Same-sex marriage. Equality across a nation today. My thoughts

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A day cemented in the history books my friends. The chatter is loud out there in social media. A chatter that can be viewed as a bit of shouting from both sides of this virtual “wall” that has been officially torn down.

“Equal dignity in the eyes of the law”

I had a lot to say about this topic. I really did. I wanted to perseverate on my personal feelings, my history in the military, my non-religious up-bringing and how many ‘gay’ people I know, and how many ‘gay’ people I’ve known in my short time on this earth to be such genuine souls.

But I’ve decided to keep in short and simple. Here’s the one thought I have on the equality of marriage.

How would have my life been for the past ten years, had I been told, by the law, that I could not marry my best friend, I could marry my soul mate? That in the eyes of the law, you’re love is not recognized.

The answer is quite simple. I would have a very different life.

And now those who have had to lead that ‘different’ life, get a chance to express themselves properly in the eyes of the law.

Game. Set. Match my friends.

It’s really that simple. Love is universal. Don’t make it any more complicated than it has to be. Hate begets hate, don’t forget that.

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Friday Fun Fact

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Millennials, or those born from 1982 through 2000, now make up more than a quarter of the U.S. population, exceeding Baby Boomers (1946-1964) for the first time.

-from U.S Census Bureau

This fun fact is an eye-opener in regards to population behavior and the paradigm shift in social habits, the market and of course just good ole’ fashion relationships. I mean you have noticed there are some changes goin’ on with how we as humans interact with each other haven’t you?

Things that make you go hmmm.

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My week Instagrammed

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A quick recap of my past week. Life at work has started to normalize a bit, at least for the moment. Celebrated my beautiful wife’s birthday. Celebrated my Nephew’s High School graduation. Oh, and summer is officially jump-started…

 

 

Me and the birthday girl being wayy to serious. I knew there was a reason I married her.

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Some weekly meal prep for my lunches at work. I gotta eat better…. #paleo

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My Instagrammed Week

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My week of Instagramification :

Let's go, get up, get moving. You all know what makes the green grass grow. #staythecourse.

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It's Friday, destroy some fucking cities this weekend. #staythecourse

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WORD. . @officialdoyoueven 👈

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Happy Mother's Day to all the great moms out there! Especially our own JuggerMami @marisainda #MomStrong

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Be you, whatever that may be. www.jekyllhydeapparel.com

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I thought maybe I’d start sharing some of my ‘liked’ photos I find throughout the week. Whether I’ll post this every Friday or not, only time (and my schedule) will tell. I have finally accepted that my blogging, my storytelling and my sharing is completely dictated by my life’s schedule. How many days I’m working my full-time CRNP job, how many days a week I’m coaching, and if there are any events coming up that  I need to attend. Summer season is upon us, so life will definitely get busy.

I’m going to experiment with some ideas for keeping my blog afloat. I thought maybe I’d pose questions to my readers. See what kind of responses I get. I’m chatting more on Twitter these days with the Nurseverse/Nursosphere/Nursetweeps. And of course I’m still pluggin’ away with coaching.

We have a weightlifting meet tomorrow, so wish my athlete luck!!!

 

Fun Fact Friday…

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This year millennials will overtake Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living generation in the US with 75.3 million members, according to recent population projects released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

via Whole Foods’ Mistake in Millennial Segmentation | Katie Martell | LinkedIn.

I was reading the original article when I came across this lil’ nugget of info. Not really sure how accurate it is, but it sure makes me feel old…

 

Blogging 101. Day Three: Say Hello to the Neighbors

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Blogging is a communal experience; if you didn’t want anyone to read your posts, you’d keep a private diary. Today, begin engaging with the blogging community, the first step in building an audience.

Today’s assignment: follow five new topics in the Reader and five new blogs.

Why spend time reading other blogs?

  • Publishing posts is only half of blogging — engaging with the community is the other.
  • Considering what other bloggers write will inspire you and sharpen your thoughts.

Part of what makes blogging such a rich experience are the relationships we develop with people from around the world. Those relationships only happen when we engage with one another — just look at The Commons. Plus, reaching out to other bloggers is the best way to have them return the favor.

