If you’re like me, from time to time you struggle with post ideas. I decided to create a list I will refer to when I need some inspiration, and wanted to share it with others who may also need a little kindling to spark that fire waiting to be ignited! Let your thoughts take control as you ponder these topic ideas…
Facts about you (likes, dislikes, accomplishments…)
Goals list (day, week, month, year, life…)
All about a favorite item (what is it, who gave it to you…)
All about an item you loathe (what makes you loathe the item, who gave it to you…)
Top 10 Inspirational people you have met and why
Childhood moments you miss
Post in memory of a lost loved one (why are they special to you, how did they pass, favorite qualities/memories)
The biggest trial in life you have faced (what was it, how did you overcome it…)
Favorite place (bed, house, park, town, vacation spot, restaurant…)
A letter to someone who wronged you
A letter to someone who encouraged you
A letter to your future self
A letter to someone in your life who made a positive or negative impact
A letter to someone special on her/his birthday (favorite qualities, moments, reasons you think they are special)
A story behind a photo (dig a photo out of that drawer or in that dusty album, and share the story behind it)
Top 10 reasons to live in your specific city
Top 10 favorite/secret spots that people should visit in your area
Highlight your favorite coffee shop, music store, local business…
All about your favorite hobby (what you enjoy along with the struggles)
Must cook dishes for a specific holiday
Share your family traditions and a memory (ex. Every Christmas you are allowed to open one gift for Christmas and one year you opened…)
It’s late at night, I don’t want to cook, but I’m starving…what do you recommend?
How do you begin a blog post? Topic? Where do you write? Tips?
I can’t live without list and why…
You are looking out the window…what do you see?
Type the ramblings of the thoughts racing through your mind
What lesson did you learn this week? (ex. back up photos)
Top 40 music list/Work-out song list
Wish list items
An open letter to a company you frequently visit
Address a controversial topic
Funniest moment of the week
Analyze lyrics of a song
Best fashion trends vs. Worst fashion trends
Best make-up trends vs. Worst make-up trends
Favorite quote/bible verse and connect to your life
A day in the life of you (transgender, Asian, black, white, male, female, addict, disability, immigrant…)
Best ways to meet people
Date night ideas
Compare two unlike experiences (watching a golf game vs. Facebook)
Do’s and don’t list (Facebook posts, interviewing, dating, blogging, buying a home, planning a vacation, applying make-up…)
Slang term list and definitions
“Ann Landers” style post where you respond to a question from someone seeking advice
What is in your junk drawer? purse? make-up bag? sports bag? trunk? gym bag?
Ways you stay positive when negativity is knocking down your door
Memorable books you have read
Memorable movies you have watched
Do you recycle any items in ways that might surprise us? (ex. dryer lint as campfire kindling…)
I will be referring to this to keep my creativity flowing, but I hope it helps those of you who also need an idea from time to time. Do you have a list of blog ideas? Share it in a comment to help others who are seeking inspiration.
I have not been one to follow the crowd down to Myrtle Beach for Spring Break until this year. My son’s friend’s family invited him on vacation with them (also to Myrtle Beach), so it was my youngest daughter, boyfriend, and me. This wasn’t one of those vacations that was all planned out months in advance, but all went smooth. As I’m a teacher I receive breaks throughout the school year and need to start taking advantage of the opportunity to travel more.
We looked around at options and Myrtle Beach was close enough to drive, affordable, and the weather would provide us with plenty of vitamin d and sea that we have been quite deficient in. We decided that we wanted to find a resort with a lake-front view, be close to the boardwalk (but far enough away from the noise), and we wanted a resort that included breakfast. We found all of that and had a wonderful time! We decided to drive an additional two hours for one of the days to spend time touring Charleston which was another pleasant adventure!
Myrtle Beach is a 13 hour drive from Rochester, New York…we stocked up on snacks and drinks and left when the school bell rang!
Top 10 Favs:
Sunrise: Every morning we set the alarm, so we could watch the sunrise…this was probably one of my most favorite moments on our trip! Each morning the glow was different, yet still mesmerizing.
