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Showing posts from October, 2016

10 for 10

Total blog posts including this one will be 189.  However, this post is important to me because it is the 100th time this year I've come to you in this blog.  I asked for some help concerning this post and the wonderful  Tanisha  gave me some great ideas.  It is her basic ideas that have led me to what this post is going to be today.  After taking her idea and adding a few of my own, I came up with this!   Today, you are going to get to know me a bit better, but I'm breaking it down into 10 topics.  Want to take a guess as to how many things you are going to learn in each section?  If you guessed 10, you are definitely on a roll.  Keep in mind, these are in no particular order.  By the end of this post, you will know 100 things about me.  So, since I have a lot to do, I think it is time for me to get to it.   Yes, I'm the weird person that isn't a fan of the summer.  I don't really like the Spring because of my allergies.  Summer in the south is horrible.

99mph and blogging

Many of my close friends will tell you that doing this blog has changed me.  Yes, it did change me, but I think it changed me for the better.  For those of you only familiar with my work on this blog and my other social media sites, I would hope that through the years, you have seen me progress.  If you are only getting to know me this year, I hope since this is blog post 99 of the year, you have been able to see an evolution and a drive like no other.   Why am I making a big deal about getting close to and reaching 100 blog posts this year?  Well, in a typical year, I only write 30 posts.  I decided I needed to make a change to keep you more engaged.  Although you were interacting with me on social media, I knew that I wanted more traffic to my blog.  This is just part of the way blogging has changed me - I see almost everything as motivation.   The worst time for me to think about something is while I am driving.  Not because it takes my mind off the road (even though that is bad

The 100th prelude

There have been so many of you who have watched me grow and develop this blog.  Some of you have been there from the first post over three and a half year ago.  Others of you have joined in along the way.  No matter how you found me or when you decided to be part of my TPD Army, I am so thankful for you.   For those of you there from the very beginning, you also know this - I've blogged a lot this year.  Just this year, I've surpassed the rest of the years total for the number of blogs.  It was just this year in February that I wrote my 100th post ever in this blog.  Now, I am getting ready to write my 100th post this year.  Talk about an accomplishment.   A lot of you have been there before I started adding great photos.  So many of you have been there when my blog was just basic - by my standards.  And so many of you have been there cheering me on when I honestly felt like it was time to give up.  However, there is one thing you always did - you kept coming back for more.

Tis the season...

It never fails.  As soon as a bit of cold weather hits the air, one of the stupidest things I've ever seen hits social media.  It goes to the tune of better get you a big girl because it's getting cold or time for you to grab you a thick chick or my personal favorite (please note the sarcasm), big girl season is here! Someone, please tell me what in the whole hell does the change of seasons have to do with me (or you for that matter) being a big girl, finally being able to have a date?  This is probably the dumbest thing I see floating around on social media this time of year.  Here is the part that annoys me the most though - most of the people posting this foolishness is people considered plus size.  If you fed into this madness and promote this madness, how exactly are you helping with the self-esteem of the next generation?  In fact, I'll even say those of you posting this craziness are actually negating the body positive stuff you feel so strongly about.  

Social Media Downfall

As a person, you are very careful about who you hang around with.  I know I am.  If someone is giving off negative vibes, you don't want to be around them or be bothered with them.  If someone is not friendly, you don't want to be around them.  If someone is constantly complaining instead of being thankful, I'm not going to be around them.  If someone manages to turn a rough few minutes into a rough day, I'm not going to be around that madness.  There are so many more examples, but I think you understand.   Now, if you are running a business, building a brand, or just enjoying this entire blogging thing, you have to be very careful about who you work with!  It is important you have matching standards and that you find some common ground, other than making money (or just being popular).  Life happens and it has a tendency to come at you fast, but here is one thing that should never change - your moral compass.   I had mentioned to my talent manager about a company

