Death affects us all differently. It not only depends on who we are, but who they were to us. Having a child die, I believe, is quite different than having a grandparent die. Having a spouse or close sibling die is different than a parent, but it all depends on our personal relationships.
My brother died a few years ago, and when he died, a little piece of me died with him. I have never felt loss on that level before in my life. I've never known heartache on that level before that moment. To say the least, I was not prepared in any way for that moment and the moments that followed his death. If you have ever had anyone truly close to you die than you understand that death is not something you can ever truly prepare for, no matter how much of a warning you were ever given.
A week before my brother died he came to my office to have lunch with me, and I exhaustedly agreed to it. I was busy and I rushed through the lunch! For the life of me I cannot remember what I was so busy doing that day.
I was haunted by this decision for years afterwards. The unforgiving reality that I rushed through the last moments I would ever have with my brother has caused me more overwhelming grief than I could ever explain to you.
I didn't talk about his death for the longest time because I was absolutely certain that talking about it would belittle my actual feelings, there were no words to explain the depths of my brokenness and heartbreak. I was just...lost.
And in my loss and grief, people would say the most awful things to me. They would say things they thought were "helpful”, but to me it all just added to the pain I was feeling. I realized instantly that most people do not know how to deal with death, from the perspective of helping someone through it OR going through it personally.
I have written several blogs about how his death became the ultimate catalyst in my life for change. But instead I would like to share with you now
The Top 5 Rules to Helping Those Who Are Grieving.
1. The best words of advice I received was from a client of mine who lost his brother 30 years ago and he said "don't try to get over the sadness, just be sad, as long as you need to be sad. You'll never "get over" the loss, you'll just eventually learn to cope with it".
Those words were so comforting to me. They were so REAL to me. In a whirlwind of sadness and anger and loss, it made sense. Finally!
So I would say the same thing to you. Just let yourself feel what you need to feel. And know that you will NEVER "get over it". You'll just eventually learn to cope with and live with it. The loss gets integrated in with your life and eventually you move on to have better days. However throughout your years you'll always be sporadically taken back to these moments. And that's okay!
2. When comforting someone that's dealing with the loss of someone, you need to understand that there are no "words" that will "fix it". Many of us have "fix it" attitudes, out of love, we want desperately to fix the broken spirits around us...but this is not possible when dealing with grief. There is nothing "TO FIX".
You can't change what's happened. You can't make it all better. So stop trying! The only thing you can do is be a shoulder to cry on, and an understanding ear that listens.
Don't try and fix it. Just BE there!
3. When dealing with the loss, realize that it's going to take a lifetime. There's no reason to rush through the pain. Don't make yourself hurry through the process. Just let it happen...as it needs to naturally happen within you.
I still have days where I feel so sad that I feel a little debilitated by the loss still. And I just let those moments happen, when they happen. Know that it's okay, and they'll continue to happen for the rest of your life; when you see a picture or hear a song, you'll feel it all over again! Let the moments come and go.
4. When I gave birth to my son Connor I remember saying over and over in my head 7lbs, 19 inches...7lbs, 19 inches...over and over I said it because I didn't want to forget that moment. I look back and laugh at that now. I was so young and naive. As if I could ever forget the moment my son was born....
Little did I know then that YOU DON'T FORGET certain moments in your life. When my brother died I looked at the clock and did the same thing, April 3, 2011 at 4:03am...over and over.
I don't know what you were doing on April 3, 2011...but I will NEVER forget what I was doing. You should understand that your loved ones that are coping with loss and grief feel the same way. These dates are extremely important. Let them know you understand that. Do NOT dismiss these dates, they will always mean something! Memorialize the dates and let them keep their meaning to you.
5. MOST IMPORTANT LESSON TO LEARN: the number one way that I coped with my brother's death was to be happy for his life. I imagined what life would have been like without him at all, because that's the only way I wouldn't have had to handle his death. And the truth is that I'd choose the life I had with him over and over and over, even if it meant I had to relive that horrible day on April 3, 2011.
Think about the fact that you know you would choose the life over and over, even if it meant you had to relive the death. Think about what their life meant to you, what they gave to you, how they changed you, helped you, made you...
This wasn't just "Scott's journey". This was OUR journey together. I just have more to learn...and he was ready to move on...
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This was a video of me and my brother, Scott, 6 months before he died.
The truth is that "life" happens to us all. The difference isn't WHAT happens to us as much as it is HOW we handle it all, as it comes our way...
The bigger truth is that the more successful people have mastered the mind and learned to think, feel and "act" independent of circumstances and stay strong, "truck through" and "stay on track" despite what's happening around them, or even "to" them.
Here's some things I've discovered that truly successful people wake up and tell themselves, or other people.
1. Good morning.
Did you know that happy people say "good morning" more often than unhappy people? Do you ever say "good morning", out loud? Try it, not just to people in your home, but as often as you can once you leave the house!
Saying "good morning", out loud, to as many people as possible, creates positive energy... and what better way to start your day than through spreading positive energy. LIFE is an echo. What we put out, we all get back.
2. I own today!
When did we lose sight of the fact that we are in control? Why have we convinced ourselves it's easier to be a victim in life? Stop pretending like you keep falling into bad days...when the truth is that you keep CHOOSING to have bad days!
Sure, you have no control over what happens to you, but you have 100%, absolute control over how you respond to it. You get to choose whether or not it puts you in a bad mood or good mood. So, just choose better! YOU own today!
3. Everything works together for my good.
Successful people have an innate belief that the universe is conspiring FOR them, not against them. They believe wholeheartedly that all things work together for their good. Thoughts become things...thoughts become things...
Successful people believe in the law of attraction...what are you attracting?
4. Thank you!
The truth is that those who say "thank you" will always have the most to say thank you for. When I was depressed and lonely and in a very dark place, one of the first things I did to pull myself up was I started to say "thank you" as much as I could, for anything I could think to say "thank you" for. AND it's true...it is a FACT of life that the universe opened up to me and gave me more and more and more things to say thank you for. It was so cool to see it unfolding for me...so I pass along this miracle of life the echos for us all.
Say thank you, live in gratitude and your life will open up in ways you never thought imaginable.
5. You're incredible, how can I help you?
I am pretty sure this is not coincidental that truly successful human beings in life seem to praise others, a lot, AND try and help others too. Successful people aren't selfish by nature. They are kind and helpful.
The best way to get what you want in life is to help others get what they need.
So today instead of thinking about what all is about to "happen to you", think instead of how you are about to take control over it all and make it your own!
