For starters, a quick FYI, in case you don’t know, because I only googled this today myself. The word, “blog” is short for the word weblog.
According to blogbasics.com, “A blog is a frequently updated online personal journal or diary. It is a place to express yourself to the world. A place to share your thoughts and your passions. Really, it’s anything you want it to be…a blog is your own website that you are going to update on an ongoing basis.”
Essentially, I have a little piece of real estate on the worldwide web that I pay a small amount for each month so that I can write about whatever I want. To purge my soul. To spread awareness. To allow whoever wants to read it… to, well, do just that.
With, at least for me, the main goal being the reader can relate and hopefully take something positive or inspiring away from it.
I want to try to spread positivity and kindness, peace and love (cheesiest thing I’ve likely said all day), and humour. I want to support and help another feel a little less alone.
We all need to recognize, if we don’t already, that despite how ones life may appear on the outside that they too are facing their own unique set of challenges. And so, always, always be kind.
God, or the universe or whatever, sends us challenges. They are there, at least I believe, to make us stronger. And we can deal with them. We have the tools to do so. No matter how big that problem is, or how big it seems, we can get through it. I’ve struggled, and I know you’ve struggled too. I know this because you and I share at least one thing in common and that is our humanity. I know the struggle is and can be scary. I know the struggle is, as they say, real. But I’m right here with you, and I’m encouraging you to keep moving one foot in front of the other…
Anyway, somewhere along the way, I stopped writing. I went to university and my creative writing was kinda phased out. While I did pretty well grade wise, I didn’t feel like it was good enough. Especially when I was surrounded by a kazillion extremely bright people, who scored GPA’s higher than I! But what does that even matter? We do not need to compare ourselves to anyone else. We each have something to offer.
So I started back up. And since I’ve started, and in case you haven’t yet noticed, I can’t freaking stop! I’ve been writing off and on since I’ve been a little girl on my great grandmothers porch. All I have ever needed to feel at home in my own skin is a pen and a piece of paper. And now, I guess a blog and an iPhone.
I write because I love to write and I share what I write because I want people to read what I write. It’s that simple. That’s why I decided to start this blog. And that’s why I sincerely hope that you keep coming back to read it.
There’s nothing that provides more pleasure to the self-proclaimed writer than an audience.
So thank you a kazillion, million times over!
Mandy Elaine ❤