Sometimes Addiction is a Good Thing

24 Sep

Nicotine. Alcohol. Crack. Cocaine. Meth. Gambling. Sex. Food. Shopping. And The Wish Factor.  Apparently all of these things can cause addictive behaviors. Stuff that requires you to lie to yourself and others until you hit rock bottom and eventually find Jesus, and then you stand in a room full of other anonymous people reciting the Serenity Prayer. All of these addictions create this downward spiral except  … me … The Guat and my blog. I’m more of a roller coaster ride. Although, some people may not like roller coasters.

But some people do … apparently about 200 of you, more or less. But who really enjoys me? Who would consider me DVR worthy if I was a show on cable? Who considers reading my blog a habit-forming, dire-need, compulsion in a non-stalker kind of way?


Andrea … Andrea Kelly from The Hand-Written Life. She’s a writer, reader, and life blogger who muses over books, television, music, and life’s moments. She thought I was so DVR worthy that she nominated me for The Addictive Blog Award. I had no idea that the blogging world had honors such as these. But I gladly accept and thank Andrea for this badass badge of honor.

Incidentally I also wanted to thank the hilarious Cayman Thorn from Drinks Well With Others who constantly cracks me up, and painter, designer, and writer True Design Living for nominating me for the Lovely Blog Award a while back. Also wanted to thank All Access Pass, a badass educator worthy of a Mr. Holland Opus-Stand and Deliver nod for sending the Liebster Blog Award my way.

I was originally given these honors months ago by other bloggers who were featured in a post. But just because you get something twice or even three times, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be grateful, right? Back-to-back champions don’t just wear one ring. So I thought I would give them a quick shout-out for appreciating my blog and spreading the back-to-back awards.

So aside from thanking Andrea Kelly from The Hand-Written Life, nominating 10 other blogs, and posting the badge on my site, the Addictive Blog Award rules suggest that I am to share a little bit about why I blog and how I started the journey.

I know it’s corny, but it’s the truth. My blogging journey started as a New Year’s Resolution for 2012.It wasn’t about losing weight, being a better person, or drinking less. My resolution centered on starting a blog and being able to write everyday … 365 days. Write something. Write with passion. Write with truth. And most importantly write with humor. It was a goal.

However, the idea was planted by two of my dearest friends Victor and Veronica. Let’s hear it for the Vs. No they’re not married. They don’t even live in the same state, and they probably just met once … at my wedding … probably waiting in line to dance with me during the Dollar Dance.

They read a couple of my short stories, and listened to plenty of my Guat life experiences throughout the years and couldn’t believe I wasn’t out there in the blogging community. They suggested that aside from my sports and Great Outdoors stories that were roaming around newspapers and journalistic websites I should put my regular stories out there.  Who knows, right?

Who knows what will come of people reading how I maced myself  in the middle of the street at midnight, how I embarrassed myself in front of hundreds at a U2 concert, how I danced like a champion to La Chona at a college bar, how I nearly died after The Pinkberry Experience but only ended up peeing on myself in public,  how I attempt to be a successful mother of two kids without completely losing it on a daily basis, or how I try to write most of my life’s moments, embarrassing or not, as if they were Saturday Night Live skits. Who knows, right?

It started off with a resolution and a who knows, but my blogging continues because it gives me purpose as a writer. It gives me a daily goal to be creative, to share my stories, to build up chapters in a  future book, to practice humor when all I want to do is crawl under a rock or drown in chocolate, and to feel less like loser when I get rejection letters from agents or publishers because at least I’m writing something. This is why The Wish Factor continues. So I hope you enjoy the ride.

Now it’s time for me to pay it forward … the nominees … they make me laugh, they crack me up, some of them take great pictures which makes me wish I had a better camera, and some of them share life stories. They’re all good and they always get a visit from me. I encourage you to stop by and check them out.

These are my addictions.



Drinks Well With Others

Lame Adventures

Me 2.0

Blissful Adventurer

Domestic Diva M.D.

