The Finally Friday! Club

Join the Finally Friday! ClubHave you ever wanted to be in a super exclusive club that all the cool kids are a part of?  Well, today you’re in luck!

Ok…it’s not that exclusive because anyone can sign up in my sidebar but… you are going to be getting exclusive content that isn’t going to be anywhere else on my blog.  And you will be in the club with the cool kids, because my readers are the coolest people I know!

Lately I’ve been thinking that everywhere I turn there is more bad news online and on the TV.  I get that the world is full of heartbreak, but sometimes we all need a little dose of happiness and joy.  That’s why I’ve created the Finally Friday! Club.  Each Friday you’ll receive an email from me full of videos, pictures, and stories that made me laugh or smile throughout the week.  You’ll also receive all the latest news on my blog before it’s posted anywhere else, and you’ll have access to exclusive giveaways and promo-codes.

I always love when one of my good friends sends me a random email or text with a funny story or article that they saw that made them think of me. Every Friday you can expect that from me if you’re part of the Finally Friday! Club.  I’ve been thinking about you all week and everything you have possibly been going through, and I just want to bring a little joy to your Fridays.

You can sign up below or on the side of my blog.  And if you sign up today before 5:00 pm Central Time, you will get the first email that’s going out today!

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Meet Emma Chapple From My Beautiful Messy Life

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Today I’d like to introduce you to  Emma Chapple from My Beautiful Messy Life.  Emma is a journalism student who openly shares her life with Crohn’s Disease and an ileostomy.  I am so inspired by the way Emma has used her blog to change the perception on the way life looks with a chronic illness.  She writes about beauty, fitness, and food all while providing encouragement to others who may be struggling with IBD or an illness in general.

I asked Emma some fun and serious questions so that you can get to know her better.

Q: If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

A: Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl – but only Blair from the TV show! I like
her character way better there than I ever did in the books. Not to mention
the major style envy.

Q: What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?

A: Admitting that I needed help last summer. There were a lot of things that I
had been through that I still wasn’t “over.” Making the call to see a therapist
helped me accept things that had happened to me, and work to mend some
relationships I had damaged.

Q: What movie deserves a sequel?

A: Sequels are rarely as good as the original, but a movie that practically
demands one is The Incredibles. I actually think there’s a sequel in the
works now (at least I hope there is)!

Q: What is one thing you always wanted as a kid, but never got?

A: When I was in middle school, I wanted my parents to take me to New York
so I could see RENT on Broadway. I still haven’t been to NYC, but I got to
see RENT’s last show when it played in the cinema!

Q: What’s the best decision you ever made?

A: Going to school away from home. Even though I’ve second-guessed the
decision many times, it really has taught me to be more independent. I can’t
just drop everything and go home when something’s wrong. I have to take
control of my life and my health now – it’s not always fun, but it’s definitely
rewarding.

Q: What was your favorite holiday?

A: Christmas! More specifically, Christmas at Disney World.

Q: Why did you start your blog?

A: At first it was because I knew that as a journalism student, I more or
less needed one, so I could have a tangible example of my work. My
heart definitely wasn’t in it at first. But the more views and encouraging
comments I got, the more dedicated I became. Now I can’t imagine not
having a blog!

Q: What do you hope people take away from reading you blog?

A: I hope that people know that there’s more to life than being sick. I have an
ileostomy, but you’ll never see a picture of it on my blog, because it doesn’t
define me. If you don’t have a chronic illness, I want to help you learn more
about it. If you do, I want to show you that it’s possible to live a fun, stylish
and curated life.

Emma Chapple

Go visit Emma’s blog My Beautiful Messy Life and tell her hello from me.  I know you’re going to love her posts and will be encouraged by her authenticity.

Check…One…Two…This is Penguin

This Is Penguin

Check Check! Is this thing on?! This is Penguin saying hello on the blog today.

A while back my momma wrote a post about why I should be famous, and I got to thinking that I’m never going to be an Instagram star if I don’t start putting myself out there.  Every dog is wearing shirts and taking adorable pictures, maybe it’s time I do something different, and start a blog.

I don’t have thumbs, so setting up my own site would be pretty hard, so I asked my momma if I could take over hers for the day. I wanted to tell you about how I came to belong to my momma.  Don’t most celebrities have a rags to riches story? See, another thing I have going for me!

A few years ago I was left at a shelter with unruly hair that had never been groomed or brushed and I thought I was doomed to a friendless existence.  I had lived with a family that had so many children they didn’t notice me, and when they did, it was only to scold me.  I was left outside all day and kicked when I barked.  I still have a rib that hasn’t healed right because they were so mean.

