My A – Z Codependency Challenge – D

Diary of a Recovering Codependent

Denial, Delusional, Deceit, Debacle 

Oh good grief! When I started this little A-Z challenge I don’t think I really thought it through well. I’m laughing at myself now because it’s only day 4 and who wants to admit these damn words?

Delusional: having false or unrealistic beliefs or opinions – Yep, I had false and unrealistic beliefs of my life. I believed my life was good for the most part. I believed I was truly helping people who needed me. I believed someone loved me when they told me they loved me. I believed I was put here to help others regardless of what it did to me. I believed my needs, wants, hurts, disappointments, even successes were not as important as yours. Oh good Lord was I delusional!

Denial: disbelief in the existence or reality of a thing – Yep, I lived in denial. I did not believe how…

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thursday was good, got some good news, and helped a friend, also got new books too

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todays been good. my pa came this morning. as usual she was early, i was barely awake when she arrived. that was ok though, i’m used to her being early by now. if she was late i’d be shocked. i had breakfast, i kinda didnt stick to my healthy foods today, i had sausage and hash browns that needed to be used up so i got her to cook those for me. then i got in the shower while she started cleaning. she vacumed, mopped the floors, made the bed, cleaned the kitchen, etc. all while i was showering, getting my hair dried etc. lol we make a great team.
we chatted then for a while. we mostly chatted about dogs. she is a huge dog lover and well so am i and we just chatted about our dogs. then i got her to go to the store for me…

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Meet and Greet Link

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The Meet and Greet continues today and will conclude on Monday evening so be sure to jump in and have some fun!

And don’t forget, you can leave your link multiple times!!

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Danny’s World: Safety, Release and Escape

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Have you ever wondered why so many people blog?  I ponder the world of blogging daily as I answer emails and comments and the online world intrigues me.  Why do we participate in this activity.  What is it about publishing posts and interacting with others virtually that is so appealing?

Danny's iphone 022As I sat this morning staring at the ocean and drinking my coffee I can’t help but wonder if it is some combination of safety, release and escape.

By safety I am referencing how difficult it is these days to truly know you can trust people in the real world.  I could be wrong, but in this age it is becoming increasingly more difficult to know if people can be trusted.

By release I mean having the freedom to purge the soul with complete freedom; free of the chains of reservation.

And, lastly, by escape I am referring to getting away from the “real” world and entering the virtual world of blogging.  The blogosphere seems to be much more accepting of different, flawed, wounded, injured, etc. than the offline world.

Personally, I like having the freedom to purge my brain and controlling exactly what I say exactly how I want to say it.  I don’t get this freedom in the real world where I constantly think before I speak, hesitate and hedge my thoughts.

For me blogging is freedom to vent and purge.

 

Danny’s World: No One Is Obligated To Like Your Page

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One of the toughest things for bloggers to accept is the fact that no one is obligated to like your page.  This is tough because most bloggers believe they produce good stuff.  Most bloggers want people to interact with their page.  Most bloggers desire comments, views and LIKEs.   When all is said and done people have a lot of options: television, books, other blogs, Netflix, Yahoo, etc.  In today’s age there are a lot of distractions and even more options.

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I have always said getting people to my page is the easy part; getting them to return to my page is the true challenge.  With that said I still understand people do not have to read my page, therefore I must give them a reason to want to return.  I have to add value to the lives of my readers.  The same applies to all bloggers.

Most visitors to my page are silent readers which means they might give me a LIKE, but probably will not leave a comment.  I am perfectly fine with this fact as I myself practice being a silent reader.  I will comment on a page if I feel prompted to do so which happens infrequently.

The biggest key to getting someone to comment is to be “remarkable”; your post must be worthy of someone making a remark.  If the post is not worthy of a remark,  people will not remark.  This pattern is evident in the volume of views I receive daily compared to the number of comments daily.   I’m not exactly sure what the trick is to producing remarkable content, although I am able to recognize it when I see it.  I guess it has to do with the topic, bold opinions or maybe the article is well-researched.  Whatever the case I know the post cannot be ordinary.

What are your thoughts?

 

Unexpected Beauty of a Dying Rose

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Dying rosebud still glorious

Spring is still in the air with crazy weather in the form of hot temps one day and cold rain two days later. With big changes, spring flowers are abundant. I just love smelling the fragrant air as I walk through my neighborhood, especially with the star jasmines and roses blooming!

For Musin’ with Susan’s Macro Moments Challenge, the theme of week #37 asks photographers to create a macro image using water.

My American Beauties were crazy last month, but this is all that is left until the next batch. Luckily I clipped a few to place in a vase to enjoy in the house. For a flower riot, check out this previous post.

I found this quote that seems to commemorate the moment, by James Thompson, Scottish Poet:

“Gather the rosebuds while ye may, old time is still a flying; And that same flower that blooms today…

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Today’s Featured Blog is…Pamela D. Beverly!!

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2012 Book Fair

Image Credit: Virginia Festival of the Book

Yesterday I participated in a local book festival.

Can’t get those six hours back.

A big goose egg.

Zero.

Nada.

Zilch.

And no, the photo above is not from the book festival I was a part of yesterday although I did attend that festival about five years ago.

At yesterday’s festival, there were probably more author and vendors than customers. And from what I could see from my table, those that were there weren’t buying much. Those authors lucky enough to have any sales seemed to be children’s authors.

Is it the demographic? I’m wondering. The genre? I don’t know.

Do you?

Or is just basically a crapshoot?

The hours I spent writing, editing, proofreading, having my manuscript proofread, edited, formatted, deciding on a cover design, working on my blog, marketing.

Spending money.

Lots of moo-lah.

Why? What’s my motivation?

I’m starting to wonder ’cause this…

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5 DIY Jewelry Cleaning Hacks

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Do you have that one pair of earrings you wore so much that they got tarnished and you just didn’t know how to clean? Bust them out and open your pantry because we have a quick and inexpensive fix. These DIY’s will literally take you minutes and won’t cost you an extra penny!

1. Tomato ketchup acts as a great household silver and sterling silver jewelry cleaner. because of the natural acids present in it.

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Just take the silver accessory, place it in a small bowl of ketchup, roll it around a bit for 5-10 minutes, remove from the ketchup, and clean the crevices with a toothpick. Voila! Say goodbye to the tarnished silver.

2. Aluminum foil, dish detergent, and baking soda bring the sheen back to hard stones like diamonds or crystal rhinestones, and platinum jewelry.

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Take a bowl and line it with a square of aluminum foil. Then pour the salt, baking…

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Blog Networking: 5/23/17

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Blog networking is one of the most undervalued and underused strategies for most.  But I believe it is at the core for growing a blog.

You will find links in this post to help eliminate some of the work; all you have to do is LIKE, COMMENT and FOLLOW others. The more you network with other blogs, the more other blogs will network with you!

(click How to Network Your Blog to view yesterday’s post)

Therapy Bits

Diary of a Recovering Codependent

Mind Elate

Getting Fit For Forty

Tales From the Cabbage Patch

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Multiple Experiences

Horse Addict

Lucky Otter’s Haven

Lucinda E. Clarke

Rendezvous En New York

Peace from Panic

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives