Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We Are Living in a Sexist Society

   Call this a rant. Call me a feminist. Say that I'm trying to get out some angry frustration because my four-year-old has surgery tomorrow.... I don't care what people may say about me now because the reality is I've been planning to post this for a few months.
    Many of you know I started my photo challenge early in 2014 (post a picture a day for a year). Well, I didn't make it a year (yet another goal unmet after my divorce....), but I did learn A LOT. Some pics were silly, stupid, racy, but they were all meant to be fun. 
    I did notice something strange early on though; some of the pics were garnering attention I hadn't expected--from women.....

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The 1st Pic I Posted

 
    Even though my book sales began to soar, I had strangers emailing me; some were very kind and concerned while other were quite venomous. 
    A dear friend from long ago sent this to me:

Elisa,
Is this really how you want to be seen?  Your Facebook is public.  Your blog is public.  As a woman, if you aren't a good mother or wife, what are you? That's our place in this world.  Are these pictures showing the "YOU" you want to be and are? A good wife and mother? This isn't the person I knew.
Love ya, girl.

My response:

Dear Friend,
    I'm divorced--and I'm surprised you didn't notice that, since most of my pics are about divorce. I guess I wasn't the best wife on Earth, nor am I perfect--like God. Sometimes I suck at everything and succeed at nothing. Other days I hold the world by its tail.
    I'm a regular girl trying to get by. I'm a single mother, a momentary hero to my kids, an alright cook, a tired writer, a student without a job, an ex-wife, a washed-up businesswoman, an achiever AND a failure...but on the bright side, I think I have nice hair! 
  If you aren't a good wife or mother, what are you? YOU can be anything you want to be. It's foolish to impose limits on ourselves--limits that only exist in one's mind.
  I know you mean well, but I'm just trying to have fun. And--as a bonus--my book sales are climbing! This helps me have extra money to support my kids.
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Another email, from a reader of mine stated: 

  Some people might be offended by the pictures of you in bikinis.

Oh...like this?
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  Emails like this dumbfounded me especially after, with my boyfriend's permission, I started posting pictures of him in a swimsuit. Did anyone send upset emails? No.
    I even posted this pic, and got a response solely about my top--and to think HE wasn't even wearing one!
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    I guess what I'm trying to say is that responses like this, (and the fact that I've discovered how hard it is being a single mom) well, it's discouraging. Life is hard enough, being a woman, fighting to get a high-paying job, being treated like an object on some dates (before meeting Mike of course *blushing*)--even if I wore a turtleneck and baggy pants some men expected a kiss saying things like, "Come on, baby. Just one kiss, dinner was expensive!"
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   This post might seem ridiculous to most. But I just want to say that no matter your sex, your race, your creed...and for women: your pant size, your bra size, your orientation, your height, your outer "beauty," your tattoos, your naired lip--like mine--I don't care. Just be yourself. Make goals! Shoot for the freakin' stars. I'm an AWESOME example of failure. I'm failing right now. But I'm determined to outlast all the bullshit and keep moving forward, beyond my haters, nay-sayers, and all who don't really care. I hope somebody out there will "get" this post. I hope YOU will see your potential :)

Best to you--I'll post about Indy's surgery tomorrow,
Elisa

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

More details about my daughter's surgery.

The doctor asked for me to try keeping Indy calm until the surgery Thursday. No crying. No jumping, etc. I guess her ovary is what was mainly coming through the hernia (that's what's been bothering her when she says her stomach hurts).
Anyway, everyone (even her three siblings) have been treating her like a princess--especially after finding out about the incision and 2-3 week recovery. 
But...maybe she's enjoying it too much? This morning at breakfast she said, "Things just keep getting nicer and nicer." Then--under her breath--"Happy birthday to you... Happy birthday to you... Happy birthday dear, Indy! Everyone loves you!" Ummm...her birthday isn't until February.
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#NervousForHerSurgery
#LoveMyBaby
#HerniasSuck 
#TimeMovesSlow

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Please pray for my daughter--who cares about the stupid pics I was posting!

*feeling scared*

You know how my son had a diaphragmatic hernia and died? Well, I just found out my four-year-old has a hernia in a different place. She needs a surgery to have the same type of mesh--that my son had--sewn into her abdominal area. I know I should calm down, but I'm scared.


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My Gorgeous Princess
(who I sometimes call Doctor Jones)

     So many memories rushed into my mind as the doctor tried to explain hernias and mesh--like I didn't live through all of that already.
    Anyway, long story short, she'll be having a surgery at Primary Children's. Can you pray for my little girl if you have time? 



*sobbing*

A Worried Mother

Mom said, "no," but I say "YES"

I'm still laughing about this one.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Oh, Bob Ross, I'm IN LOVE!

Oh, baby!
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Are kids getting smarter these days?

I love it!

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Captions please? What a..."hot" dog?

I REALLY need help with this one!



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Saturday, August 9, 2014

A new book and 5 FREE eBooks for 5 whole days!

To celebrate that I have a new book coming out in October *squeal* and another romantic novel slated for the beginning of 2015, I've decided to give away some free eBooks. 

The Sword of Senack 

How to Avoid Having Sex

The Golden Sky

Homeless in Hawaii

Bible Girl & the Bad Boy

 

 


Look for "Threaded Dreams" (a compilation of my best short stories) in early October! :)



And now for the picture of the day.
She's a lot stronger than she looks!
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Friday, August 8, 2014

Grandparents--they're what life is all about!

Livin' the dream :)
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Pre-teens--are they ALL about fashion?

My oldest is growing up!
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Are you scared of clowns!

I bought her some makeup for Jr. High...this is how she repays me? 
Fear of clowns still intact?...CHECK!
ROFL
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Captions Please? Why I love shopping with my boyfriend.

My boyfriend is hilarious. There we were, shopping for birthday gifts, when I turned around to see this!
*still smiling*
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Monday, August 4, 2014

EVERYONE loves beards these days!

These kids crack me up!!!
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

An old-time hair curling machine :)

So....we used one of those 
old-time hair curling machines....
Epic!!!

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

It's hard now; how will I make it through the teen years???

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Friday, August 1, 2014

100 Most Beautiful Teen Girls!

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Gotta love phone apps and Photoshop! *smiling*

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mid-life crisis...at 31?

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Before...and after!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kids are hilarious! Awe, young love....

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Just hunting for typos!

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