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“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” Bruce Lee

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself! Our cat posing on the latest book.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself! Our cat posing on the latest book.


Recently, I was chatting with one of my kids on the phone; our cat heard her voice and came closer. I told him to strike a pose for her as she always says he should be a cat model. He positioned himself on my copy of By The Book, steadied himself into a comfy position, and looked straight at the camera. I could almost hear him say, “Okay, just this one shot and then don’t bother me again. EVER!.”  Hahaha. We love our cat, Tangy, as he always finds ways to upstage everyone in my household. He definitely knows how to express himself.


“Art is a way to express yourself and through that you can escape a bad situation.” Russell Simmons

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself! Thanksgiving Turkey hats at Trader Joe's

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself! Thanksgiving Turkey hats at Trader Joe’s

I love my local Trader Joe’s and shop there as often as possible. I love the staff too because they are a friendly, energetic bunch. For Thanksgiving week, they wore these crazy hats. I thought the whole idea was brilliant. As a regular customer there, I know how hard they work to please us. The hats put a smile on my face, and I gamely asked this friendly dude at the register to tilt his head so I could capture a few shots of his hat. He did. If you look closely at the shot, you’d notice that the guy behind him is also wearing a turkey hat. His hat isn’t quite as jazzy but the intent is the same – make the customers smile … Now that’s an expressive way to say – Happy Thanksgiving!

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“Express yourself, don’t hurt yourself.” Tommy Wiseau

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself! Our kids rocking out at 3 years old

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself! Our kids rocking out at 3 years old


I had to share this favorite shot of my twins playing around. Back in the days when life was easy, boomboxes were everywhere in NYC, and kids goofing off as rappers were still the rage (said tongue-in-cheek), my kids jumped right in and I caught this hilarious shot.  My twins pulled off a cool pose with dark shades, a mini boombox and a thumbs up. This picture always makes me laugh and I hope it cheers your day too. They still know how to express themselves, just differently now. Hope you enjoyed your visit. I’m dying to see your photos. Have a great weekend!

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme below.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself! For This week, we challenge you to show us what “express yourself” means to you. It could be the delightful, gummy grin of a baby grand-nephew, a message of love written with a biplane in the sky, the clenched fist of anger and frustration, or even a lunch with an attitude. This topic is wide-open and I can’t wait to see what you do with it. Have fun!

Positive Motivation Tip: Express yourself any which way you please. Damn the consequences and Just Do YOU!

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

62 Comments leave one →
  1. 23/01/2015 1:22 pm

    Very expressive cat face -purrfect

  2. 23/01/2015 1:23 pm

    oh man I’m a huge fan of trader Joe’s products, always so good! 🙂

  3. Lola Jane permalink
    23/01/2015 2:01 pm

    I like the photos you collected for this theme…love the twins with the boom box 🙂 I have lots of hats for mine this week. It should be a fun one for everyone, right?

    Great name for an orange tabby, Tangy, and what you said exactly conveys his face 🙂 on the photo.

  4. 23/01/2015 2:48 pm

    I know where those hats were! Trader Joe’s is the best.

  5. Coline T. permalink
    23/01/2015 2:51 pm

    OMG this cat is really cute! 😀

  6. lingeringvisions by Dawn permalink
    23/01/2015 3:06 pm

    Great expressions!

  7. I'm Your MatchMaker (@ImCiaSays) permalink
    23/01/2015 3:08 pm

    I would love to take part in a great photo challenge. As much as I love taking and editing photos I never thought of molding a blog post completely around one. This was awesome! 😀

  8. Ben Butler permalink
    23/01/2015 3:11 pm

    Great pictures! The cat is adorable, and I love the goofy hats!

  9. rochkirstin permalink
    23/01/2015 3:29 pm

    I have always expressed myself through words in both my public and private blogs. However, I find that expressing through photos is quite harder since I have like an emotionless face / poker face most of the time.

  10. 23/01/2015 3:36 pm

    My cat tends to look angry on every photo I take of her. They are pretty funny when a camera is around. So are my kiddos, always expressing themselves truly for the cameras. I think we all do lately, and love doing us 🙂

  11. Nina Garcia Say permalink
    23/01/2015 4:11 pm

    Your cat looks how I feel right now! LOL I love cats, they have so much personality.

  12. Mary O'Malley permalink
    23/01/2015 4:28 pm

    These are all great pictures. I especially love the ones of Tangy and the Thanksgiving hats.

  13. 23/01/2015 4:58 pm

    Got to love cats with attitude, great photo. I love the one of your twins, it speaks volumes!

  14. 23/01/2015 6:07 pm

    I love these photos! Are you participating in the 365 photo challenge? I am in love with it!

  15. Mrs. Jilly Fisher permalink
    23/01/2015 9:16 pm

    I love trader joes and Tangy is adorable!

  16. 3sonshavei permalink
    23/01/2015 9:55 pm

    Sounds like a fun and creative challenge.

  17. nicolewhitfield5 permalink
    23/01/2015 10:35 pm

    If that kitty’s expression doesn’t say “go away, I’m napping” then I don’t know what does!

  18. 23/01/2015 11:16 pm

    Superb cat! I love a ginger cat.

  19. 23/01/2015 11:25 pm

    Great pics and I love that beautiful kitty!

  20. Richard Hicks permalink
    23/01/2015 11:25 pm

    Great pics and I love the beautiful kitty!

  21. ChristianGal permalink
    24/01/2015 2:42 am

    LOVE that photo of the cat 😀

  22. 24/01/2015 8:05 am

    Your twins were seriously cute – I expect they still are!

