I want to be a waitress when I grow up.

While I’m in the re-blogging mood also check out my friend Jessie’s new blog, she’s a talented aspiring therapist and now I found out a talented writer as well!

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That’s right. A waitress. At least that’s what I said in the third grade. But what better to do with a child’s dream than to squash it and tell   her to think of something different and “better” to be than a shitty, low-paid waitress? (Thank you, Ms. Ellickson.)

So I changed it to “marine biologist.” It sounded smart. And it would get the teacher off my back. I went with that for a while until I realized that I’m terrified of the sea (and the threat of tsunamis, in particular) and I fucking HATE biology.

Next idea: stand-up comedian. Again, a low-paid job with little chance of success. But I’d get to talk all day and (potentially) make people laugh. Realistic, it was not. Closer to a real yet feasible dream job? Most definitely, though I wouldn’t realize it for another sixteen years or so.

Enter junior high. No one knows…

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Poet Tree

Check out my sister-in-law’s new blog called “Lauren Sits.” She’s a talented aspiring writer and a disability advocate! 🙂

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So here’s Poet Tree: It’s about how my disability can both be devastating and wonderful all at the same time.

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That tree is my brain.

It gives me energy to see and to simply be.

Be

bold,

be

happy,

be

loud and speak.

Be

witty,

be

sad, and write strangely

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poetry, it gives me capacity.

There are withered leaves there –cerebral palsy.

I am hurt.

I am different.

I have no choice.

I am extraordinary.

I persevere.

I have no choice.

I love my Poet Tree,

don’t you?

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Liebster Award

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Thank you Thought Orchard for nominating me for the Liebster Blog Award, it’s always an honor to receive recognition from one of my peers and I am honored. 🙂

The rules are:

– Thank the awesome blogger who nominated you.

– Post the award badge on your blog.

– Answer the questions your nominator has left for you.

– Nominate some other awesome bloggers.

– Make up 10 questions for them to answer.

1. Which of these do you think is humanity’s worst trait: duplicity, ignorance, selfishness, cowardice or aggression? aggression

2. In your opinion, are you a peaceful person? absolutely, ohmmmm 🙂

3. What’s the most stupid/illogical thing you’ve ever done? Putting toxins in my body ie. cigarettes, too much alcohol, etc.

4. Do you think humans are all naturally selfish? No, I think all are self interested. You must take care of yourself before you can help others

5. Books or films? films

6. What are your five worst fears (between 4 and 6…see what I did there?)? scary basement, ghosts, tornados, not being liked, spiders

7. Do you agree that telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie and making someone smile? yes

8. Would you die to save someone? depends on the circumstances and who it is

9. How do you settle arguments? compromise

10. How will/did you celebrate turning 18? drinking and partying

Nominations. I have nominated 11 people!

Love Who You Are

Allebsart

The Life Stories

Admissions of an Angel

Teddyshabbae

Photography Turret

I am Hot Wheels

Allaboutmanners

NRI-scopic777

Antiquarian Anabaptist

The Miscarriage Diaries

Congrats guys! You are all amazing bloggers and are so deserving of this award 🙂

Here are your 10 questions, enjoy!

1. What is your earliest memory?

2. What is your happiest childhood memory? Why?

3. Which is worse, failing or never trying?

4. What is the one thing you would like to change most in the world?

5. If the average lifespan changed to 40 years, how would you live your life differently?

6. When did you first fall in love?

7. How do you know you’re in love?

8. Would you break the law to save someone you love?

9. What would you do if you had a Billion dollars?

10. Would you rather (must pick one) have hiccups for the rest of your life or feel like you are going to sneeze for the rest of your life?

Guest post: Child of Mine

When you can’t sleep and are
thinking about everything wrong,
don’t worry my darling,
for you I’ll stay strong.

Fighting the monsters from under your bed,
reading stories – you’ll ask for your favorite.
Not one, not two, but three,
I’ll go fetch your blanket.

I’ll paint you a blue sky if you want
to take away the rainstorm.
I’m right here to protect your heart,
hold your hand and keep it warm.

Don’t run into the dark,
but instead into my arms.
What a pretty little mind,
a beautiful charm.

Never lose that laugh of yours,
for it is too amazing.
Embrace yourself, never let go,
and dance like no one’s watching

So when you can’t sleep,
think of me.
Don’t worry my darling,
I’ll be in your dreams.

About the Author:

Sarah Young
Ontario, Canada
Website: Blog Lost & Found

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Sarah is an outstanding writer and blogger as well as a wonderful person. She is student in Journalism, planning to go into PR/ Communications. She’s from Canada and has loved writing ever since she wrote her first poem in 2005. She hopes that her blog will inspire and motivate others to be true to themselves and never give up.