The Strugglers Handbook

This Man’s Journey

The Time is Write

Unabashedly Poetic

Patrick Latter Photography

Another Day in Paradise




19 Responses to “Sometimes Addiction is a Good Thing”

  1. adinparadise September 25, 2012 at 1:37 AM #

    Congrats on your well deserved awards, and thanks so much for thinking of me.:) I really enjoy your writing, and you often give me those belly laughs which are good for my tummy muscles, so keep it up. 🙂

    • The Guat September 26, 2012 at 9:40 AM #

      Thanks 🙂 I’m glad I could give your stomach muscles some exercises early in the day. Congrats yourself world traveler 🙂

  2. 76sanfermo September 25, 2012 at 6:57 AM #

    I’M wordless in front of your so spontaneous way of writing! You are,evidently ,a very rich personality, capable of sharing her genius with all of us….thanks so much! I’ll try to follow you from now on . I’m an Italian , my English is poor( did you understand me?) but: congrats!!! Anna

    • The Guat September 29, 2012 at 9:31 PM #

      Yeah I understand you you’re funny … no worries. Anything positive always translates. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      • 76sanfermo September 30, 2012 at 12:19 AM #

        No kidding! I meant that,dearThe guat!

  3. lameadventures September 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM #

    Thanks Guat. You’re a buddy and I do enjoy your Guat moments. In your honor I just polished off some dark chocolate non-pareils. I’d lift a glass of something red and alcoholic in a toast to you, but I’m at The Grind so that will have to wait until I’m cut loose.

    • The Guat September 25, 2012 at 2:09 PM #

      Celebrating with chocolate is a great thing, but don’t forget to raise that glass at Happy Hour 🙂 Congrats to you!

  4. Andrea Kelly September 26, 2012 at 12:41 AM #

    Thank you so much for the awesome words! You rock! And I’m glad the V’s encouraged the blog, what would I be addicted to otherwise?? As far as vices go I’d say I’m pretty safe if I stick with you and the chocolate 😉

    • The Guat September 27, 2012 at 9:39 PM #

      Dude … chocolate is an awesome vice. Most people on diets wouldn’t agree, but I just say walk it off. But I am glad you enjoy my posts. It’s a mutual feeling.

      • Andrea Kelly October 1, 2012 at 2:39 PM #

        Seriously, diet…or chocolate plus exercise? Always chocolate. Always!

  5. Thestrugglershandbook September 26, 2012 at 8:53 AM #

    Thanks for the mention, and congrats on the award!

  6. Krystal Rose September 27, 2012 at 3:34 PM #

    Thanks so much for thinking of me here! It is much appreciated and it is a very mutual feeling, indeed. I know that you were obviously nominated for this award, which serves as the cause of this post, however, I am still adding you as one of my 10 in my post to now follow because you are definitely my brand of heroine. Keep up the great storytelling, which gives me a reason to sign on to WP, considering I slack off on posting anything new quite often…maybe my resolution for 2013 will be like yours was, that is, if I can stop scrolling through my reader and head on over to my dashboard! 🙂

    • Krystal Rose September 27, 2012 at 3:56 PM #


      • The Guat September 27, 2012 at 9:43 PM #

        Ha! Heroin I got it … you crack me up! You got this award. Well-deserved. I always look forward to your stories and now that you’re hitched more adventures are to come 🙂

        • Krystal Rose September 27, 2012 at 9:54 PM #

          Phew! Good thing you got it! 😉 Haha! Thanks! We shall see what the future brings, no matter what it’ll be interesting. Life always is!

  7. Cayman Thorn September 27, 2012 at 5:42 PM #

    YOU’RE the addiction, Miss SoCal. But I plan on an official acceptance speech this weekend. It will be sweeter than chocolate. Okay, scratch that. It’ll be an official acceptance speech with some pay back coming your way. You’re the best.

    • The Guat September 27, 2012 at 9:35 PM #

      Thanks so much for the awesome words. I’m glad I’m up there with chocolate and happy that you’ve accepted the award because you are definitely badass.

  8. island traveler September 30, 2012 at 3:30 AM #

    Congratulations! What a fulfilling and meaningful resolution, ” My resolution centered on starting a blog and being able to write everyday … 365 days. Write something. Write with passion. Write with truth.” I share you dream and the hope of creating something that will touch other people. Blogging thought me so many things. At first I thought it was about self expression but then I realized it is more than that. It is about discovering ourselves, of others and the world, of what is life is all about. Thanks for sharing this. It’s an honor and a joy.

  9. Cayman Thorn October 4, 2012 at 3:35 PM #

    Guat- I’m just now getting to that acceptance speech. At this pace, I’m definitely going to be late for my own funeral. Which, I always took to be a good thing anyways….

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