Look To the Western Sky

A blog about single life as a parent & the dreams of a writer by Margo L. Dill

Share Your Sayings With Me (1st Official New Blog Contest)

Although I haven’t pinpointed exactly what this blog will be about, I know it will be a mixture of humorous and serious posts about being a single mom and a woman, who plans to get herself back in the dating game after having a hysterectomy, and who likes to write. I originally had the idea for this blog when I started writing notes to myself this past year, after separating from my husband and eventually getting a divorce. These notes were often scribbled on a piece of paper, and tacked up on the bulletin board in my bedroom, so  I could revisit them periodically. Here’s one of the first ones I wrote:


Why is this life advice on its side?

I’m still working on several of those life lessons above, but one morning while I was drinking coffee, something said: WRITE THESE DOWN, and I’m trying to be aware and work on at least one of these each day.

When I talked about this on my Facebook author/editor page, I received some great responses. So then I asked several people on Facebook to share their advice and/or the sayings they try to live by every day–again, the response was fantastic, and I thought: I should incorporate this into a blog somehow. Here are a few gems from that Facebook post:

  • Don’t wish away your life.
  • Break a big challenge into small steps.
  • Always be the better person.
  • Not my circus, not my monkeys.
  • A wise man learns from his mistakes, an even wiser man learns from another man’s mistakes.

So, to celebrate the debut of my new blog, I thought it would be fun to have a little sayings/celebration of new blog contest with PRIZES. You can enter by doing any of the things in the Rafflecopter form below, and you can enter more than once! ***The main thing I would love for you to do is to write a comment below and share a saying–something you live by, something you’ve seen on FB or Twitter and liked, something your mom/grandma used to say to you, or something you say to your kids. ANYTHING that helps you get through this thing called life. Once you leave a saying in the comments, DON’T FORGET TO CLICK ON THAT BUTTON IN THE RAFFLECOPTER FORM. You are not entered to win a fabulous prize if you DON’T enter on the Rafflecopter form, too.*** 

The person who Rafflecopter randomly chooses first will get their first pick  of one of the prizes below, 2nd person picked will choose 2nd, etc. There are 5 prizes:

  • $10 Amazon or Starbucks gift card
  • 10-page (2500 word) content edit for free
  • One of the books written by me (I have a YA, a middle-grade, or a picture book.)
  • A journal
  • R-E-A-D magnets (4 separate magnets that spell the word READ)

The contest runs until the end of the month–September 30 at 11:59 pm CDT. So let’s have some fun with this. Any questions or you can’t get something to work? Please email me at margolynndill (at) gmail.com.

Thanks for playing!

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  1. “Help! I’m Becoming My Mother!”

  2. Life always gives you a second chance. It’s called tomorrow.

  3. Lisa Hoffman-Bergfeld

    September 16, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Life is like eating an elephant. Some days you are in the belly, and some are nibbling on the tail. Take it in small pieces.

  4. Lisa Hoffman-Bergfeld

    September 16, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    You only get out of it, what you put into it!

  5. Count your blessings every day. Many would be grateful to trade their troubles for yours.

    • Julie, Katie, Lisa, and Pat: These are all very wise, especially the elephant one. 🙂 Thanks for hanging out and adding a comment to the contest.

  6. My dad always told me/reminded me that you can’t force anything. And it is annoyingly true.

  7. Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.

  8. Just ride the waves! (My mantra these days)

    • Sara: Ugh, don’t we know that as mothers.

      Kristin and Katie: thanks for stopping by and adding to the mix. Katie: I totally get it. 🙂

  9. Margaret Whichard

    September 17, 2016 at 8:23 am

    All of the above comments are good. There’s an abundance of inspirational sayings. This past year as I’ve pursued my dreams more passionately, I’ve incorporated meditation into my hectic life. It is making such a difference in helping me calm the voices in my head – and there are many. Don’t know who said it but “the best journey is within”. For me, I spent a lifetime listening to everyone’s “advice”, trying to please them and hoping it would somehow work out. I’m no longer doing that. I highly recommend the application Insight Timer, for your Iphone. Why wait til your hysterectomy is done – a man that can go through that with you might be a keeper. lol.

