9000 WordPress Followers!

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Lifesfinewhine just reached 9000 WordPress followers which is so amazing and so exciting!

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Thank you all so much for supporting my tiny piece of the Internet and I am so happy that so many of you take the the time to read, like, share and comment on my posts!

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Writing has always been a way for me to express myself and when I found blogging I finally found the perfect platform to express myself on. Thank you so much for being so supportive. I feel like WordPress is a community and we are one huge family which is such an awesome feeling!

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As you guys know my goal this year is 10K and it’s so exciting to be so close to it!

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I also want to remind everyone especially my new followers that I have a page where you can share and promote your blog on lifesfinewhine. It’s a great place to find new blogs to check out as well as share your own blog! You can check out the page by clicking here.

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Again I just want to thank everyone for all the support you have shown this blog and if you are a new follower welcome and I hope you continue supporting lifesfinewhine!

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Top 5!

So a while back I told you guys about a competition I entered in which if I won I would get a free two nights stay at One King West Hotel in Toronto. I had just become one of the finalists and needed votes to win. Well I thought I would give you guys a little update and let you know that I am officially in the Top 5! It’s super exciting and I couldn’t have done it without you guys. Thank you so much for all your votes I really appreciate it!

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The voting is still ongoing and I would really appreciate it if you voted for me if you haven’t already. You can vote by clicking here. All you have to do is fill in your name and email address and there’s a little gift for you as well if you vote!

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What A National Tragedy Can Teach Us About The Power Of Choice (Guest Post)

By Tiffany Wright

Last April marked the 20th anniversary for the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado. I know,
I’m a bit late when I mention Columbine. However, after feeding my morbid curiosity by researching
the lives behind the two school shooters – and their motives – I came to believe we can all learn a lesson
about the power of choice.

One of the shooters, Eric Harris, started a journal one year before the massacre. I found some
excerpts here from Eric’s now-defunct blog where he rants about everything that irks him. If I didn’t
know who wrote them, I would’ve passed it for the absurd tirades of a typical hormonal teenager.

His accomplice Dylan Klebold was a more interesting case study. Dylan was less focused on hatred
and more focused on personal problems like depression and suicidal tendencies. It was depression that
fueled much of his homicidal intent.

Both Harris and Klebold had been formulating their plans for a full year.

Both recorded themselves talking about how much they hated the world and wanted to destroy it.

Both of their plans originally involved detonating hand-made bombs in the school cafeteria. The
bombs would’ve wiped out over 600 people. The two boys would’ve then gunned down fleeing
survivors. By the time the reporters and police crew would arrive, the remaining bombs from the boys’
van would wipe them out. Slate sums up their motive perfectly: “they were gunning for devastating
infamy on the historical scale of an Attila the Hun.” 2 As it was, the bombs were too shoddily built to
work, so instead they stormed the school building and shot 13 people before taking their own lives.

Can you imagine harboring so much hatred that you want to destroy hundreds of people?

Yet, a contempt for our imperfect world is what perpetrates such motives and deepens the cycle of
injustice. Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist and author of “12 Rules for Life,” says in his book,
“People who think such things…appoint themselves supreme adjudicators of reality and find it wanting.
They are the ultimate critics”. 3 Harris and Klebold justified their negative feelings by taking revenge on a
cruel world. Both chose to act on their anger. This should remind us that we, too, have a choice on
whether we act on our negative feelings or not.

Here is one example where I struggled in choosing to let go of my anger. I was once debating a
certain hot-button topic with one particularly confrontational friend, I was on the receiving end of
mockery, shame and rudeness because of my opinions. It hurt, and I wanted to bite back.

Another example is my experience with social media. I witnessed a mob mentality against a position
that I strongly believed in. I saw so many cruel comments like,

“I hope your children die.”

“I hope you die.”

“People who believe X are f-ing retarded.”

Again, it hurt, and I wanted to bite back. And, as a sort of unhealthy defense-mechanism, I started to
think in the exact same hateful manner. The very same words that the mob spewed circulated in my
head.

“I hope they die.”

“I hope they never have children.”

“People who believe Y are f-ing retarded.”

“I hate them.”

“I hate them.”

“I HATE THEM.”

Then I realized that my thought process mimicked the “I hate everything” rant in Eric Harris’s journal,
and I immediately took a step back. I didn’t want to be embroiled in hatred. It was a miserable place. It’s
just that the urge to “bite” back was so overwhelming that I didn’t know what to do with those feelings.
So I considered: 13 innocent victims died because two angry people lashed out. Am I any better than
them if I lash out at those whom I believe wronged me?

In the end, I cut my confrontational friend out of my life, and I haven’t looked back. I cut most social
media out of my life too, and now whenever I’m bored, instead of getting fired up over a smug Reddit
post, I watch wholesome Japanese dramas to brighten my day.

Let the proles spew their hatred. I choose not to fall into the same emotional traps as they did. I
choose to raise myself higher than the haters, for the sake of my emotional health and betterment.

We can choose not to fall into a similar line of thinking as Harris and Klebold. Choose something
better. Choose to move on from hate. Think about Harris and Klebold next time you want to say or think something hurtful about someone. Think about them before you press that “reply” button on a heated
social media thread. You never know whether a simple act of hate can spiral into something you will
regret doing.

