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I Am Giving Something Up For Lent

For those committed to giving up something symbolic for the pre-Easter observation of Lent 38 People

    I'll Put My Addictions On Hold - I'm giving up my addictions for Lent this year.  My addictive subtances, which only amount to caffeine.  I drink alcohol, but not in an...
    ag123 ag123 41-45 2 Responses Feb 6, 2008

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    Giving Up - Yes, today is my last day of freedom and tomorrow we have Ash Wednesday and I get an ashy smudge on my forehead. Like possibly quite a few, I'm going to be giving up...
    Luangi Luangi 18-21, F 8 Responses Feb 5, 2008

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    Matthew 6:27 - As I belong to an airy-fairy sort of church very firmly planted in the Reform tradition, I'm giving up worry for Lent. Right now I worry a lot, about things like...
    alanajames alanajames 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 21, 2012

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    This Is My First Year Giving Something Up! - I was raised as a Protestant, where Lent isn't much of a big deal oftentimes. So this year (I'm 21) I have decided to give something up...
    cauchemar33 cauchemar33 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 25, 2012

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    Things Relinquished - On my senior year in high school, I gave up coffee for Lent. (Some of us high schoolers love coffee!) Last year, I relinquished fried foods for the same...
    talfonso talfonso 18-21, F Mar 4, 2010

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    Redneck Lent - Each Friday night after work, Bubba would fire up his outdoor grill and cook a venison steak. But, all of Bubba's neighbors were Catholic...and since it was Lent...
    RichieRich78 RichieRich78 51-55, M 3 Responses Apr 14, 2011

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    A Challenge - This lent, I really want to have an effect on me.  Usually I give something up, go the 40 days, and then go back to it right away.  Last year I even tried...
    chocchipkookie93 chocchipkookie93 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 6, 2008

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    Yep - I am giving up cokes. I did it last year no problem. Like JFL I am thinking of giving up something else as well. I don't eat enough chocolate for it to matter. I don't think...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 6, 2008

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    Lent Is Amazing - I never really heard of lent until a client came into my office asking me where is the nearest catholic church on ash wednesday. He later discussed lent and also...
    lovemymilitaryman lovemymilitaryman 22-25 Mar 27, 2012

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    What Is a Foodie to Give Up? - I'm going to give up chocolate, good folks. I really enjoy chocolate, so this is actually meaningful (to me) and not a, "I'm going to give up...
    foodiesf foodiesf 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 22, 2007

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    Already Did - I gave the X up for lent about 11 years ago and then I gave up religion. Sorry not making a joke of the topic as my best friend is a devoted Catholic and I respect...
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality 36-40, F 3 Responses Feb 5, 2008

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    One Can Only Do Without What One Can Do Without - 10 Things I Am Giving Up For Lent 10.  Plugging my book, Invisible Driving, on EP.  (www.invisibledriving.com) 9. ...
    ElLagarto ElLagarto 56-60, M 8 Responses Feb 6, 2008

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    Focus Only To God - I just want to say that let's sacrifice the distractions that causes as to be distant to the Lord. The time of Lent is the time to repent. I'm asking you to...
    Dumstey Dumstey 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 31, 2010

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    Perfect! - I was going to give up sex, but since I don't do it anyway, that's out the window.  :P So I've tentatively decided to give up smoking. I'm terrified of the...
    DopeyGirl DopeyGirl 31-35, F 3 Responses Feb 5, 2008

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    Just Because - I am going to give up something for lent just for symbolic reasons and also for the religious factor too. I am gonna give up ice cream! Somebody tell me when...
    cinfullynn cinfullynn 46-50, F Feb 5, 2008

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    Sweets And Pizza - Every year since pre school I've given up sweets and now it isn't that much of a challenge. So I added pizza this year. I mean, I'm a teenager so it's a...
    Smileandbehappy Smileandbehappy 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 17, 2013

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    What We All Need to Give Up For Lent - one word. religion. give up religion, and become a human being.
    nine4dnine nine4dnine 41-45, M 1 Response Feb 7, 2008

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    Coke - I gave up Coca-Cola! It's not easy, even though I'm still drinking Sprite and Diet Coke. I want the REAL THING!
    TheLibrarian TheLibrarian 36-40, F 2 Responses Feb 23, 2008

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    Coke (the Beverage) - i'm currently planning on giving up coke (the beverage). i still have about 24 hours to consider, though, so i might change my mind between now and then. but...
    journeyfulloflaughter journeyfulloflaughter 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 5, 2008

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    Lent Blog - Hi! We're an anonymous group of people who are posting daily blogs about our Lenten promise to do forty good deeds.  It's our hope that this blog inspires...
    40days40deeds 40days40deeds 22-25 Feb 21, 2010

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    Josh Hartnet Had It Easy - A few years ago the movie 40 Days and 40 Nights came out. It chronicled a young man's struggle with the bad sexual choices he had been making, i.e., the...
    cgtlsmom cgtlsmom 36-40, F Mar 9, 2011

