I have a confession to make…I have been dreading this post. Okay, not necessarily this post, just the post in particular that was to follow my last one. What to say? I definitely felt like the next thing I published couldn’t be something as contrived as a beauty post. I was stumped!

Morning Thought - Life, Set Sail

So I figured this best thing to do would just be to tell you what’s on my heart. After all, honesty certainly seemed to work in everyones favour last time, so let’s go with that!

Truthfully, I’ve been overwhelmed.

When I woke up the morning my Transparency post had gone live my husband came into the room to tell me how many nice things people had to say about it. I picked up my phone and, still in bed, began to read. There were literal tears.

How so many strangers (essentially) took the time out of their days to leave thoughtful, encouraging comments on my last post is beyond me. I’m not exaggerating at all when I say it took me a good couple of days to reply back to your comments, tweets, texts, etc. Because really, you don’t feel like strangers to me. Ignoring (or simply not replying to every single one of) your comments was never an option.

I loved hearing all of your stories and how many of you (like me) are facing similar struggles in your day-to-day lives, whether you are a blogger or any other kind of self-starter. I’m not so naive to think that my struggles are mine alone, but sometimes you just need a gentle reminder. And your comments did just that. They reminded me that we are in this together, that I have friends all over the world who are there for me to lift me up when I’m feeling a little down and out, offering support and encouragement. I can’t help but smile.

So this is what I want you to do. If you are struggling with something, tell someone. Whether it be that certain post you are afraid to hit publish on because it might be a little too personal or you have something on your chest that’s becoming a burden to keep to yourself…tell someone. And on the flip side of that, offer up your words of encouragement when someone decides to share the intimate details of their lives with you. I know it takes time, but your words have power. You never know who you could touch with your story or just how much someone needs to hear what you have to say.

Thank you all for your beautiful words and for reminding me that I am not alone. I love each and every one of you.

xx -b.