blessed to have a roof , anything edible, clothing on your back and hope in your heart.

May you feel relieved “this too shall pass”, in these last 12-16 hrs has passed!

May you feel content that you aren’t perfect, but you can only do the best you can.

May your burdens rest on your bedside floor, in the wishes of God (whomever you believe or don’t believe in), to handle them.

May your children be sound asleep, and may they sleep all night through.

May they only ask for a drink half the times, and restroom 2-3.

May the moon remind you that love is beating in your heart, and it keeps your loved ones there.

May your pets not snore, your spouse snore quieter, and the bedbugs be on a permanent vacation 😉

Good Night, Blog World:)

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But first….. #coffee

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Anyone who knows me even on a bypassing moment level, knows I am only #human when I’m #drinkingcoffee. It’s my greatest #passion. I enjoy #coffee so much, that I have a #KeurigSingleCup maker and a #BlackandDeckerDripMaker.

In addition to my multiple cups of morning sanity, my routine consists of posting on social media. That’s pretty normal, right? Most of us get up, get the #caffeineIVdrip ready, hit up the loo, then #sitandsip, while we post? Haha! What world do I live in, I know! I’m blessed to have such opportunities.

Coffee and instagram are just a few of my favorite things =)! If this is you too, this article will be a welcoming cup of #happiness, boosts in profile hashtags, views, and quite possibly followers.

Have Fun!

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Weekend Binge

https://bustle.app.link/IgfjmqWlNN 15 Shows On Netflix With Near-Perfect IMDB Scores

When the week has kicked my butt, much like this past one, an entertaining weekend of Netflix sounds like heaven. I don’t enjoy wasting that time, searching through suggestions and reading reviews in direr hopes of something sparking my curiosity!

So, if you need a mental break from life, have yourself popcorn and a soda (my older daughter uses that term! Haha, it’s hilarious because we live in Northern Ohio! No one calls pop, soda, here😂😂) ready, here’s the list of highly recommended choices:D!

Visit me and let me know your feedback on any show or movie:)

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One Cup @ a Time

There’s been lots of talk about suicide in the recent news. When it’s a celebrity who’s passed, the subject receives a great deal of spotlight. Unfortunately, most deaths aren’t of that status… To Me, these lives matter just as much!! Did you know though, that since 1999, the rate of death by suicide has increased by 30%?! According to the National Institution of Mental Health, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, WISQARS Leading Causes of Death Reports in 2016, nearly 44,000 individuals felt death was his/her only option.

Thankfully, I’m not the only one who values us everyday citizens. This past week, while surfing through Facebook, I came across an incredibly inspiring video. The page is called Well-Rounded Life. The particular video I watched was about a coffee shop, in the Big City of Chicago. The staff addresses every individual as “friend”. The conversations are that of mental heath issues, and the customers receive guidance as to where to seek help, as well as listening from someone who genuinely cares. This coffee shop isn’t licensed in any form of professional mental health services; however, that doesn’t stop them from extending grace to those who are hiding the invisible scars.

I was deeply touched by this story, as I’ve lost a loved one to suicide. I find that a gesture such as this, is the small change in the lives of many, that will begin a positive rippling affect. My hope is that others in the United States, where 123 suicides occur on a daily bases, will follow this incredible example of restored humanity. It doesn’t take a degree to listen. We aren’t expected to receive a college education to give time to an individual who’s hurting. Kindness costs absolutely nothing, but it makes a world of difference.

For the Sip of Hope Coffee Bar, change is happening one cup at a time! That my friends, sounds like a sweet freshly brewed cup of awesomeness to me!

#WATWB (We are the World Blogfest) entry ☕️☕️

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Disgusted

#Storytime

“This wasn’t what she wanted at all. She knew for months but only accepted it today, as she was about to start her day. Instead, she packed her bags…’

As her mix of emotions streamed her chocolate smooth cheeks. For ten years now, she’s been in a marriage with a narcissist.

Zella couldn’t have known, when she met Brice, what was to come. They had met online, through an online dating app, Chocolate Love.

He was everything she ever dreamed. Towering her at 6” 7’, he had seductive brown eyes, a clean cut sophisticated groom, and Cologne that could hypnotize any heart. His profile identified him as a successful Stock Trader from WallStreet. He was raised in the hood-rat streets of South Chicago, with his seven sisters and four brothers.

As she continued packing, Zella thought back to their first date. She and Brice communicated,via CL, for a few weeks before he asked her out.

