#AtoZChallenge 2023 Reflection

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Sunday Poser #118 – Life’s influences

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CFFC: Smiles

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Sunday Poser #116 – Listen to Parents

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Friday Fictioneers: Too Early

PHOTO PROMPT © Na’ama Yehuda
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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #232: Looking Back

Happy Sunday! Sofia from Photographias is leading this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and the topic of “Looking Back” was chosen.

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#Bloganuary 2023 Prompt Day 2 and 3

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Share Your World – Week of December 12, 2022

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Sunday Poser #85 – Father’s Day

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Sunday Poser #83 – Second Chances

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #196: Humor

John from John’s Space leads this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #196 with the challenge theme of Humor. Way to pick the theme, John, you really have me digging into my head and my archives.

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#Bloganuary Prompt Day 15 – Life Lessons

Day 15

What is a life lesson you feel everyone can benefit from learning?

If there’s anything I’ve learned in my 30 years on Earth is you cannot count on anyone but yourself. This lesson was cemented into my core when I was young when my mom left for the U.S and I was left in China.

She recently revealed to me as we were scanning and digitizing old pictures that she didn’t know I was going to be treated so awful when she left.

I was 7-year-old when she left. She told me she was just going to tour America and that she was going to be back before I know it but she ended up staying and didn’t return until 3 years later, during which I was constantly lectured and punished for being a girl while my male cousins were being spoiled like little princes.

Less than a year after mom left, my aunt, uncle, cousin, and I went shopping in a department store. I was browsing when the ladies around me started screaming, one even fainted. At first I didn’t know what was going on but then one of them shrieked, “your hand.” That’s when I realized blood was spurting from my left hand.

Why I didn’t feel anything? I’m not sure.

Meanwhile, my tiny cousin was standing next to me, in his hand was a bloody cleaver, and my aunt and uncle were nowhere to be found. Who lets their 2-year-olds run around the store? Beats me. And what kind of department puts cleaver display on the lower shelf? Again beats me.

Anyway, it wasn’t long until the adults appeared and my bloody hand was wrapped in cloth and we were walking to the hospital, which, thankfully, was next to the department store. My uncle accompanied me to get my hand stitched while my aunt waited outside as she has a fear of blood.

It was during the stitching when my pain finally registered in my brain. “I’ll get you some ice cream when we’re done here, I promise.” My uncle said when I began sniffing, trying to hold back my tears.

He never fulfilled that promise. The moment we got home that afternoon was the moment they treated like the last few hours never happened. The ice cream never came up again and that’s when I realized, adults lie. They don’t keep their promises.

It was also that moment I promised to get myself whatever I want when I am grown up and have a job because the only person I can only ever trust is myself.

#Bloganuary Prompt Day 4 – Favorite Toy

What was your favorite toy as a child?

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #168: Seen Better Days

This week, on Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #168, Tina from Travels and Trifles is our host and she’s chosen the theme of Seen Better Days and the first thing that flew to my mind was my trip to China in 2017.

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Well, Bonkers!

Photo by David Veksler on Unsplash

As a kid, do you ever have store where you go in and feel like you want to buy everything? For me, that store was either Circuit City or Best Buy or Fry’s Electronics when I was living in California.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Preparation

Though it’s a little blurry, I think this photo fits this week’s topic of Preparation. Isn’t this little guy just the cutest? He’s about to jump to try to catch the bubble.

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am a Worrywart

For a naively optimistic person, I worry a lot and about lots of things.

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I Often Over-Analyze

Photo by ᴊᴀᴄʜʏᴍ ᴍɪᴄʜᴀʟ on Unsplash

Life is but a never-ending chess match. One wrong move and you might lose.

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I have Nyctophobia

I have Nyctophobia. It’s another word for an irrational fear of night or darkness. My brain and heart are fighting each other on this. My brain says this is an irrational fear but brain, can you please tell that to my heart when it’s thudding like a high-rhythmic beating drum when I’m in the dark?

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am Hopeful

I don’t recall when I developed this ridiculously hopeful attitude toward life – that everything will get better eventually, that something is better than nothing, glass is half-full kind of person.

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am working on being Generous

“Don’t be so selfish,” my mom would chide whenever I refuse to help or whenever I refuse to share food with somebody. I hated being called that because I feel like that’s all I’ve been doing my whole life – sharing and never getting enough for myself.

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I Have Feelings, Too

When I was in middle school or high school, my mom would often point out teasingly that I have a low EQ (emotions quotient), sort of like low IQ except with emotions.

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#AtoZChallenge 2021 – I am Easygoing

I consider myself to be an easygoing person but of course, because of my doubtfulness, I am not certain I’m viewed as this person in some people’s eyes. In the past, I’ve had people give me conflicted ideas – people tell me I’m mean, people tell me I’m too nice and need to be meaner – you can see why I’d be confused.

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