My first family did do something right though, they named me Penguin.  My momma searched shelter photos online for a dog she could adopt because she was lonely and needed a little furry company.  She wanted a Pomeranian but doubted there would be any in the shelters.  Low and behold there I was!  She loves penguins and there in a shelter, a Pomeranian named Penguin!  That was some luck for both of us!

This Is Penguin 2

Pre-haircut. Don’t judge.

She drove over two hours to pick me up at the shelter and upon seeing my over-sized and massively furry frame she exclaimed, “That’s the ugliest Pomeranian I’ve ever seen.” Don’t worry, I have since peed on her shoes to get her back for that comment. Still, she adopted me anyway.  And I blew snot bubbles all over the car on the way home to really get her to like me.  Just kidding, I had a cold from the kennel.

This Is Penguin

See…I’m adorable now!

The next day she got me a haircut and I’ve been adorable ever since.  I really think they should make stuffed animals that look like me and books about me that children want their parents to read to them at bedtime.  I’m not asking for much.

This is Penguin, over and out!

Letter To My Daughter: A Book Review

Letter To My Daughter
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When my mom came to visit me the week of 4th of July, she left me Maya Angelou’s Letter to My Daughter. It was quite the appropriate gift for a mother to give a daughter.   After as she left, I dove into the book as I was dealing with the sadness of her yet again being across the country.

While Maya Angelou only had a son, she explains in the beginning of the book how she was given the opportunity to be a mother-figure to many great and powerful women, including Oprah.  The book is full of short essays that cover a variety of topic from the conception of her son, to her friendship with Coretta Scott King, and her visit to an actress in Senegal.  Each story reveals a wisdom learned in a way that is so personal that you feel Angelou is your mother and she’s offering you a life lesson.

Like all of her writing, each paragraph reads like a beautiful poem, that I could read over and over again.  It was such a quick read that I think it really only took me a couple of hours to finish and is definitely a book I will pick up again.

I read The Know Why The Caged Bird Sings in college and fell in love with Angelou’s style and the rhythm of her writing.  Shortly after that, I sat down and started my own memoir and quickly felt like I had nothing to say that would be as beautiful or as interesting as the life Angelou lived.  She showed so much grace after all the challenges she faced. She was  abused as child, mute for almost 5 years, and became a mother at 17.  Not to mention being an African American woman in a time of segregation.  Nothing I wrote could be as powerful as the experiences she shared.

But that’s the beauty of Maya Angelou’s work and legacy.  Her words emphasize that all stories should be told.  All lives are full of beauty and hardships and wisdom that be spoken. Should be written down.  We all have stories that should be told.

So I think I just might finished that memoir.

 

Blog About This

Blog About This

It’s Monday again.  But today I refuse to upset about it.  Yesterday, my husband said to me, as I was experiencing my usual Sunday night blues, “Every day is a new opportunity.” And today I am going to choose to believe that.

Since I’ve gotten serious about this blogging thing, I am finding that every day is indeed a new opportunity.  A new chance to experience life at it’s fullest.  A new beginning to find inspiration to write about.

And that’s how I’ve been looking at life lately.  Seeing each moment and thinking, “I’m gonna blog about this.”

 

It’s opening my eyes to the beauty and the humor in every single moment of my day.  Each sadness, each frustration, each joy can be turned in to something that brings comfort, humor, or excitement to others.  I’m trying to see each challenge that comes my way, not as a road block, but an opportunity to further connect with my friends and readers, and in turn learn more about myself.

That’s been a lot of what I’ve experienced blogging.  Growing closer to new friends and old friends.  Closer to my husband and family, and ultimately closer to myself.  I’m learning my strengths and finding confidence in discovering my own voice and style.  Finding that I have something to offer.  Finding that if I put my mind to it, I can accomplish what I set out to do.

So today, try to find the beauty in each moment.  Use each experience as an opportunity to share a story down the road with those around you.  It could lift them up in laughter or encouragement, and there is no greater feeling than helping someone that way.

If you find yourself thinking on a regular basis, “I’m gonna blog about this,” you should check out my favorite shirt from my Rebecca Chapman Creations shop.  I broke down and ordered one for myself and I am LOVING it. I hope you will too!

Blog About This Shirt

P.S. Did you notice my new blog design?! Rissa from Riss Blog Design created a really beautiful custom design for me and I am so excited to have a blog that just looks and feels like “me.”  Thanks Rissa!