Ms. 1000

Many of you are going to think this post is extra because of the subject matter.  However, with this  Umbrella , I've been very blessed to be able to do things and able to watch my baby grow.  Well, my blogging baby grow.   When I first joined the wonderful world of  Twitter  in 2012, I honestly didn't like it.  I was still so caught up in the book of faces (yes, that's what I call it).  However, as I started using Twitter more, the more I enjoyed it.  It took less than 18 months for it to become my primarily used social media.  Even though I was using it more, it still wasn't about getting people to follow me.  I just wanted to speak my mind and live tweet a few TV shows (which has been awesome by the way).   As many of you know, I started this blog in 2013.  When I first started, I wanted it to be a journal, but public.  At the same time, I would share my page with you on social media and people started following my blog.  I thought that was pretty cool.  But, do

Backstage Pass with Sarah Potenza

Remember the woman with the big, white glasses who received a four chair turn on Season 8 of The Voice?  Well, that beauty is the very talented Sarah Potenza and so much has happened since we last saw her on our television screens! After a busy day of working hard, she decided to take a moment to chat with me about her life after The Voice and her blossoming career!  Potenza is one hard working woman.  She loves what she does so much and it shows in her work!  Never have I spoken with someone who is so hands-on when it comes to their craft!   Although she has a wonderful team (including her husband) around her to help, she enjoys being involved in every aspect of her business!  She is on the ground running by making contacts and building relationships with people in the media. Potenza is not shy when it comes to setting up her own appointments and interviews.  However, one of her favorite things to do is getting the chance to call up the radio stations playing her music and p

October Bujo Love

I absolutely love my bullet journal.  It's nothing special and definitely not as fancy as some of the others I've seen on social media, but it is mine.  One thing I enjoy about bullet journaling is the freedom to do whatever you want.  It's my journal and I can be as creative or lazy as I want.  However, there is one thing I enjoy doing most - the opening page for the month.   October is here and I really enjoyed what I did with the opening.  First, I wanted to do a theme.  Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and it touches so close to my heart, my theme color is pink.  Because I wanted to do something different, I had to come up with a different layout.  Not exactly sure why, but I decided to do triangles!   October Background This page is a bit weird in the way it was designed, at least in my opinion.  If you notice, the bottom on my page is not all triangles.  This is because I wanted to treat it as if it were a full square, instead of just forcin

Fatty McFatterson

To be perfectly honest with you, I think it was a snowball effect to cause me to lose it when I saw a particular tweet this morning.  I wasn't really upset, but I just kept thinking that's really the best you can do?   Let me explain... I follow  Health and Food Tips  and they also follow me.  Typically, they give out great tips and just random bits of information.  I have long started that I am not skinny (I mean, just look at the name of this blog).  But, I have also started that I do take care of myself.  So, imagine my feelings (yes, I realized I was probably in them) when I saw this tweet from a source I typically enjoy.   Yep, that's the tweet!  I saw this during my morning Twitter viewing party and I was absolutely shocked to see this from them.  Not because they are constantly advertising healthy tips, but because of the wording.   The first thing to jump out at me was the word fat.   I'm not an advocated of the word, even though I am known to tweet I&


In several recent posts, I've called The Plus Diaries itself a giant umbrella!  After thinking about it, I feel like I haven't explained the concept very well and I owe all of you an apology.  The one thing I believe in is transparency within this blog and I haven't done a good job of that when it comes to the umbrella.   So, I think it is finally time for me to explain the umbrella a little bit better.  You know, I typically do not like to tell you of upcoming things (at least not too much) because if it becomes a bust, I don't even want you to waste your time reading about it.  On the other hand, I've learned that many of you are so interested in all that I'm doing.  Now, I will be transparent, but I will also maintain a certain level of privacy.  Just because you know what is happening, doesn't mean you need to know all about the behind the scenes madness.  Trust me, I keep my  talent manager  busy and always on her toes.  We're just cool like that.