So the other day, as I was vacuuming my den of iniquity (that's how I lovingly refer to my home ), I was pondering what to do for the next challenge. I'm not one to offer the same old/same old, day in and day out. I like to come up with new ways to develop our skills, as well as stretch us and grow us as both individuals and writers. Fortunately, I have a rather large imagination, and a fair amount of creativity when it comes to writing, so coming up with ideas hasn't been an issue. So, there I was, ankle deep in pet fur, a vast assortment of food crumbs, and an ocean of unidentified miscellaneous paraphernalia, when I thought to myself "Hey! Why not host a challenge in which 'den of iniquity' is the challenge phrase?! After all, it's such a fantastic phrase and it has unlimited possibilities in regard to writing!" And wouldn't you know it, I decided to take my own advice for once, and here we are! How's that for visualization and manifestation, eh?? I know, I know. Calm down. I'm excited too, but let's not go overboard. Ahem. At any rate, I should probably work on visualizing world peace next... or wait... maybe a Nobel prize... or perhaps a Pulitzer! I wouldn't mind one of those hanging on the wall! Then again, considering my current term of endearment for my home, perhaps I'd be wise to visualize a live-in cleaning crew! Yeah, I think I'll start there!
And now for the challenge info:
▪MANDATORY PROMPT PHRASE, which must be used in your piece. The phrase is 'den of iniquity.' Here comes a definition...
Den of iniquity: A place in which immoral or illegal things occur.
▪IMAGE: There are no image requirements. Use any you prefer, or none at all.
▪TIME FRAME: The challenge will run for about 24 hours from the time this is posted. Once I've marked the image and caption as 'CLOSED,' no more submissions will be accepted.
▪HASHTAG INFO: Please use the following hashtag for this challenge only (and please DO NOT use my challenge hashtags for anything other than challenge submissions), with the correct spelling: #ceesdenofin
Alright y'all, that oughta cover it. I'd better get back to cleaning this iniquitous den!
P.S. No, that is NOT my house in the image! Thank goodness!!
*Image credited to the unfortunate rightful owner. Pray for them!
P.S.S. Holy Smokes!! 62 writers submitted a piece to yesterday's self-love challenge! How wonderful!! If yours hasn't been reposted yet, fear not; I'm still making my way through them. Thank you for your participation!
Hey what up all you magnificent Mirakeeans!? Happy Monday! How y'all doin' tonight?! Yeah? Good! Me too! So, welcome to the 'Lovin' Myself Monday' challenge. That's unofficial, by the way. I didn't seek the approval of my local congresswoman or the state senator or anything like that in order to declare this 'Lovin' Myself Monday.' I just sort of went ahead and did it. So, hopefully I won't get into any trouble! They're welcome to try and stop me, but they'll have to sit through one of my lengthy lessons on the importance of self-love first. My guess is that somewhere around the midway point, they'll go "Fine! Call it whatever the heck you want! Just let me out of here!!" Ok, ok. I know. I'm digressing. So, let's get to it, shall we? Here come the rules. Please read them carefully.
CHALLENGE RULES: This is a phrase prompt challenge with the intention of supporting and promoting a healthy sense of self-love, self-worth, self-respect, and an overall healthy self-esteem. There are three challenge phrases, all of which must be used in your piece, which can be poetry or prose. Pair your piece with the image of your choice such as a favorite photo of yourself; or if preferred no image at all, as that's not a requirement.
CHALLENGE PHRASES: Each of the following three phrases must be incorporated into your piece, and the piece itself must be autobiographical in nature. You will also provide an answer to each phrase. Remember, this challenge is about YOU.
-I am beautiful because... -I am proud of myself because... -I am worthy because...
Inflated egos need not apply. There is a glaring difference between egoic behavior versus a healthy self-esteem. Egoic thinking is borne of either an overinflated or underinflated self-esteem, and it thinks in terms of "I" and "me." A healthy self-esteem acknowledges NOT ONLY one's own unlimited, immeasurable worth, but also that of others, and tends to think in terms of "us" and "we." An egoic mindset believes that it has to establish itself at the top and be better than everyone; whereas the mindset of a healthy self-esteem has no need of that and understands that we all shine beautifully together. Can I get an "amen"?? Woot! ✊
DURATION: The challenge will run for approximately 24 hours from the time of posting, and is over once I've marked the image and caption as 'CLOSED.' Once I've done that, please refrain from submitting anything. Many thanks.
MANDATORY HASHTAG SO THAT I CAN FIND YOUR SUBMISSION: #ceeslovmon
Ok, I'm gonna leave you to it. Happy writing beautiful people! ✍