Good morning to me. Today is my day. Today I'm going to learn something I haven't learned before. I'm going to choose to let things happen around me, without changing what happens inside of me. Today I'm going to let the chips fall where they may, and know it's all working together for my good. Thank you for that. Today I'm going to help someone. I'm going to spread so much love and joy that I will collect as many "thank you's" as I can all day long. Today is going to be amazing...and even though a bunch of stuff will happen that will try and change my mind, or get me off track...it will NOT change, because I'm in control. I'm so freaking excited about this day I'm about to have. New adventures...thoughts become things...THANK YOU!
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I was totally depressed and lost in this world. I couldn't seem to catch a break. I was living in fear, constantly worried and only felt extreme doubt. I lost my career. My marriage was ending. I was devastated and heartbroken over the loss of my brother that just died. I was disconnected from the kids. I was only going through the physical motions of life...I was on a downward spiral and hope was fading into darkness.
And then...one day, I woke up and decided to change.
One and a half years ago I was 40 pounds overweight, depressed, lost and completely lonely and hopeless. I didn't even have Facebook friends, much less "real life friends". I was running out of money and time; and depression was rolling in like a ominous storm hovering over my life.
NOW, I have a new company, a new life and a whole new following that all came about because I made a pact with myself to follow these 8 simple rules here.
This is how I went from "poverty" to endless "possibilities"...from 33 social media friends to over 60,000 followers, in a single year. How I went from no one even knowing I had a written a blog to now over 2 million faithful and loyal readers? How I went from "everything is falling apart" to "everything is falling into place". How I went from lost to found, and hopeless to hopeful. How I went from #mylifesucks to #blessedbeyondmeasure
THIS IS HOW. I followed these 8 simple steps...and didn't skip a beat! If you are serious about changing your life. If you are serious about wanting something MORE for yourself. If you are serious about needing to get out of this RUT that you are in...you will do these things.
Otherwise, you'll wake up ten years from in the life you're living today...and nothing will change for you!
HOW I CHANGED MY LIFE IN 8 SIMPLE STEPS
1. The first thing I did was take a little inventory over who was in my life and immediately got rid of 99% of them.
This is the most important step because it sets the tone for true "movement" and "change" and "growth". If you're not serious, you'll skip this step, if you ARE serious, you'll be more than happy to make room for some more positive people around you. You have limited space in your life for others...the five closest people to you are the ones you'll be most influenced by. It's honestly better to have no one, then anyone that's negative...and let me tell you that the people in your life that are ALLOWING you to live how you're living may not be "saying" negative things, but the very fact that they're "allowing" you to continue like this makes them a negative influence, whether you realize it or not. GET rid of them!
When you finally make the decision to CHANGE you only want people around you that can lift you up, pick you up and hold you up. At this stage...if they're not helping, they're hurting. There is NO exception to this rule and it VERY MUCH includes family!
2. Next, I took ownership over the fact that my life is only going to be exactly what I make of it...no one is going to suddenly appear and fix it all for me.
People spend their crappy lives waiting for some miracle to walk in their front door and just change everything with a magic wand. It's not going to happen. YOU are the only person in control of your life and control of the direction its headed. If you're waiting for someone to change you, you'll die being the person you are now and in the life you're living today. NO ONE will change your life but you!
3. Next, I reconnected with God and started a spiritual journey where I placed most of my focus and energy.
Most of you know how I feel about this...let go of all of that religious crap you've been taught and connect with GOD on a deeper, spiritual, MORE PERSONAL level! You want to know how to connect with God on a spiritual level? Question everything you've been taught through religion. Open up your mind and heart and just PAY attention to all of the lessons around you! You don't need a priest, a rabbi, a preacher, or some self-proclaimed "holy man" to be your voice for you or your bridge to God.
I read the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, The Four Agreements and watched the movie The Secret, to kick start my spiritual journey! I suggest you do these three things as well!
4. Next...no matter how slow or fast I went...I swore that I would only move in a forward motion, never looking back. Past is gone, learn the lessons and move forward.
As long as your movement is forward, it's all good. Some days are going to mean more than others...but every day will count if you're only moving in a forward motion. Anytime you start to recognize past behavior, stop it immediately and be the person you're wanting to be. Eventually the surface of you will become the depth of you and you won't even recognize yourself, or your life.
You'll start to see change most through retrospective vision...meaning you'll start to look back and realize you are NOWHERE near where you used to be in life. It's a very cool feeling and it turbo charges your forward movement.
5. Next, got rid of all of the possibility poverty titles I had given myself "I'm not good enough, I don't have enough, I can't, I'm not talented enough, I don't know enough"....
The agreements we make with ourselves are what shapes our lives.
What we tell ourselves is the most important part of our lives. You are exactly what you believe you are going to be. Whatever agreements you make with yourself; those agreements are truth! If you tell yourself that you're not enough, you WON'T be enough. If you tell yourself that you're a failure, you will be a failure! If you tell yourself that people only use you, people will only use you. If you tell yourself that everyone is out to get you and hurt you and only bad things happen to you, that'll all be true too!
6. And I only spoke positive things over myself and my life to the point of sounding crazy...
Start telling yourself different things....this is your story...NEVER FORGET that it is YOURS to write!
The agreements we make with ourselves ARE all true. The cool thing is, they're ours to make! So change what it is that you're speaking over your own life!
I seriously started bragging about how everything I did turned to gold and you know what happened? Before long, everything I did started turning to gold. I started telling people that it seemed like I had "favor" with God...and you know what happened; people (strangers) would tell that back to me....someone actually wrote on my FB page "I swear you have favor with God"...seriously! I started telling myself that I was talented beyond measure and creative and without even asking for it, things would fall into my lap...and guess what started happening...
This is your story to write...tell yourself whatever you want. BECAUSE those agreements that you choose to make with yourself are the ones that are all true!
7. Next, I made a list of all of the things in my life that I am extremely grateful for and started saying "thank you" for all of them, out loud...I said thank you for anything and everything I could. I would drive through green lights and say "thank you" out loud. THANK YOU became part of my every day vernacular.
I say it daily, "those who say thank you, have the most to say thank you for". There is nothing that brings about more abundance in life than gratitude!
Gratitude is the vehicle that brings about blessings. Say thank you, every single day, all day long for anything and everything you could possibly say thank you for and watch your life change instantly around you!
THIS is the law of attraction...when you are saying thank you, the universe is opening up and wanting to offer you more things to say thank you for! TRUST ME on this one. I live in a constant state of gratitude!
8. And then...I made a dream board. I wrote down short term and long term goals and would put on my headphones, every single day, (still do this) listen to music that I can feel in my soul...and imagine myself living in the life I want to be living.
And every single day that I do this, I say thank you...not because I have it but because I know it is Gods great pleasure to give it to me. All in good time....
