One of the things I really enjoy when we go to Walt Disney World is looking at the window displays of the Emporium on Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom. The gallery below is the window displays from Christmas 2009.
I am so glad that Daily Post are continuing with the Weekly Photo Challenge – thank you, Daily Post.
I have chosen photos of myself and my son going down Summit Plummet for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge. It was one of those rides that just had to be done but I’m not sure my bum could take doing it again!
Summit Plummet at Blizzard Beach, WDW:
“Not afraid of heights? Take the plunge if you dare!
This premier waterslide attraction for big kids, teens and adults is not for the faint of heart. At a “chilling” 120 feet high, this sky-scraping ski jump of a thrill ride down the slopes of Mount Gushmore is one of the world’s tallest and fastest free-fall body slide.
The adrenalin-pumping vertical drop will send “chills” up your spine as you plunge down the 360-foot long flume and through a darkened tunnel at speeds from 50 to 60 miles per hour.”
We are all born into cultures, families and communities with certain values we naturally inherit. But in order to figure out who we are, we have to revisit those inherited values, and decide for ourselves what to believe, or what to value. Simply believing something because our parents or teachers did assumes they were right, and if they made the same assumption about their parent’s and teachers, when exactly did someone sit down and consider the alternatives?
How can a person define their own identity? Is it good to do this? Why or why not?
I’m going to answer the culture part of this question because it has shaped who I am and helped to instill the values which I live by and, strangely, this is a question that I had already been thinking about over the past couple of days after discovering 3rdculturechildren’s blog. I have always struggled with the question “Where are you from?”, not because I don’t know but because I don’t really know how to decide where I’m from. It’s an easy question for my husband, he was born and bred in Basingstoke and even when he moved out of his parents’ house he still stayed in Hampshire until we moved 240 miles north 10 years ago. If you ask my son, he should say Basingstoke too but since he has spent 10 of his 17 years in York, he may say that instead.
Me? I was born in a London Borough with a postal address of Kent – doesn’t that just complicate things already? Am I from Kent or south-east London? We then moved sometime before my sister was born to East Sussex and emigrated to Australia when I was 2. That started a whole lot of travelling for me – Australia, Bahrain, Malawi, Botswana, Hong Kong and Zimbabwe – between the ages of 2 and 18. I went to school in Bahrain and Malawi but came back to the UK to boarding school at the age of 10 when we moved to Botswana. I went to school in another London Borough but this time with a postal address of Surrey.
So, I usually say that I am from south London but have been influenced by the places that I have lived, especially Africa and Hong Kong as they are the places I have the most memories. This, apparently, makes me a Third Culture Kid as I was born into my parents’ culture but due to the experiences of different cultures during my childhood I have my own different culture. 3rdculturechildren explains the term Third Culture Kid very well in her blog. However, when we go away to other countries etc I just say that I am from York as, having spent a lot of time with my Yorkshire grandmother while I was at boarding school, I felt like I was coming home when we moved here.
I received an email from the Daily Post 2011 team suggesting that I do a review of the year.
Remember when you first decided to take on the Post a Day/Week Challenge?
Well, you made it to the end — congratulations! Now is the perfect time to reflect on your 2011 in blogging, and your goals for 2012.
Here are eleven questions to help you determine your blogging strategy for the new year:
So, here are my answers to their questions:
Why did you start the Post a Day/Week Challenge? I wanted help in posting something on my blog at least once a week.
Describe the state of your blog at the time you started the challenge. It was very hit and miss, it still is most of the time.
How did your blog evolve over the course of the challenge? I don’t know if it evolved but I am posting more pictures and have now reached 120 posts so I must have done something right.
Did you post as often as you had hoped? Why or why not? I didn’t post as often as I’d hoped on the actual PostAWeek2011 category but I did post more about other stuff.
What type of blogging strategy works best for you? Strategy? I’m supposed to have a strategy? Don’t tell me that! I don’t really have a strategy, I just blog when I have time and want to get something down on paper. I guess I should find a strategy for next year’s challenge of posting to my business blog once a week.
If you could go back to the beginning, what would you do differently? I’m not sure I’d necessarily do anything differently apart from maybe taking part in all of the photo challenges – I liked most of those.
What are you most proud of accomplishing this year? Planning, organising and enjoying our Disney trip for Becky’s and my birthdays. Hmm, that reminds me I still need to blog about that.
Name 3 great blogs you discovered through the challenge. The Laughing Housewife – she makes me laugh and cry and think; Sarsm – I’ve only just discovered hers but I already love her honesty regarding living with a special child, I can relate; Becky – I haven’t discovered her through this challenge but I’ve read and paid attention more, I learned stuff that I didn’t know about my step-daughter.
What surprised you about the challenge? That I actually enjoyed writing and blogging. I just need to make time in my week to do it.
What advice would you give to others who want to blog regularly? Make time for it, even if you just set aside 15 minutes a day (or week) to do it. Remember you can write blogs now to post later by publishing at a day/time to suit you.
What are your blogging goals for 2012? To blog on this blog an average of twice a week, blog on my business blog at least once a week, to start my new blog and blog on that once a month.
I just checked the number of Daily/Weekly Post entries I made in my blog and, to my surprise, I actually posted 51 entries. So, with this one, I will have blogged an average of once a week on the Daily/Weekly Post. Thank you Daily Post, I enjoyed it.
I haven’t used a daily post prompt (except for the photo challenge) for a while but I thought I’d do this one which appeared in my inbox late yesterday.
What will you try to do everyday next year?
Since you were crazy enough to try, or hang out with people trying, to blog every day, what are you thinking of doing every day, or week, next year?
Well, I have just started my 101 tasks in 1001 days and a couple of my tasks include doing something for 300 days, well that’s nearly a year, and if I can manage to do them for 300 days then why not 366? So, here is what I am going to do every day next year:
Eat breakfast every day not just on school/work days
I was just looking through my blog and realised that, until yesterday, I hadn’t posted a photo challenge since 3 December which meant that I had missed one. I found it – Celebration. As many of you will know from my previous photo posts, I am Disney mad and love nothing better than going to “The Happiest Place on Earth”. We were fortunate enough to go for Christmas one year so I have used photos of the Christmas celebrations at the Magic Kingdom and the Gingerbread House at the Boardwalk Resort.