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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating today.

I hope you find yourself with too many blessings to count.

As for me? I am blessed beyond comprehension, more fortunate than I can express.

And I sincerely hope the same for all of you.

My cup runneth over.

Peace.

Reminding myself

that an attitude of gratitude is the key to happiness.

I know I haven't been around much, but I am reading/lurking even when I'm not commenting. I hope you will all forgive my absence, part of it is logistics, part of it is laziness.

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Tell me 3 good things about you...

Let's make this a regular thing.

There's a constant stream of doubt and insecurity going on in my head; that's not all that's there, but there is a monologue of constant questions:

Will this make me look stupid? Did I just sound overbearing? Does this outfit make me look fat? Did I just sound like as big of a dork as I think I did? If I do that does that mean I'm a loser? Is it selfish to do this? Am I being inconsiderate doing that? Did I make myself clear? Or did I mess it up?

Depending on the kind of day I am having, depends on how loud the stream babbles. In talking to a lot of other women, I find a lot of us go through the same thing. But I saw something on Pinterest the other day, a quote from a local pastor (Steve Furtick) that said, "The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel."

We are all beautiful, we are all damaged. But we have to acknowledge the beauty as much as we give voice to the damaged.

I'm taking a chance here. The stream says, "Nobody wants to do this. This is stupid. You are stupid. If you always start, you'll look egotistical."

I'll start anyway:

1. I have good instincts (when I trust them).
2. I am helpful.
3. I am strong

Now, please, tell me 3 good things about you.

Scandal fic: Tea for One

Title: Tea for One
Author: mingsmommy
Rating: FRT/PG
Pairing: Fitz/Olivia
Spoilers: Through The Trail
Author's Notes: This is smacky30's fault. She guilted me into watching Scandal. And I loved it *grumble*. Then she played me so I would write fic. Then she betaed it. See? All her fault. I love her anyway.

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smacky30 and I were talking about imposter syndrome earlier in the week. Well, more confessing how we both experience it.

We "do" a thing by e-mail along with losingntrnslatn, when one or the other of us becomes self-critical or calls herself a name, we make her (or they make me) say three things she likes about herself. Then, inevitably, after the three things have been named, we hear "Now you..."

So, after our conversation about imposter syndrome, smacky30 suggested that at least once a week, without the self-criticism to precede it, that we would name three things we like about ourselves. It can be physical, emotional, spiritual or even something e accomplished.

It's something a lot of us can use, a little more self-acknowledgement and the chance to own all of our good qualities AND I am trying not to be such a lurker and be more active here, I thought I'd ask all of you to come play with us.

Today I will start:

1. I am compassionate
2. I am relatively self-aware
3. I am tenacious

What are three things you like about yourself?

100 Things 8/100

100 Things Learned in 50 Years...

Everyone deserves the right to express their opinion. Even when it isn't something I agree with at all, they still deserve to be able to say what they think without bullying or reprisal.
Savannah is conducting an anonymous survey on employees' attitudes regarding computer privacy in the workplace as part of a research project for her Ethical Hacking class at Summer Ventures. If you'd like to help her, please complete the survey yourself and, if you are comfortable doing so, pass it on to as many people as possible in the next couple of days. Thanks!

Here's the link to the survey: Click here to take survey.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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100 Things 7/100

100 things learned in 50 years...

Despite the 80s hair, everything I need to know about life, I learned from Pat Benatar.




I believe there comes a time
When everything just falls in line.
We live and learn from our mistakes;
The deepest cuts are healed by faith.

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100 Things 6/100

100 Things learned in 50 years...

Accept your hair.

I can cut it or color it or style it differently, but I am never going to be a natural blond with straight hair. I am a wavy-haired brunette; that is the hair reality. Accepting that is a tremendous relief; wishing it different is a waste of time and energy. Working with what IS instead of what I want it to be makes for a lot less frustration and fretting.

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The Story 3/3

Title: The Story, Chapter 3
Author: mingsmommy
Rating: FRAO/NC17
Pairing: Prentiss/Rossi
Spoilers: Lauren (forget everything else)
Author's Notes: A long, long, LONG time ago, smacky30 won me in a fandom charity auction. She gave me a gorgeous prompt: Prentiss/Rossi and Brandi Carlile's The Story. I am ASHAMED (really, honestly ashamed) at how long it's taken me to write/update/finish this story (I've been working on it for over a year and a half).

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank microgirl8225 and wojelah for holding my hand through this; I have been by turns a slacker and a demanding diva. They are wonderful women, amazing cheerleaders and superlative betas. Though all mistakes are mine because I WILL mess with things until I post.

The Story Chapter 1
The Story Chapter 2

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