Pleasant surprises…jellyfish, seashells, and shark teeth…Ohh…my! Walking the shoreline we stumbled on a variety of washed up treasures.
Food, food, and more food (more food pics coming…my phone broke and all the food pics are on it)
Brookgreen Gardens (Former Rice Plantation) I teach African American Literature, so touring a former plantation was something that was on my “must do” list. We learned quite a bit about rice plantations as this was an area I didn’t know much about. I’m still struggling with some emotions and thoughts from our tour.
Charleston & Magnolia Plantation Another former rice plantation we toured…there really are no words I can type to properly describe my experience…
Animals/Wildlife No matter where we are, when we see animals we are interested…isn’t everyone? We saw a bird fight on one of the plantations, which ironically one was white and the other was black…just after they fought a peacock opened up to show its beauty off. Whether it was an otter scratching its back, a fox in a tree, an alligator sneaking up on us, or a snake crossing our path we were in awe!
Boogie Boarding I prefer to lay on the beach and soak up the rays and dip in once in a while, but Craig and McKinley are like fish when it comes to swimming. They were in the water for hours boogie boarding and I enjoyed capturing them riding the waves.
Boardwalk Such fun we had on the boardwalk! Shopping, eating, shopping, snapping pictures, talking to people, the Sky Wheel, and the arcade! Tip: Even if the morning starts out chilly, don’t wear pants to the boardwalk…it will warm up.
Arcade: I’m not one to play arcade games, but Craig and McKinley had a ball…they hit the jackpot a few times and tickets were everywhere!
Ocean Being mesmerized by the beauty of the ocean or just listening to it while in bed was one of the best parts of the trip!
I thought this vacation would satisfy my wanderlust cravings, but they have intensified! Suggestions where I should travel next?
Whoa! Sixteen days since my last post…I am slacking! I was doing well with my posts and then my computer just. stopped. working. I thought it just needed a new battery, but nope it was dead. RIP Asus! Unfortunately I did not have an external hard drive to back up all of my work and pictures…lesson learned! The positive is that I can still retrieve my data off of the laptop, but the past couple weeks have been difficult without my files, photos or the use of my laptop.
Then…a surprise came my way.
My thoughtful boyfriend knows how much I use my laptop and ran around on his day off to find the perfect one for me…this was definitely a surprise! He has not been able to surprise me at all, but this time he did! Never imagined he would buy me a laptop! To top it off he gave me a pair of wireless earbuds because I made a comment how they would be nice to use while working out. I’m one lucky lady!!
Divorce: On another note…I received the paperwork back stating my ex was served, BUT they left out the one important detail…they never wrote on it that the “amended complaint” was served. Incredibly frustrating because I called the prison ahead of time to make sure they wrote it on there and put a note in with the document when I sent it. Not to mention this is the third time I sent the paperwork to be served! Holy frustrating! I called this morning to see if they can simply resend the document and write “amended complaint” on it, and they are going to call me back. They have one more hour, and then I’m going to call them back. *insert hour time laps here* I called and they said they were still looking for the file and will call me back. *insert another time laps here* They called me back and asked that I resend the paper…they do not have internet access to print another form out. I’m remaining calm and friendly on the phone through all of this because I know it isn’t their fault, but they don’t know how all of these little mistakes have added up to prolong this divorce! *insert yet another time laps here* Paperwork was filed and submitted to the court on Friday. Now I’m hoping Gangarosa doesn’t find another list of things he wants done before moving forward…this should not be that difficult! Now I’ll be stalking the mailbox as I wait!
I do believe this is the last time I will have to submit them…as I left the court building…a building I have spent way too much time in, I looked out and took in the view and began to tear up. Along the road I’ve taken I noticed something for the first time…a bridge…why it brought me such peace I’m not sure. It isn’t a newly built bridge, but I’ve never really noticed that you could see it from the court building until that day. Earlier in the week I had been on a walk where I took photos of it.
Did I mention it’s the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge–ahhh…the symbolism!
Since it has been sixteen days since my last post I’ll leave you with sixteen pictures…
I wanted to provide an update for people because I’m incredibly excited that I have made it to three months and two days as a non-smoker! I joined the non-smoking club November 13th, 2016 after listening to a self-hypnosis video!
