Things I Learned about being 27
Marriage, kids, career, and life in general: it's okay to not master the universe. I think the hardest thing about being 27 is not punching people in the face when they remind me how close to 30 I am. And how far from marriage I appear to be.
My Awkward Relationship With Barbie, Pink, And Being Genderless
Ever since I was a little girl, I was told that Barbie was the enemy. Barbie, to people I was around, was everything I should not be. Pink. Housewife. Stupid. And though they never said it out loud, there was a certain stigma that came with the flashy all-American femininity that Barbie signified.
Cholesterol and Cartwheels
Here’s the thing about time, they tell you that it flies, but they don’t tell you the other part. Sure, it flies, but oddly enough, it also stands completely still. Well, maybe not completely, but almost. It’s a strange contradiction, or more accurately, series of contradictions, that pop up sometime after 40 and really makes itself known once you hit 50. Somehow, I find myself stuck somewhere between young ingénue and cranky old lady. It’s a fine and strange line to straddle. Here are some examples:
Dear Sol, I’ve been ignoring you for four months. The dictionary definition of Modern Day Torture should include being left on ‘read’, shouldn’t it? I could pretend I never received the messages, but I know you know I did. I never want to ignore you but what am I supposed to do with the stones you’ve put in my pockets? They’re heavy and not one of them mine to hold.
10 Things You need to know about Life.
Is life is just a way of passing the time until you die? Possibly. I hope not. I wrote this for Melissa and Michael. My kids.
Sexuality is In My Soul
I've always been sexual. While I don't believe anyone is born a hotwife, I can definitely say there were some early signs or some might say neon lights indicating the path I would eventually choose to take.
Dating Terms for Noobs: Part 1: Breadcrumbing
Bread crumbs. They’re delicious crunchy bits of carby goodness. They enhance basically any recipe, they can be used to manipulate small winged creatures into being your friend, and they’re superb for abandoning small German children in witch-infested forests. Recently though, the term has been used to describe crumby behavior on dating apps.
The Haunted Mystery Box
I recently joined the notorious internet craze and ordered a Haunted Mystery Box. The reviews we're eccentric and enigmatic to say the very least. My curiosity was heightened and I found myself entering my payment information before I had entirely thought the situation through.
Karma's The Babysitter Who Smacks Our Psychic Bums - A Random Encounter With My Grade 7 Bully Backs Up This Theory
Who among us hasn't been screwed over by someone? Been bullied or taken advantage of? The more enlightened among us, stay calm (cue yoga pose of choice) and say, don't worry, Karma'll get them. Cause Karma's a bitch, right?
America's Worst Nightmare
Would like to take you on a journey through a pivotal part of my life, to a time when doing dirt was mandatory in order to earn your stripes. All while accepting there is a great chance that your freedom won't last, days from long ago yet not forgotten from the distant past. When a Judge felt it necessary to explain his thoughts to make it crystal clear, if I stay this course I'm on by 18 I will be incarcerated serving years. That is IF and ONLY IF not already gone, dead, and buried 6 feet down, and to add insult to injury, he did this in front of a jam packed court house. Barely a teenager, just 13 at this junction when he decided to let it go and unload, his thoughts, feelings, and beliefs with his this is your life choices speech, a dog and pony show. Yet on deaf ears his sermon fell harmlessly without hearing a single syllable that exited his mouth, as stubborn and unreachable I was plus his preaching made me completely tune him out. Had no interest in listening to any of it let alone walk anyone's fine line, my priorities were set for me on that money making hustle of a grind. While putting on for my set I represent by flagging and stacking gang signs, willing to do whatever needed to ensure survival consuming the majority of my mind.
Why I Told My Kids of Mistakes I Made
I was raised during an era when parents used the terms “because I said so” and “do as I say, not as I do.” After I had kids of my own, I chose to break that cycle of explanation avoidance and humanize myself as a parent.
2 Friends and One Blind Mice
The night was off to a fun start but ended in a blur. I remember everything like it was just yesterday. It had all begun when I moved from Philadelphia, PA to Gainesville, FL at the age of 13. As a teen, I thought I’d be an outcast and socially deprived being far away from home but surprisingly I ended up snagging a few good friends. Not only that, I started to carry out the country bumpkin accent so I was fitting right in.
Memories: 19 September 2021
19 September 2019 I just had a funny thought. A palm reader back when I was 30 years old told me that I would be in a love partnership when I am 60 and that the man will think that “I walk on water!”
