Popular in the blogosphere at the moment is the #BlogtemberChallenge. Maybe you’ve been participating; maybe you follow a blog that’s participating; maybe you have NO IDEA what the heck it is 🙂 My friend Sylvia at Her Kitschy Majesty has been participating in this daily blogging/writing challenge. If she/her blog sounds familiar, that’s because she participated in Refashion Runway with me. When I said I made some great friends from that experience, I wasn’t just being polite 🙂 Sylvia and I (and others) really hit it off and continue to keep in touch outside the realm of that challenge. This is what I know about the Blogtember Challenge from Sylvia:
” Blog-tember is a blogging challenge created by Bailey Jean of Brave Love Blog. It’s a fun assignment with an everyday writing task, aiming to get the bloggers up close and personal with their audience. ”
One of the assignments is to have a guest post on your blog and Sylvia asked ME to be the guest post on her blog for this particular assignment. How could I not oblige? 🙂
I wracked my brain at first… what could I write about? And then it hit me: Just be true to the challenge!
Since I’m 29 days behind, I decided to just pick a few of the daily assignments that I found the most interesting and make a compilation of sorts. So, let’s do this already!
26- Reading; 25-Music 20- guilty pleasures
In school I despised reading. I would do everything I could to avoid it until quiz time and then, dangit, I had to read it lest I fail the stupid quiz. I’m pretty sure it had something to do with the fact that someone was telling me to read that made me not want to 🙂 Yes, I’m that kind of person. I don’t like being told what to do aged 33 or pre-teen. Ironically, now, I LOVE to read. I’m currently getting through the “Harry Potter” series and I’ve made it to book 6, “The Half-Blood Prince”. Before I tackled that series I read some thrillers by Mary Higgins Clark. They’re super easy reads and I can pound them out in a day or two. Before that I read Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” (LOVED it!) and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” (HATED it!). So, as you can see there’s no one “style” I gravitate toward. If it sparks my interest, I’ll read it.
My favorite song at the moment is “Oceans” by Hillsong. It touches me in a way I can’t justly put into words. I’m also a HUGE fan of the band Queen. I’ve worn out every CD I ever had of their’s from playing it so much. Also, I’ll unashamedly belt out some Broadway show tunes in my car. Again… no one style. I like it all 🙂
I have a slight addiction to coffee… I drink it black in the morning with my breakfast (or in the evening with dessert). Any other time of the day I like it sweet, milky, and decadent. My best friend is a manager at Starbucks and she “hooks me up” with drinks on a regular basis. I don’t know if that makes her a true friend or just an enabler 🙂 Either way, I drink a LOT of coffee. I drink it so much that once a year, for a whole 30 days, I will go on a caffeine detox to cleanse out my system.
“Sex and the City” 🙂 I lol-ed when I read Sylvia’s original blog post on HER guilty pleasures because SATC was one of hers as well. Is it any wonder why we’re friends? I watch the PG-13 rated cable version (not the R rated HBO version) because I don’t have HBO and, secondly, because I really don’t enjoy watching anything explicitly graphic (sexually, violently, perverse language, or otherwise). I’ve seen every episode at least 3 times and every time I watch it I always try to figure out who I am in the fab four… it always seems to vary, ironically, between Charlotte and Miranda. Figure that…
To finish up my blogtember compilation, I thought it only appropriate to pay it forward, so to speak, by including a short list of my favorite bloggers:
Jillian Owens, The Refashionista. Her blog is THE blog that inspired me to refashion. Not only did she help me view it as a way to save money, she also broke down some of the prejudices I had about thrifting and helped me look at it in a positive way instead of a negative one. If it weren’t for Jillian and her “366 Day Challenge” I would never have started to sew. “Accidental Seamstress” would be non-existent.
Brooke Birmingham from Brooke Not On a Diet. I Love the title of her blog. It says it all. As someone who’s personally battled with my weight, I know the struggles are real. It’s not just about the number on the scale (even though it sometimes is…), it’s about goal-setting… having realistic expectations, yet not being afraid to dream big… Most importantly, it’s about making it a fervent passion to love yourself in your victories and failures… I found her blog when she “Started a conversation” by refusing to put on a shirt for Shape Magazine and I’ve been following her ever since!
To conclude, I just want to thank Sylvia for asking me to be a guest post on her blog! I’m looking forward to reading the last of her #BlogtemberChallenge posts!