LinkYourLife RoundUp

#LinkYourLife RoundUp Challenge 11/4/2016

Welcome to this week’s #LinkYourLife RoundUp Challenge. Here’s last week’s roundup to find out more info about this challenge and also to read the awesome work from other writers that was shared. I am lucky to be selected for this week’s roundup. I am honored to do this because I love to share the great work from others.  If you would like to know more about the #LinkYourLife movement to connect and share through several online connections, see Shawna Ayoub Ainslie’s post on how “We Are Better Together.

The following are blog posts, essays and articles shared by writers from the #LinkYourLife community.

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie @shawnamawna

I loved this post by her because I can completely relate to it. All to often, I am more concerned about the needs of others and totally forgot about my own. Then after a while, I get so burnt out that I am not able to help others or even myself. It’s a great reminder of the importance of self-care. She writes:

“It was exactly what I had been doing: attempting to take care of others and destroying myself in the process. But why? After some long-overdue consideration, I realized it stemmed from my own expectation. I never want people to hurt. I tend to overextend.” Read more at It’s Time to Stop Setting Ourselves on Fire

Cheryl Oreglia @CherylOreglia

Another great post written by Cheryl. She starts with a little simple reminder that 40% of the population have become so dependent on smart phones. Then she ends it with a great kick in the butt that we all need from time to time. That failure is not a permanent condition. She writes:

“Life doesn’t usually go the way I plan but most of the time giving up is not an option. This is where true grit comes into play (passion and perseverance for long term goals) and this happens to be the most significant predictor of success for individuals.” Read more at Living in the Gap: True Grit 

Donna Parker @yadadarcyyada

If you are a fellow blogger, I encourage you to read this. If you are not a blogger, I encourage you to read this. Donna has a very witty and honest sense of humor. I chuckled while reading this from start to end. I enjoyed her perspective of blogging and have felt the same at times in my blogging journey. She writes:

“Is reality just a figment of someone’s wild imagination? What if none of this is real, what if we’re all characters in some bizarre game, er, maybe I should cut down on Westworld  watching, but am I really supposed to believe this is real? What if I’m in a coma and dreaming all this?” Read more at Enter At Your Own Risk

Rachel Ann Hanson @rahanson10

This is a wonderful piece. She explains beautifully what women have to deal with daily. It has to be scary being a parent with the way our world has slowly become. This is a post that I hope more people, men and women, read to get a better understanding of what is happening around us. She writes:

“How can I teach my daughter to be more like Hermione Granger and less like Bella Swan? Can she appreciate the beauty in the world around her? Can I spare her from the harshness of the world, even (perhaps especially) if that harshness is coming from me?” Read more at Prayer for my Daughter

Lidy Wilks @lidywilks

As a blogger, I really liked reading this. I don’t think I could ever write a novel. It’s just not one of my many talents. This is a great piece giving you an inside look into what it takes to write a novel. From now I on when I read a book, I will definitely have more appreciation for the author and not just the book. She writes:

“It’s an exciting time in reacquainting myself with the characters and the world. But I’ve been wondering lately. Should I bring back the science-fiction aspect of genetically engineered prophesied twins storyline? Hhhmmm, what do you think?” Read more at What I’m Working on for NaNoWriMo 2016  

Charlotte Farhan @CharlotteFarhan

She is one of my favorite bloggers. Her art work and blogs are amazing. I loved this blog post because as someone that struggles with depression / anxiety I also do not like how mental illness is portrayed. I suggest you read this to have a better understanding of why this is a problem. She writes:

” We knew we were only really a danger to ourselves, hacking away at our own flesh daily, burning ourselves with lighters, putting ourselves in danger as vulnerable people, not eating, taking substances to excess and attempting to kill ourselves often. We were the scariest thing around – to ourselves, but are we really people to be feared?” Read more at Halloween and the stigmatisation of mental illness

Antonio Vereen @AntonioLVereen

I highly suggest reading this post if you need some motivation. He does a wonderful job of asking 2 simple questions about a picture and helping you realize the truth about yourself. I know it did for me. He writes:

“The life that I led in the past helped me to see this as a beautiful opportunity and confidant. Something that I see as a physical aid in my discovery of self. I didn’t know it then during all the countless training exercises and deployments. I only recently realized that all of it was helping me to become better.” Read more at Obstacles vs Opportunities

Shareen Mansfield @ShareenM

If you enjoy reading poetry, then you really need to read this post because it’s 2 poems in one blog. The poems were written by Nicole Lyons as a guest post. Here is a snippet of one of the poems:

“I hear them
when the moon
is full
She pulls cries
from their throats
and places them in
the waves that break” Read more at Soul Screamer and The Tempest Blooms

