Tuesday, 31 March 2020

F4Thought #143 - Myth Busting

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F4Thought #143 - Myth Busting
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Spirituality is a word that can resonate with different people in different ways and lasts week’s posts definitely showed how true this can be. I thoroughly enjoyed all the approaches shared and both myself and May always appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us for #F4Thought, but particularly when times are trying, which they are right now, for all of us. We hope you are all staying safe and some support to reach out to. 

Spotlight Post #142 by Floss

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The post I have chosen for this week’s spotlight post came from a blogger who actually gave us two entries, but it was their shorter piece that really made an impact on me. I personally believe that putting out positive thoughts into the world is a force for good and to my mind prayer is just that, putting out positive hopes and warm thoughts into the world regarding those close to you and often the wider population too. Mr Sailor did just that with his post My prayer’s for you …

On this Sunday morning as I begin my day, carnal desires seems like a distant hum. My thoughts are of you, with all of you. To you with a special special place in my heart and to those unknown.’ Read More …

We had two late entries last week which have been added to the end of last week’s post, they are both well worth a read so if you missed them please do go back and give them a read. 

Prompt #143 - Myth Busting

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

F4Thought #142 - Spirituality

 #F4Thought #142 - Spirituality ~ In general, it includes a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and it typically involves a search for meaning in life.

Last week the posts all about initiative really made think. Certainly, in hard times it is so important we use our initiative to be resourceful even if the way we are living has changed.

Spotlight Post #141 by May More

The posts were quite varied and I enjoyed reading them all. One that really stood out for me was - The initiatives of #noEroticon - by Marie Rebel. The yearly Erotic conference – Eroticon – was cancelled due to concerns about the virus. However for those with long journeys the news came too late and they arrived in Camden. What to do? They showed initiative and put on a mini conference where a few of them delivered their speeches/workshops as normal. Over to the post...

“On Friday evening I learned that we would have a mini conference — a #noEroticon of you like — where Haiku and Anna Sky would deliver their sessions, and Eye invited me to do mine too. I only had to think about it for a minute, and said yes, I would be there. I loved this initiative of Eye, and definitely wanted to be part of it, especially as I have seen the disappointment around me of people who only heard on Friday that the conference was cancelled.”    READ MORE...

Prompt #142 Spirituality 

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

F4Thought #141 - Initiative, Taking Charge and Making Things Happen

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Initiative, Taking Charge & Making Things Happen
I (Floss) failed miserably at last week’s sporting prompt. Could I get my brain to think of anything productive to say about sporting endeavours, no I could not, so I was absolutely bowled over by the creative ways in which you all shared your thoughts on sports with us. However, it is not for me to choose the top post this week, that task is down to the wonderful Posy Churchgate …

Spotlight Post #140 by Posy Churchgate

#F4TSpotlight Post 
On being asked to judge this week’s prompt, I made the mistake of latching onto the word sport. As a couch potato with bad hand-eye co-ordination I wondered what I knew about the topic? All who contributed broadened my horizons. The real prompt was sporting fun and people found many ways to raise their pulse or flex their muscles. 

My top pick is ML Slave Puppet’s post - describing a herculean tenacity and dedication to certain sports. The part which really spoke to me, and may help others, is how she defines & categories types of exercise in relation to her mental health.

“Football has a 60% chance of getting me out of my potentially deteriorating mental health...running, going for a walk and yoga deteriorate my mental health because these activities make me retreat further inside my head.” READ MORE

Floss Says: As we had so many awesome posts this week, but not quite enough for a top 3, Posy also picked another post she wanted to highlight, so back to Posy for that …

The post I want to highly commend was Clear-eyed Girl’s because it educated me, not simply on the horse and carriage sport in which she participates, but it gave me glimpses of her relationship dynamic, summarizing: “He drives, I lean”.

Prompt #141 - Initiative, Taking Charge & Making Things Happen

Monday, 9 March 2020

F4Thought #140 - Sports Fun

F4Thought #140 - Sports Fun ~ this prompt is about sports, athletics and exercise in general. Sports you have been physically involved in now or in the past. Or sports you support. Perhaps you exercise as part of your weekly routine?

We received a great range of posts on the topic of dating. And both thoroughly enjoyed reading them. Floss has been on a few dates of her own recently so was eager to choose the spotlight post.

Spotlight Post #139 by Floss

The conversation around dates and dating has been happening in my life for a few months now, so I was delighted to see so many links to this week’s F4Thought, sharing your thoughts and stories on the topic.

My pick for this week’s spotlight post is ‘A date is what you make of it’ by Lillith Avir. It seems what I want from dates is fairly traditional, but I totally agree with the ethos of Lillith’s post and think we should be enjoying all kinds of dates, regardless of whether or not they fit the Hollywood criteria of ‘dating’.

