Sometimes what you see is what you get. I hope that holds true for me.
Last fall, when I was really, really (did I mention “really”) struggling, I found myself at times feeling a bit like a blogger fraud. I had things I wasn’t saying, for many reasons. So I did what all wise bloggers know they should do when the thoughts are rattling around in their brain – I wrote a post about it. And I explained how I was torn between a desire to blog with optimism and my need to blog with honesty and authenticity. Because sometimes they were very much at odds with each other. And the response I got was overwhelming in its support; you wrapped me in your arms and accepted me for who I am.
Sometimes I am a slow learner. About my journey. About blogging. About lots of things. I’d like to think I always learn from my mistakes and never repeat them but that’s just one of many pipe dreams. What I have learned though, is that my writing has to come from the authentic me and I hope as you read you sense that and connect with the person behind the words.
And this all leads to why I felt very honored to receive a recent blog award from Lori. She shares the ups and downs, the good and bad; she shares herself. And today she has shared the Honest & Real Blogger Award with me. Thank you, Lori! This award is intended for a blogger who has left an impact on you by being vulnerable and sharing not only their triumphs but also their struggles. By sharing the ups and downs of the journey and not being afraid to admit that they sometimes don’t have all the answers or always do the right thing. But they are working to learn from their mistakes.
There are many wonderful bloggers I follow who are worthy of this award. But today, one in particular stands out in my mind. Ellen has shared many aspects of her life and herself in her writing. Her authenticity shines through. Because of her honesty, I have often sat reading a post, nodding my head in agreement, as I identified with what she was saying. And coincidentally, just the other day I was thinking about myself and where I am on my journey and what the future holds and immediately I thought about Ellen’s blog title, “Fat Girl Wearing Thin,” and what it means and how I can identify with that too!
Today I applaud all the bloggers out there who are sharing and caring and keeping it real. I don’t know where I’d be without you.