The law of attraction doesn't need you to understand it or believe in it in order for it to work. Whether you realize it or not YOUR THOUGHTS are BECOMING YOUR THINGS. Thoughts lead to feelings which is energy which pulls everything back in around you and life is an echo!
What you're thinking about...is what you're bringing about. Make a dream board and stay focused!
Life is your choice. This is your moment.
You weren't created to be depressed and sad. You didn't survive all that you have survived in life just so you could be alone and hurting and hopeless. There is a purpose to your life that only you can find. It will start by stepping out of your comfort zone and following your passions in life.
I don't remember the exact moment my life turned around because I was so focused on spiritual growth that I can't recall...it's funny how day by day nothing seems to change but you look back and everything is different. All I know now is that I seriously don't even recognize the woman I used to be...and thank GOD (literally) for that!
It's hard to think and feel independent of what's happening around us but figuring out how to do that is the first step in changing your life. It's easier said than done but it IS possible!
THIS is what I know...when it rains it pours because the second it started to rain you immediately started worrying it would pour...and therefore, it did.
The second something goes right, you think "omg I'm going to have a great day" and therefore you do.
The minute tragedy happens you get stuck in thought and feeling and more and more tragedy comes about. It IS the law of attraction you need not understand anything more than the simple fact that it exists and is powerful.
Life is your choice and this is your moment. What are you attracting?
THAT is the first question I asked myself on the first day I changed my life.
By Kristy Sinsara
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Top Five Reasons Why You Should Only Surround Yourself With Happy, Successful People, by Kristy Sinsara
Before reading this article you should really stop for a moment and consider what it means to you to be "happy" and "successful". Funny thing is that most people say they want both, and spend their lives chasing both, but never even stop to consider what it means to them, personally, to be happy or successful.
Happiness and success are two words that are defined differently by us all. For me, happy people are people that always try and see the good in things around them. Happy people are people that take life's lemons and make EVERYONE lemonade, without any prompting or pushing. Happy people are just...well...HAPPY, smiling, laughing a lot, joking around, easy going, "let the chips fall where they may" kind of folks.
Success to me isn't about money. I've had six figure incomes. I've had prestigious jobs. I've built three separate companies in my lifetime that I've franchised out or sold off. I've been "financially" rewarded yet completely unfulfilled before. Trust me when I tell you that money does NOT buy happiness OR success, or fulfillment or passion....
Success to me means I'm doing what I'm most passionate about in life, and making an acceptable living (by my standards) doing it. I'm most passionate about writing, speaking, and helping others. I'm currently making a living as a writer, a public speaker and a social media consultant, so I'm personally feeling successful!
But I've been at the bottom of this professional ladder I'm currently climbing and I'd like to share with you some things I've noticed along the upward climb!
1. If you don't surround yourself with happy people, you're going to be fighting needless battles.
I'm always trying to explain to people that "thoughts become things"...but really what I mean by this is that thoughts turn into feelings (which is energy) and that energy becomes "things". Happiness is strong energy! Unfortunately, so is negativity and sadness. On my climb up the ladder of success I noticed my "not so happy" friends constantly making little "snide" remarks to me about my success.
The people in my life that aren't happy for me all have one common denominator...they aren't happy with themselves either! Often times they don't realize how deeply unhappy they are, and they don't realize the negative impact they can have on your life...negativity is a very strong energy force...do NOT let it in, especially why you're climbing UP. Just imagine you're trying to climb and there's a negative force trying to push you back...THAT is your negative friends. LET THEM GO. Trust me on this. Some day they will hopefully find happiness on their own, and when they do, you'll be the first person they seek out in life.
It's all good.
2. It makes some people feel "less than" when you are "more than".
It's true. It's just human nature that when you're just happy and talking about all of the things you have, or are getting, or getting to be, or acquiring (if even through extreme hard work and dedication) it only reminds people of what they don't have.
You should surround yourself with people that are successful so that when you are finding success you get to live in a feeling of gratitude more frequently. Surround yourself with people that have MORE than you, as much as you can. Think about how infrequently you brag, when surrounded by "not so successful" friends. Think about the difference in their attitudes back to you.
I have two friends on opposite ends of the spectrum here. One is extremely successful the other is a lonely, bored, negative housewife that sits around and gossips all day.
When the successful friend found out that my book was finally published and available she flipped out with excitement for me. "how can I help you get more sales" - she asked. "I'm so proud of you, what can I do for you, this is incredible"...was her response.
My other friend said "Saw you wrote that book, not sharing with anyone, good for you". Period.
My successful friend is coming from a place of abundance and can live in the moment of gratitude with me...and the other is coming from a place of "lacking" and feels angry over my success, as it's only reminding her of her daily lack of fulfillment. Nothing good will come from making people feel less than, on your end. So you're doing yourself a favor by dropping the negative dead weight!
3. You won't be living in the state of constant gratitude that is required to maintain success IF you do not surround yourself with people you can be grateful around.
Gratitude is the attitude that brings about success. I say it all of the time. Those who say "thank you" have the most to say "thank you" for. It is a FACT in life. Gratitude is what brings about success.
BUT you don't say "thank you" as much as you should when you're not surrounding yourself with people you feel are happy for you. That's just human nature.
MUCH LIKE if you were physically whole and healthy, and in absolute perfect physical condition,...you would NOT brag about, praise constantly, or perhaps even discuss, your current physically awesome, healthy state of being around someone that has cancer, or extremely sick.
You wouldn't say to someone that's sick and dying, "OMG I FEEL SO AMAZINGLY AWESOME TODAY". In fact, the idea of it sounds horrific and MEAN. Think about this. THIS is how you are emotionally too when it comes to success.
We don't praise and say "thank you" and discuss our successes as much (if at all) around those that we know aren't sharing in our good fortune! YET saying "thank you" and "praising" is how we maintain it.
This is a case of "it's not you, it's them". You're just trying to be "considerate" but your consideration in this area will only hurt you more! Drop the negative, dead weight and move on!
4. In order to do something you've never done, you have to become someone you've never been.
Those are Les Brown's words, not mine! I say this all of the time, it's one of the quotes that keeps me strong. In order to be a writer, I must stop caring about what people think about me. In order to be a public speaker I must put myself out there more. In order to be an excellent social media consultant I have to be brutally honest with my business owners I'm working with.
Think about something you want to do in life and realize right now in this very moment that you cannot do it by doing what you've always been doing! In order to do something that you have never done before, you have to become someone you've never been before!
Successful people ALL recognize this CHANGE in you that MUST TAKE PLACE, and unsuccessful people do not! In fact, your unsuccessful friends will begrudge the "change" in you. They will say things to you like "you're not the person you used to be"...they will judge you for changing, not welcome it.
