Feel Good Blogging Challenge #7: A Controversial Post

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The weekend took over and I didn’t get a chance to finish the last blog for Alex Beadon’s 7-day Feel Good Blogging Challenge! Also…I didn’t really know what to write about. For this challenge, she asked us to write about a controversial topic. And of course, this is post is not substantiated by facts or science, but by my own opinions and encounters.

Discounts…it may not seem very controversial, but hear me out. The number one discounts we hear about are military discounts. Then perhaps there are student/educator discounts, age discounts, and “group discounts” (e.g. AARP, AAA, etc.). Have you identified with one of these groups and went to purchase something, expecting a discount, come to find out they don’t offer a discount for your group? Some people (like me) are fine with it, and go on with their days. But there are some people who are offended (particularly with military discounts) that the place does not offer the discount. Some even get upset and worked up about it, saying that you don’t support/respect the troops. I’m 100% sure that the store doesn’t intend to not support military members. The store probably doesn’t offer any discounts whatsoever (no matter the group). From what I’ve heard, the military generally takes good care of its members/families. I’m sure there are many stories that prove me wrong, but I haven’t really heard any bad stories. So with all of the other benefits they get, (I’m not sure what, but I know there are many) they shouldn’t complain when the grocery store doesn’t give them a discount on their groceries, or if they can’t get shoes for 10% off…

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In the end, discounts are a touchy subject for some, but definitely not all. And it is such a small thing that it shouldn’t really be a big deal. But for me, if I worked retail and had the power, I’d give anyone who had proof of a “legit” discount the discount. Because that way, you’ll keep that customer coming back in and more importantly, they will spread the word about the excellent customer service your store has. Easier said than done, for sure, but my goal is to be able to provide deployed military members with the opportunities to send flowers to their loved ones, at no cost to them…so yeah, I support a military discount.

What do you think? Agree or disagree?

Feel Good Blogging Challenge #6: A Vulnerable Post

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Here we are at day 6! For today, Alex Beadon has challenged us to write about something vulnerable. If you’ve been keeping up with my Feel Good Blogging Challenge posts, you know that the purpose of this blog is to document my journey to creativity and finding my passions. So that in itself and putting myself out here like this is what makes me vulnerable. And I think because of my lack of passions, that influences how I act around people and contributes to my shyness. When people ask me what I like to do, or what my hobbies are, I can name a long list of things that I enjoy doing. But for whatever reason, I can’t genuinely say “I love going to the beach in my free time.” Yes, I like going to the beach, but to me, since I don’t make the time for it all that often, I don’t consider it a hobby or passion. Make sense? To me, a hobby and/or passion is something that someone does regularly. I don’t do the same thing over and over regularly or consistently.

I’m very reserved in social situations because I don’t like talking about myself due to the fact that I can’t talk about my hobbies/passions. I have several close friends, and I prefer it that way. I don’t like taking ‘social’ risks in fear of what other people might think of me. (I know that I shouldn’t care about other’s opinions, and since high school, I’ve gotten a lot better about it, but I think it’s human nature to want to be accepted so that fear cannot be completely suppressed.

One of the purposes of this blog is to hopefully help me find my passion (which I think is in my business idea {see Day 2}). To do so, I need to be able to open up and successfully network and market myself so that other people believe in me and my goals. But before any of that, I need to believe in myself and take those chances that will help me to reach my full potential! (Which I’m sure is easier said than done, but if it’s my passion, I’ll work for it!

How has being vulnerable made you stronger?

Feel Good Blogging Challenge #5: A Helpful Post

Today’s post is simple yet maybe helpful to some…

I learned a few months back (while helping a coworker solve an issue) that Google/Google Mail ignores the period (.) in your email address, therefore, someone else could be getting your mail, or you could be getting theirs. My coworker was actually receiving someone else’s mail and she called customer support and they said that there was no way to fix it. The period is merely a visual aid. So….

lightning.mcqueen@gmail.com could be receiving lightningmcqueen@gmail.com’s emails or vice versa.

So think twice when creating your email…you might think you’re lucky by getting the perfect email with your first and last name or firstname.lastname. Luckily for me, my name is rather uncommon so I don’t have to worry about it too much:)

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