“The few dates I had, I mostly enjoyed because of the attention. Being picked up, go to a nice place and so on. But it was rarely about the man I was with. It makes me think that the kind of dating I always thought of is not for me. Whatever the case is, things are very different now.” Read More...

Prompt #140 Sporting Fun

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

F4Thought #139 - Dates and Dating

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What are your thoughts on Dates & Dating?
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You are definitely a creative bunch, last week’s prompt of Time Slip brought out some great posts from you all. May has done the spotlight post for this week, but I’ll tell you a secret she chose my favourite too. This week’s prompt is Dates & Dating, so plenty of room for variety and I’m very excited to hear your thoughts on this topic. Before then though, the Spotlight for #138 …

Spotlight Post #138 by May More

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The posts we received for the Time Slip prompt were a joy to read. Even those that tackled difficult issues were well thought out and absorbed the reader from start to finish. When the meme closed I sat back and thought about each one. In my mind, I kept returning to one particular story. The Loop from Michael. The tale sparkled and lifted my spirits. I don't really want to say more than that or I'll give away the plot but here is a quote to whet your appetite and if I was you I would settle down with a cup of coffee and have read.

We entered the shop which was filled to the brim with the dusty detritus of ages gone by. Items piled haphazardly on top of each other with no rhyme or reason and seemingly defying the laws of gravity and physics. It seemed that many of the items could not possibly be removed without sending every piece of delicately balance junk crashing to the floor and burying us alive.Read More

Prompt #139 - Dates and Dating

Monday, 24 February 2020

F4Thought #138 - Time Slip

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F4Thought #138 - Time Slip ~ Let your imagination run wild and tell us about a time in your own life you wish you could return to and perhaps make a change. Or write a story with the title of Time-Slip.

Regrets and Hindsight produced many reflective posts, which of course is great as Floss and I like to view Food for Thought as the thinking meme.

Meme Mentions

Before I move on to the spotlight post I want to mention a few things. Each week, as well as F4T, I'm also involved in the admin side of Sex Bloggers For Mental Health. There is a special collaboration going on this week between SB4MH, TellMeAbout and WickedWednesday. They are discussing Codependency as their topic. Check out those links if you want to take part.

The second mention is Master's Pleasing Bitch health related site and meme. The first prompt is all about physical health. I am writing my post this very day.

Talking about Julie, last weeks prompt was chosen by her so between us we decided she should also pick the spotlight post. Julie has done this once before.

Spotlight Post #137 by Master's Pleasing Bitch

Julie Says  ~ This weeks F4T was really thought provoking and I'm glad I suggested the topic. The decision was a difficult one, there are so many strong contenders for the spotlight post.

I've chosen submissy's post – Regrets.

The approach Missy has taken is a measured and thoughtful one. Using the themes of regret that
people express when dying was interesting. I got the feeling that when the time comes Missy will have little to regret in her life.

"I do feel positive that currently the life that we have carved out for ourselves leaves us both feeling fulfilled and not lacking or wistful about things which are being missed." READ MORE...

Prompt #138 Time-Slip

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

F4Thought #137 - With Hindsight and Regrets

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May’s prompt last week of Love Letters created some beautiful posts. Thank you for sharing so many heartfelt and honest posts with us. This week’s topic is definitely a little different, but before we move on to ‘With Hindsight and Regrets’ suggest by Julie from masterspleasingbitch, we have three awesome spotlight posts to share with you. 

Spotlight Post #136 by Floss

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A tale of two courgettes by Eye - I chose this post partly because I related to a lot of what Eye described in her post and partly because it was just so beautifully written. Eye discusses a phase in her life that I suspect many of us have been through, but perhaps wouldn’t be able to write about so eloquently. 

‘In my case the gap opened up in front of me like a moon path across the sea as I received a text telling me to go to my local supermarket and to buy courgettes and I walked onto it.  A simple enough task, and relatively easy to complete. Except that it meant I had to have my own agenda for that hour.’ Read More

A Love Letter to HL by submissy - Love can be expressed in some many ways and I was absolutely swept in in Missy’s declarations. It’s always a joy to read about her experiences with HL, but she blew me away with this post, it was incredibly beautiful. 

Monday, 10 February 2020

F4Thought #136 - Love Letters

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F4Thought #136 - Love Letters ~ Have you written or received a Love Letter and if so did it have the desired effect?
Have you ever found someone else's Love Letters?

I felt proud of our Food for Thought community when I read all the fantastic posts this week. A great topic and really fascinating thoughts about it.

