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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



Woo Hoo!! The Guat Makes 200!

22 Jul

I’ve reached it. I’ve done it. I’m there. Now 165 more to go.

To most people it really isn’t a big deal. Two hundred days is something that happens to them no matter what goes on in the world. They go to sleep, they wake up, and it’s there.  The day. Two hundred of them crossed off the calendar they got from Target. If you’re Latino you cross off your days from the panaderia calendar you got for free … you know the one with the Aztec warrior in full head-dress costume kneeling down or holding some chick in a white dress in his arms. No worries we have one too.

But I don’t need that calendar to mark off the days. I got this one. Word Press counted down.

I’m not one of those people who don’t appreciate little milestones. I’ve learned from all the crappy moments I’ve had that I need to celebrate the little things to get me those moments of happiness. I’m sure if I was Oprah or someone like that, I wouldn’t be making such a hoopla about all this, she’s got a lot more to celebrate than just 200 days. But I’m not Oprah so I’m hanging on to these little moments. And I’ve realized throughout this blogging experience that I’ve come across a select few who also appreciate a milestone of this nature.

I party like little Woodstock

Writers. Bloggers.

Food bloggers, travel bloggers, movie bloggers, music bloggers, television bloggers, sports bloggers, adventure seeking bloggers, inspirational bloggers, mom bloggers, dad bloggers … all kinds of bloggers. You most definitely appreciate 200 days of writing because you’re in the writing trenches with me.

So how is it that I celebrated such an accomplishment today. Did I call somebody? Did I tell somebody? No, this was not a main topic for conversation, apparently it’s sort of an email or text-worthy accomplishment for some people. However, I feel that all the little Guat stories I’ve shared deserve more than just a polite “Oh. That’s cool,” via text. If I get a text I’m looking for the best damn text you’ve sent. I’m looking for something more along the lines of “Holy Crap! That’s great!” But the only one who can say something like that is me and I can’t really text or call myself, so instead I’m celebrating myself.

And random people might read this and think well … that’s not such a big deal. It’s good, but not great. But before you go burning me out, have you ever done something worthwhile 200 times? 200 times in six months?

I have, so I’m giving myself a pat on the back. I’m toasting to myself. I’ve learned that if I’m not gonna do it, then who is, right? So I raise my glass of Framboise and toast to celebrating the Guat. If you have a drink, raise it up … Salud!

I celebrate that for 200 times, I’ve been smart enough to find humor in the “suckiest” of situations … Well, most of the time. I celebrate that even after a 12-hour mom shift and an extra gray hair, I still have the energy to write something genuine be it funny, embarrassing, dramatic, inspiring, or heartfelt and then press that publish button in the wee hours of the night. Every night. It’s so late that I actually have to use the word wee. I celebrate that I’ve done this 200 times. I celebrate that each of my 200 posts have been viewed by at least one person. I celebrate the like button, but I party hard when the comment section gets a visitor. I celebrate my followers, all 160+ of you. WOO-HOO! You decided that even though you’ve never met me, you think I’m amusing enough to check out on a weekly basis. I’ll drink twice to that one.

I celebrate The Guat. I celebrate The Wish Factor’s 200th post. I celebrate it with Framboise, some awesome Hawaiian chocolate, a Guat smile, and some dance moves. Some bad-ass La Chona dance moves and then an episode of Breaking Bad.