30 Day Writing Challenge

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Write in your journal, blog, or on a post it note. There are no rules other than to GET WRITING! But here is a hint, document the process so you can celebrate your accomplishment. Be descriptive and more importantly, creative. Some days you may barely get out a paragraph, other days you might write 4 pages. The important thing about this challenge is just to write. Everyday. For 30 days, in a row. Okay, so here it is.

Ready. Set. Go.

Write about…

  1. Your current relationship status. Discuss how life is being single, married, divorced, etc.
  2. Where would you like to be in 10 years?
  3. Your views on drug and alcohol.
  4. Your views on religion.
  5. A time you were at your lowest, and perhaps even thought about ending your life.
  6. Write 30 facts about yourself.
  7. Your zodiac sign and if you think it fits your personality.
  8. A moment in your life when you felt the most satisfied.
  9. Your greatest hope for the future.
  10. Your first love and first kiss.
  11. Your 10 favorite songs. How are they alike? Different?
  12. Recall your entire day. What did you do? What did you want to do?
  13. A place you would like to visit or move to and why?
  14. Your earliest memory.
  15. Be like Oprah, what are your favorite things?
  16. Your views on social media and the celebrities it has produced.
  17. Your highs and lows in the past year.
  18. Your strongest beliefs.
  19. A time when you disrespected or disagreed with your parents.
  20. How has education changed your life? How important is it?
  21. One of your favorite shows. Why is it your favorite?
  22. How you have changed in the past 2 years.
  23. 5 celebrities who you find attractive and why.
  24. Your all-time favorite movie.
  25. Someone who fascinates you and why.
  26. Describe something that you don’t understand how it works, like the refrigerator light. (Without Googling it.)
  27. A problem you have had or still are working on.
  28. Something that you miss.
  29. Your goals for the next 30 days.
  30. Your highs and lows of this month.

Becoming Beautiful…

butterflyIn one of those random discussions among girlfriends that lingers and resonates, a friend said to me “you need to take the time to be beautiful”.

She said, “Think about it. The caterpillar stays in its cocoon to take the time to become beautiful. Then it re-enters the world, beautiful and free. Spreading its beauty as it goes along. We should take the time to become beautiful. Our time in this cocoon of life, at this season in our life, is not our final stage. It is only the time while we are working on our beauty. “

Wow, the wisdom. The truth. The beauty in her words.  She doesn’t know it yet, but she blew me completely away. She shared this with me in February and I have since made several changes in my life.

I started to let go of the fears that kept me trapped in my complacent familiar little life.  A life that lacked something.  I slowly peeled away the things that held me back.  The things that left me beauty-less. And guess what, the beauty flowed effortlessly.

I’m not saying this in a conceded way, but people have noticed. They could see the change in me.  They could see the butterfly peeking out from all those layers.

So thank you Nakeeba, my friend.  One day, real soon I will show the world, the beautiful I have been working on.

Friday Five – Top 5 Milwaukee Restaurants that I love!

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Mad Rooster’s Salmon and Spinach

 

My favorite menu items from each of my favorite Milwaukee area restaurants. Enjoy!

1. The Wicked Hop – Clam Chowder is by far the best I have ever had.

http://www.thewickedhop.com/

2. Mad Rooster – Salmon on a bed of spinach, delicious.

http://www.madroostercafe.com/

3. Blue’s Egg – Seafood omelet, it is fresh and tasty.

http://www.bluesegg.com/

4. Café Hollander – Quiche Lorraine, with bacon! Yummy.

http://www.cafehollander.com/

5. Swig – Goat Cheese stack is a Wisconsin girl’s dream.

http://swigmilwaukee.com/

 Please add your favorite Milwaukee area restaurants in the comments.

Friday Five, a list of five things each and every Friday.

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5 Reasons to date me

  1. I’m rich! Well not in money but in so many other ways. I have a great family. I have the best friends. I have a career that I love. And I have an amazingly positive outlook on life, I say that makes me rich.
  2. I have dental insurance, so when I get old and start losing my teeth it won’t impact my smile. And speaking of my smile. It is pretty great. YES, I have a gap in between my teeth. But that gap makes my smile unique, special and like I said pretty great. Most importantly I smile A LOT. Who wants to date someone who frowns all the time?
  3. I’m a skirt wearing high-heeled tall Amazonian chocolate drop of happiness. (Ha. I even had to laugh at that one.) Basically, I have long legs and love to wear skirts.
  4. I can pay for dinner. I prefer not to, but I am financially able to buy my own meals.
  5. I am crazy stupid fun and have a good sense of humor. I laugh a lot. It is my favorite thing to do.

Okay I could go on and on but I won’t. And this list is by no means an invitation to weirdos to contact me or an indication of desperation for a date. It is just a simple list of why I am date-able. Hope you enjoyed it.

10 Simple things about Milwaukee Brown Girl…

 

 

I love lists. Why? Because they are simple and easy to read. And I like simple.

So here is a list of 10 simple things about Milwaukee Brown Girl.

  1. I am and will always be a teen mom, although currently I am 45 and the grandmother to two beautiful boys.Cool Gma
  2. I like change. I change my hair, my furniture, my life all of the time.
  3. I have so many circles of friends that socially I just can’t keep up with them all.
  4. Shopping is like a sport to me, the challenge is to find a bargain.
  5. I have had 3 life threatening experiences that forced me into self-reflection and growth!
  6. I am overly organized and clutter makes me anxious! But yet I have it…I just don’t like it.
  7. I spell horribly, but can identify when I have misspelled a word.
  8. I have learned to always listen to my gut feeling, no matter what.
  9. I am spiritually connected to God, always have been, always will be.
  10. I know what I’m good at and I’m not afraid of it.

There you have it, not everything but a few simple things. Now it’s your turn, share 10 things about yourself.

Friday Five – 5 Things to do INSTEAD of watching football!

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Go Pack Go!

A list of 5 things to do INSTEAD of watching football!

I grew up in a household full of football fans.  Every single weekend our family TV would be commandeered for football watching (remember when families had only one TV).  I know commandeered is a strong word but you see I never ever liked football! So during all of the family bonding time I was in my room writing stories, or acting out plays with my dolls.

Having this childhood flashback got me to thinking; maybe there are other people like me.  People who would like to do something else on the weekends during football season.  Hence (oh what a formal word), I have created a list of five simple little things a person can do INSTEAD of watching football!

1.      Shopping! Of course being who I am, I have to put shopping at the top of my list. You should know that the stores are empty!  Especially when the hometown team is playing.

2.      Go to the movies. Movie theatres are also empty and I think they fill your popcorn bucket up a little higher.

3.      Re-organize your closet.  Now I know this might not be exciting to most, but what better way to avoid the game than by getting organized?  Plus if you do it the right way you could make room for more stuff. (Please refer to Option 1.)

4.      Write a novel.  So let’s see, there are 32 teams in the NFL, each plays about 16 games and each game is about 3 hours long…that equals A LOT of writing time (yes, I did my research).  Perfect timing I would say.

5.      Sleep. I don’t know about you but during the week I never seem to get enough sleep.  So my Sunday afternoons are all about the sleeping, and then of course the mall.

Happy Non-Football Weekend! Enjoy.  Oh and by the way, Go Pack Go!