Happy Third Birthday to Us!

We find it hard to believe that we have been delivering posts every Monday, and sometimes a second time during the week, for the past three years.

ImageTime flies, doesn’t it?

The Permission Slips blog grew out of a publishing conference the two of us attended in NYC in October 2010. At the time, we were trying to find an agent to shop around our proposed book on girlfriend getaways.

Along the way, we decided that we needed to enter the 21st century and work on building an audience through cyberspace. Since then, we have fine-tuned our original book idea to focus more succinctly on “giving frazzled women permission to take better care of themselves.” We vowed to continue blogging as long as 1) we were having fun and 2) we had ideas for posts.

Our audience has increased steadily, and we are so happy to be building a strong community of readers. We love hearing your feedback about our posts – as comments on the Permission Slips blog site, but also as we walk our dogs in the park, shop for groceries or attend school events; through our personal Facebook sites and email addresses; and on the Permission Slips Facebook page, our Twitter site  and on Instagram.

Our goal for the coming year is to consolidate these dialogues, as much as possible, so you, our loyal readers, can get to know each other better.

In the meantime, we thought you might enjoy excerpts from some of the comments that didn’t make it through our spam filter. We won’t reprint the offers to increase the size of male parts or celebrate the size of women’s accessories; however, the following two comments caught our attention:

From a reader suggesting “How to Discipline Teenagers Regarding Car Privileges”:  (This is verbatim) ‘hardcore pornography’.may be one simple solution to do it – acquire on the resource.Hence, they were considered to be the gifts of Zeus to mankind.”

Under the heading “Earth Day celebration in Newtown draws a crowd”: “Their first single was success to attract all people in the world. One of their singles is chosen as Song of the Decade in Korea.”

So, it would make us very happy if you would leave us real, sensible comments!

And, finally, we thought you might want to revisit some of our most-read posts from the past year (five written by Carol and five by Linda):

  1. Zigging and Zagging Through Life – Giving kids permission to find their own paths (Linda)
  2. Wake Up and Live / The Kristy Lemond Story – Permission to live life to its fullest (Carol)
  3. Easing the Downhill Ride – Permission to grow through adversity/ Olympian Libby Ludlow (Linda)
  4. A Father’s Legacy: Breast Cancer – Permission to take genetics seriously (Carol)
  5. Permission to Cry – Permission to grieve openly during events such as the Boston Marathon bombing (Linda)
  6. Zombie Moms Having Fun – Permission to lighten up (Carol)
  7. Who’s Applying Anyway – Permission to step back from the college application process (Linda)
  8. Pressure on Kids in Sports – Permission to leave the coaching to coaches (Carol)
  9. Dumping Diets and Focusing on Fitness – Permission to make peace with your body / Review of Laurie Fritts’ book (Linda)
  10. Mom Down – Permission to accept help in a crisis (Carol)

Thanks for your continued support and readership!
Linda and Carol, 1 Nov. 2013
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  1. Congrats!! I look forward to receiving your posts each week…..when I see it in my e-mail box, I check it first (even over pressing business matters) as I know it will leave me with something thoughtful to ponder and likely help my outlook for the day!

  2. Congratulations! That’s amazing that you have been posting weekly for 3 years. I’d say you’ve definitely written a book by now!

    • Thanks, Jill. We’re having a great time. If a book grows out of our work, all the better. Let us know if you have any ideas for future posts. I will contact you privately, soon, about the idea I floated by you a few months ago.

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