Changing Names

I started my blog in 2014 because I thought it would be fun to just give my views on life. I was in the middle of a Virtual World Game Called, Second Life and I thought this would bring them both together. Designing clothes in Second Life and I thought that was a good word for a blog because I’d be writing on my designs on life too. It was so easy coming up with that name, but I found that I wasn’t writing about Second Life and certainly not about my SweetReds Designs collection.

Fast forward to 2018 and I want to redefine my blog and get back to writing in it more. I need to share my stories again, even if no one is reading them and by the site’s stats, no one really has been. But that’s another blog entry to write LOL. This time however, OMG it’s been excruciatingly difficult to find a name.

I always need help choosing things, just because I like to bounce ideas off other people. Renaming my blog would be no different. I came up with several ideas and set out to poll my friends and coworkers. The S Word, Suzieable, The Daily Suzie, The Kinloch Post, Giggling Addict, Designed Impulse, My Better Laugh, Read Between The Lines and even my original name, Designs By Suzie. My friends were off and running picking their favorites and even added their ideas ……. Cue Suzie, The Super SuzieQ, Giggles Gossip, Suzie Talk and Suzie’s Scene.

The leader was, The S Word and I was ok with that, it was in my Top 3, but then a co-worker read it as The Sword. Oh Shit! I couldn’t get it out of my head, there it was everywhere I looked, thesword.  I googled it and up came Excalibur, how to use a sword and a website I can’t even mention.  Sadly, the fan favorite was not going to work.

2nd place belonged to, The Daily Suzie, and I like it! Until I got to thinking, would I be blogging every day?  I’m not that good, if you look at my past blogs they are very far apart.  Though I want to fix that, I just can’t guarantee that it would be daily, and so that choice went out.

What do I do, What’s in a Name ……. hence the blog post from the other day LOL

How important is the name of the blog, should there be a theme to it.  It’s making me mental!  Hmmm, Suzie’s Ward, because if you are reading this you must be crazy like me LOL.

I took a look at another favorite, Suzie’s Scene but you know it ….. that domain was taken. So I did the thesaurus check and came up with different words for scene: place, set, show, site, spot, stage, sphere, planet, sector, zone, universe, and world.  I just wasn’t really feeling it and Suzie’s Universe is a children’s show in the UK so that was a big no.  Can you imagine, Suzie’s World…. Excellent  LMAO.

A few liked sphere and another said that sector would bring in my love of comics and sci-fi.  So I went off on another tangent into how I get my batgirl cousin into my blog name.  I’ve Got It……… Belfry!  “I believe there is a bat in my belfry” Then I thought would everyone get that?  What kind of folks would be brought in to read my blog, Suzie’s Belfry?  Alas, another google of Belfry and Ward and those are the names of people, so out the window they went.

I’m over thinking this, yup yup yup yes I am, I always do, it’s a major flaw of mine.  Checking out, how to find the best name for your blog/website and lots of write down words associated, use the thesaurus, don’t get stuck on .com you can use others, blah blah blah.  Then I looked at how many domain names were not the names of the blog.  So maybe I can use The S Word and just call it suzieswords .com, but I still couldn’t get thesword out of my head.

One Girl, One Journey (taken), Heart of the Matter (taken), Oh That Suzie, Suzie in Progress (am I really), I started coming up with other ideas which was adding to the problem and making me giddy.

Then I’m reading, what’s your niche, what are you writing about, who’s your audience?   Well I don’t know my niche, I really don’t, so that’s no help.  I write about whatever I feel like on that day.  Going back through my blogs, it’s about life and loss, love, family, snow, music, who am I, cancer, surviving, helping others and more.  What I write is whatever “tickles” me that day, it’s what I come up with when I see something, hear something and/or something I want to say out loud and get off my chest.  I write as I do most things, on Impulse.  There it is, that’s the word, which was the word in my personal choice before I started asking friends for help. Ok, it’s a Suzie Impulse, hmmmm

Now, Who is my audience, I don’t know, I really don’t, kind of like my niche.  I have a lot of people on FaceBook, but when I blog maybe I get 6 to look at it.  It’s kind of like my life, I’m always there to help others, donate, shop, go to events but when it’s my turn, cue the crickets because it’s silent.  So I really should throw out all the advice and the poll and go with my gut and what I think…….

I think I’m Impulsive, if you really know me then you know I am LOL  I like to think I can be inspirational.  There is someone out there who tells me, when she reads my writing, I am inspiring and should write a book.  However, I can’t call myself inspirational, it’s just not my style.  So how about motivational, yeah maybe but you know impulsemotivation is taken.  I’m told from all the sites about how to name your blog that all the good ones will already be thought of, yup, they are right LOL

Should I add my name?  Does my name need to be in the domain/blog name?  Is that the focal point, me?  What’s in a name (yup that’s when I wrote that posting)  I look in the mirror, I don’t mind what I see, I’ve done my best ….. Cue Michael Jackson’s song, “man in the mirror.”  But is my name a really a focus? It is to me that you say and spell it right, hahaha

So, let’s go back to why I named my original, Designs by Suzie.  I don’t know if anyone but me got the play on the word Designs, they were my designs of clothing, of art, of life and what I interpret all that to be.  I still believe that but I think there’s more to say and it doesn’t have to come from Suzie.  If you’ve seen me on FaceBook you know there is inspiration out there that I’ve observed and want to pass along so it’s not always Suzie’s Designs.  There I have it, my name is not necessary!

