Practice Makes Perfect

1 response | September 1st, 2012


(by FMB)

One of the things we wonder about here at Global HQ, is why we're taught to practice most everything but being happy.

Handwirting.  Check.

Soccer. Check.

Trombone. Check.

Spanish.  Check.

And so on and on.  But happyness, not so much.  If paractice makes perfect, and if there's nothing more important than being happy (and what is?)...why don't we practice it more?



Happiness is a Choice. Yours.

comment | August 29th, 2012


Balls In The Way

comment | August 29th, 2012

A happyness gene in women that men don't have.

(Here and via Forbes)


3 comments | August 29th, 2012


(by Mary)

Your past is always a part of you. But if something makes you uncomfortable NOW, then it is about what you need NOW to feel safe and comfortable. You don't need to apologize for or justify what you need nor where your boundaries fall. They simply are what they are. {end story}

Mary posted this as a comment on this story.  While the original piece was about Surviing Abuse, we think her point about boundaries transcends the original and abuse.  Knowing where our lines are and how far we'll go...and won't...in all kinds of circumstances can help us know how far to push things (inlcusing ourselves) and when to ease off. 

Sooooo, do you know where your boundaries and limits are? 

A Woman Should…

19 comments | August 29th, 2012


(Submitted by Shelby, a 22 yo Chestist)

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE... > enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to... > A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE... something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour... > A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE... > a youth she's content to leave behind.... > A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE... a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age.... > A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE... a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra... > A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE... > one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry... > A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE... > a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family... > A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ... > eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal, that will make her ...

Girl’s Best Friend

25 comments | August 27th, 2012


(by Mir from wouldashoulda)

We had a dog, when I was growing up. Her name was Topsy and she was a miniature poodle; she was, without question, my mother's dog. She adored my mom, and tolerated us kids. Sometimes she tolerated us less than others. I liked the idea of having a dog, but the reality didn't pan out quite like the sitcoms I watched. Topsy wasn't big enough to serve as comfy backrest while I read, nor did she behave like those television dogs who just adored the kids in the house. Mostly she loved my mother and I came to believe that owning a dog meant you had to feed it and let it out and occasionally it might deign to let you pet it.

I grew up and moved out and---save for a rabbit I briefly acquired in college---was pet-less for many years. When my first husband and I got married, we talked about the big family we planned to have. We'd have a houseful of kids, sure, and maybe a dog. Maybe two dogs. Once we were more settled, that was. Well, we got "more settled" ...

#chestismsSummer Bucket-List

3 comments | August 27th, 2012


(by Jenna, 26)

I did it!  I finally got over myself long enough to get through my summer-bucket list.

There were 3 things (only 3!) I wanted to do that i thought would help me look back on this summer as a good one.  I challenged myself to do things that make me uncomfortable so that even if they didn't work out I would grow from the experience.

1. Ask out one guy I met during the summer.  I never ask guys out, but I did. I wanted to ask someone out who I didn't know, as a way of practicing spontaneity and seeing what would happen.  I asked R out (by text, of course) after a summer BBQ at a mutual friend's.  We only went out 3 times but I'm so glad I did it!

2. Not spend summer weekend's hiding my bigger-than-I-want-it-booty. My butt's big.  There it is.  I refused to stay away from the pool or the beach or wear things that I hid behind.  YES, I'd wrap a sarong or something on sometimes but I didn't let my body-anxiety and fears of what-will-they-say-will-they-think-I-am-ugly keep me from having fun.  Yoiu ...

What I’d Tell Her

4 comments | August 26th, 2012

chestist swirl2

(by anonymous)

This is what i would tell her if i could...

I wasn't trying to hurt you this was just what i was feeling, and i thought you should know since this is your new life. You really hurt me on a personal level, and i hate how you can always do that but i can't.

Nope i just can't do that to my best friend, I can't tell you that you're terrified of not having an image and hate the thought of not having a man in your life. No i can't tell you that you are basically the product everybody else's ideas. I would never tell you that because i would never want to hurt you i always circle those thoughts, but would never say them because i love you and i don't want you to have another "call for help".

I am someone. you really pissed me off yesterday but most of all you hurt me so fucking much I hate you for that right now. I've put more into this friendship then you ever have, and you don't even give a ...

#chestismsBe, By Milton Berle

7 comments | August 26th, 2012


(by FMB and Milton Berle)

"I'd rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a may be who is reaching for a star. I'd rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far; for a might have-been has never been, but a has was once an are." ~ Milton Berle

What would you rather be?

I Like People

3 comments | August 21st, 2012

i like everybody

(by FMB)

It'd be nice to like everybody wouldn't it? But seriously, despite the fact that everybody else likes YOU, it's hard to like everybody.  Here's the question though...even if you don't like someone, are you able to see the good in them? Are you able to learn from those you meet who you don't like and hope you'll never see again?

Do you like most/some/almost none of the people you meet?  Go on (we know you like us, so it doesn't  matter what you say.  You do like us, right?)


#thecumulativeeffectThanks for the Rape Epiphany, Rep. Akin

46 comments | August 20th, 2012


(by Mir from WouldaShoulda)

Unless you're living under a rock (or without Internet; same thing), you likely know that yesterday Rep. Todd Akin (R-Missouri) managed to stick his foot pretty far down his own throat. So far, in fact, that he asserted that when a woman is a victim of a "legitimate rape," she can't get pregnant because her body can "shut things down." (If you somehow missed the kerfluffle, you can read about it here.)

This spawned an entire day of alternating political jokes and outrage... blogs, Facebook, and Twitter all lit up with commentary as people of all political persuasions were able to unite behind a single idea, for once. Sure, that idea was pretty much "this Akin guy is a moron," but still. My friends were cracking jokes about their "magical vaginas" and lists of "other things my body can shut down" and such were popping up more quickly than I could neglect my work and read them all. My favorite resultant article was this one on Jezebel, just in case you're interested in figuring out what sort of rape you may be facing.

I have ...

In Defense of Anal Tattoos

comment | August 19th, 2012


(via Huffiington Post)

FU Thomas

2 comments | August 19th, 2012


(by Elle, 19)

There are times when I want to tell Ol' Thomas the Tank Engine that he can take his "I think I can, I know I can" attitude and shove it.  FU Thomas, you try living my life.

I am tired and frustrated and trying to balance too many things between classes, working, and trying to have a social life.  I feel like I keep chugging up hill and and no matter how mamy times I say to myself "I think I can" something always falls through the cracks.

Why can't I win the lottery or something?  Then I wouldn't have to work and I could just focus on school and boys.  Isn't that what people my age are supposed to do, anyway?  {end story}

While we can't abide anger at Thomas, who are we to judge?  What we can relate to is feeling like the climb is long and steep and that you may need more stamina than you think you have.  You climbing any hills that seem steeper than you can imagine being able to get to the top of?

Disney’s Little Mermaid Gets Plastic Surgery

comment | August 17th, 2012

(via Christian Science Monitor)



4 comments | August 16th, 2012

mean girls

(by Christy)

I'm a bad person.  I get jealous of good things happening to others.  The thing is not only do I want those good things myself -- I don't want them to happen for them. What's wrong with me? {end story}

Ah, schadenfreude.  You ever take pleasure in the misery or bad luck of others?  Why's that?