300 Followers!

300 followers blog book of mohs

I want to thank my wonderful followers of my blog bookofmohs.com and my twitter @bookofmohs for supporting me. I just started book of mohs in June 2013 and I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the kind comments and encouragement that readers have shown. I have blogged on other platforms and I can confidently say that WordPress has the most supportive active blogger community I’ve ever seen. Thank you to all for providing an audience for my humble blog 🙂

~Justin

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award WordPress

Trees Without Roots was kind enough to nominate me for The Versatile Blogger Award. It never gets old when you receive a blogging award from a fellow writer. I appreciate you thinking of me and I am truly honored. Thank you so very much!

Here are the rules:

Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
Announce your win with a post. Make sure you post a link back to me as a ‘thank you’ for the nomination.
Present 15 awards to 15 deserving bloggers.
Leave them a comment to let them know after you have linked them to a post.
Post 7 interesting things about yourself.
Here’s mine:

– I was a drummer in a band when I was 15 and we totally suck… I mean rocked. The name of our 3 piece grunge rock band was Spring Loaded. We played mostly Nirvana covers and even had our first and last concert in my mom’s backyard where 20 of our closest friends attended.
– I went on an foreign exchange program in Germany at 16 and we drank lots of beer and had the time of our lives.
– I realized college was not for me after switching my major 3 times, attending 10 colleges, and racking up plenty of debt, but it was all worth it, at least I keep trying to convince myself of that.
– I have been creating websites since I was 16 years old when I learned HTML on a web tv, wow that really dates me.
– True story, I met my wife on MySpace, yes that quirky social network we all loved to hate. She was a friend of a friend. I thought she was cute in her profile pic so I messaged her and the rest is history.
– I am a do it yourself kind of guy with a construction background so I’ve done a lot of work on our house including windows, flooring, plumbing, and even cut down a 60 ft tall tree in our front yard.
– I am the proud parent of a 16 month old girl Josie who I blog about often. Being her daddy is my greatest accomplishment thus far 🙂

Here are my nominations for The Versatile Blogger Award! Congratulations, these are versatile and talented bloggers:

Ann Johnson Murphree Author
The Turn of the Earth
Thought Orchard
Life Lessons With Allie
BDevereaux
Nick Thiwerspoon’s Rants
Lost and Found
Card Castles in the Sky
Simple Life, Simple Love
Professional M.O.M.
A Beautiful Comparison
Christine Blackwell
Life…..A Work in Progress
Dad’s the Way I Like It
Welcome to My World: As Seen Through the Eyes of my Lens

Shine On Award

Shine On Blog Award

I am so happy to connect with other writers and honored to nominated by wordrummager.wordpress.com for the Shine On Award!

Rules of the Award:
1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award requirements.

Seven Things About Me
1. I am a painter, oil, acrylic, and watercolor
2. I have 1 dog, Harry Potter, a golden colored Pomeranian
3. I have 2 long-haired kitty cats, Minou and Foxy
4. I love spending time with my family
5. I have cut down a 60 ft tall tree
6. I volunteer for habitat for humanity
7. I listen to public radio

Here are my nominees for the Shine On Award:

1. mscandacemarie.wordpress.com
2. tr83185.wordpress.com
3. decodelink.wordpress.com
4. beccatheblogger.com
5. naptruallybeautiful.wordpress.com
6. classicbeautyy.wordpress.com
7. youngdaddymatt.com
8. jasonbladd.com
9. osabi.wordpress.com
10. juiceinteacups.com
11. bicurvious.wordpress.com
12. iloveknitting.wordpress.com
13. mentoskid4.wordpress.com
14. roseleablog.wordpress.com
15. womeninchange.wordpress.com

Top 10 WordPress Posts

Top ten bloggers on wordpress

I have been so thankful of the positive response to my blogging that I wanted to give back. Here’s my top 10 favorite blog posts that I’ve found on wordpress so far.

They span a variety of topics but all feature a unique and beautiful writing style. Many are up and coming blogs with a smaller following and are definetely diamonds in the rough. Check them out:

10. What made you smile when you were 10? | women in change
A wonderful reminder of how doing things in adulthood that we did as children brings one happiness.

9. 30 Minute Love Affair | Rose & Lea
A lighthearted and entertaining story about finding about dating the “perfect guy,” or is he?

8. Depression | Eat.Sleep.Repeat
A haunting poem that really captures the feelings of depression in a profound way.

7. Buy this Sweater | iloveknitting
A heartwarming poem about life that makes you thankful to be alive.

6. Children are NOT Dogs | juice in tea cups
Very funny story about how the responsibility of being a dog owner will not necessarily prepare one for a child.

5. Raising a daughter in the midst of South Africa’s rape crisis | osabi // Devouring Life
Absolutely amazing story about a mother’s struggle with abuse and how to prevent her daughter growing inside her from experiencing the same.

4. Little things that remind you of love. | Bicurvious
An intellectually stimulating story about how being selfless helps one experience true love.

3. Focus Your Reach and Grasp What’s Important | Fighter Faith
A charming story about how a father’s love for his child helps him him care for all people.

2. Finding the Balance | Young Daddy Matt
A new father talks about the importance of holding onto your dreams after becoming a parent.

1. SaY WhAT?? | Classic Beauty
An intelligent, thoughtful, and funny post about important priorities in life and in relationships.