Successful people ALL KNOW that "this change" is a phenomenon that MUST happen within us all! ....Yes there is an obvious change that comes about.
I have personal close friends of mine that, during my change, would say "I know you, you're not capable of this, or you're not the person that can do these things". I would say back to them "I don't accept that, nor do I care for your opinion of me".
UNSUCCESSFUL PEOPLE will begrudge the morphing and changing and growing that MUST happen within you! Successful people will simply recognize that it is happening and congratulate you and be "strong" for you during this time.
5. Wanting to be successful in life yet refusing to get rid of your negative friends is like a butterfly shedding it's old skin but still choosing to walk among the trapped and caccooned; instead of flying and discovering the world you were meant to live in.
For no other reason other than insecurity and comfort, you are simply choosing to stay among the "un-living". Your old friends, as negative as they may be, at least "know you". I get it. Bad love is better than no love?
WRONG. You can't "grow" and be comfortable at the same time. It's just a fact of life. Part of growing pains is getting rid of the old and making room for the new.
You only have a certain amount of room in your life. Consider this fact and consider whom you're letting occupy your room. If your house is crowded with negative people TRUST ME WHEN I TELL YOU the positive people walking by see this and assume (a) you're one of them and (b) have no room for them.
Surround yourself with what you want, and you WILL attract it in your own life. It is a fact! You want success, have successful friends. You want to be a happy couple, have happy couple friends. Want to be healthy, surround yourself with healthy people.
This is one of the biggest mistakes people make once their diagnosed with a disease...they suddenly start surrounding themselves with others that are diagnosed with diseases and then wonder why they're falling deeper into a "negative funk". It's a force field. You want to be healthy, surround yourself with healthiness NOT unhealthiness. But you'd rather stay funky and be around other people that are as unhappy as you are so you can justify your negativity. What's the point?
YOU MUST get rid of your negative friends just so you can make room for your positive ones.
Bottom line: Negative people hold you back. You may not even realize this because you think you're above the it all, but you are not. It's time for the purge to happen. It's time for you to go through your life (INCLUDING Facebook) and delete ALL of those friends that you know would NOT be happy for you if you won the lottery tomorrow. Delete all of those friends that refuse to acknowledge your success. Delete all of those friends that you know aren't truly in your corner when it comes to your ultimate success.
Get rid of them all. IF and when they ever find their own happiness, you will be the first person they find.
You know how you can tell whether or not you're a positive or negative person? ONE QUICK RULE. Do people call you with their praise reports or their complaints and gripes in life?
IF you're the person people call when they're happy and great things are happening, this means they see you as a happy, successful person. If you're the one they call when things suck and they're pissed off, this means they see you as angry and negative! Period! It's that simple!
In order to be happy and successful you must surround yourself with people that are also happy and successful. There is no other option! You will NEVER see unequally matched partners in this area have a sustaining relationship....in life or in business. It just doesn't work.
You want happy? BE HAPPY, be around happy. You want success? BE success driven and surround yourself around other successful people.
People pull you up or bring you down. There is no other option!
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THE BEST DAY…by Kristy Sinsara
I went to sleep the other night and thought to myself “tomorrow is going to be great”.
But then I woke up the next morning and realized my alarm clock didn’t go off and I started my day out 20 minutes late…and I already don’t give myself enough time in the mornings.
Then our 14 year old just remembered it was picture day and she couldn’t find her form to turn in, nor could she find anything to wear…
So now we have find the time later to drive all the way over to her school just to drop off her form.
I finally make it back home only to discover I had used the last of the coffee yesterday. Oh but wait, my Amazon package is supposed to arrive today, I think there’s coffee in it. A little hope there….just breathe.
I finally sit back down in my studio ready to tackle my amazing day…only to check in with my very first client and find out that that commercial I had spent over 10 hours making a few days ago was way off the mark. And he wanted me to start all over.
And finally when I hang up the phone the phone rings again from an unknown number which I pick up and discover it’s a neighbor from four blocks away saying she has my dog, that’s broken out of my backyard.
Later that afternoon, the doorbell rings and it’s my Amazon package, yay coffee has finally arrived. I need it today. Only to open the package and realize it’s not actually the coffee I ordered. Flavored coffee? Hazelnut?
The kids finally get home from school but I don’t have time to sit and help with homework today. You’re on your own, help each other.
Back to work for me…and I will be here for hours.
So it’s 11pm, the kids are in bed, everyone’s asleep in my house, and I just got finished working.
I finally lay my head down in bed and right before I fall asleep I remember to check my alarm for tomorrow, only to see an old text message I’d missed from earlier today in the middle of all of the chaos that said “I love you so much, thank you for bringing my stuff to school for me”.
And then I thought to myself, as I looked back on my day today….had our 14 year old not forgotten her picture form, we wouldn’t have had to drive over to the school where we accidentally ran into one of her teachers in the hallway that stopped us to tell us what an absolute joy and pleasure she was to have in class, and raved about how much all of the teachers there adored her. What a great thing to hear. I’m so glad we went to her school today.
And that client that wasn’t happy with the original commercial I had spent so much time making, was so impressed with my willingness to start all over just to make him happy, that not only did he order another commercial, he referred three other people to me. Wow!
And what a strange coincidence that the lady that found my dog owns the local gym in our town, wow, she’s going to be a great new client.
And I laid there remembering what it sounded like to listen to the kids earlier doing their homework together, laughing and talking to each other like they used to. It was so awesome to hear. Every parent knows there’s 100 years in between a 14 and a 10 year old. That was just amazing…
And it dawned on me….truly, life really is all about perspective. All of the things I thought went wrong today were actually all of the things that caused me to HAVE the best day ever.
So from now on when something doesn’t go like I think it should, I’m just going to yell, PLOT TWIST…and keep on moving. Thank you! All about perspective, all in a day.
Oh, and I LOVE Hazelnut!
ISSUE NUMBER 1:
I used to drive around forever and ever in store parking lots trying to find THE CLOSEST spot I could find by the door. I would literally spend ten solid minutes out in the parking lot, driving around in my car, stalking all of the people coming out, to try and get that prime location.... JUST to ensure that I wouldn't have to walk any more than absolutely necessary.
One day, while engaged in this act of complete lunacy, my spouse said "WHAT IN the hell are you doing? OMG JUST PARK ALREADY".
What was I doing? Um, I was trying to avoid exercise-OBVIOUSLY! HELLO!
But the question is why? Where did I get this idea that we should park as close to the store door as humanly possible, without actually parking inside the store? I'm not sure, I just know that if you go to any given parking lot in any city, Oklahoma you'll see a great deal of people engaged in this exact same act of lunacy. People in Oklahoma will spend 20 minutes in the parking lot and 5 minutes in the store.