Continue reading “Disgusted”

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Nighttime Notes

* It’s OK to not be OK.

* I’m thankful for moment of true clarity and insight.

* Always check alcohol content percentage of wine before purchasing.

* Sex trafficking is a f***ed up way to live!

* I don’t want to be alone tonight; but, I’ll make sure my daughters never feel lonely.

*Being their mother is the best gift I’ve ever been given.

* Decluttering feels awesome.

* Time changes everything, and life must go on.

* I’m proud of myself for putting a stop to someone’s disrespect.

* I hope I’m in better spirits tomorrow. Being an empath, I laughed until I cried this morning, and tonight…. Grief is all too familiar.

Good Night Readers.

I hope you had a wonderful day.

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You are worthy of Love💗

https://bustle.app.link/8XQV11cnDN A New Report Shows How Much The Rate Of Death By Suicide Has Risen In The U.S.

Every…

Single…

Time…

This unfortunate, gruesome, heart-throbbing, and instantaneously devastating event occurs: my heart breaks. I have the dark black massive scary monsterous cloud shadow me..

I’ve been in a position in life, with suicidal tendencies. I chose to LIVE!

For countless others, living didn’t seem worth it. 💔 SINCE the day I began my life, (years after birth, but too private and painful to elaborate on.) I’ve met many people who have attempted it… And failed. They were men…

In 2014, just barely a shy of a week post my birthday, suicide killed apart of me.. Taking a man who I needed, but more importantly, OUR daughter needed.

To blame in this situation is pointless, but oh there’s lots of that. It’s easier, focusing on the anger that takes place in the grieving stages. What’s REALLY the root of our anger though? Their “selfishness”? Our “selfishness” because we no longer have them and our lives are no longer comfortable? Their lack of “effort to seek help”? Our “lack of effort” in giving our time to listen and enjoy them? I don’t think there’s ever one reason… And really, none of them will change what’s happened.

At my husband’s funeral, I was in a trance. My eyes hurt, my anxiety was off the charts… and what did I have? A toddler, a dead husband, and a hate fan club with 1500 members and growing. Blaming me for his death, many who knew my husband judged me. It felt horrific. I needed loved. I needed empathy. I needed to feel I was going to be ok.

I had to recover on my own. No one could do it for me, no matter what was or wasn’t said unsaid did or not done. It was MY life… my mental health. I was a mother. She needed to see life was still ok. She needed her childhood, her innocence.

Depression and anxiety, loss and grief, pain and emotions are almost forbidden in “most” men at a very early age. It’s not manly to cry.. it’s a sign of weakness. The military trains the mind to break, and rebuild with a sense of inhumanity…. War… PTSD Veterans come home and try their damndest to return to normality. And they struggle… and struggle… some with homelessness… and hunger… and no financial stability… with flashbacks that rob them of sleep… and anxiety attacks that mutilate their sense of peace…

Single men have no health insurance, many with child support bills, and jobs that don’t pay shit. That’s reality for some men in America… that’s terrible!

The statistics in this article aren’t shocking if we sit and think about the set up of this country. They’re not shocking if we sit and consider every mass shooting in our lifetime. Mental health is a serious issue in this country. Duh, we see it (if we choose too)…

Writing up articles are bringing the little voices in our hearts to front and center, ruffling feathers of comfort for those who look the other way….

BUT, …. what does it solve? Is that not the goal, to bring awareness and take action? The Dr in this particular article was spot on. I admired his blunt honesty. He said empathize! He said we need to communicate with each other and listen to what’s being said. Sometimes, individuals just want to know they’re not invisible, left with a mountain of shit on their backs to carry for all of eternity.

It’s time my friends, to make change to our world. We’re killing each other and we’re killing ourselves. We’re killing innocent children, who rely on us for protection. We’re killing the hope in humanity, and the beauty of living. It’s time for you and me to stop that … to decide today, that we’re not going to contribute any longer to the insanity whirlwind that’s taken so many of our loved ones. It’s time we choose to Love again!! Open your heart to someone… break the chains weighing you down by entrusting someone with your burdens… because I can promise you, you won’t be a burden to them. And to others, Open your heart to listen… and to hug someone. They NEED human contact! They’re carrying around too much… you just may save their life!!

 

I have a blog, entitled Lost & Found, Written precisely about this subject. It’s carrying my heart of when my husband died. I hope all I’ve written helps you… and that

EACH of YOU know I’m here…. if you need someone to talk to.

 

With Much Much Love,

Brandy

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