Spotlight Post #135 by May More

I want to add a quick mention to SubMissy who celebrated an important birthday this week. Her post “Mother to Adults” really resonated with me, having older children like Missy. I was sure it was going to be my spotlight post until Deviant Succubus added a last minute entry yesterday afternoon. I felt DS discussed many important aspects of what Pride and being Proud is all about. It is excellent read.

See, for me, pride has absolutely nothing to do with who I am, where I come from, who my parents are or who I can fall in love with. Pride, for me, has only to do with real accomplishments, with things that I can do, things that I have done well or things that I have created. I personally don’t relate to concepts of honour and pride, national pride or being proud of one’s sexuality. I am not saying that this should be the way everyone approaches the concept of pride. We all have our own definitions and understandings of it. And that is okay because pride is first and foremost a feeling, and we all identify and describe feelings differently. But what pride feels like inside: the warm fuzzies of feeling good about something? I think that is something that most people experience similarly. READ MORE ...

Prompt #136 Love Letters

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

f4Thought #135 - Pride & Feeling Proud

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#F4Thought #135 - Pride & Feeling Proud
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the different directions in which our F4Thought contributors took their writings about Privacy. We had everything from erotica to pieces on cyber security, it was a good week and I (Floss) had the task of pickling the spotlight post which you can find below before we move onto our new topic of Pride and Feeling Proud. 

Monday, 27 January 2020

F4Thought #134 - Privacy

#F4thought #134 ~ Privacy - How much do you value your personal privacy? 
The friendship posts were very heartwarming. It was great to read about everyone's journey with friends. Going back to childhood and right up to date with online chums too.

Spotlight Post #133 by Sassy Cat.

The topic was suggested by Sweetgirl. As she had already chosen a spotlight post in week #123 I asked the incredibly talented creator of #SB4MH, Sassy Cat if she would like to pick an article to highlight for this week.

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

F4Thought #133 - Friendship

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#F4Thought #133 - Friendship
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It was another fabulous turnout last week and all your thoughts on Home were truly wonderful, I know I definitely had specific posts that spoke to me, but I didn’t do that roundup, that task feel to the wonderful Steeled Snake Charmer and Steeled Snake. Our next topic I’ll be introducing in a moment is Friendship but before we begin another awesome week on Food for Thought, let’s find out who our spotlight picks were. 

Spotlight Posts #132 by @SteelChrmr and @steeledsnake

Snake and I were so excited to be asked to do the Spotlight for this week’s Food 4 Thought.  It always makes me laugh when we do these because we choose separately and then use the common ones.  And negotiate for the differences. 

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

F4Thought #132 - Home, Place or Person

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#F4thought #132 ~ Home. What does this word mean to you? Home is where the heart is..

We were really thrilled to see so many of you linking up this week to Marie Rebel's prompt of Intimacy. The writing was amazing.

Spotlight Post for #131 by Marie Rebel

As you can see Marie also agreed to choose the spotlight post. But because we had so many entries there is a spotlight three and you can find it here.

Prompt #132 ~ Home. What does this word mean to you?

Monday, 13 January 2020

F4Thought #131 - Roundup

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#F4Thought #131 Roundup - Intimacy - by Marie Rebel
I think both Floss and I were very pleased when Marie agreed to do the spotlight three for her prompt suggestion of intimacy. It could not have been an easy task. We had 28 entries and all were particularly good. Here is Marie's RoundUp.

Intimacy #131 Spotlight 3 From Marie Rebel

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

F4Thought #131 - Intimacy: What Does It Mean To You?

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#F4Thought #131 Intimacy - What Does It Mean To You?
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The turn out for our 2019 in a Nutshell prompt was fantastic, it fell to me (Floss) to do the spotlight three, because that’s our number when we get over 20 links and I will be revealing them in a moment. Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts on the past year though, you all shared some amazing thoughts and myself and May absolutely hope we see more of you return to F4Thought in 2020. 

Spotlight Posts #130 by Floss 

In a Nutshell by Eye - I defy anyone to read any of Eye’s posts and not fall in love with her writing. She has such a beautiful way of composing her posts and this one was no different. I loved her reflections on 2019 and I can’t wait to see what she shares with us in 2020. 

Reflecting and Looking Forward by Zoe K - I could relate to the need to find some quiet time away from the constant buzzing that many of us have in our brains, we all have our own methods of finding the quiet and I very much enjoyed reading about how Zoe is finding her hers. 

Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020 by Little Switch Bitch - This is perhaps a tactical inclusion. I love reading posts from LSB that share her personal thoughts a little more and this one was no different and I know this is something she hopes to do more of in 2020, because it says so in her post, but a little extra encouragement never hurts, right? 

Prompt #131 - Intimacy: What does it mean to you?


F4TFriday #101 - Room 101

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