Take Back Whats Yours

The Take Back Whats Yours Campaign

I have recently been made aware of a new movement going around on social media sites called “Take Back Whats Yours”. The campaign was started by ChloeThis campaign was designed to allow people to make a positive change in their lives and “take back” something they think they lost. This is more than just a new years resolution, as this is a permanent change in your life and not just a fad to be done for a year (if you make it that long). I am taking part of this movement because, well I already was and I didn’t even know it. I recently got a new job that I love and decided to make a few changes in my life for the better. When I saw this campaign I thought this would be a great opportunity to assist me in my goals.

If you would like to participate, here is what you have to do: 

  • Write a blog post talking about this campaign, the message it contains, and why are you taking part.
  • Share what you are taking back
  • Tag 10 bloggers to take part. (personally I don’t feel like I should force people to get involved so I will leave this up to you)
  • Let Chloe know if you’re taking part by using the hashtag on Twitter #TakeBackWhatsYours, Also tag either @ChloesConcept or @TBWYCampaign so she can retweet!!
  • If you can, include a photo of yourself with a handmade poster (doesn’t have to be artistic!) with the words:

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What I am Taking Back

  • The English Language:

I have decided to take back the English language because of something that I have come to call “the bastardization of the English language”. Now, that term may seem harsh, and I understand that there are a lot of people that like this new style of writing, but this subject had developed into a pet peeve of mine. Language–both spoken and written–can be a beautiful thing; we use language to communicate everything about ourselves to ourselves and to one another, and yet we chose to shorten it, chop it up and change it. It breaks my heart when while perusing social media sites, I see words that are spelled phonetically rather than properly. Hypocracy aside, because I understand that texting and such are a normal phenomenon in our society, I look at cleaver satire such as the movie Ideocracy and I worry that this is what our society is spiraling down to.

  • Reading:

I have decided to take back reading because to be completely honest I don’t read as much as I should. I’m so particular about writing style, that I find it difficult to uncover a book that I like. However, I was recently reading a post by a friend of mine that said you can’t be a good writer without reading a lot. I found this to be interesting and discussed it further with my wife (who reads everything she can get her hands on). My wife agreed and thus she will be helping me find books that I would like to read and hopefully this will help me to be a better writer in the end.

  • Health:

Well, so my wife has been on this health kick for the last year or so and she has been trying to get me to do it with her. Up until recently, I dragged my feet on this because, to be honest what guy wants to be put on a diet, and well…I really love pizza rolls, waffles, pizza (anything pizza flavored, really), soda (oh man soda is a hard one to give up)…and, well you get the idea. My wife just gave up sugar and as I’m watching her struggle with this, I have decided that I can’t eat these things right in front of her, and yeah I guess the health benefits are a plus, so I have decided to take back my health.

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2 thoughts on “Take Back Whats Yours

  1. I’m so glad to see you participating. Your first goal really speaks to me. I just finished editing my company’s employee handbook, and it has shown me, some people just cannot (and do not care to) write properly. I mean, they were using ampersands in place of “and.” In the human resources handbook. In legal text. It was abhorrent. So, thank you, for being one of the few trying to uphold the integrity of our language!

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  2. Kate, I appreciate that you are in support of my goals. I expected to offend more people, due to the commonality of our modern day “short hand”. Unfortunately I can believe that short hand is used in formal lettering, our society has really lost its love of language and I am happy to have a fellow writer who understands my need to bring back the beauty in our language. Good luck on your goals, your writing goal is one that I should also set for myself. I have so little time to spend with my wife that when I am home if I feel like I need to write I also feel guilty about it, even though she is very supportive of my writing.

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