    • Thank you, Margaret. I am trying to quiet my mind with some meditation too, but I do also think it is a little bit of hormones for me. I am looking forward to being stronger after the surgery.

  10. It’s a marathon, not a sprint!

  11. Believe in yourself and trust in God.

  12. It’s never too late to be, what you might have been.

  13. It will all be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.

  14. When life gives you lemons, make a Lemon-rita. Wait…that’s not right but sounds so right.

    • Lisa, Donna, Tricia: Those are all great, but sometimes so hard to remember in the middle of life!

      Jennifer: I have never heard this one before, but i love it!

      Camille: Lemon-rita is better than lemonade I think. Or we could say: make a lemonade cocktail in case we want to make it Lynchberg or something!

  15. Don’t look where you’ve been. Look where you’re going. (My mom always told me that because I was always looking backwards as I ran/walked, and then would fall/bump into something.)

    • luvboxerdogs

      September 19, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Oh my gosh, I tell Katie the same thing–I don’t say it quite so life-lessony. I just say: Katie, you have to look up when you are walking. But I could turn that into a life lesson, too. 🙂 Thanks, Sioux, for stopping by.

  16. Leap and the net will appear. (Not sure where it came from…maybe the Flying Wallendas.) tee hee

  17. I have NO idea why but the first thought that popped into my head is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” It has been a pretty relevant thought in my head over the last year or so with all of the reorganization talks at work, but maybe for you it could mean that you need to recognize and give yourself credit for all of the things that are working.

    • luvboxerdogs

      September 20, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Now that is looking at the glass half full for sure. 🙂 I do have a lot of things that are working–I’ve come a long way, Baby. And I totally get what you are saying about the reorganization at work stuff. 🙂

  18. I’m just testing something. 🙂

  19. Can I leave a mobile phone comment?

  20. Great things never came from comfort zones

  21. If you never hit a low point, you’ll never be able to appreciate a high point.

  22. Let it be…

  23. Those who say it can’t be done, should not interrupt the person doing it.

    • luvboxerdogs

      September 21, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      CV Paul: Thanks for your contributions! I appreciate them immensely. I love the one about interrupting. So true.

  24. There are two types of people in this world. Those who think there are two types of people in this world and those who know better.

    Tom Robbins (from Still Life With Woodpecker)

  25. Be kind to the grumpy. You don’t know how bad their day has been, and the time will come when you’re the grumpy one.

  26. Love the idea of sharing favorite quotes, Margo! My current mantra is from Julia Cameron’s THE ARTIST’S WAY: “Treating yourself like a precious object makes you strong.”

  27. Here’s something I saw recently on Facebook and it’s such a good one…

    You either get bitter or you get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you. –Josh Shipp (whoever that is…)

  28. Bloom where you are planted, because all the prettiest flowers grow in >fertilizer<!

  29. 1. There are no mistakes–only new material.
    2. You don’t lose until you quit trying.
    3. I couldn’t say.
    4. Don’t try harder. Try differently.

    Note: I tried to enter these in the contest, but the form wouldn’t accept my typing.

    Writer Advice Managing Editor, http://www.writeradvice.com
    Author of YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers & Author of TALENT

  30. I heard this recently in a webinar with author Crystal Allen. Her grandma always said, “If you want something you’ve never had before, you gotta do something you’ve never done before.”

  31. Revision is the key to success.

  32. I have a wooden sign in my office that says “Happy as a seagull with a french fry.” It reminds me of the beach and how simple things can make us very happy!!

    • luvboxerdogs

      September 25, 2016 at 7:06 pm

      I think I’ve actually been to the beach and have seen a seagull with a french fry! 🙂 Ocean City and Thrasher fries.

  33. Something I just read today – “A short story is a different thing altogether–a short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger.” — Stephen King

    • luvboxerdogs

      September 25, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      That Stephen King–he always has some great advice and thoughts about writing. I’m sure you have heard me say: All writers need to read ON WRITING by Stephen King. Thanks for sharing this!

  34. The joy is in the journey. 🙂

    • luvboxerdogs

      September 27, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Hi Lisa:
      This is true! There is a little joy in the celebration if you reach your goal because you have to have some wine there. 😉

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