The PunkPenBlog’s First Challenge: My Third Post, “Shine,” Posted on October 21, 2016 I have been nominated by the fabulous Aashi at,, to take part in her first challenge (, so here goes round 3!


via Photo Challenge: Shine

It has long been said that diamonds are a “girls best friend,” and the more brilliant, with the greatest sparkle the better. I’m the first to admit that pretty, flashy things often catch my eye and force me to resist the primal urge I feel to purchase said shiny and pretty things. At the end of the day though, after visiting store after store, I don’t feel shiny or brilliant, flashy, nor sought after. I’m still the same girl with the same life, the same insecurities, and the same problems.

Throughout the journey that has been my 32 years, I have managed to learn a thing or two. As Fuel put it, “all that shimmers isn’t always gold,” or in this case shiny. We never truly know what goes on behind closed doors; for all we know, there is no shine nor shimmer, only darkness and hopelessness. We mustn’t assume that a Shiny Exterior guarantees any more  than a façade.

I believe we are responsible for our own Shine. Through Faith, love, light, family, and friends we are all capable of not only reaching “Shine,” but a state of true peace andIMG_0293 harmony in our lives.

Ironically, I believe the best “Shine” we can achieve radiates from ourselves; from the inside out.

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