Wednesday, October 14, 2015

100 Posts and a Giveaway!

100. 100. 100. 100.

Love Yourself Healthy has officially had 100 posts, y'all. I can't believe it!

When I started the blog, I really had no clue what I wanted from it or where I wanted it to go. In fact, it was completely private when I first created it in September 2014. I wrote down a Prologue and a week later, a post on the concept of "enough" and didn't write anything else until I allowed the world to be able to find this blog in April 2015.

As I said... didn't know what I wanted. 

Here are a few things that I've learned over the last 6 months of blogging regularly...
It's hard to be so vulnerable. There are times when I would literally shut my eyes and hold my breath as I hit "publish," afraid of how the "public" would react. (I honestly don't know what I expect to happen... perhaps the computer will explode because I talked about something uncomfortable?)
It's a whole lot easier to be truly open and honest with strangers on the internet than it is with people you know and see every day. When I went public on my personal Facebook page last month, my thoughts went something like this: "Oh God, my coworkers are going to know everything about me. My Facebook friends and acquaintances are going to know everything too!" But then I realized that A) They have to see the post to begin with, and B) Hopefully if they're a "friend," they'll be compassionate and supportive--if not, then they probably weren't a good friend anyway.
I've learned that I truly do want to help people, and the way to do that, for me, is to be completely open and honest about my experiences with depression, anxiety, and binge eating because people need to know they're not alone. I think when you feel less alone, less freakish, it's easier to seek help and take the steps needed to better yourself. We all just want a little validation.
 I've learned that I get just as much from your comments as (I hope) you do from reading. I haven't experienced any negative comments yet, and I'm sure that day will come; however, thus far the comments and emails I've received have been nothing but positive and it's encouraging to know that what I have to say is actually making a difference in people's lives. 
I could go on and on about everything I've learned, but what it all boils down to is this: Blogging has helped me find me again. Yes, I'm a wife, and I'm a mom, but before all that, I was me. My identity is more than who I am in relation to my family, my friends, my coworkers. It's who I am at my core, and I've found myself again. It's like coming home.

One of my favorite posts, On Mindfulness, is all about this journey of finding myself again. A list of most of my other favorite posts can be found here.

In the spirit of blog milestones and the love of round numbers, I'm hosting another giveaway! This time, I'm choosing TWO lucky winners who will each receive an item of their choice from Circles of Change.  This is not a sponsored giveaway, but I love what they're doing and all the proceeds from their store directly benefit Ophelia's Place.

From their website...
Let's change the conversation... from bashing our bodies to celebrating them. From dieting and weight-loss to well-being. Let's move from relating to our bodies as objects, to understanding them as instruments. Instruments of passion, peace, love, acceptance, creativity, power, and purpose. Our bodies are instruments of all that we encompass, our true selves. 
Browse the Market at Circles of Change, think about what you'd like, and enter below! The giveaway ends October 21 at midnight (CST)!

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