Why are people in Oklahoma scared of exercise, or at least collectively under the understanding that "less movement is better"?
I read not too long ago that Oklahoma is leading our nation in obesity and one of the unhealthiest states in America and I'm sorry to say I wasn't shocked by this statistic. In fact, the second I read it I started thinking about all of the funny idiosyncrasies, and inaccurate thought patterns I picked up from growing up in Oklahoma, that I constantly get made fun of for as an adult.
I'll never forget the first time a friend of mine in California asked me if I wanted to go to the gym. I actually laughed out loud with a very condescending and indignant kind of laugh. I was a size 4 and skinny as a bean pole (at the time)...What a stupid question. "Why would I want, OR NEED, to go to the gym"
"Just to be healthy", he said....
"UM, I"M SKINNY, HEEELLLLOOOO, clearly I'm healthy"!
ISSUE NUMBER 2: Being skinny apparently doesn't mean you're healthy! But in Oklahoma I learned that skinny people are healthy and fat people are not. Period.
This just isn't the truth.
This same friend of mine always tried to get me to eat healthier too. Like weird fruit not found in the Great Plains and weird fish (not found in the lake) and other crap like that...yuck!
If you can't put gravy or ranch on it (or wrap it in bacon), you shouldn't be eating it! That's the rule I grew up with!
Next time we go out to eat, I'll just stick with a salad.
"I'll have the fried chicken salad with extra ranch please...THERE, are you happy, I ordered a salad".
ISSUE NUMBER 3: Apparently not all salads are healthy.
What the hell? It's called A SALAD! The pure definition of a salad is "no calories".
For some reason I had this lunatic idea that as long as it had lettuce "on it" or "in it"- it was healthy. As if the lettuce was some super sonic super food that cancelled out all other calories. That's literally how I treated it!
Same with Subway, I'd order a Cold Cut Combo with extra everything, double stack the cheese, load up on the mayo and then, to cancel out all of the calories from ALL of the shit I just piled on high...add the lettuce to keep it healthy!
My friends used to make so much fun of me...but the ultimate sign that I had no clue how to be healthy was when I turned 33 years old and all of the sudden, out of the blue, I actually started gaining weight for the first time in my life and I was at a loss as to how to lose it. Losing weight is NOT as easy as gaining weight, that's for sure (nor is it as fun). This is going to take some time...
In the meantime, I'll just tan all of my fat to make it look nicer. Hey, tan fat is better than NOT TAN fat! RIGHT?
ISSUE NUMBER 4: Apparently tanning isn't good for you either....it causes skin cancer apparently and makes you look 40 years older than you actually are.
OMG kill me! So I can't drive around looking for the closest parking spot, I can't just be "skinny healthy", I can't just eat any ole' salad I want and now I can't tan? What's next? Let me guess...next you're going to say that I have to call myself a smoker just because I smoke cigarettes when I drink alcohol?
ISSUE NUMBER 5: Apparently smoking at all (even if only when you drink) makes you a smoker. LAME!
This is the other thing I picked up in Oklahoma. As long as you don't buy cigarettes by the carton, you're not REALLY a smoker...and if you're not REALLY a smoker, there's no reason to actually quit.
My friend and I went to the store once and I bought a little pack of cigarettes and he said "I had no idea that you smoked", to which I replied "I don't smoke (don't be dramatic), I just smoke when I'm drinking and since we're going out later...."
He was like "UM...you JUST SAID the words 'I don't smoke, I only smoke when I drink'".
YA, what's the problem?
Apparently to the rest of the world that sentence doesn't make any sense?? LOL Smoking at ALL constitutes calling you a smoker period!
But that's what I learned in Oklahoma? I'm sure there are other states that have adopted all of these delusional ideas about life and health but I'm from Oklahoma so I'll stake the claim there.
How did the rest of the country learn these things and I didn't?
Truly, you never know how unhealthy the state is as a whole until you move to a state where people are more collectively active and healthier.
I'll never forget the first time I moved to California and I went to a park and all of these people were running. I couldn't figure out where they were all going.
My friend explained to me that they were all just "jogging".
Listen, if you see me, running you should run too, because it means that someone's chasing me. THAT'S THE THEORY I've always lived by.
Until I turned 40, which was like a minute ago...now I jog daily on my treadmill, I eat salad without dressing (and fish that wasn't caught in a lake), I haven't smoked (non smoked) in over a year, and I purposefully park as far away from the door at any store just so I can burn the extra calories walking in...
"Healthy" is a state of mind...at least that's where it starts anyways....learn it as young as you can...it makes life easier on the way up!
Oklahoma is great too! It's the only state I've been to where you can go to through the Taco Bueno drive through and tell them you want a "coke" and they'll respond by asking you "which kind"....UM Dr. Pepper please!
Only in Oklahoma is "Coco Cola" NOT a brand of soft drink but a word that MEANS "soft drink". LOL
There's a lot of dynamic contradictions in the state. It's also the only state I've lived in where neighbors mow each other's yards. Ya people are THAT friendly there! But it's also the only state where you might get beat up in the church parking lot for taking up two spaces too (that's just rude).
But seriously there's a lot of things about the state of Oklahoma that I love. The people there are friendlier than anywhere else on earth. The state is gorgeous. And if a tornado isn't barreling through it, the weather is usually great...and it's home to the Oklahoma Sooners...truly the entire state is like one big fat happy family (literally).
But perhaps we can work on being ONE (not so big, not so fat) HAPPY FAMILY in the future?
Just a thought :)
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NO GAY PEOPLE, NO FAT PEOPLE, NO TATTOOS, NO DIVORCED MOMS AND DADS and NOOO INTERRACIAL COUPLES.... what's next Arizona? Something to consider, by Kristy Sinsara
Unless you live under a rock or fail to read or watch the news you've probably heard by now that the Arizona legislatures passed a law last Thursday allowing business owners to discriminate against gay and lesbians, as long as the discrimination is based on their religious ideologies.
To be honest with you, when I first heard about this story I didn't really care. I have always just had this idea that we're all different and we all see life through our own filtered experiences and "to each his own". My family personally purposefully lives in a state where people are more collectively open-minded, compassionate and understanding. That's what we choose for our family. It's a choice for everyone.
And let's be honest, independent "states rights" has been an issue since our civil war. If you don't like your state than move.
Admittedly, the only squeamish moment I had was a selfish personal realization that Tucson is where one of our favorite family resorts is located, and we take our kids there once a year for a mini vacation. Oh well, trip cancelled, plenty of other places to visit outside of Arizona.
