Working Through Cycles of Personal Growth

Like An Anchor

We often think of growth as happening one direction. Growing things expand and get older, they don’t shrink or get younger. If something is not moving forward, then it’s not growing.

But maybe that’s not always the case, especially when we’re talking about personal growth journeys. Growth like this doesn’t happen all at once or in a steady direction. Sometimes, a thing that you thought you dealt with will come back and needs to be worked through again. You often have to keep going back over the same ground in order to make progress.

This isn’t failure to grow. But it might look like it depending on our perspective. If we’re the type of person who wants to get everything right the first time, then it can be discouraging when we find ourselves having to deal with something we thought we’d already worked through. We might even decided that since…

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Week in Review 4/26/2019

BigAndPinkyToes

I hope everyone had a great week. Thanks for checking out my weekly series posted every Friday, Week in Review. Enjoy a recap of how the week went down, and tell me about yours.

1) What’s gotten my attention this week?

1st Day School Supplies. So the kids’ school is doing this really cool thing for next year through this website, 1st Day School Supplies. All I did was select the grade my kids will be in next year and their color preferences. When my kids show up for their first day of school next year their supplies will be placed neatly in a box with their name on it. The best thing for me is that I won’t have to go to 3 different stores trying to track down specific items to fulfill the whole supply list. Also, I don’t have to think or worry about it AT…

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Eight Tracks?😳

The Bag Lady

“Where is that eight track player we used to have? Remember it was a portable we took on picnics? It was plainjane, no phosphorescent filaments needed, or connection to the Internet to use. I was going through my dad’s boxes from the attic and found a large collection of eight tracks. I can’t wait to listen to them again.”

His teenage son rolls his eyes.

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Portable – Word of the Day Challenge

http://fivedotoh.com/2019/04/13/fowc-with-fandango-track/

https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/April-writing-prompts/01/04/2019/

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🌟 The Versatile Blogger Award 🌟

Beckie's Mental Mess

vbaTo my surprise yesterday, I was not only nominated once but twice for The Versatile Blogger Award by two genuinely wonderful men.  Rory of“A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip” & Kristian of “Tales From The Mind ofKristian” – Both of you made my blah day perk right up when I saw the nomination.  Thank you, so very much!!! 💗  If you aren’t familiar with these fine gentlemen, please make it a point to check out their site’s, you won’t be sorry.

The Versatile Blogger Award

The VBA Guidelines are as follows:

If you are gifted, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank the person and/or persons who gave you this award.

Include a link to their blog.

Gift & notify 5 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.

Finally, tell the person who gifted you 7 things about yourself. 

Please note:  Since I was selected…

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AFTER A WHILE

cabbagesandkings524

I find things in my archives, some of forgotten provenance, such as this poem from long ago. I don’t recall now when I either wrote it or found it. If I did find it, I apologize to the author for having lost the reference, and ask that if anybody recognizes it tha they tell me so I can give credit where it is due. It is about partings, the subject of so many songs and poems. It is about those times when the ship has sailed or the train has left the station, and how little it matters whether one is on the ship or the shore, the train or the platform. In song, the play list is too long to put here, and besides, every one has their own. Which parting brought this into my journals, I don’t know. Perhaps it was that girl from the North Country, perhaps…

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The 2019 Author Interview Series Featuring Tracy Kauffman

Author Don Massenzio

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I’m happy to feature author Tracy Kauffman in this edition of the 2019 Author Interview Series. It’s interesting to see which questions authors select from my list to reveal a bit about themselves and their work to those of you that read their interviews.

Please enjoy meeting Tracy Kauffman.


tracyk.

  • What do you think are the elements of a good story?

I believe descriptive words  relay the story so it makes the reader feel they are there instead of being told the details of the story.

  • Do you view fellow authors as competitors, allies or are there some combination of the two? Why?

I believe other authors are allies because they can help each other in so many ways.  Authors know how to get their work done, published, marketed etc…. It’s always good to keep your author coworkers as friends and allies.

Marketing

  • What marketing technique have you found to be the…

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Monochrome Monday – Black and White Photography 2019 – 6

Meg Sorick, Author/Artist

Cee’s Black and White Challenge this week has the theme: horns.

Just a pair from the British Museum this week:

Buffalo boat:

Horned helmet:

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My Week 229: Facebook Doesn’t Know Me At All

mydangblog

I’ve been really sick this week, so here’s something from a few years ago that still applies today—I hope you enjoy it!

Have you noticed the increasing proliferation of bizarre Facebook quizzes that purport to identify different aspects of your personality with absolute accuracy? While they are, for the most part, as generic as horoscopes in telling you about what kind of person you are, they are getting more and more desperate for new topics as they attempt to mine your data. At first, it was TV shows or films, like “Which Game of Thrones Character Are You?” or “Which Bond Girl Are You Most Like?” Respectively, I got Arya Stark, and Xenia Onatopp, former Soviet fighter pilot and top assassin. This was very disappointing—I really wanted Daenerys Targaryen, Mother Of F*cking Dragons instead of a whiny little kid who makes lists about who she wants to kill instead of…

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