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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:

advice-to-myself

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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56 thoughts on “Share Your Sayings With Me (1st Official New Blog Contest)”

  1. Julie Dollinger says:

    “Help! I’m Becoming My Mother!”

  2. Katie says:

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

  3. Lisa Hoffman-Bergfeld says:

    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 says:

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

  5. Pat Wahler says:

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

    1. Margo Dill says:

      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. Sara Hellwege says:

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

  7. Kristan Lorey says:

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

  8. Katie Nikodem says:

    Just ride the waves! (My mantra these days)

    1. Margo Dill says:

      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 says:

    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.

    1. Margo Dill says:

      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. Lisa Jones says:

    It’s a marathon, not a sprint!

  11. Donna Volkenannt says:

    Believe in yourself and trust in God.

  12. Tricia Grissom says:

    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. Camille Faye says:

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

    1. Margo Dill says:

      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. Sioux says:

    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.)

    1. luvboxerdogs says:

      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. Louann Brown says:

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

    1. luvboxerdogs says:

      I think that takes quite a bit of trust, huh? 🙂

  17. Shelby says:

    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.

    1. luvboxerdogs says:

      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. Margo Dill says:

    I’m just testing something. 🙂

  19. Margo says:

    Can I leave a mobile phone comment?

  20. Debbi Ray says:

    Great things never came from comfort zones

    1. margolynndill says:

      That’s for sure. 🙂 I think you are living proof of that, Debbi!

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

    1. Margo Dill says:

      Yes! That reminds me of the movie Inside Out. To have joy, you also have to experience fear, sadness, and anger.

  22. CV Paul says:

    Let it be…

  23. CV Paul says:

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

    1. luvboxerdogs says:

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

  24. paws4puzzles says:

    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)

    1. luvboxerdogs says:

      Debi! Thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂 And thanks for this saying–I’ve never heard it before.

  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.

    1. luvboxerdogs says:

      Now that is SOOOOO true!

  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.”

    1. luvboxerdogs says:

      SO much wisdom in The Artist’s Way. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and visiting my new blog.

  27. Teresa says:

    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…)

    1. luvboxerdogs says:

      It really is all in your choices. There is so much out of your control!

  28. KathyP says:

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

    1. luvboxerdogs says:

      SO true!

  29. lgood67334 says:

    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
    blynngoodwin.com

    1. Margo Dill says:

      I see the comment here! You are entered! I will double check the Rafflecopter form too!

  30. Lynn Alpert says:

    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.”

    1. Margo Dill says:

      That is awesome!

  31. mollymacrae says:

    Revision is the key to success.

    1. luvboxerdogs says:

      Very true, especially for writers!

  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!!

    1. luvboxerdogs says:

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

  33. Jeanne Felfe says:

    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

    1. luvboxerdogs says:

      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. Lisa Tiffin says:

    The joy is in the journey. 🙂

    1. luvboxerdogs says:

      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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