If you have followed me for awhile you know that I have a mentor.
She is absolutely amazing and has walked along side me through many many decisions and many many things- ” real life” things. She is incredible and recently did a post about “rethinking blogging for 2013”.
I love it and I think it is good to refocus at the beginning of the New Year. I started this blog “CaseyLeigh” 2 years ago this time. It started as one of many New Year’s resolutions. Ironically the first blog that I ever found, loved and followed- Take Heart just this week said:
” in case i haven’t convinced you to start a blog yet… start a blog. i promise it is the best new year’s resolution for you this year. it could be private, it could be public. you could write once a day, once a week, or once a month. one person could read it, or one million people could read it. the important thing is that you tell your story. the important thing is that you don’t forget. the important thing is that you wrote it all down so your kids can read it all one day. the important thing is that you share what you’re passionate about.”
Love this. Yes. Tell your story.
Just even looking back through pictures from 2012 to share in this post, I was so grateful that I had documented everything. I loved reading back through what I was feeling on a certain day and what our family had done that week.
I often get emails saying things just like this:
One thing that I struggle with on my blog is being open and true to myself (I’m working on it but it’s hard to not feel like I’ll get judged)
My advice is- I do get judged. There aren’t always nice things said.
and that’s hard.
But the truth is people need to hear our stories. Our voices and heartaches and stories being shared help people. When I wrote about losing our baby, at the time, it was an outlet for me. I was just writing to get through the emotions. To process.
I had no idea that over a year later I would still get daily emails of women walking that road.
I had no idea how much it would help other women feel less alone.
I love to write. I love to connect with people.
Blogging is such a beautiful opportunity to do both.
Then as I went to hit publish on this post an email came in (made a few changes to the names to keep it anonymous)…
“I just want to thank you for your sweet blog posts under Loss. I used to read everything you wrote. I had 4 kiddos, love art and just loved everything about your style. Then we lost our 11 year old son. For the last 6 months I haven’t read anything. Until tonight. I got reading your family blog and have never felt such truth. As if you could know what I was thinking and put it in words. It felt good. Thank you for pouring out your heart. What a blessing.”
Knowing my words could help just one person blesses me so much.
You get to leave a “footprint”… what footprint do you have to leave?
It can be anything. God has gifted everyone with talents and passions. We all have stories.
Living out your purpose.
and sharing your journey along the way.
( something going on with my linky tools tonight// just leave your post in the comments if you were wanting to share one)!