But the more I started reading about it and thinking about it the more I started realizing how much bigger of a problem this is than what it seems.
We can fight on the issue of being gay all day, but that's truly secondary to the real issue of what's happening here.
The issue is that if we're going to allow the separation of Church and State to be thrown out of the window for certain "intolerances" then does it stand to reason that the discrimination that's being allowed will go beyond the gay and lesbian community? Intolerance is intolerance. I am truly afraid of religious zealots that are given permission to use the Bible as a platform for hate.
As a Christian, I would be offended by this message of intolerance and lack of true understanding of God's word. But as a kind and compassionate human being I'm far more concerned with the repercussions this may have in the long run on other groups out there.
Let's be honest here for arguments sake. There are far more verses in the Bible warning against gluttony! In fact GLUTTONY is one of the seven deadly sins. Is it okay then to have a sign in the window that says "no fat people allowed"? What's next?
There are far more verses in the bible against divorce than homosexuality. Are we okay to assume that the next line of discrimination will be against single moms and dads too? Are we considering what's next? Or how about the fact that the Bible is also against tattoos? Will there soon be signs that say "have a tat, don't bother coming inside". What's next? Or more closely related the bible speaks vehemently against interracial marriage. So if a black man and a white woman and their beautiful mixed children walk into the establishment the owner can say "get the hell out of here, MY GOD doesn't like you"? Is this okay? And will ALL of these things be supported by the Arizona government? Where will this discrimination end? WHAT IS NEXT???? THIS is what we should be asking ourselves!
Our level of intolerance is reaching a level of intolerance in itself.
I've said it before and I'll continue to say it. I find the fight for gay rights amusing in that it is resembling the exact same arguments for and against civil rights in America for Black Americans. The red states are fighting hard against recognizing their most basic civil rights and when forced to do so by the Federal Government they are coming up with something that parallels a "separate but equal" clause.
Listen to me. This is only a matter of history. If you're on the wrong side of history than congratulations, you'll get to tell your grandkids someday you fought hard against equality and love.
In the meantime, to the owner of the pizzeria that wants to spread more distention and hate in an already divided world...you're not even being unique with your judgment. You're not the first to use your religion to hide behind your racism, bigotry and fears and unfortunately you won't be the last.
But what we can all be thankful for collectively is that you're having to use these extreme measures to try and get attention because people like you are a dying breed. Scream and yell and kick all the way down...your hate will not win this war.
It's okay that your religion disagrees with the fact that I'm married to a woman. My religion disagrees with the fact that you're so judgmental, to each his own. Your religion justifies your judgment, mine calls it "wrong". You're raising your kids to "be aware" of families like mine? Trust me, we're warning our children about people like you too, every single day.
When your kids grow up, our kids will teach them about what true love, acceptance and compassion looks like because that's what we're actually TEACHING our kids.
In the meantime, you just keep preaching, thankfully the world is growing tired of your small minded views!
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STOP WASTING YOUR TIME ON THE WRONG PERSON ...how long can you wait for never? A blog for all daters...by Kristy Sinsara
You've probably known all along that "this" isn't "the person" for you...but your desire to not be alone overrides your desire to be realistic, more often than not, and here you are in the exact same boat again.
You know, in your heart, that this is not going to work out in the long run but it's okay for now, isn't it???
The truth is that I spent years making excuses for people, including myself, when I knew I was getting into relationships with people I shouldn't. I had an uncanny ability to ignore major red flags and dismiss the 98% of things that weren't compatible. 2% of HOPE weighs more than 98% of FEAR. That's what I learned when I was single.
Often in life our "wants" masquerade as "needs" and we feel like we can't live without certain things..and THAT feeling causes us to feel "stuck"....and then we play the "at least" game. "At least I have someone to come home to", "at least I'm not lonely", "at least they do this or that", blah blah blah.
The truth is that every single day that you're with the wrong person is just another day you're NOT with the RIGHT PERSON!
I look back and realize how many wasted years I spent on trying to make it work with the wrong people and all along I could have just been focused on ME and working on ME! It sucks that when I finally met "my person" I wasn't ready for it completely because I had wasted so much valuable time on others.
Imagine your "person" you want to meet in your head. Does your life look like you want it to look if you were to meet them today? DO YOU look like you want to look? Are you the person you want to be?
Stop making excuses and stop wasting time. This is YOUR TIME you should be completely and solely focused on you and only you!
So stop making lists of "why's" and "why not's". Stop making a list of reasons to leave or stay. If you're making a list at all the truth is that you already know the answer! BUT again, 2% of hope weighs more than 98% of fear...at least they're "SOME"ONE, even if not "THE ONE".
You need permission? You need a sign from God? Well here...there are NO COINCIDENCES IN THIS LIFE...the fact that you're reading this is odd enough isn't it? I mean I'm a random blogger that lives in the Pacific Northwest...and you're you...living wherever you live and we will probably never meet but here you are reading these words I'm writing (for a reason)!
I give you permission, I'm telling you to walk away and go work on you! Make this a pivotal moment in your life where you read some random blog and it just "hit you" and you changed your life forever!
Don't waste anymore time on the wrong person...the right person is out there...waiting! How on earth would they even recognize you if you're stuck behind someone else? Go get'um tiger ;)
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The idea of dating sounds so fun to most married people. Most of us have this fantasy idea that you're out living this carefree, obligation free, duty free, responsibility free, super fun life...meeting new people here and there and just jet setting around the world, going from one wild and fun adventure to the next.
We all know that's rarely (if ever) the case. Just like all of you single people imagine that being married is going to look like your favorite romance movie. Ya...okay...let me know how that works out for ya. Blah Blah Blah, perhaps we're all just a little nuts.
We have a lot of single friends and listen to their dating stories ALL of the time. I told one friend, that finds most of her dates on match.com, that she needs to start a dating blog and write about all of her experiences. Her stories are freaking hilarious....like slap your knee, laugh out loud, jaw dropping comedy!
Anytime she goes out with someone from "Match" I demand that she tells me all of the juicy details...it's always pure comedy. One guy asked if they could split the check, and then asked if she could front him his half of the bill lolol (omg). One guy asked in the middle of dinner if he would be getting laid later? One guy started crying.
But then on the flip side, even though she's super fun, really pretty and very financially stable...she's NEEDY and comes across needy on every date and men pick up on this immediately...and always get scared away. I tell her all of the time she has to hide her "crazy" until at least date 5, lol but she can't resist.
She just that cra cra lol
WHICH LEADS TO THE PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG: VERY FEW PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO DATE.
I didn't get married until I was 34 so I got the single thing down and the dating scene figured out. Here's some tips for ya that I learned along the way!
