Time to Bare It All

On Friday I had a great conversation with a treasured friend who is developing her professional identity. We were talking about blogging and how so many bloggers gain an immense following and a lucky few even have to court multiple book offers from publishers. What sets them apart? How could she get there with her blog?

I suggested that she should tell her story. Be more vulnerable. Face the fear that kept her from going all out. It seemed the bloggers that inspired us, whose posts we shared and tweeted, had something in common. They shared pieces of themselves. Not little teeny pieces but “big honking” pieces of themselves. They allowed themselves to be vulnerable by telling their story with THEIR story, not just through generalizations, timeless quotes, and great pieces of advice.

I think she probably wanted to kick me and kiss me all at once.

But then guess what happened? In God’s usual way of sticking those darn signposts all over when He wants to get a message across, along comes BrenĂ© Brown on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. I’ve been looking forward to this all week. No, seriously, ALL WEEK. And wouldn’t you know it but the first thing they start talking about is dealing with online comments, then they launch into vulnerability.

Hmm. Isn’t that just what I talked to my friend about? Advised even? Then I realized the scary truth: I was afraid of being too vulnerable too. Continue reading »

Fear of the Pen?

I am currently fighting a battle with fear. I’ve already established that my innermost spirit demands that I write. I’ve begun to make the time and space necessary for it. I’ve jotted down notes. I’ve mulled over concepts and played with words in my mind over countless captured moments.

Yet when the opportunity to sit and do nothing but write – to quench that thirst I know full well I have – I freeze. Continue reading »

Creating the Gift of a Lifetime for My Daughters

Little by little, every year, I am creating the gift of a lifetime for my daughters. The idea was passed on to my by another busy, working, but also thoughtful and creative mom. She also happened to have lost her own mom, I believe at a fairly young age. So I think this idea of creating a legacy of dialogue for her children was especially important to her.

The idea is simple:

  1. Get a journal or notebook. Continue reading »