Maybe I have been trying to convert my current Number Two sedative into, as it were the old board game Easy Money. " You don't have to shout or leap about and ya' know it won't come easy " . Pay your dues, if ya' want to sing the blues and ya' know it just ain't easy. Will those old Jersey hits ever cease coming?
It was the weekend; the primetime to blow off some steam. Me and my friends (including my cousin/closest friend) were dressed to the nines and ready for any adventures that may come our way. We hopped in the car and meandered our way to the local nightclub on base.
My Journey To Greatness
Have you ever thought you were working for a company that didn't appreciate you or that you didn't feel like they valued you enough and felt like you were just working to put money into someone else's pocket while killing yourself along the way??? Well I did, I worked at a cotton mill located in the small town where I was born and raised witch was really the first real job persay that Id had, I had worked for a small company installing carpet and tile and painting during the summers when I was 15-17 and still in school, I had also worked at a fast food resturaunt for a little while but like I said i thought this job at the cotton mill could potentially be a career... The job was alright or so it seemed for my at the time 18 year old self and my girlfriend the money at the time seemed was good enough that was, until my girlfriend got pregnant and I was about to be a father. I worked at said cotton mill for around 3 years on the swing shift witch was draining on its own not to mention I was pulling 10 to 12 hour shifts almost everyday especially when I found out we were having a baby. To me I thought I was a valuable asset to this company but boy was I wrong I mean after all the boss man always came to me to work over or to bail him out when someone else messed up but little did I know that really didn't mean anything. Well the 3rd year of me working for this cotton mill my girlfriend went into labor so naturally I called out of work and was told that by my boss that this would go against me because she is just my girlfriend and not my wife, It seemed a little strange to me because after all she was having my child but what really got me was when he said that if she didn't have the baby or after she did have the baby that I should return to work because he really needed me to be there because 2 other people on my shift were also going to be out, I just told him what I knew he wanted to hear knowing that there was no way I would be leaving that hospital rather she had our child or not. So she ended up having our beautiful daughter November 15, 2013 without any major complications so I called my boss back and told him they were going to be in the hospital for 4-5 extra days and that I wanted to use the vacation time that I had saved up just for this and he unwillingly said alright. Well fast forward to us getting out of the hospital and bringing our beautiful baby girl Jacelyn home, the day after we got home I was going to return to work so I go to sleep at a decent time of 3am I guess the new parent jitters got to me because I couldn't stop worrying about her even though she was right beside me. Well I wake up at 5am the next morning to get ready for work and prepare myself for the 30 minute drive to work hoping I wouldn't fall asleep because after all id only gotten 2-3 hours of sleep anyways I make it to the plant and walk inside head to my locker to get my tools and stuff out and I was met by my boss mans trainee boss telling me that I no longer had a job there because for 4 days I was a no call no show, remind you id purposefully saved 2 weeks of vacation time for the birth of my child and I called my boss to let him know I wanted to use a week of it but apparently I was being punished because he had forgotten to put it in the system. So I try to go to my boss mans boss and explain to him what had hapened but he was one of the rudest people id ever met in my life and also blamed me for this mistake so I leave the plant at 8am a brand new father who just lost his job and the only way to support his child what was I going to do, how would I support the family I created, how would my girlfriend take the fact that I got fired the day after we brought our daughter home I literally was a nervous wreck. Well I make it home and explain what happened and my girlfriend was so supportive and positive about the situation and it made me feel really good knowing that she was by my side irregardless and it also lit a fire under me and I started applying and calling places I ended up landing a job with a construction company building metal buildings and the owner of this company was a jerk and it was all I could do daily just to deal with his smart mouth and be around him so this job only lasted about a year. I ended up bouncing around from a few different places until I got a job with another company building metal buildings and absolutely loved it and after 2 years I was promoted to foreman and running my own crew as a 23 year old. Well I worked for this company for roughly 4-5 years and found out no matter how much money id made my boss man that I was just as replaceable as the laborers we hired every couple months and this is when it really hit me that it didnt matter if it was a multi million dollar cotton mill or an independently owned company that if there weren't any employee appreciation that I would always feel unappreciated and replaceable and that's when I decided that I was going to try and start my own business doing home remodeling and renovations, build some metal buildings, garages, and maybe a little landscaping. Here I am at 26 years old going to test for my residential contracting license as well as my general contracting license to start my own business and throughout these past 5 years I have had some good times and some bad but I never one time felt unappreciated or replaceable and I also made it a point to show my 3-4 employees that I really did and do appreciate them. I only hope that god continues to guide me and bless me in everything I do and continue to let my little small town business flourish..
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