Blogging

Thank You!

I remember thinking in 2015 that 2016 would be awesome. And looking back now…it might have fallen just a little bit short.

But that’s okay. 

2017 will be even better. At least I hope so. If not, there’s always 2018 to look forward to.

To be fair, 2016 would have sucked a lot more without all of you. So thanks for the comments and conversations. I cherish the little laughs and long responses as much as I do the short and sweet ones. Thank you for supporting my blog through good moments, bad weeks, and awful times. 

I appreciate you. I really do.

Even if no one read what I wrote, I’d still write. I wouldn’t stop. I’d continue to blog. I wouldn’t shy away from the ‘post’ button. But you, my dear reader, make my blogging experience all the more enjoyable. I’ll forever be grateful.

Thanks for everything!

Personal Reflection

Happy Thanksgiving!

To all my American friends, Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for giving.

And I hope you give thanks today, tomorrow, every day. 

I took a moment just now to reflect on how grateful and thankful I am.

But I also realized I want to start giving back more. I’m not sure how. I just know I can do better.

I want to be someone who can give all the time without expecting something in return.

I want to give to people who helped me get to where I am today.

I want to give back to you. 

Personal Reflection

Thanking People Who Didn’t Believe In Me

Thank you for not believing in me. For doubting me.

Thanks for bringing me down, so I can build myself back up. 

Thank you for laughing behind my back or in front of my face. For stabbing me here, there, everywhere. 

Thanks for teaching me to let my work speak for itself. For making me realize that I don’t have to open my mouth to get the last word. 

Thank you to the people who I didn’t please. Who I will never please. Thanks for teaching me that I couldn’t please everyone. But I could please myself. And that’s what I’ll continue to do. 

Blogging

Overdue Appreciation

Even though I don’t say this often enough, I appreciate each and every one of you. You being my followers, readers, and friends.

I may not respond to all your comments right away.

I may not like all your blog posts the day you publish them.

I may not be the “perfect” blogger buddy, pal or whatever you want to call me.

That said I am deeply grateful for all of you who put up with me. I am so lucky for this wonderful blogging experience and I’m even luckier to share it with all of you.

Thank you WordPress community for making my blog what it is today. I cannot even begin to name (much less thank) everyone who has made this journey such a pleasurable one.

Blogging

Why I Am Not The Same Blogger I Was A Year Ago

Aside from the obvious reasons, there is one which has bothered and affected my blogging activities, despite my attempts to never let anything or anyone ruin my blog.

The number one reason why I am not the same blogger I was a year ago:

Ready?

This might blow your mind.

Noticed I italicized ‘might’?

I did so deliberately.

In case, what I say doesn’t end up blowing your mind.

Then I won’t get sued.

Since I had the word ‘might’ in italics.

If what I say resonates with you in any way, good.

Let’s be friends.

If the below does not resonate with you at all, that’s fine.

We can still be friends.

I am aware some of you may skip to the end of this post.

That’s okay.

I invite you to do so.

However, I am also sure someone will read this post from beginning to end.

If you do, I’ll reward you.

You should know better than to expect an expensive gift.

Or any gift with monetary value.

If you do not mind waiting, I will reward you when the time is right.

Meaning after I get a job.

And after I have some savings.

As well as an extra bit of money to spend.

Which may be never.

If I end up pursuing a writing career, I doubt I will live life extravagantly.

So all my gifts will be inexpensive.

I digress often.

As you can tell.

The next few sentences will be about blogging.

Promise.

I am not the same blogger I was a year ago because…

…school sucks the creativity, enthusiasm, humor, originality, and wit out of me.

I am well aware this is an excuse.

And a terrible one too.

But it’s the truth.

School seems to drain my energy these days.

I want to be a better blogger.

I honestly do.

Believe me when I say I am doing my best.

To wrap it all up, I will thank you.

All of you.

Thank you for tolerating me.

Even when I am not at my best.

Thank you for liking me.

Even when I am at my worst. 

Thank you for supporting me.

Even when I am not there for you.

Thank you for encouraging me.

Even when I am depressing or dejecting. 

Thank you for inspiring me.

Even when I am not so inspirational myself.  

Creative Writing

International Women’s Day

At first, I didn’t know how to celebrate and commemorate International Women’s Day.

After some thinking, I figured I would do a simple shout-out to all the incredible women in my life.

Thus, this post is dedicated…

to my mother for loving me 
to my grandmother for supporting me 
to my friends for accepting me
to my enemies for humanizing me
to my mentors for guiding me 
to my teachers for understanding me 

and to each and every woman of the past, present, and future!

Creative Writing · Personal Reflection

Happy Birthday Poem With Rhyme (For Fan/Friend/Family)

Today is the birthday of someone who is a fan of mine, an old friend, and a close family member. Following tradition, it’s only fair this writer wrote a piece dedicated to someone who’s been there for her since the start.

This one is for you.

~Ed: Much love. Many thanks.~

Birthday Cupcake

You’ve seen me raw and exposed

You’ve watched me cool and composed

You always make me laugh

You’re like my other half

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You’re the one who knows just how I feel

You can tell if what I say is real

We don’t need to fill the silence

Because we’ve established a perfect balance

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We’re friends but we’re so much more

We’re tight but we continue to explore

And I know we’ll look back and say

Today wasn’t just an ordinary birthday

Happy Birthday Gift And Balloons

Previous poems:

Happy Birthday Poem (For Her With Rhyme)

Happy Birthday Poem (For Him With Rhyme)

Happy Birthday Poem (For Mother With Rhyme)

Happy Birthday Poem (For Cousin With Rhyme)

Happy Birthday Poem (To All With Rhyme)

Creative Writing

A Thank You To Teachers

This is a shout-out to all the wonderful teachers I’ve had in the past, current professors, and future ones. Love you all. 

Thank you for being patient and caring

For being honest and understanding

I’ve fallen down and faced strife

Still you’ve managed to change my life

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I hope I never disappoint you

I’m sorry if I ever do

I’ll try until I get it right

Know that every day I continue to fight

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Seeing you puts a smile on my face

Now I know I’m in the right place

You make everything better

I will remember you forever