Day 17: I Don’t Have the Best Advice

*Welcome new followers!  Y’all like the theory behind boots.  That was actually a bit of a random post as I’m in the middle of a 31 Days series; 31 Days of Weakness to be exact.  Don’t worry, it’s not depressing!  It’s actually very uplifting and fun.  You can read the entire series, thus far, here.  The truth is this thing was supposed to end on October 31, but alas, one of my weaknesses *for sure* is that I can not post 7 days a week so we are carrying forward until the 31 posts are over.  It is one of my favorite series that I’ve written so far so I hope everyone is enjoying reading as much as I enjoy writing them.

Anyways, one of my favorite parts of interacting with new readers is that I stumble upon their blog (if they have one) and see what they are doing.  And, lo and behold, this time around I came across The Better Man Project, which is all about the journey of one guy becoming a better man. (Heyyo – we need more like him!)

Well (I’m getting somewhere with this I promise) one of his posts asks for everyone to leave a comment including the best advice they ever received.  So, as I eagerly clicked on the Reply button and got ready to type, I surprisingly realized that I don’t know the best advice I ever received!!  I was shell-shocked.  I searched pinterest, the abyss of my mind, and my soul to find that one important saying and I couldn’t identify it.  I was sad.

I do, however, remember a couple of important things that affected me throughout the years.  There’s not one that I could pinpoint as the best, but maybe, we don’t need it to be the best to make us better.

1. “Celebrate every year of your life.” – My mother

I was turning the ripe age of 20 when my mom gave me this advice.  I was disappointed, at the time, that it was not my 21st birthday.  I just wanted to get into bars legally!  But, she is right.  At the time, waiting 365 days to turn a year older felt like an eternity.  Now, not so much.  And as the bigger years are approaching, I’m ever more wanting to hold on to the small days.  Remembering this saying comforts me.  Another year just gives me another time to look around and be grateful for where I am at that moment.

2. Find your passion

I like to collect quotes.  I noticed a couple of years ago that I have a lot of quotes on passion.  I used to look at these and actually get depressed.  Why?  Because, at the time, I didn’t know my passion.  It’s one thing to have one and to hold on.  Sure, I knew I could do the holding, but what about the grabbing, the searching, the finding.  I needed that to happen first.

That’s when I realized the point of all the quotes.  It’s to go find it, Caitlin.  Stop being so worried about not having it yet because the point is that you need to spend the time searching.  And, no matter how long it takes you, it will be worth it.

3. “Surround yourself with those who are only going to lift you higher” -Oprah?

It’s been one of my favorite quotes since high school and it’s never failed me.  Enough said.

*What’s the best advice you ever received?  Or OK… maybe not the ‘best’, but any advice?  ;)

**I’m participating in a 31 Days series with numerous other writers.  To read my entire series, please view this page.

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Boots: The New Mood Ring! or How to Tell Your Woman’s Mood from Her Boots

*Readers!* Sorry for the delay.  I actually haven’t been skipping out on writing, but I’ve been writing for somebody else (as well as here)! Cheater!  I’ll hopefully be sharing links to those guest posts with you in the next couple of weeks.

Carry on…

I think I was in elementary school / early middle school when I received my first mood ring.  Do you remember those things?  I’m pretty sure they rocked.  No matter what day, time, or circumstances were going on in my life, my ring was always blue…  Hmm.

Regardless of the ring’s inability to change, I remember thinking that I always wanted it to be a ‘happy’ color because then maybe the boys would see me as a happy ol’ gal.  On second thought, I’m not sure why I cared.  I’m almost positive that they were not paying any attention to the stinkin’ ring.  Plus, this was only some years after that one boy punched me in the stomach because he “liked” me. I still haven’t gotten over that one.

Unfortunately for him, us LADIES on the playground didn’t rock boots back then.  Otherwise, he might have known, in advance, that I was in no mood for punching.  “Why?”, you ask.  Because our choice of boots for the day/evening is every sign of what is going on in our head.

Yes, gentlemen, fear not, I will walk you through the entire thing.

1. Flats

nine west

Nine West

If your woman is donning some boots that have no heel, I repeat NO heel, PROCEED WITH CAUTION.  This is usually indication that she is no mood for walking around, let alone, putting up with something that you’ve done wrong.  You will win a tremendous amount of brownie points by offering to help with something — dishes, carrying groceries, back rubs, etc.

2. Booties




This is a tough one.  We are in a gray area here, gentlemen.  Women rock the booties when they feel ‘cute.’  That is cute – not sexy, dare-devil, fearless.  A couple of extra boosts of confidence would be nice here.  Ex:  “Aw, you look hot today.”  “Can I help with the dishes?” <– That’s a trick question that works every time.

3. ‘The’ Stiletto Boots (as in ‘The’ Ohio State University)


Michael Kors

Jackpot!  Jackpot!  Jackpot!  Move quickly here, men.  Your woman is feeling sassy.  She knows what she wants and she’s got that pep in her step.  You will probably get away with a lot here – bad jokes, burping, vulgar language, quick glance at another woman… wait, stop.. you went too far.  Also, be quick with it!  If she’s rocking the stiletto boots because they are NEW, a blister injury could come soon!  And then she can’t walk, which means… Flats!

**This post was inspired by a writing opportunity for