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I proclaim 2013 to be:

The Year of The Blue Toilet Seat

This is the year to be bold and have fun.

Embrace the color in your life.



The Year of the Blue Toilet Seat was prompted by a visit to the hardware store with my daughter at the end of last year. You can read the story here. 

Is there a rule book out there somewhere that says all toilet lids have to match the bowl color? Is there an eleventh commandment, “Though shalt always buy a toilet seat that is the same color as the toilet bowl?”
Pamela Hodges

What is the Blue Toilet Seat in your life? 

How will you be bold this year?

Please let me know in the comments. I would love to chat.

You can connect with me on facebook here, or on google+ here.
If you would like to join the The Blue Toilet Seat Facebook  Group, let me know in the comment section, and I will add you.
We encourage each other to be bold.

 Be Bold

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  • Frances Colleen Villanueva-Asi

    hi Pamela, I found your blog through Tribe Writers. I just got my blog set up and it’s not done yet, but i will add content to it soon. is it too late to join your Blue Toilet Seat group? others may have gone before me, but now is my time to begin being bold. looking forward to hearing from you and proudly wearing the blue toilet seat badge on my very new blog 🙂

    • Hello Frances,
      Thank you for putting the toilet seat badge on your site. I would love to have you join the Blue Toilet Seat Group. Please send your e-mail address to: pamela (at) ipaintiwrite (dot) come and I will add you.

  • Valorie MacDonald

    Pamela, I’m Valorie [NOT Val;] and I just discovered your blog a couple of hours ago; haven’t been able to tear myself away from my computer! I’m pretty sure I’ve read about 50 of your posts so far; was in tears on the first one! And The Blue Toilet Seat Facebook Group sounds pretty much perfect. About five years ago I bought my first zebra print shoes (a BIG stinking deal for this former farm girl and missionary kid who grew up with “it’s sinful to wear .. do.. say.. anything that might get you noticed.” Still recovering!) but still feel like I’m stuck in baby.step mode! I want to live the life God has for me, dream the big ol’ honkin audacious dreams HE has for me! The impossible dreams… The preposterous dreams!! I want to draw attention TO HIM by being all of what He created me to be!

    • Dear Valorie,
      I am delighted to meet you and your zebra print shoes. God made you and He loves you very much. Keep dreaming your dreams, the impossible ones even.
      Who knows what you will do when you start to believe. I look forward to finding out what you do with your dreams, and what other colorful clothes you decide to buy. (I just bought a pair of purple Converse high tops.)
      Welcome Valorie!

  • Alright, count me in! I’ll even put your Blue Toilet Seat Button on my blog. Now that’s being bold! 🙂

  • can I join the blue toilet seat club on FB?

  • Okay, I did it. I added the button to my site. I’m being bold. And blue. 🙂

  • Joy Lenton

    Blue toilet seat? Maybe not. Being bold? Well…yes, please! If you can offer to teach me how. If boldness is courage to be fully ourselves rather than brashness. If I can learn to embrace all God is calling me to be. Then count me in, sister! 🙂 xx

  • Okay, so I’m not crazy about blue toilet seats, but I do want to be bold. And I’m thinking this year is the perfect one to do it. 🙂 I’ve been thinking about Europeans and how bold they are. Just because they do what they have to do and don’t seem to worry about what it might look like to other people. I think I’m going to embrace this in some new way this year. (Perhaps it just means I’m growing up?) 😉