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.


  • Chris Amat
    January 23, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Suuuuuure now you have Kinfolk hah

    • Brittany Messner
      January 24, 2016 at 9:53 AM

      Haha, I’m SORRY! Anneke had been saving some for me to use as props and I got them later that week. If you’re really choked up about it you can just come over and take more photos.

  • Hannah Robinson
    January 19, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    beautiful, b! xoxoxox

  • Anneke Forbes
    January 19, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Bloggers often say that their websites help us escape the mundane day-to-day as we’re wrapped up in the beauty of a perfectly edited existence. In this effort, honest connections have become rare in the blog world, which is sad because I think it is exactly what we all need. Perfection is nice to look at, but in our world of quick, surface interactions, people crave personal connections more than a pretty picture. You allow your readers to connect with you in a personal way, while remaining an inspiration, which is a hard balancing act that I’m unsurprised to hear comes with its own set of burdens. I hope you see how worthy your writing is of all the love it receives and continue to reach out to your readers as the mood strikes.

    • Brittany Messner
      January 24, 2016 at 9:58 AM

      Oh man, how right you are! I never made that connection, but it’s honestly so true. I feel like lately, unless what you’re writing about is some groundbreaking personal story it’s hard to get people to interact all that much. But the last thing I want to do is push that in my daily posts. I know a few bloggers that do this and I feel like it’s all so fake now. There has to be a balance. The last thing I want LSS to turn into is some sort of self-help site, but when the mood hits me I definitely don’t mind sharing my personal experiences with my readers. As always, thanks for the thoughtful and thought provoking comment. You get me 😉 xx

      • Anneke Forbes
        January 26, 2016 at 9:29 AM

        So true – balance is essential. Keep it up lady!

  • Ruth Savage
    January 19, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Love you B! wish I lived close enough to have some tea with you and help out in more practical ways, the way a good Momma would….did anyone tell you today that you are brave, smart, inspiring? I think this just might be your best post ever…and I love how that vintage Poole set keeps making random appearances, makes me feel like a piece of me is with you XX

    • Brittany Messner
      January 24, 2016 at 9:59 AM

      Love yoooou! Thank Mar. And I definitely think of you every time I use this set…which now only consists of 2 cups and 1 saucer. So sad. xx


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