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.
My vision for this post was to announce that my divorce is final, but unfortunately that is not the case. I was sent a letter from Edward Gangarosa who is assigned by the court to review the documents before being sent on to the judge. He wrote in the letter that I needed to file two more papers and then resubmit them. That sounds easy—although I was annoyed I figured it doesn’t take that much time and went to pick them up to file them.
When I picked them up there was a blank form, paper-clipped to the form I already completed. I was confused and asked the employees in the Supreme Court office if they knew what he meant by doing this (as this is not mentioned in this letter), and they were also confused. I decided to call Gangarosa for clarification to avoid any additional hold up. Well he said I needed to redo the form because the one I submitted was an old form that has been revised—ok, so why didn’t he say anything months ago? This paper has been completed since September and he is just now requiring this? He also seemed incredibly bothered that I am not seeking maintenance in the divorce. I told him that I’m sure he is used to women wanting every last dime from their ex, but I have everything already—everything I’ve worked for and care about. I’m no ordinary woman! I have zero desire for my ex’s retirement and want to just move on with my life. I was crying out of frustration and told him that I will resubmit this form (which also requires me to send it to the prison to be signed by my ex and notarized), but after this if he continues to pull this I will be writing a formal complaint. I really don’t like to pull that card, but I have had enough!
I’ve spoke to several people already who have shared similar stories and I will not allow him to abuse his position and prevent me from obtaining this divorce. I was also informed that I should write a letter to the attorney general, which I am considering. There is even a complaint online about him that is similar to my experience.
I wouldn’t mind if this was one time, but every time I submit the paperwork he writes me a letter of corrections that need to be made and when everything is fixed he finds something else. He has even stated that I did not include documents that were clearly there. Not to mention he is a lawyer, but has many grammatical and spelling errors in his letters.
The paperwork is sitting here on my table ready to be sent to the prison…God willing this will be the last paper I’m asked to re-submit.
I have been living my life mindful not to be negative and part of me struggles to understand why God is prolonging this—I do know I am where He wants me, and He is working things out even if I can’t see it.
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?