  23. 24/01/2015 8:42 am

    I just want to squeeze that kitty! Love the pics! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  24. 24/01/2015 9:03 am

    Fun writing and reading going on here – love your Tangy and that pose – I think cats are so intuitive and do care – just for that moment anyway! .

  25. Kori (@just_anothermom) permalink
    24/01/2015 9:47 am

    I love that funky hat! And the Bruce Lee quote at the beginning is one of my personal favorites.

  26. 24/01/2015 12:19 pm

    Your twins did get the perfect picture there. And you’re right that saying for the cat picture is perfect. 🙂

  27. pumpkinsfan76 permalink
    24/01/2015 12:43 pm

    What lovely pics. My kitty (in the avatar) likes to take pics!

  28. Linda Manns Linneman permalink
    24/01/2015 1:01 pm

    We always need to be true to ourselves. We need to be who God intended us to be. He made us all different and all special. Thank you for sharing

  29. maggiesblog2 permalink
    24/01/2015 1:34 pm

    When you express yourself in the right way, people become drawn to you!

  30. yumeating permalink
    24/01/2015 2:58 pm

    I wish I had a Trader Joe’s by me. The closest is over an hour away. My Ziggy loves to read my books too.

  31. 24/01/2015 4:43 pm

    Such cute photos! That cat is so cute!!!!

  32. Ash L. permalink
    24/01/2015 7:22 pm

    Great fun post. Have fun, don’t be afraid and ignore the negativity.

  33. lindamoffitt02 permalink
    24/01/2015 10:14 pm

    I don’t know how to post a pic on here but I love taking pictures especially of my kids so I agree that is a way I express myself Oh and I Love the Turkey Hat Thing I wish stores by me did that It would make shopping a bit more bearable LOL

  34. 24/01/2015 10:48 pm

    This is too cute. I love the way your cat is sitting up there like, “Try me!” LOL!

  35. Lesa permalink
    25/01/2015 12:29 am

    Fun ideas! It’s true, we don’t express ourselves, our true natural selves, we are always posing for our selfies or pics together, but not looking always naturally. Love your thoughts!

  36. 25/01/2015 3:47 am

    I just love Trader Joe’s. We recently got one in my neck of the woods (Upstate NY), and it looks like the employees have a fun time working there, and the store is constantly offering so many unique products! Very cute picture of the twins.

  37. Ann Bacciaglia permalink
    25/01/2015 10:43 am

    These are great photos. I love the pretty kitty. I have two cats of my own and i love taking photos of them.

  38. Parent Xpress (@HPXpress) permalink
    25/01/2015 2:18 pm

    I just love your weekly challenge this week. I love how each person is expressing themselves in various ways. Thanks for the inspiration.

  39. 25/01/2015 2:56 pm

    It really is true what they say … that a picture is worth a thousand words. These made me smile. Thank you!

  40. lkubin permalink
    25/01/2015 5:14 pm

    OMG! I want one of those Trader Joe Turkey Hats! How cute, I have never seen anything like them!

  41. 25/01/2015 7:29 pm

    I really do look forward to your weekly challenge photos! They’re so spot on!

  42. maryem el farsaoui permalink
    26/01/2015 5:51 am

    what a handsome boy I love cats!! and sure he is ( doesn’t look like ) a cat model love you tangy <3

  43. 26/01/2015 9:13 am

    Love the Bruce Lee quote.

  44. 26/01/2015 9:43 am

    I love seeing the people’s pictures. It gives me inspiration.

  45. 26/01/2015 9:58 am

    I express myself by not just speaking what’s on my mind but by putting it into action too. 🙂

  46. 29/01/2015 12:05 pm

    Inspiring pics and the kitty is adorable!

  47. Richard Hicks permalink
    29/01/2015 12:06 pm

    Inspiring photos and I love the kitty pic

  48. April - My Bizarre Family permalink
    20/02/2015 4:40 pm

    I recently discovered our Trader Joes and I LOVE it! I just wish it was closer to my house.

  49. upliftingfam permalink
    20/02/2015 7:21 pm

    I have heard so much about Trader Joe’s bit haven’t ever been in one. That is cool that they wear festive hats to make others smile.

    Your cat sounds like a sweetheart. We have three dogs and they have their own personality.

    • 21/02/2015 12:16 pm

      Thank you! Check them out and you’ll get addicted. My cat is sweet and demanding… Haha! Yes personality is something pets have in bucketful.

  50. Rebel Sweetheart permalink
    21/02/2015 6:00 am

    Love that Bruce Lee quote. I wish we had Trader Joe’s here in the Philippines, too. 😉

  51. Debbie Denny permalink
    21/02/2015 6:31 am

    Love all the pics. Your cat is cute.

  52. bismah2010 permalink
    21/02/2015 9:36 am

    Such a beautiful looking cat! Those thanksgiving turkey hats are so cute and funny!

  53. jshallow01 permalink
    21/02/2015 1:29 pm

    What a beautiful cat! I always wanted an orange cat growing up.

  54. 21/02/2015 5:30 pm

    I love the quotes and the photos! So inspiring! My favorite photo is the cat. He looks like he is in deep thought.

  55. lisa permalink
    22/02/2015 8:49 pm

    Love your photos here! The cat one has to be that best.

  56. Shabby Chic Boho (@terrishutterbug) permalink
    05/03/2015 3:00 pm

    Thanks so much for the quotes. I love that orange kitty, I used to have one that looked like him.

  57. Ben Butler permalink
    05/03/2015 3:00 pm

    You know what I really love about cats? How they can be so loving and still have faces that say, “I’m better than you, and you know it…”

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