Trigger warning: Sexual violence against children. I started with the trigger warning because this was a powerful and yet heartbreaking guest post by Jody. It is also a post that shows how our minds will do its best to protect us. I feel we need to do more to protect our children while also providing the help they need. She writes:

“The brain has its own built in defense mechanisms, fight or flight being the most common example; but when the trauma is too much to cope with, a part of the brain shuts down as its method of self-protection. I believe the correct term in today’s world is dissociation, but there were much fewer labels in my days, so simply put I went to my safe place.” Read more at The Safe Place That Saved My Life: Trigger Warning

Lisa Listwa @LisaMeaningofMe

This post blog is great if you would like to have a different perspective of your own life. We all have heard the “new chapter in my life” saying but this blog post gives a more meaningful way to look at it. This another great post for motivation or inspiration. She write:

” Each of these events was the start of a new stage of life, a rebirth of sorts. Each time, rather than leaving behind the person I was, I carried a piece of her with me, learning from my experiences, adding, growing, and becoming someone new.” Read more at A Thousand Rebirths

Ned Hickson @NedHickson

Do you need a good laugh today? Then you need to read this blog post. Ned does a great job of bringing humor into the real struggles that NaNoWriMo writers deal with. He also shares his humor about the events that will be taking place very soon. He writes:

“Plus, in just a few weeks, many NaNoWriMo participants will be following up their day of giving “thanks” by attacking fellow shoppers on Black Friday for the last pair of “Walking Dead” slippers! What if their fingers get broken during a tussle at Target? Or they get walloped at Walmart? Mauled at Macy’s? Shanked at Sears? Body slammed at Bloomingdales?” Read more at Not even bad Tofurkey will stop you NaNoWriMo writers!

Charli Mills @Charli_Mills

She runs the site Carrot Ranch. Every week she hosts a Flash Fiction Challenge that allows others to share their wonderful imagination. If you enjoy reading fiction, I encourage you to take a moment to check it out. She writes:

“Raptors can lure us into birding or mythology. It depends upon the story.Writers explored their options with this topic to follow what unfolds from from contemplating raptors.The following is based on the October 19, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a raptor.” Read more at Flight of Raptors

Henrietta M Ross @hettiross

The thing I love about short stories is the amount of detail and emotions packed into it. It’s like I am really there living it in that particular moment. Henrietta does an amazing job in this short story for Halloween. You like short stories? You better read this one. She writes:

“The last house on the street, separated by thick woodland to the left and an old tin shed to the right. Most of the neighborhood stayed away. They knew the Talbot’s. Arthur Talbot was a cantankerous old fool who chased the kids off his land with his shotgun or threatened them in the street with a baseball bat come Halloween.” Read more at No. 102 – A Halloween Short Story 

Ruchira Khanna @abracabadra01

I love it when someone can teach me about a tradition I know nothing about and inspire me at the same time. Ruchira shares what Diwali is about along with sharing her struggles during a positive time. She brings up a great point that even at the moment of birth, that we are decaying each day. She writes:

“October has been a month of many emotions. It started off with a shock that was followed by a rewind of all those years with my dad’s sister, then coming to terms with it, and being able to say goodbye to her. Read more at Death, Heritage and Generations to come…

Nikki Lyons @LithChronicles

Another great poem by her. This time it’s one that is on her website. It may be a short poem but it packs a powerful punch. If you are currently struggling or battling something, you must read this poem. It will brighten your day. Here’s a small snippet of what she wrote:

“Enter with a happy heart
and clean feet.
You broke that battle before
it broke you. Don’t ever
let it back in.” Read more at It was always yours

Elaine Mansfield @ElaineMansfiel7

She is another one of my favorite bloggers. As someone that is still grieving the loss of a loved one, her words are wise and comforting. Her words help bring a perspective on our struggles that we may be too blind to see. If you are currently struggling with grieving, please take a moment to read this blog post. She writes:

“Recently, a reader said she was worried about her mother. Her dad had died a few months earlier and Mom wanted to visit her husband’s grave every day. The family feared it was excessive. Maybe she needed to move on and get over it. Maybe she would become stuck in grief. Maybe they should insist she stop.” Read more at How to Remember the Sorrow We Can’t Forget

Please take the time today to read and share the amazing blog posts these writers wrote. Till my next blog post… Share. Inspire. Conquer.


  • Ruchira Khanna (#)
    November 4th, 2016

    Loved the compilation!
    Thank you, Thomas.

  • Donna Parker (#)
    November 4th, 2016

    This is awesome! Thank you for the delightful shout-out! And I’m in the best of company here! Fantastic, another amazing #LinkYourLife Friday!!!
    Hope the weekend treats everyone kindly. 🙂
    Off to share and visit! 🙂

  • Charli Mills (#)
    November 5th, 2016

    Wonderful Roundup, Thomas and thanks for reading! It’s inspirational to see a collection like this from our community.

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