One year ago today I posted my first blog post–Acceptance Without Exceptions–here on “That’s What GEM Said.” I was nervous and reluctant to start my own blog since I wasn’t sure I had anything to say worth reading by either acquaintances or strangers. While I love to hear myself talk tend to be very passionate about expressing certain opinions and thoughts of mine, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to articulate them well in a written forum. Just because I thought I had some interesting things to write about didn’t mean it would be conveyed as such. But with some encouragement and gentle nudging from of a few friends, I decided to go for it. And I’m so glad I did!
Though I haven’t blogged as consistently as I had when I first started (life just keeps happening!), I love being to release the words in my head and captured on screen. THGS has been my personal virtual journal–a place where I can vent, sort out my thoughts, pander on life’s musings, or just be silly. I used to question whether it was a good look to be so transparent and open about my life in such a public arena. But the more I share my pain, the more I heal. The more I admit my faults, the more I mature. The more I acknowledge my doubts, the more faith I gain. The more I confront my fears, the more courageous I become. So sharing some of my most private thoughts and feelings has been quite exhilarating and therapeutic!
Even after a year, I am still struggling with “accepting without exceptions.” I still struggle with remembering that I can only control or change myself. I still desire to try and make everything right and perfect as I see it in my eyes. But changing attitudes and mindsets is not something that just happens over night, or even in 365 nights. The important thing is that I have identified the areas in my life that need work and I’m actively making moves towards self improvement.
I’m so thankful for all of you readers!!! I’m especially grateful for those of you who leave comments and offer feedback. Being able to engage in discourse about what I write or just read words of encouragement or critique is extremely helpful to me, and inspired me to keep writing.
Thanks for a great year!!! I look forward to another year of blogging bliss 🙂