A little over three years ago I started talking to this guy. I had written a post on my Facebook page about a trip to the fair, and somehow it was decided between him and I that he would send it to his friend who wrote for a blog called CT Working Moms. He sent it along and his friend enjoyed it and agreed to pass it on to one of the women in charge of the blog. Lucky for me, she also enjoyed the post and decided to let me do a trial run as a writer. I posted that first blog entry, which you should really go back and read because it is a classic, in September of 2016, and have never looked back.
I quickly found out that the other women writing for the blog were from all walks of life. I found all of them to be so interesting and amazing in their own special ways. I think it is important to mention that some of the writers have never actually met in person. We talk to each other online, yet somehow I feel closer to many of them then I do to people I see on a regular basis. With time, I really began to trust these fabulous women. I told them things about myself that I have never told anyone else. I vented to them more times that I can count about life, about parenting, about everything. They always, ALWAYS, helped talk me through anything that I was struggling with and were a fantastic sounding board.
In April of 2017 my cousin passed away and DCF brought her 5 day old baby to my house at 3 in the morning. The women from the blog checked on me, offered to come help me, and allowed me to spew my fears and sadness out to them without even a second of judgment. The “Love More, Judge Less” motto is absolutely something that these ladies live by. In writing this, I just went back and read some of their messages to me from that day and almost ended up in tears. Pure love radiates through all of them. This was just one instance of a major life moment they saw me through.
On a much lighter note, I will never forgot how much fun we had at the Best of Hartford events when we were in the running for Best Blog. We ate, we drank, we laughed, we caused some mischief, and were just happy to spend time with one another. Although we never won, it did not even matter because it was so nice to dress up and go out for a night with genuinely good people.
Please know that the ending of this blog is weighing heavy on my heart. The blog has allowed me to feel like a part of something that is bigger than me. It has given me the opportunity to put myself out there, and feel a sense of pride. You know that guy I mentioned at the beginning? Well, it didn’t work out between us (because I am the WORST at dating). I am, however, extremely grateful to him for introducing me to Adria, who introduced me to Sara, who introduced me to a community of women who would change my life for the better. I love you, ladies. Thank you for being such an important part of my life these past 3 years.
Also, THANK YOU to everyone who has taken the time to read our posts, and to leave comments and likes. We were a successful blog for so long because of you and your support. I genuinely appreciate you allowing me to put myself out there and for letting me share important pieces of my life with you. This experience has been nothing short of amazing and I am forever grateful for it.