The outpouring of love I have received over the past 24 hours has been astounding. You have prayed for me, prayed with me, written me letters of encouragement, told me your own stories of life in Family Court, and basically- gave me a landslide of support. I am doing my absolute best to respond to all of them, but after getting 150 emails yesterday (from the blog and facebook) and 14 phone calls- I’m behind. And that’s ok. I'm feeling strong today, and am coming to grips again. It will be OK. Somehow... :)
I remember the first blog post I wrote back in the day. The Yoga Incident. I knew it was funny, but I had no idea the support system I was starting. How that support system would carry me, not only in my weight loss journey, but through the ups and downs of life, like yesterday. So many names and little profile pictures, virtual friendships, cheering me on from the sidelines- I have come to know so many of you through this blog. And I can’t tell you how important you all are to me.
I may not have been homecoming or prom queen, or most popular in my class. I wasn’t voted most likely to succeed. I don’t have 80 million followers like some blogs. I don’t have advertising supplementing my blogging habit. I don’t have a glamorous life to follow.
What I do have is a group of loyal men and women who reach out day after day, reading my words, listening, commenting, sharing…
And it makes me feel like the Blog-coming Queen.
You all voted me in, and I won by a landslide.
I’ll take my crown and wear it “humbly-proud.”
Humble that I could ever be in a position to have so much love surrounding me.
Proud that the same girl who meekly wrote the Yoga Incident has come so very far.
There are those who think blogging is silly. They think it’s a waste of time. People who blog don’t have a life. For any of those people who might be reading this: YOU ARE DEAD WRONG.
Blogging gives us a freedom! It supplements our life by forcing us to reach out, when before we didn’t reach at all. It can be silly at times, but it brings us laughter and hope! It chases away our dreary feelings of “stuck in the rut” and proves that life is worth living. The good, the bad, and the flabby- we share it all.
There is power in blogging. It changes us. It makes us better. It makes us stronger. Trust me. I’m wearing the crown. I know what I’m talking about.
And with that, I will let you in on a little secret. I am starting 2 new blogs.
One is called “WWED?” or "What Would Erma Do?" (in reference to the late Erma Bombeck). It will be my blog about motherhood. No diet stories there. Just plain old fashioned rants and raves of a mother doing her best, day in and day out. I’ll be launching this blog after the first of the year. I'm super excited about this one.
The other blog is with my special friend Jia. You may have seen her name on here a few times. She featured me on her blog’s feature “Self Esteem Saturdays” and we chat and FB constantly. Now we text. Jia has been working to lose weight (like all of us here) and we decided to try a new approach.
That blog is up and running already, although we are still tweeking it. You can check out “Letters to Jia” and see what we are up too. We use the word “whoreface” liberally, and it’s not an insult. It’s a testament of our devotion to each other. So don’t be offended! (And a special thanks to the 2 girls who discovered that blog already and left comments, and the one who became our first follower. I have no idea how you found it, since we only started the blog 2 days ago, but we appreciate the support!)
So that’s all I’ve got. I’m at 171.4, I have a heart full of love for my readers (thank you thank you thank you), and I can’t wait to begin 2011. It will be the year that EVERYTHING changes.
The Blog-Coming Queen