A writer falls in love with an idea and gets carried away.
Growing up I was always so fascinated with writing. I love crafting stories of love, humor, pain, and much more to convey my feelings for anybody to listen to. Some stories were very close to home, while others were fantasy worlds with characters you couldn’t imagine. My favorite classes in high school always happened to be English courses, but it was my creative writing classes that to this day still have a place in my heart.
Last year, I found myself journaling quite a bit more and the yearning to write short stories kicked in. The yearning kept growing and growing until I couldn’t ignore it any longer. I knew I needed to do something about it. That’s where Glitter Tales was born. Glitter (it’s my favorite color) because it represents adding a little sparkle of reality, humor, and fun in the form of short stories for millennials everywhere!
These stories are catered toward the millennial, but I’m sure that any generation will be able to easily relate. Since this is week one, I’m starting with a tale that we can all relate to in our lives….resolutions.
Karen stared down at her scale with a dull ache. Seeing a number over 200 was foreign to her. Standing at 5’9”, she never really paid attention to her weight. She was a star athlete on her high school soccer team, but adulthood had caught up and she could see it.
Maybe it was the mindless evenings of just one more glass of red wine, which almost all the time ended up being the whole bottle. Perhaps the cheez-its weren’t the best idea for lunch (and sometimes dinner). As she continued to ponder her poor choices, all Karen could think about was the Taco Bell Spicy Beef Nacho Crunchwrap she had for dinner the night before. Followed by an evening of laughing, dancing, and drowning so much bubbly champagne that she still continued to regret her Uber ride home.
Just thinking about her eating habits made her cringe, but her drinking habits made her want to pass out. She never looked at herself as “overweight,” but standing on her scale changed her perspective. Karen thought long and hard at the last time she could even remember eating something that wasn’t fried or drenched in ranch. The aching pain got stronger and Karen could feel an extra ten pounds drag her shoulders down.
As she stepped off the scale, she caught her reflection in the mirror and stopped. When did she become so consumed with her looks? When did she become so unaware of her strength as a woman?
Karen took a long hard look at herself and laughed. She felt the imperfections on her body jiggle a bit with the giggles and faced herself in a new light. Pushing her shoulders back and standing up taller, Karen confidently glared at her reflection. Deep down inside, she knew she could change – she wanted to. She was going to make a conscious effort to do better by her body. To love herself, live through her food regrets, and make the necessary changes to a lead a healthier lifestyle – each and every day. Her first step, laughing – it burns calories right?!?