I took a risk with one of my dearest friends Lara. I started to slowly shed off the cover and open myself up to her. We got to the point where we wanted to share the incredible feeling of being completely honest to ourselves and other people. Not apologizing for how we were feeling or thinking, especially if it was hard or if it was a "negative" emotion.
In conversing with my sister-in-law, the idea blossomed. She too wanted to share her vulnerability on a more public level. Thus, this blog was born.
The idea that many, if not all, people struggle with this feeling of yearning to be understood, to connect with people and feel validated in all their thoughts and feelings, is invigorating. If other people feel like this and if we agree to let each other feel like this, then so much growth will happen.
We will try our very best to be smart about what we post, what we share and how we share it, but we are human. We are perfectly and wonderfully flawed. We will make mistakes. We will grow from those mistakes and hope that by sharing in our flaws and in being honestly vulnerable we help you to have courage to open yourselves up to the world, in whatever way suits you.
We feel incredibly prompted to share our joy with others. But we feel even more prompted to share our sadness and struggles. We want to feel and share everything. We want to be honestly vulnerable with you. All the time.
Brene Brown said, "And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there's a far greater risk of feeling hurt...I can honestly say that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as believing that I'm standing on the outside of my life looking in and wondering what it would be like if I had the courage to show up and let myself be seen."