Life Lately | Reflecting 5 Years

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Hey guys!

So here we are again. We’ve hit another milestone for not only myself but my wonderful blog too! Technically we’ll hit two of them! Not only does this little blog turn 5 today, but soon it’ll have 100,000 views too!

I’ve read quite a few blog posts talking about how blogging has changed over the years.  People are not doing it for fun anymore. They are more concerned with the freebies and becoming an overnight success.

That’s another thing that I tend to repeat every year while writing these posts, is that not all bloggers or YouTubers become overnight successors. I think it’s pure luck. Zoe, Victoria, and Niomi are lucky that they can have a successful blog and YouTube channel. If you notice, Zoe doesn’t usually blog and/or vlog different things. She films videos of different things and then includes everything she’s discussed inside a blog post. I’ve also seen a lot of people go back and forth, they’ll abandon a certain area for a while and then back to it months later. Not saying they all do that or that its bad. I’m afraid if I start vlogging, I’ll like the filming and editing process of it I’ll just forget my blog in general and I don’t want to do that.

So I’m not saying I’ll never create a YouTube channel but not right now!

As far as opportunities go, we have to start with what came first and that was co-hosting the #USBloggerChat on Twitter with a great group of girls. I’ve gotten to the point where I love how both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals switched to Fridays so I could have that night to host without having to worry about missing anything! This was least scary for me, mostly because I think the US bloggers are pretty quiet. I have a tough time finding anybody outside of the UK and Australia! Ever since hosting this chat though, I’ve talked to my fair share of East Coasters than anybody from Cali, no offense Rebekah or Ayre! I really enjoy the mix of people and the themes we try to talk about every week.

In all honesty, it took me three or four years to be able to consider writing for other people and another year to consider writing for a digital magazines! I started doing guest posting on other blogs and that was fun for me! I had only done two of them before I was asked to write for Disability Horizons and eventually Bloggeration Magazine. I’ve always said “no” to writing for a magazine of any kind in my head but I felt ready and I think it was because I wouldn’t get paid for these pieces that I felt more comfortable with taking that chance.

I still don’t consider myself a success story though.

I don’t think I ever will because giving yourself that sort of title sounds like you’re dying or something like that. I don’t want to give this up while I’m at my peak as some people would probably think but I also think to myself on days when my laptop restarts by itself or the internet completely shuts down at a really bad time “why did I have to create this life online?” And then I have to remember the old days of writing inside my notebooks at school and thinking of the redness where a pen or pencil had been in between my toes for a while as I wrote out notes or an essay, funny enough if I ever did things that way it was my own fault. I wanted to do it that way!

I have a lesson for a writer of any kind – whether you write poetry in your journal late at night or studying journalism and have a crazy with beauty products or fashion and you want to create a blog. Two things: don’t expect a miracle and I highly recommend never reading an advice post on how to write a blog post. You just do what you think is good enough and let everything go from there! Use hashtags and find similar RT accounts on Twitter to help promote the posts! That’s my only advice for now!

Thank you guys so much for reading this blog for the five years! See you back in October for another milestone post! As my blog celebrates its fifth year, I’ve been blogging for 7 years! 🙂

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No Sleep Equals No New Ideas

It’s been awhile since I’ve actually good sleep. Probably around Monday was the last day where I had a good night’s sleep after that it’s been messed up like always. However last night I got four hours of sleep all at once, which was surprising. Then I got up around 5:30am and didn’t go back to sleep until 8am. I should have stayed up. Especially since my mom got up an hour later. That’s my luck for you.

So since my sleep has been like this all of my good ideas haven’t been coming to me at all. I’ll have little ideas but they’ll fade off an minute later and then I’m back to square one again. I’ve been like this for three days where I’ll have these little ideas and might post them and then be empty afterwards. The other day, which was Tuesday, I blogged five times from midnight to 8pm. They were scattered, but I posted alot of them. I was proud of myself. Now I can’t blog about anything at the moment. It sucks! Hopefully I’ll get some good ideas soon than later!

Five

I’ve always been into Lifetime, mostly because when I was growing up my mom and nana would watch their favorite shows on Lifetime, like The Golden Girls and The Nanny. They use to play them in the mornings and afternoons. Then the rest of the time they would play movies. When I was little I wasn’t big on watching the movies they’d play. Now that I’m older, sometimes if I can’t find anything else to watch and if the summary of the movie sounds good I’ll watch it.

Recently, I watched this movie called “Five.” It’s about five different women going through life living with breast cancer. Five mini stories, five different women directors. Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, Alicia Keys, Penelope Spheeris, and Patty Jenkins were the five directors of each story. Jennifer Aniston directed the story of “Mia.” She had breast cancer for two years and expected to die. Her story started from now and went backwards, her story was probably the most hilarious! Patricia Clarkson plays Mia.

Demi Moore directed the story of “Charlotte” and was the opening story of the movie. This story starts of a mother dying of breast cancer and her young daughter Pearl being by her side. She drew a picture of her mother on the moon with two astronuats and told her mother “nobody gets sick on the moon” and Charlotte told her daughter that was where she was going. Ginnifer Goodwin potrays Charlotte. I actually missed the beginning of this story. I only got to watch the end of it.

Alicia Keys directed the story of “Lili” and she is a sophisicated, young black woman who doesn’t really want her mother to know she has breast cancer. When she goes to have lunch with her mother and older sister, her mother gets upset that Lili doesn’t want to go to her cousin’s party. Her mother makes a big scene and says something about having cancer because it would be used as an excuse. Her sister stops her and then indeeds says, Lili does have cancer, breast cancer. This was a very good story. I shouldn’t give everything away. Rosario Dawson plays Lili. Jenifer Lewis plays her mother, Maggie. Tracee Ellis Ross plays her sister, Alyssa.

Penelope Spheeris directed the story of “Cheyanne.” Cheyanne is a young, exotic dancer. Her husband, Tommy is a gambler. Tommy goes to watch his wife dance and when they come home. While he goes to undo her bra, he feels something on her right breast and then she felt it. They go to the doctor about it and she tells Cheyanne she has to have surgery on not just one breast but both of them. She worries about her how her husband would feel about her losing both of her breasts. She gets very worried and insecurtied about her body. It was a very good story. Lyndsy Fonseca plays Cheyanne and Taylor Kinney plays her husband, Tommy.

The last story was directed by Patty Jenkins. This story was about the daughter of the opening story of the movie. “Pearl” is about a young doctor that treats women who have breast cancer and sees what they go through with the cancer. Pearl is a mother and goes into looking for things her mother had. At the end of the movie Pearl and the other stories of women come together for their 5 years of survival and kiss a tile on the wall. Pearl was the doctor of Mia, Lili, and Cheyanne. Jeanne Tripplehorn potrays the story of Pearl.