Motivational, I think So, Inspirational, I think So, but do I need to say that too or can it be implied?  Sometimes I am deep or profound or maybe just really long winded so yeah, those words work.  Other times I’m just “stupid” or silly or annoying and maybe quick witted, I don’t think those words work then.

Design: verb, past tense: designed; past participle: designed.   “1) decide upon the look and functioning of (a building, garment, or other object), typically by making a detailed drawing of it. Synonyms: plan, outline, map out, draft.  2) do or plan (something) with a specific purpose or intention in mind. Synonyms: intend, aim, devise, contrive, purpose, plan, tailor, fashion, adapt, gear; mean, destine. (this paper is designed to provoke discussion)”

Hmmmmm, my first gut idea that no one else but 1 picked keeps coming back to me and I do like it.  Perhaps I was right when I first came up with Designs by Suzie.  Times have changed though and I want more depth to it and not all about my name.  Its taken time and a long thought process.  Many won’t be happy about it but right now on this impulse I don’t care because most of them won’t be reading my blog/website anyway.

If you are reading this post in its entirety then you know what a labor it was to come to this conclusion and the thought process behind it.  I will be moving on from over to a hosting service to do much more with it, to share more and reach many and hopefully, to inspire and motive them.  It will be about life, loss, weight, exercise, lifestyle, clothing, love, family, music and yes ……. snow!

I look forward to your comments, ideas and walking the journey through everything at Designed Impulse

Holes in the Floor of Heaven

I’ve loved this song since the first time I heard it, the words of the chorus just made sense to me.  I am a sentimental person and I believe in, well, I’ll just say I believe.

I love all different kinds of weather.  There is the obvious reasons we need rain but just maybe there are other reasons for the rain.  If you believe ……….

One day shy of eight years old, my grandma passed away
I was a broken hearted little boy, blowing out that birthday cake
How I cried when the sky let go, with a cold and lonesome rain,
Mamma smiled, said don’t be sad child, grandma’s watching you today

Cause there’s holes in the floor of heaven
And her tears are pouring down,
That’s how you know she’s watching,
Wishing she could be here now,
And sometimes if your lonely,
Just remember she can see,
There’s holes in the floor of heaven,
And she’s watching over you and me,

Seasons come, and seasons go, nothing stays the same
I grew up, fell in love, met a girl who took my name
Year by year, we made a life, in this sleepy little town
I thought we’d grow old together, Lord, I sure do miss her now

But there’s holes in the floor of heaven,
And her tears are pouring down,
That’s how I know she’s watching,
Wishing she could be here now,
And sometimes when I’m lonely,
I remember she can see,
There’s holes in the floor of heaven,
And she’s, watching over you and me,

Well my little girl is twenty three, I walk her down the aisle
It’s a shame her mom can’t be here now, to see her lovely smile
They throw the rice, I catch her eye, as the rain starts coming down
She takes my hand, says daddy don’t be sad,
Cause I know mamma’s watching now

And there’s holes in the floor of heaven,
And her tears are pouring down,
That’s how you know she’s watching,
Wishing she could be here now,
And sometimes when I’m lonely,
I remember she can see,
Yes, there’s holes in the floor of heaven,
And she’s, watching over you and me

Watching over you and me
Watching over you and me

Songwriters: Billy Kirsch / Steve Noel Wariner
Holes in the Floor of Heaven Lyrics © BMG Rights Management US, LLC, Words & Music A Div of Big Deal Music LLC


Who I Am …

When you start a blog, Flickr, Tumblr, Facebook or anything in ‘Social Media,’ they ask you to fill out your profile.  Since starting this blog I’ve been staring at that blank page that is “About You.”  Wondering what should I put here, what should I say.  Should it be short or long, funny or straight, how much of a glimpse into me should I let people have.  Someone that replied to one of my posts told me to just let go and be myself.

I am many things and when I let go ….. long winded LMAO  Instead of just leaving it as my “About Me” page, I’m posting it here today, for all to read.

Here’s A Song To Play While You Read All About Who Is Suzie LOL

I am Suzanne, I am Suzetta, I am many things but most seem to remember me for my giggles.  I work during the day with numbers and thank goodness for my fingers, calculators and computers to help me count correctly.

I’m a Survivor of Childhood Leukemia, Brain Tumors, Skin Cancer and Uterine Cancer and I AM Fearless!  I wear my colors proudly, Gold, Orange, Grey, Black and Peach.