1. If you're feeling desperate to get married (or settle down), you're a bad dater!
This was me at first. I wanted to settle down so bad that I was constantly trying to fit square pegs into round holes. I had an uncanny ability to disregard people's weirdness, or our extreme differences, and dismiss the idea that 98% of things didn't fit...that 2% was enough for me because the end all goal was just "being with someone".
The problem with this is that it causes many wasted months or years on the wrong person. The truth is that every day you spend with the wrong person is just one more day you won't be spending with the right one.
If your end goal is marriage, you're probably doing what I did and trying to push things to fit. Listen to me, when it fits, it fits! If it works, it works naturally. There is a level of things just "falling into place" that happens when you have found "your person".
Desperate people do desperate things. You cannot be dating and feel desperate, it only leads to bad decisions!
We often see people for who we want them to be and not for who they are. Be honest with yourself.
2. If you don't know how to turn people down correctly, you're a bad dater.
If you don't know how to be honest with a stranger, you probably don't know how to be honest with yourself and therefore incapable of being honest with your future spouse and ultimately not ready for marriage anyways.
Stop putting up with shit RIGHT NOW. If I were on a date (like my friend) and some dude asked me if I could "cover his bill", I would instantly walk over to the waitress, pay for my half and leave! If I were on a date and some guy asked "whens the sex"....answer is a resounding NEVER, walk away.
Someone told me that during dinner her date asked her if she wanted to go back to his apartment and play video games? WTH. They're both in their 40's.
See, this is the problem. The answer to this is "you can't be serious, you're in your 40's and you think a way to "court me" is through video games? That alone tells me everything I need to know about you". WALK AWAY.
Women and men both need to learn how to instantly recognize when someone ISN'T for them and learn to be honest and walk away. NOT MEAN, just honest!
But my friend didn't want to seem like "she wasn't fun, so she did...and it was childish, boring and awkward". She had to lie about a friend "needing her all of the sudden" to get our of there. Listen to me, it's okay to seem "not fun" if what you're doing isn't fun! Don't be bullied on a date into doing something you don't want to do. Be honest.
"Honestly, I'm not totally into video games, that's cool that you are, I'm going to go ahead and go home." That's your response. It's decisive and tells someone "I know what I want in life...and...THIS isn't it".
3. If you talk about any of your exes on your first date, you're a bad dater (and probably not ready to be dating at all).
It's okay to talk about your dating experiences if they're funny stories but talking about long term relationship exes and sharing passionate anger or sadness is weird and awkward and "please stop talking".
If you're on date 1-3 and anyone brings up an ex more than once, LEAVE! They're not ready to be dating you, you're the rebound, they're just trying to clear their mind and using you as the pawn to do it.
Walk away! Don't waste another second of your life!
4. If you're holding out for that "perfect" person and you're not "perfect" yourself, you're a bad dater (and a little nuts).
You attract who you are and what you have to offer.
It's so funny to me how all of these ditzy, dingy women wish they had some handsome, wildly successful, intelligent, cultivated man to share their lives with. You're going to get back something that's tantamount to who you are or what you have to offer, period! There's rarely exceptions to this rule!
Men that are successful but dumb, want women that are submissive and uneducated. Men that are wildly successful in their own right, cultivated and intelligent are looking for their equal match.
Not all successful people demand to be with someone else that's equally successful, that's not what I'm saying, I'm saying you still have something equally valuable to bring to the table! He's a CEO and you're a gorgeous woman that knows how to have and raise kids, keep a house in order and manage a family, those are ALL equal jobs!
She owns her own successful business and, sure, you don't BUT you're financially stable, maybe own your own home (or at least have one that you keep clean), have stable friends and a stable job and life and like to bring out the fun in people....she will appreciate the value you bring into the relationship.
My wife is as equally stable as I am fun. We have very little traits that are exactly alike but we are evenly matched up in all ways.
Listen to me women: A good man is looking to see what you have to bring to the table...it doesn't have to be matched by his abilities, talents or successes, it just needs to be equally valuable!
The moral to the story is that you should BE who you want to BE WITH!
You can't be out of shape and lazy and expect to attract some totally healthy, gorgeous man. If he clearly cares about how he looks, he cares about how you look too.
You don't have to be college educated but you can't be stupid and uninformed in the world and expect to attract some Rhodes scholar, not going to happen, ever!
You can't be needy and expect to attract someone that's stable.
You can't be angry and expect to attract someone that's peaceful and happy.
You can't be mentally unstable and emotionally wrecked and expect to attract someone that's calm, collected and well put together.
Shall I go on...? You get it right?
5. If you're having sex before monogamy, you're a bad dater!
Let's be honest, most men are just looking for any ole garage to park their cars in. If you're a woman and you just met the man of your dreams and you think that "giving it up for him" is what's going to keep him, YOU COULDN'T BE ANY FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH.
Men aren't looking to marry their whores. Sounds harsh, I know, but it's true. They're looking for someone that challenges them. THEY ARE ALL HUNTERS! There are very few exceptions to this rule! MEN. ARE. HUNTERS.
It's also the crux of our book that's coming out this summer, "How To Catch and Keep A Worthy Man".
Yes, they'll rarely (if ever) dismiss your sexual advances but the minute you give it up, they've conquered you! And if they've conquered you without so much as the slightest challenge...."NEXT NEXT NEXT" is what they're thinking!
I sat at a bar once and heard this chick say "I don't know what his problem is, he calls me and wants me to come over for sex and I do, every time. I even do his laundry afterwards for him and clean his house and he will NOT commit to me".
OMG OMG OMG Do you really think it makes him like you more that you dropped everything for sex with him? NO, it makes him USE YOU MORE, NOT LIKE YOU MORE...know the difference.
The woman that this man ends up marrying will be the first woman that says "you can't be serious...after your laundry is done and your house is clean call me, I'll think about it then". THIS woman is the challenge he is looking for.
SO you have to decide are you going to be the sex slave or the respected wife? Truly the decision is ALL yours!
On the flip side, most women are also looking for a challenge to now. It's one of the things that made me fall madly in love with my spouse. It was one of the biggest challenges of my life. Truly only crazy needy people are looking for someone to instantly drool all over them, all day every day. Are you crazy?
Loneliness is a strong feeling...but you know what a stronger feeling is? REGRET!
The truth is that the people that have the most successful relationships are the people that ended up finding each other when they least expected it. That's ultimately what ended up happening to me.
I finally said "I'm sick of dating and I'm going to focus on me and only me". And I did just that, and worked on my career, traveled with friends, felt happy to be single...and then in the middle of all of that wholeness and happiness and fun; I met my wife!
Take a quick inventory of your life right now; are you truly ready to meet your spouse right now?
