Monday, March 30, 2015

Getting Ready to Get Challenged

I've decided to join the April A to Z Challenge. It may or may not work out. I may or may not succeed. But I will try my best and that's what counts. I do have a plan. I'm going to write something about the first word or thing that comes into my mind that has something to do with the letter for that day. The way my mind works, it should at least be somewhat interesting. It will also possibly seem like I have a couple of personalities...

But, that's okay. Hopefully this challenge will be exactly what I need to get out of my rut. And maybe it won't. I've tried so many things though and one more won't hurt anything.

So, I'll see you on  Wednesday (which btw, is going to still be an IWSG post as well as my A post) and I hope you have an awesome day. :)

Are you joining in on the A to Z Challenge? Have you done it in the past? If so, what do you like about it and if not, is there any specific reason? I've done it once and it was fun, hard too, but still fun.

EDIT 3/30: Dang, I forgot I had this scheduled for today. I was thinking I did it for tomorrow(Tuesday). Oh well. I'm adding this edit to put a link to a post I did on Saturday that is very important to me. If you haven't already, can you please GO HERE and check that post out. Thanks. :)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Aim High Academy

Hello everyone. I don't normally post on the weekends and I know many may not read blogs on the weekends, but I didn't have electricity to post when I first wanted.

As you may or may not know, Oklahoma was hit with some tornadoes and bad storms on Wednesday evening. It's been in the news so there's a good chance you've heard. Well, where I live was hit with a tornado. And I was inside of my daughters' gymnastics studio when it hit, along with 50+ gymnasts and a handful of adults (coaches, dance teacher, and parents).

That's my youngest, she's on Aim High's level 2 competitive team. For many years her goal has remained the same-make it to the Olympics. Now, she may or may not ever make it there, but she's very determined and already works on gymnastics constantly-no matter where she is. When we found Aim High just barely over a year ago, she was so happy.

The coaches at Aim High are some of the most wonderful people I've ever known. Many of them don't even get paid to coach and you'd never know. They come in happy to be there and coach no matter what. And they were wonderfully calm and comforting during that tornado. Girls were screaming, crying, terrified and the coaches (along with the dance teacher and some of the parents) worked hard to keep everyone calm and safe. I don't know if it's their faith or what, but they were completely calm and exactly what those kids needed. And really, it's what some of the adults needed.

Also, it's not being talked about much because it's more amazing that all these little girls were safe, but Aim High's basement didn't just keep the gymnasts and some adults safe, it kept random neighbors safe too. There were people coming in from somewhere I'm not sure where, but they came running into the basement for safety. So, Aim High kept strangers safe, they welcomed people who they knew nothing about into their basement and didn't think twice about it.

In case you haven't seen, I will show you what was left after whatever happened while 50+ little girls aged 3 or 4 up to 14, plus at least one little brother who was there while his sister practiced, and a handful of other adults huddled together and prayed.

This gym served over 200 Tulsa children and it's affordable. Aim High is a non-profit that gives children who don't have the money to go to other gyms a chance.

And that is why I decided to share this story and reach out to my blog buddies. I know this post is really freaking long, I'm so sorry. But there is a gofundme for Aim High right now, raising money to be able to get the gym going again. I wanted to appeal to you, my blogger buddies and ask that if you can give anything at all, it would be so very much appreciated.

My kids love being able to go to classes at Aim High (not just gymnastics either. My oldest is in Hip-Hop and just started taking drums and guitar classes too. And my youngest does gymnastics and Hip-Hop.). My kids aren't the only ones who love it. There are so many times that we have so many kids enrolled in classes that the classes are full with waiting lists. Kids come running in to get to their classes (the competitive girls as well as the regular instruction). And not just the girls either, the boys who are in the FAST (Flipping Agility Strength Toughness) come running in laughing and smiling and ready for class. The happiness this gym has brought to the community is heartwarming. Losing this gym is devastating and I want to see it brought back ASAP.

So, if you're able to, please help. And if any of my readers are from here, I hope you're all safe. And I hope you all have a great weekend and I'll see you Tuesday.

Aim High Academy Facebook
News on 6 Tulsa Video
Aim High gofundme
Aim High Website

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Because I Say So...

I'm going to get back to things, it will happen, I'm working on it...And it will happen because I say so. That never works with my kids, but I'm going to go with it here. Only because it's something that can work in this situation. I have things I want and things I need to do to get the things I want and so only I can do it. I have to say so for it to happen.

Here's March, already. It happened way too fast. I'm just not ready for another year to just zoom past like the last several. I want time to slow down, only because I really want it to stop and I know that won't happen so I'll settle for a minor ease up on the gas pedal.

But, until that happens I'm here, in March, wondering if I'll be letting another month woosh past me with not a single writerly thing to show for it. Guess that all just means I'm feeling a bit insecure this month. Hopefully I won't soon. I want to have so many posts in a row, month after month, about how awesome writerly life is. But, my daughters are still homeschooling it, my youngest is right smack in the middle of competition season in gymnastics, and I'm still helping my parents out all the time on top of spending three days a week at the gymnastics place. So, not sure how secure things are going to get. If anything, I should probably just be hoping for things to not be so crazy and then work on the security once I've got that handled.

Nah, who am I kidding? If I lost the crazy, I wouldn't be a writer. :P

That's okay though. I'm starting to like it all a little. I would love to wake up and have a whole day of relaxing, but I know I can't right now and I'm okay with that. We'll just have to see what March and April bring and go from there. Who knows what may happen.

Until next time, make sure you're in the know on everything awesomely Alex(J. Cavanaugh) and this spectacular little Insecure Writer's Support Group we've got happening here.

See you later. Have an awesome day, y'all. :)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

One (or a few) A Day...

I've been working out ways I can get myself to be more productive and also more out there in the online world (blogging, reading blogs, tweeting/posting on FB/pinterest/etc) and I've decided to have a challenge for myself this month.

It will be called the: One of Each a Day Challenge...

Stupid titled, but that's okay. Plan is, visit a blog each day. Leave a comment on said blog. Promote something on Twitter and/or a social media of my choice(Examples of promoting are: a book release, book sale, cover reveal, some other sort of announcement, a blog post, or things of that sort-or other promotional type things). And post on any two of my sites daily. (I've got Twitter, Facebook, my blog, Pinterest, Google +, Tumblr, and Instagram)(With all those I shouldn't have a problem posting something...aside from how little I've even ever posted on a few of them. :/ )

This will be my only Tuesday post for now. I didn't plan on having Tuesday posts, but I forgot to post this yesterday so I'm just going with it. I mean, really, I should've posted it last week, but oh well. I'm a few days late on the whole first of the month thing, but I'll make up for it.

And that's that, guess we'll see how this turns out. Have a great day. See you tomorrow for a new Insecure Writer's Support Group post. :)

Anything happening this month that you'd like people to know about? Got a blog post you'd like me to promote or maybe a book release? Hell, want some new Twitter followers or some more blog traffic? Just let me know in the comments and I'll spread the word.