The first step is finding the people you want to connect with. By following topics you care about in the Reader, you’ll discover a world of blogs. Some of them will become favorite reads, and some of their authors will become your fans.

I’m really bad at this. In the beginning, I was all about the readers and fellow bloggers. Now I’m choosy. My attention span has diminished greatly. Call me an old-bitty blogger I guess. After almost a decade of doing this, blog posts have to catch my attention. Nursing blog posts get recycled over and over again by the new and seasoned Nurse bloggers because we share the same joys and experience the same woes. It’s not a bad thing, not at all. It just makes it hard for me to follow and read other bloggers.

I know. I’m a bad blogger. Here I want you to read my stuff… yet I’m admitting to not reading your stuff. It’s probably why I don’t have many followers these days. It reminds me of the joke my friend Mike and I shared for a while. Anyone remember these guys?

I’m  going to try harder. I’ve started to dedicate a slot of time each AM to blogging. I’ll try and read more blogs while I’m at it. Time is not a luxury I have. But, then again I’m probably not the only one with a finite amount of time, yet you find the time to read my stuff. I’m going to make an effort to stop being such a bigot.

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*Update* – I posted this to my draft in the morning… and never got around to reading any blogs by the end of the day. I suck at this. Grr.

 

Blogging 101 Challenge. Day Two: Take Control of Your Title and Tagline

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You set your blog’s address when you registered at WordPress.com, but your blog’s title — what readers see on your site when they visit — can be changed at any time. Today, let’s make sure you love yours.

Today’s assignment: edit your title and tagline.

Why?

  • The title is the first thing most readers will see.
  • Your title and tagline work with elements like your address and theme to give visitors context and help them decide to stick around.

Your title doesn’t need to be the same as your blog’s URL — just because your address is maryjanesmith922.wordpress.com doesn’t mean you need to call your blog maryjanesmith922. Your title should reflect you.

A title is typically only a few words, so consider adding a tagline — a phrase that appears under your title and helps flesh it out. Think “Burger King: Have It Your Way,” or The Daily Post: The Art and Craft of Blogging.” Look at the post you wrote yesterday. Why are you here? What will we find on your blog? Let us know in your tagline.

Try listing adjectives that describe your personality, and play around with the words until you can tweak them into a name that’s catchy but uniquely “you.” Puns always work well. Start with certain common phrases, songs, and literary titles, and then mix the words up. Or use your own name in a clever way.

We’ve also got some examples of great taglines, along with a few tips on creating one that stands out in the blogging crowd:

  • Avoid repeating your site title. Your tagline is a space to share some context on what your site is about. Take advantage of it.
  • Keep it short and sweet. Thirty and 40 word taglines leave us breathless. Be concise.
  • Be original. Don’t let your blog’s tagline become another in the sea of “musings about thoughts” — make sure it tells us something about you.

My Strong Medicine

The adventures of a novice Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. My life’s Mixtape. I’m a USAW weightlifter. I coach. A mobility maven. And I CrossFit.

Ironically I just changed my tag line last week when I gave it a face-lift here. I re-worded my tag line to add the Hodge-podge nature of my blog. Ergo the term ‘Mixtape’. An awesome idea that I ‘borrowed from one of the Fitness/Inspiration Company’s that I frequent called ‘Compete Everyday‘. They put out a Sunday ‘Mixtape’ blog post that is just bits & pieces of links of interest that is related to their overall mission.

The former 80’s wild-child loved the idea of the term Mixtape, so… yeah. I borrowed the term as part of my tag line. So not going to change my tag line.

Would I change my blog title? Change it from My Strong Medicine.

Nah.

It completely encapsulates what me, my life, and my blogging has been about. I mean when I first started this journey I chose ‘To Be A Strong One’ as my blog title. Whew, that was horrid.. vague.. and good ole’ fashion tacky. It really didn’t explain anything about my blog, my blogging goal or my life.

So I’m pretty happy with my Title and Tag Line. Mostly because I blog about more than one thing. But I do stick to the topics that I’ve mentioned before. I used to blog about anything under the sun. Nowadays I stick to personal growth, CrossFit, Weightlifting, Health with a sliver of Nursing thrown in there.

Yep. I’m good. My Strong Medicine stays.

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