JUST THINK ABOUT THAT. If your "person" that's out there waiting for you, walked into your life today, would you be embarrassed, (wishing you had worked on yourself and your life a little more) or would be happy and ready for love?
Not being ready to meet your spouse is often times what leads to separation and divorce even if you DO end up meeting them. They won't make you whole, they'll fill the void of loneliness but they won't make you any happier than you're capable of on your own.
One day, you're going to be at a dinner party and a friend of a friends will be invited, someone you've never heard of or knew of before, and you two will catch eyes, lock into each other's radars and you'll know in a moment's notice that THERE is your person. There they are...
BE READY for this moment. Don't PUSH it, don't force it, don't pretend it's happening when it's not. Don't act desperate for it, don't be fixated on it. Just know it's going to happen and in the meantime, it's ALL ABOUT YOU!
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By the way, I just saw this guy on TV discussing sex and women -
He's with a sex/dating therapist on Bravo TV talking about women.
5 second explanation of how MOST men feel. He is the RULE here ladies!!
He admits he would NOT marry a woman that gave him sex on the first 1-6 dates BUT he's still always going to try and push for it! Now that, is honesty!
I'm not going to lie, sometimes I scroll through my newsfeed on Facebook and an overwhelming desire to be honest with people overcomes me. When I see something ridiculous, ignorant or just plain stupid I actually sit there and weigh the pros and cons of telling someone the truth.
I really want to tell them how stupid they are but I fear their wrath or perhaps I want to be honest about an opinion but I don't really want to get into a full blown debate on the issue. I think I may spend more time considering what I may or may not do rather than doing anything at all. Am I alone with this? I have no clue.
My Facebook page is a microcosm of the United States as a whole. I have a lot of diverse friends so it causes a lot of randomness to pop up daily. It also causes a lot of arguing to take place. I can post the most benign statement and someone somewhere will argue against me. One time I posted that I was ready for winter to be over and people actually argued with me. How can you even argue how I feel about winter? And more importantly WHY would you?
Regardless, I have contemplated the things that ultimately makes me draw the conclusion that someone in certifiably nuts. So instead of having to tell anyone individually that I think they're crazy, maybe I'll get lucky and they'll just read this blog and come to the conclusion on their own.
How I know you're crazy...here's the top five things that jump out at me online.
1. When you bitch at random people...
An example of this is, earlier on my page I actually saw a post come across my newsfeed that said "stop reading my facebook you stupid bitch, no one gives a shit about your opinion". Um, heavy!
I don't actually know who this person is, much less to whom they're referencing. For the purposes of this blog, I decided to investigate and clicked on the post. Apparently they were fighting with one of their boyfriends exes. Classy!
When you berate people randomly, we not only think you're trashy, we also start to measure the depth of your craziness. Oh and for the record, I personally make a mental note to not engage with you ever. Please, STOP bitching at random people. Instead just do what we all do and delete and ban someone that makes you so angry you want to get all "white trash on their ass". Give it up. Delete, ban, grow up, move on. Publicly fighting with someone on Facebook just makes you look trashy. Seriously! There is NO exception to this, ever!
2. When you post physical wounds...
First of all, EW. Second, I'd like to be your friend that tells you on behalf of all of your other friends that we really truly do not give a shit about your inverted toe nail or your bruise or your bloody finger. I don't even want to elaborate. Just stop. It's gross. Seriously, unless you have a medical miracle that will blow our minds, please just stop being gross.
3. When you post every single mother freaking meal you make.
Seriously? And on top of letting us know what you ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner...you're not even making shit that's impressive. My 11 year old can make biscuits and gravy, a turkey sandwich and hamburger helper. Post shit that makes us wonder if you went to culinary school. You want to impress me? Post some recipe you found on Pinterest and then the final picture that looks JUST LIKE the picture you found. Now that shit is impressive!
However, posting random shit like nachos, when all you did is put Tostitos on a plate and spread grated cheese around and threw that shit in the microwave not only makes me realize how uncreative you are, it also makes me realize how bored you are. I mean at least put some shredded beef and jalapenos on there for me too. Actually scratch that. No one gives a shit. Moving on...
4. When you post half naked pictures of yourself.
For the love of God we get it. You lost 200 pounds, we're impressed. A few pictures in moderation to show off your new impressive body is awesome. Posting half naked pictures of yourself in different bikinis and laying around on your bed is only making me question what you do for a living.
No one actually believes you're suddenly a model. Come on now. Those aint modeling gigs you're Instagramming. And the hundreds of men that comment on those photos are all the same men that have had every STD under the sun. They never care where they park their cars...no matter how creepy the garage looks.
5. When you talk about how f*kn terrible, awful and what a lame ass shi*t head your ex is.
Listen we all have relationships we're glad to no longer be a part of. But when you verbally brutalize your ex publicly online we all really think that THEY'RE the ones that dodged the bullet, not you. When I see people just annihilating their exes I instantly put them in the crazy category. NO ONE sane would do this. NO ONE!
MORE IMPORTANTLY no one sane would blast their "current" spouses or partners either. Listen, I've gotten really pissed at my wife before....like REALLY pissed...and it never dawned on me to go to Facebook and tell anyone what a total douche bag she's being. NEVER ONCE did it cross my mind. Okay, it just did, just now, but that was it.
Plus, we don't care. No one, no matter how much they pretend, actually gives a shit. And we all just think you're white trash for wanting to air your marital problems in a public forum. Go read my Rules to Marriage. THAT'S NOT COOL anyways!
BOTTOM LINE...I know social media is fun. Hell, I blog about everything from politics to my marriage to the Pope to which way the toilet paper should be facing on the roll...but there are still rules that we all instinctually live by. Just be socially graceful. Incorporate some average social skills into your posts.
Stop posting that your day f*kn blows at 9am...we just assume your nuts. I mean hell, you've given up on your day before I've even had a chance to hit my "snooze" button. How about instead start talking about how maybe it started out "not so great" but you took the bull by the horns and steered that sucker in the right direction! Then we can all be proud to know you! Well...proud to "Facebook" know you anyways...
Leave the dialogue about that white trash ex of your exes in your head for your own voices to argue about. Leave a tiny bit of class on the social media table.
And here's the best tip of all....if you really want to post things that are inappropriate, do it through Pinterest posters. That way you didn't "really" say it, you're just "reposting" and then we dont' think you're trashy, we just think you're funny!
And that's how you get away with being trashy, wrong and totally inappropriate....through Pinterest, not Facebook ; 0.
I want to be your friend, truly, I do...I like that you're crazy...it adds a little spice to my life...but you got to check a "tad bit" of your "crazy" at the social media door, please!