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    Lenten Contribution - I'm giving up chocolate, sweets, cakes and biscuits for Lent. It was a last minute decision, while I was with my friends having Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. I...
    Gezabel Gezabel 36-40, F 2 Responses Feb 25, 2007

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    No More Fast Food! - I have been on a recent fast food binge ever since some traumatic personal experiences, and I realized recently that is was a coping mechanism and so for the...
    themcqueenescape themcqueenescape 21-25, M Feb 7, 2008

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    Gone! - Lentils.... Just seems like the right thing to do!!
    VoteForPedro VoteForPedro 51-55, F 5 Responses Mar 14, 2011

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    She-who-shall-not-be-named - I'm giving up my favorite singer for lent, because that is the one thing I wanted to give up least.
    relief9 relief9 18-21, F Feb 20, 2010

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    Lent Will Do Me Good This Year - Lent will be hard for me this time around. I have not been very good at it so far. My work schedule has made it difficult to for me to attend Mass...
    Sidereus Sidereus 19-21, F Feb 8, 2008

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    Giving Up Alcohol - This year is my first year observing Lent. I was raised in the Church of Christ, so I never have really observed the Christian/Catholic calendar until I...
    RopinTexan RopinTexan 22-25, M Feb 16, 2013

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    And I will not be doing that anymore! In very small amounts, it's okay except you feel the vinegar sitting in your stomach. I filled the glass one inch with lemon and I just had to...
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    I am a 15 year old Jewish, Orthodox girl. I was born 3 months early in Manchester, England. From the time i was a baby i have had a very hard life. I lived in fear every day of my...
    phobia1998 phobia1998 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 22

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    Often, when I browse through my page, I'd fail to recall when I joined a particular group here in EP. I'd speculate that someone might have hacked into my account , I still do. I...
    SinisterSmile SinisterSmile 22-25 7 hrs ago

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    I don't have enough means to communicate with you yet you decided to just shut down the only remaining medium that keeps us somehow connected. That's awful of you, you must know...
    kixisback kixisback 22-25 2 Responses Apr 5

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    All a squatter is, is a thief. A person who steals someone's house just because he or she saw the house, liked it, and like a baby, just grabbed it. There are laws against stealing...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F 17 hrs ago

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    I am finally living for myself. No longer scared of what others might think of me. It's the only way you can really get through your life the fullest. As I've gotten older I have...
    SylenaEverlasting SylenaEverlasting 13-15, F Apr 7

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    Life talks without saying a word.... If something isn't meant to be something will take place in order to prevent it from happening & thats exactly how it's been all of my life. I...
    TheWorldVsJ TheWorldVsJ 26-30, M 2 Responses Mar 27

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    I know it's hard not to give up. I know almost as well as anyone here, I understand, but it's not worth it okay? You have value as a person, you are loved and are capable of...
    kxCobra kxCobra 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 27

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    I just skimmed a news article about how to spot a liar in others. I knew it would be bogus which is why I didn't click to read it when I first saw it on my homepage the other day...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F Apr 9

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    Life, it's small and simple. Find meaning and express it. I'm a single mother of two daughters and a full time college student. Believe me, I've been doing soul searching and...
    smilesofazombie smilesofazombie 22-25, F 1 day ago

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    i realised now that i have been just a number, and today im giving up no more chatting, no more friends, no more sex, no more being the "go to" girl. im waking away from all this...
    ANGELKZ ANGELKZ 26-30, F Mar 19

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    i dont have any power to do something in my life idont really know what should i do this is not a situation that ive dreamed about and i cant change it i just can let my life pass
    psh3146 psh3146 26-30, F Apr 3

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    I am happy in my current relationship, but I feel he is not fully committed. I have asked, and he has said he is in it, but why do I still feel Iam giving him my all and Iam...
    soulsearching84 soulsearching84 26-30, F Apr 6

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    My mom used to be a masseuse. I have it in my blood, i love giving massages and i'm pretty damn good at it :D I'll take a course later on, maybe make a side-job out of it.
    raisasemanova raisasemanova 16-17, F 3 Responses Mar 19

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    Even better at receiving them !! But seriously I do enjoy giving as much as receiving.
    1bingcherry 1bingcherry 46-50, M Mar 21

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    I am numb i feel like just giving up on love, life, and friends.
    telliebabi telliebabi 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 22

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    I find myself seeing other happy couples and honestly feel like giving up, it comes so easy to others. I want that happiness, comfort and love.
    Hidebehindtherain Hidebehindtherain 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 23

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    I just wanna run away. Run away from all the pain and miserly. Run away from tje world. I cant take it anymore. Im giving up, im done.
    Kakepielovemuffin Kakepielovemuffin 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 27

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    So close to giving up, sometimes I feel like he's my reason and other times I feel the life being drained out of me. I don't know why I am so loyal to him, and why I'm even trying...
    cutieserafina cutieserafina 22-25, F 5 Responses Mar 27

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    This past month has been a rough one, extremely rough. So much has happened, my world got turned upside down and things keep happening. I know deep down that eventually it will be...
    Kayleer18 Kayleer18 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 2