I’m not crazy…it really worked!! I wasn’t intentionally searching for a quit smoking video…I happened to stumble upon it and after reading the many comments from others stating how it worked for them, I thought why not give it a try. I listened to it before bed for a couple nights and have not smoked a cigarette since! The sound of Michael Sealey’s voice is calming which made me fall asleep rather quickly, so I didn’t even put much effort into listening. I was moody an evil demon for a couple weeks, but other than that I didn’t have any other side effects.
My past attempts were always a battle, but this time was different…much different. I’m still floored at how easy it was and wanted to share it with other people who may be struggling with this addiction.
Since I’ve quit I’ve noticed:
my skin is clearer and smoother
I feel healthier
I sleep better
my hair, skin, and clothes smell amazing
I quickly realized I smoked when I was bored…I now use that time to be productive
I save a ton of money!
Are you or do you know someone who is struggling with a smoking addiction? Share this post with them and give the video a try!
I was reminded this weekend how it is impossible to be positive all of the time…how there are days that hormones just take over and cause total destruction. I tried, tried pretty darn hard I’d say to keep positive, but I finally surrendered when I just couldn’t take it anymore.
Friday night wasn’t so bad…I watched some football movie on Netflix…Mark Wahlburg was in it and played some Eagles player…Invincible was the name of it. I was balling my eyes out…I immediately knew hormones were playing a factor because I don’t cry easily…well, except when you catch me this time of the month! I told myself ok, now the next couple of days are going to be great! This will be the month the moodiness will not visit! I feel fabulous, eating healthy, gym action going on…all will be good!
Then Bam…the switch was flipped! Dear boyfriend just doesn’t understand. My due date is even programed in his phone to make him aware of the days to leave me be, but for some strange reason he just doesn’t believe that it’s a real thing…the struggle is real!
What escalated the situation is my trip to McDonalds. I very rarely eat fast food, but I was feeling disgusting, skipped the gym, and decided I wanted hotcakes! Why do they call them that—they are pancakes! I can’t even tell you the last time I ate McDonalds, but all I know is I wanted pancakes with hash browns….ohhh and I tossed on an order of nuggets too to add to the misery! I asked for syrup to dip the nuggets in, but she told me I couldn’t substitute that, so I ordered an extra–no big deal–I wanted an extra syrup…period! haha..pun not intended! Well, of course I get home, set everything up to chow down and find out there is no extra syrup! Holy flames and f-bombs Batman! Out of all the days to screw up my order this was the worst!
The remainder of my night was spent doing my laundry (folding laundry is quite calming), watching Netflix, eating a Skor candy bar, uploading pictures to Facebook, and slowly coming down off that evil estrogen spike as I write this blog post…see, writing can be therapeutic!
Pray for my students tomorrow…better yet, pray for a snow day!
A fun project my students and I worked on was to create a soundtrack of songs that immediately put you in a positive mood. Students have a host of struggles which spill over in their academics, and since they enjoy listening to music I challenged them to create a list they can turn to or should I say, turn up (ha…see the puns there) if they feel a bad mood creeping in.
Ohhh…one more rule was that the artist had to be African American (or write lyrics touching on African American issues) because I currently teach African American Literature and this was a way I could incorporate additional learning.
I have found starting class off with a positive song improves the environment of the classroom…this is not always an easy task as I teach in an inner city school. (Students are ages 16-21).
Have you heard? What we put in our bodies affects us—we have the power to decide if that is for the positive or the negative. We discussed that when we are in a bad mood we tend to gravitate to and listen to music that makes us even more angry and upset. Being mindful about what you are listening to can change that.
We all tremble inside at the thought of something…what is it that you fear? Is it beginning something new? Starting over? A career choice? Going back to school? Traveling? Trying a new workout at the gym (who is possibly afraid of this right…yup…yours truly)? Public speaking? Initiating a conversation? Starting a blog? Change?
Whatever it is…step outside of your comfort zone and fly! It will build a stronger you, a sharper you, and a more confident you! You will grow in more ways than you can imagine. Picture your life after overcoming the fear? What will your life look like then?