I find Hope and Strength in those that surround me….. my family and friends.  I do my best to Advocate and Educate, to Help and Inform people about the American Cancer Society and Stand Up To Cancer.

I do my best to make everyone smile, I love the sound of laughter and it does help to make things better!  Please don’t get me wrong, I do know how to be serious and get things done.  I’ve just learned that Laughter is the best medicine.

I enjoy movies and tv shows that aren’t called “reality.”  You can find me quoting lines from various movies all the time, I can’t help it, can you?  I admit, we’re gonna need a bigger boat and NEVER forget the cannoli.  There’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Cat Ballou, The Great Escape, Jaws, The Godfather, The Quiet Man, The Magnificent Seven add in for fun Caddyshack, Clueless, Legally Blonde, Clue, The Goonies, Animal House, Stripes we’ve also got Indiana Jones, Silence of the Lambs, Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, The Matrix and so many more.

Yeah that looks like a lot of “guy movies” LOL.  I grew up in a very close family, 3 older brothers (Stephen, John, Kevin), Dad and Mom.  We LOVE to quote those movie lines, Dad and I are dangerous together and it drives Mom crazy hahaha.  I LOVE my family above everyone and everything else.  I miss them when we are apart and I carry them in my heart every moment of every day.  Those family members that have gone on to be my angels follow me and I can feel their love around me.  Grandma Millie, Aunt Kay, Cousin Jack, Aunt Betty, All the Byrnes and there are those that I never got to meet I do my best to make them all proud.  There is one special person that will always be ‘my friend,’ and his hand is forever on my shoulder, Msgr. Loreti.

Music moves me and there is a song for everything you are feeling.  Be it Glen Miller, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Dean Martin or maybe it’s Bon Jovi, U2, Cyndi Lauper, Wilson Phillips, ABBA, Def Leppard or maybe it’s Johnny Cash, Patsy Kline, Loretta Lynn, Kenny Rogers, Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Garth Brooks or maybe it’s Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, Englebert, Michael Buble, The Carpenters ………… there IS a song for everything you feel and every experience in life.

I’m a big fan of art, museums and history.  I can get lost in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I was very lucky to visit Egypt and see all the places I’ve been dreaming of for many years.  I enjoy going to paint at our local gallery, Art & Soul Galleries, where my ‘sistas’ paint giggle and pour too xox

6 ½ years ago I found a new outlet for fun, friends, music, creativity on the internet, a Virtual World called, Second Life.  That’s where Suzetta Moonites was born and it is so much more than a game.

Second Life is where I laugh with my friends, explore some amazing buildings and artwork.  I’m able to attend a Live concert every hour of the day and many of these folks are singers in what we call RL (real life).  The sounds and music of my friend Bill Tigerpaw, a British fella who’s voice is lovely.  There’s also Hogan Bailey, Brett Hansom, MrMikie String, Elizabeth Wantanabe and many more.  Instrumental Musicians, Anj Gustavson, Torben Asp or Gootek, and if ya just wanna dance and sing along the DJ’s are in the house like my friends Shy (my BFF), Charity and Dione.

I joined SL for 3 reasons ~ 1) My friends were all into World of Warcraft and that was way to difficult for me to understand. 2) I saw an episode of CSI:New York and said that looks cool 3) I was on the American Cancer Society Website and saw they do a Relay For Life in Second Life

I landed in August of 2008 and I’ve really not looked back.  In SL I am a Singer, ok mostly they come to my shows to hear me tell corney jokes and laugh, doing their best to get me to laugh throughout a song.  I am a DJ, I told you I love music 🙂  I’m also a designer of clothing, SweetRed’s Designs.

I am a team captain of Rays Of Hope for the Relay for Life of SL.  They started the Relay in SL in 2005 and since then to the start of 2015 have raised 1.6 million U.S. Dollars.

We have teams like other Relays (158 teams so far this year), we hold a lot of fundraisers, we are Global as I Relay with friends in England, Germany, Holland, The Netherlands, Australia, Scotland, Canada, other parts of the United States and many more countries.  This is the ONLY Relay where you don’t have to walk a track, so patients going through their chemo can relay from their bed.  Oh, we are also ranked #17 in Relay For Life across the globe by the American Cancer Society.

I can be “long winded” when I’m passionate about something.  You will find me writing on my blog about my RL and SL, about Music, Art, History and Random things that tickle my fancy.  You’ll see stories about Snow and Daisies, Love and Dislike, My Friends and My Family.  You’ll learn much more about my cancer journey.  You will be a part of Relay For Life in No Time and perhaps come and explore Second Life with me.

I am Suzanne, Suzetta, Suzie, Daughter, Sister, Reds, SweetReds, Q, Mac, Loch, Sista, Gigz.  I am me and I look forward to reading your comments as you follow my journey and musings on Life.

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