Monday, June 11, 2012

Never Surrender Blogfest

This week is the Never Surrender blogfest hosted by the lovely Elana Johnson. Her new book, SURRENDER, was released June 5th. Go check out the participants of the blogfest and how to get a copy of her new book here. For this blogfest, you must post about something you never gave up on, something you fought for . . .you never surrendered.

When I signed up for this, I had no idea what to write. In fact, as I'm writing this, I'm still not sure. What have I fought for? Never gave up on? These thoughts are leading to--Is/was my life that boring? Am I a wimp? Many pieces of my life I've fought for things, but to me may not be significant. It's not like I was stuck on a mountain for days thinking about eating my own hand. I grew up in the suburbs went to high school, then college, got a job, got married, had kids, and here I am blogging and writing and raising my family. Now it hits me. Through each part of my life, I never gave up, I fought for something, even if it wasn't news-worthy.

1. Growing up--I was a shy kid, other kids pushed me around, you know the whole bully girl. In 3rd grade, this girl made me hold her purse at recess while she played. After a while, I told my mom and she told me to tell this bully girl, no, and to find other friends to play with. I was nervous and scared and finally did tell her. She insisted I hold it, but I turned and went and played with someone else.

2. High school--I was part of the alternative crowd--goth kids, punk kids, skaters--I never gave up on my friends because they were there for me.

3. College--It was college. I never wanted to leave, but I had to and did graduate on time. So I never gave up on studying.

4. Job--I got a job in my field and I pushed myself to prove myself in the field of interior design. Even when my boss would put me down, and yell at me (yes, she yelled, she called it nice bitch, not going there) I still pushed through to learn all I could. I don't work there anymore.

5. Married--I never give up on my hubby. I love him to death, and even though we have our differences (who doesn't), we work together and never give up on us.

6. Kids--I support them and do everything I can to raise them right. I would never give up on them. After my little gal was born (she was my first), I went through a little hole of depression. I knew only I could get myself out of it, so I pushed myself, even though the temptation was there, I never gave up on me so I could be the best mom that I can be.

7. Writing--This is the part you know about. You hear me talk about it lots. I have to say it's the first thing that has made me push myself beyond my own limits. I want to prove myself, and achieve my goals, while pleasing my writer passion of creating stories. Sure, there are dreams, and I know I can get there, because I can never surrender.

That was a lot longer than I intended and some of that may not be relevant. Sorry. Go check out the other participants and Elana's book, SURRENDER.

Also, Elana will be guest posting on my blog, Friday!!

When have you never surrendered?

Have a great day!


  1. Standing up to bullies is one of the hardest things to do, especially when you're young!

  2. See, you didn't surrender on a lot of things!

  3. Excellent post! Sometimes we forget that the little triumphs are even more important than the big ones. After all, they happen more often and they define our daily existence.

    Like walking into school every morning determined to teach even the kids who don't want to be taught.

  4. Great post. It's not giving up in every big aspect of our lives that makes the difference! Thanks for sharing!

  5. *snort* on the nice bitch part. I've worked with a few of those. More like they've got an ego issue more than anything else.

    You're right, Christine. It's not about the big moments. It's about those small ones too (which feel big at the time).

  6. I love this! You've fought for so many things, and it sounds like you've created such a wonderful life for yourself.

  7. In the past year, I surrendered to using Raid in my bedroom to kill hornets in my window because I'm terrified of them and didn't want to get any closer! And my husband wasn't home to kill them! Only happened once b/c then we discovered the nest stuck up under the lip of the window.

    it's the small things year to year that we don't let get us down!

  8. I think a lot of good things come out of life when we don’t give up.

  9. This was very inspiring to read! I am so glad I found your blog today :) It sounds like you are a very determined person, I know you will do well with whatever you set your heart on!


  10. I had to learn in college as well even though I only wanted to party. Bad AA. You're an inspiration!

  11. As moms, we gave birth. That's heroic. We rock.
    Glad I found your blog. :)

  12. So true - we triumph at things everyday in each stage of our lives. Maybe that is why I love going to sleep every night... my reward for making it through another day!

  13. WOW, this post is made of awesome sauce, Christine. We DO push ourselves in daily mundane life and it makes a difference in who we become!

    Want to hear a strange one? In one of my books, I have the bully girl tell her friend to hold her purse at a party--so um, WOW!

  14. I'm sure I've never surrendered at something, but it's not coming to my mind right now. I'm that tired. I enjoyed your post though.

  15. I liked the post. There are several instances of not giving up and some are continuous. It's all good. You captured the theme well.

  16. Stopping by from the blogfest...I love this post. It's a great reminder of the day to day "never surrendering" we do. Thanks for sharing! *new follower*

  17. Great post. It's true that each stage of our lives seem to have their defining moments. I'm glad you told that girl you wouldn't hold her purse! Sheesh.

    And look how far you've come! Thanks for participating in the blog tour.

  18. You were a goth kid?? :) I'm glad you pointed out that not surrendering doesn't have to always be about life & death struggles or insurmountable odds. It lives and breathes with the little things first! Thank you for reminding us of that! :)