I understand. We’re primed to have emotional reactions when the world treats us unfairly or when
someone insults us. I understand, and it can be a struggle not to “bite” back. This is why, before I part, I
will leave a powerful quote for you to reflect on:

“You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True
power is sitting back and observing everything with logic. If words control you that means that everyone
else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.” ~ Bruce Lee

Here are some more inspirational quotes that I have composed:

“It’s not your successes that defined you, but the bravery to pick yourself up and try one more time.”

“You haven’t failed enough until you actually succeeded.”

“Life wasn’t made to overcome you. You were made to overcome life.”

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Works cited:

1. CNN, Cable News Network,
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2000/columbine.cd/Pages/SUSPECTS_TEXT.htm.
2. Cullen, Dave, and Dave Cullen. “At Last We Know Why the Columbine Killers Did It.” Slate
Magazine, Slate, 20 Apr. 2004, slate.com/news-and-politics/2004/04/at-last-we-know-why-the-
columbine-killers-did-it.html.

3. Peterson, Jordan B. 12 Rules for Life. Penguin Books Ltd., 2019.

For more from the author check out her blog, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.

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The Liebster Award

Thank you so much to Erin over at KittyJadeblog for another nomination. She has an awesome blog about travel, lifestyle, six word stories and so much more. Do check out her blog out and I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Rules

• Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you

• Share 11 facts about yourself

• Answer the 11 questions the blogger gave to you

• Nominate  11 bloggers who deserve the award

• Create 11 original questions for the nominees to answer

• Let them know they’ve been nominated

Facts About Myself

  • I’m a Taurus
  • I love reading
  • I love travelling
  • I’m 22
  • I want to become a full time blogger eventually
  • I love makeup and everything to do with it
  • I’m a history major
  • I love animals
  • I love Star Wars
  • I have a tattoo
  • I have six piercings- all on my ears.

Questions:

When did you start blogging?

I published my first post in 2015.

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What is your ultimate inspiration for writing?

You guys- you’re always supporting me and leaving the best comments!

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One thing you regret buying?

These expensive heels I bought years ago that I kind of never wore again after prom…

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Are you a minimalist, hoarder, or something in between?

I would say something in between. I love minimalism and try to buy as little as possible but I have a weakness for makeup and books and I just can’t help but hoard them!

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Do you believe that objects can bring true happiness?

I think that depends on who you are as a person. I think for some people it truly can but for others it would bring happiness for a while but not permanent happiness.

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One thing you have always wanted to do?

Go bungee jumping!

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Do you have any favourite books at the moment?

Absolutely! I love Pride and Prejudice which is my all time favourite, I also loved Girl On The Train, Simon Vs The Homesapien Agenda and Warriors Don’t Cry.

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What is the first thought you had this morning?

Urghhh.

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Do you get frustrated with yourself when you do something wrong, or do you embrace it?

As someone who is kind of a perfectionist this is something I had a problem with. I would get really frustrated I didn’t do something perfectly but over time I have learnt to let things go more and embrace my mistakes instead.

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Where have you always wanted to go?

Bhutan or Germany.

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How often do you take photographs (places you’ve been, food you have enjoyed etc)

WAYYYYY too often. Check out my Instagram to see them!

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My Nominees

Anyone who wants to do this award should feel free to and please use the same question I was given.

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Six Word Story

She shivered in fear… and excitement.

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Something Exciting Is Happening!!

Okay so do you guys remember my trip to Toronto? Well we stayed at One King West Hotel and I recently found out that they have this contest where you can win a two nights stay there with breakfast included if you win the competition so obviously I entered. Yesterday I received an email saying that I was a finalist!

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So this is the part where you guys come in! I need the most votes to win and I need you guys to do me a solid and go vote for my picture by clicking here. There is also a little gift for everyone that votes!

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Please vote for me if you can all you need is your name and email address. Thank you so much and I really appreciate it. Click here to vote.

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I really hope I win so I can take lots of pictures and videos to share with you guys.

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The Blogger Recognition Award

Thank you so much to Sierra over at allmywoes for this nomination! Be sure to check out her blog as well because her content is amazing and inspiring and I’m sure you guys will love it!

AWARD RULES:

  • Thank the nominator, and publish a post on your blog about receiving the Blogger Recognition Award. Make sure to provide a link to the nominator’s blog in your post.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Nominate 10-15 other bloggers for this award, and inform them of their nomination.

How I Got Started

Well I had always loved writing and new that I wanted to write and one of my friends started a blog so I thought I would too because that would be the perfect way to start out and get better at writing as well as build an audience for my work.

Two Pieces Of Advice For New Bloggers

  1. Don’t give up- I know it’s slow when you start out and it’s hard to get views/likes/follows but if you put effort into it and keep posting regularly and stay active it will be worth it and your blog will grow.
  2. Be active- I literally say this all the time but I’ll say it once more- WordPress is a two way street. You have to be active on other peoples blogs for them to be active on yours. You can’t just expect people to like/follow/share/comment when you’re not doing the same.

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My Nominees

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Quotes About Love

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Six Word Story

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month I thought I would spend this week sharing different types of posts that are about mental health awareness. This six word story is how I feel about my anxiety. For more posts on mental health click here.

Always taunting me from a distance.

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Six Word Story

“When will it end,” he sighed.

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