OLD FRIENDS NEW FRIENDS….I love my old friends that have stayed in my life on purpose….I love my new friends that have entered or will enter….Both give me perspective that the other cannot give….My old friends tell me who I was and the travels I have been on. We laughed together and cried together and built our dreams together……When life sort of took us on separate roads we still remained friends as I merged into new trafffic to meet new people with different personalities….....more

Positive Peer Pressure?

NaBloPoMo – January 8, 2014 Wednesday, January 8, 2014 Can peer pressure be positive? Why or why not?~~~~~~~~...more

Swimming Against the Stream

NaBloPoMo – January 7, 2014 Tuesday, January 7, 2014 Tell us about a time when you didn’t bend to peer pressure, and you swam against the stream.~~~~~~~~~~...more

Peer pressure and normal people

The prompt for today’s NaBloPoMo challenge is“Tell us about a time you bent to peer pressure.”...more

Peer Pressure

NaBloPoMo – January 6, 2014 Monday, January 6, 2014 Tell us about a time you bent to peer pressure.~~~~~~~~~~...more

Still on the diet thing? And you won't let go?

Back to the problem of 'Being Told to Diet' by peer pressure.Made difficult (and ultimately annoying) because said 'peer' happens to be someone 'in power' at the office.I am still gonna be stuck in this office for another three months. The money, granted, is good. The pressure, however, to diet, was immense to the point of painful.Yes, I am overweight. Yes, I am still unmarried. No, I am not pug-ugly (hey, I personally think pugs are so fugly they're adorable). Yes, losing a few (dozen) pounds may make men turn their heads toward me -- more....more

Oh Workplace, why do you want me to diet?

I have not worked in a 'professional' (read: office-based) workplace since 2002. Since then, I have gained approximately 20 lbs, but I am healthy (cholesterol - nada, blood pressure - rather low, liver function - spiffy, uric acid - wth is that?). Sure, I'm round in places where women ought to be round, flat where.. well, nowhere other than my forehead. I fit a Medium-petite, US size somewhere between 8-10. Size 34c bra. Size 34 jeans. Am turning thirty-SEVEN this year. As far as I'm concerned, I'm in a pretty good shape....more

Are Toddlers Influenced by Peer Pressure?

Don’t dip your hand in the potty!Don’t use Daddy’s favorite necktie to clean spilled milk!Stop throwing your food at the dog!Noooo! Mommy’s lipstick is not a crayon!That list on top? It could go on for miles.And miles.If you have (or had) a toddler, I’m pretty sure you’ve spewed out tons of phrases that tell your kiddo what she can and can’t do.It’s normal....more

Top Ten Stressors for the Average Teenage Girl

The top ten stressors for the average teenage girl come in many forms. Some may surprise you and some may not, but what they all have in common is a damaging effect on teen self-esteem.Body Image– How she sees herself, how she compares herself to her friends, and the complications of eating disorders.Boys/relationships–Wanting a boy or girl to like her, but not necessarily understanding how to go about it a healthy or positive way. Romanticizing the concept of a relationship....more

No Stone To Throw

It's difficult to be told how to lose weight and be chastised for your weight by a skinny person who has never been obese. But it really takes you for a spin when a former "fattie" assaults you for your choices.   I stumbled upon a blog post about 5 months ago by a young lady ragging on obese women. I mean, just going to town about their disgusting appearance, about how lazy they are, how fat women are a disgrace to the feminist movement...this thing had it all....more