My name is Minyon. I am 32 years old and I am a Dental Assistant.  Bridezilla would be I’m never wrong about anything; I will punch you in the face for not doing what I ask, cuss you out, throw and break things if you get in my way.

It was a little difficult selecting my bridesmaids. The majority of them are my family. My youngest sister was supposed to be one of my bridesmaids, but she decided to go spend the weekend with her sorority sisters and not her BLOOD sister. So I had to find another girl, which I did and that was the best decision I could have made.

My family is crazy, but fun at the same time. Although my mom and dad are divorced, I am close with both sides. My in-laws are very sweet and loving. They took me in and my boys and treated us like we were always a part of their family. My favorite part of my wedding was when the Pastor introduced us as husband and wife. I could not wait to be called Mrs. Scotland.

It took about a year and a half to plan my wedding. It should have not taken so long, but being that my mother was not supportive of our union I could not make up my mind.

I was not sane at all with the wedding planning. Once my mother got on board with the fact that Foster and I were getting married no matter how she felt, my mother started planning and TAKING OVER as if it was HER wedding.
If I could change anything about my wedding, I would have changed my wedding planner. I asked my good friend to do it for me because she is great at putting events together and she is very organized. But planning weddings is not her thing. She did the best she could do but I should have hired a professional Wedding Planner.

We are going on a Carnival Cruise to Cozumel, Mexico for our honeymoon!

Foster and I do want a child together but maybe sometime next year. I just want us to enjoy being husband and wife.
Filming the show was CRAZY… it was a lot of work. I was not ready for all that. This process was not as much fun as I thought it would be. I was tired. I would not do it again… I was dead tired.

All I can say is don’t judge me. Some of the things you may see were totally out of character. Don’t get me wrong, I will kick your ass if you get in my way, but I’ll do it with class. My husband is a fun, romantic, loving guy. He has pushed me and encouraged me to be a better person. I love him for that. This experience changed my life. It allowed me to see the good as well as the bad in people. It should me who my true friends where. And in life, the only thing that matters is your happiness. Some people did not think this would marriage would happen. Well it did, and to all you who talked bad about me behind my back, I know who you are and you can tap dance on broken glass. Smooches!!

If you’re feeling a little glum this Valentine’s Day ’cause you’re without a special someone this year, why not volunteer at an animal shelter? Hanging out with kitties and puppies will not only cheer you up, but according to the CDC, pets can actually make your heart healthier by decreasing your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels!

You can find an animal shelter near you by searching on Petfinder and

In addition to working at the shelter, you can also volunteer to foster a pet.  Fostering is a great way to help an overburdened shelter, plus you get lots of one-on-one time with a furry pal.  Who knows, you might even decide to adopt, and give them a forever home.

Below are a few articles about volunteering and fostering.  Share your experiences volunteering with animals in the comments, on our Facebook Page, and on Twitter.

Do you think your main motivation for volunteering should be helping others, or is it OK if you are volunteering in order to get a job?

On Monday, Angela Dorsey published a piece about Using ‘Strategic’ Volunteering to Help with the Search on the Wall Street Journal blog, Laid Off and Looking. In her post, Dorsey describes how she is using a, “calculated approach to volunteering,” with professional associations to help with her job search.

In their post, Community Service Learning is Strategic Volunteering, the Laurier Careerchatter blog describes strategic volunteering as:

“[A] model of career immersion which connects skills development and career awareness for the purpose of career decision making.  Strategic volunteering offers career seekers opportunities to develop career skills and gain inside knowledge on a specific career field.”

The Strategic Volunteering blog has a post about how volunteering can impact your profile on the professional social network LinkedIn.  In the piece, they point out that volunteering is a way for you to get more recommendations, and to enhance your personal brand.

What do you think about strategic volunteering?