Kiss: my Guiding mantronym

I’m such a weirdo. I like to think the other weirdos out here in the blogosphere have received that memo by now. I like to think I’m in good company.

But just in case, let me tell you about my guiding acronym mantronym (because it’s not just a mere acronym, it’s also my mantra). The one that has been stuck in my head probably since I started blogging. The one that suits me best. The one that speaks to me. The one that repeats itself in my head as I write like an earworm.  

That mantronym is KISS.

Traditionally, it stands for Keep It Simple Stupid. But for me, it stands for Keep It Simple Sister. Because no good can come from me calling myself stupid. I believed the lie that I was stupid for far too long and now I’m 52 and the fucks I gave in the past are (mostly) history.  I’ve evolved.

Keep it Simple Sister is a kind yet firm way to remind myself to not be verbose when I’m writing. Because while I am a bonafide spaz, I don’t think my readers need to be pounded in the head with it when they read my posts. You all have lives, right? Responsibilities. Schedules. Important shit to do. Me getting to the fucking point already in my blog posts is essentially my way of recognizing and respecting that.

But very possibly the best thing about my beloved acronym of KISS is how darn versatile it is.  While  “Keep It Simple Sister” will forever be the guiding principle as I write my blog posts (and live my life), there’s often alternate versions of this mantronym at play within them.

For instance, “Keep It Specific Sister”. This one came to me while I was using my wicked crafting skills  creative energy to put together my  vision board. I firmly believe that having a physical picture of what specific things or experiences you want in your life increases the chances of it becoming reality. For instance, instead of affixing a picture of, say, a wine bottle or grapes to my vision board,  I affixed a picture of Napa Valley because that is a place I very much wish to visit with Hubs, asap. Seeing it every day keeps it fresh in my mind, which is good because, I am 52.

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Then there’s “Keep It Sincere Sister”. Bottom line-I’m just going to be me. I will continue to write (and breathe) with my heart in the right place. Which happens to be on my sleeve.

I also enjoy the “Keep It Sassy Sister” version of KISS.  Because. THIS.

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A highly important version of my beloved KISS is “Keep It Surprising Sister”, because that is what I’m aiming for. I want to surprise you, dear readers, as well as myself. But in an interesting and smart way of course. In a brave and new way. A meaningful way.

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A more recent version of KISS that I seek to inject into each blog post is “Keep It Sincere, Seeker”. Because while what I write comes from my heart, I’m also very much a seeker. A student who’s learning and growing as a blogger and a human. I’m eager to continue that, with the knowledge that I don’t know what I don’t know. I read lots of other blogs for tips and tricks as well as for inspiration. It keeps me engaged in the whole process. And I know that by continuing this practice, I am likely to keep improving as a blogger.

Any of you other fellow weirdos have a mantronym? Or a mantra? Or a guiding acronym? Or does “KISS” resonate with you? Perhaps you have other suggestions for what “KISS” could stand for? I’d love to read any commentary you have about this 🙂

6 thoughts on “Kiss: my Guiding mantronym”

  1. What a good question! I find myself saying, “this too will pass, this too will pass” in my head, like my mom did, but that one’s not really mine. “Just do it”–I think some big company has that mantra pretty well knocked over the head, ha! Well, your mantra is great; thank you for giving me something to ponder today!

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  2. Okay, confession time here. So a word did pop into my head, but my brain was being a smart ass! So we won’t go there! However, based upon the argument my brain and I had over coming up with a suitable mantronymn, I was able to write an amusing piece on that. It’s not actually going on my blog, though. It’s going in my book. Ran it by my writers group and there were giggles all around. You know I’m a sucker for giggles. Thanks so much for the inspiration, Rhonda! BTW, have you had a chance to listen to Leopold and His Fiction’s “Who Am I” or “Burma Shave” by Tom Waits yet? 🙂 Mona

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    1. Do tell! I appreciate smart ass comments friend 🙂 I would love to read the piece you wrote…for your book?! Say what? I must hear more about this book for sure. Yes, I did listen to Leopold (who was kind of scary looking to me in that video) and the song “Who Am I” and thought it was pretty cool actually. Haven’t checked out “Burma Shave” yet but I will. I’m excited that I gave you a bit of inspiration. I love that!!

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