Found in my Reader yesterday ~
You registered on WordPress.com 6 years ago!
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!
Thank you WordPress!!
Well that certainly caught me off guard. In fact this little message above from WordPress actually corrected me. I had just yesterday wrote it had been 5 years. My how time flies when you’re living life. And writing about it. I received an email from a dear friend that inspired a status post on FB to allow myself a quick expression of being completely blown away by what my friend shared with me. In said post I made the comment that I have been writing publicly for 5 years… then only a couple of hours later I received the Happy Anniversary message (above) from WordPress, and I stood corrected.
SIX YEARS! AND WRITING:
I had no clue that 6 years of me writing publicly had been reached, nor that my current number of followers has almost reached 500. Apparently “time does in fact fly when you’re having fun”. I have always said when asked why I created my Barefoot Baroness blog that I write for me….and this is true. My agenda in writing is typically my own. I write to process life & all that it presents. Yet when I hear from someone like my friend RC that anything I have said has had an impact on someone there is not only a real sense of satisfaction, there is also a wonderfully humbling sense that washes over me.
There’s also a reciprocal thing between shared thoughts and words that I treasure, and never take for granted when someone else’s words impact me and leave their mark on my own spirit.
Hearing from a friend: “With your beautiful words, you have the power to heal hearts and mend broken spirits” are an incredibly rewarding and encouraging 15 words strung together…… my friend should know just how they empower me, and how grateful I am that he took the time and emotional investment to share his feelings with me. Thank you. (He’ll know I’m meaning him without any need to drop names more than initials.)
My words from yesterday below in response to the gift of his email.
” I was just touched to my core today by someone who shared with me the impact my words have had on him. It blew me away because I had no clue…it’s still blowing me away…tearfully blowing me away.
When I started writing publicly 5 years ago I wasn’t sure I had anything to say that would even be remotely interesting to anyone, but my hope was that what I share would resonate with someone. I didn’t click the publish button for three years before because of that self-doubt, but I still needed to write.
I think as anyone who expresses themselves through their art that is the hope…to have one person get impact from it in any way.
And it’s freaken amazing when someone tells you that you have in fact impacted them.
So to all you closet writer’s and those that keep saying; “I’m going to write one day”
Start right now.
Someone’s waiting for your words.” ~ Toni September 10, 2014
I have written as long as I can remember. I remember begging my older brother to teach me to write before I even knew how to read, I loved words from the very beginning and intuitively recognized the healing nature behind spinning stories, poems, and lyrics at a very young age.
I needed to write. I need to write. I’m thrilled to the core any time something I say resonates within someone else.
Just now as I sit writing this post I received another message from yet another friend about my writing. Two-days in a row! I am literally blown away by friends and how their own words impact me.
My friend EB just left me this message in the thread of my FB post I quoted above.
EB says: “I think you have impacted more people than you think… I know I am one as well.”
Wow! Thank you too EB!
Readers of Barefoot Baroness, family & friends have been a consistent source of encouragement ands support of my writing, and of the journey I have been on. One thing I know about life is it is filled with constant changes, and I have had the option of either fighting or embracing those changes. I will continue to embrace the changes while also choosing to see each and every one as both a gift, and a life lesson. Some are delightful. Some are painful.
Yet I’m really blessed in the most awesome of ways.
Being a life-long member of the Adventurer’s Club I have promises to keep. I will continue to write as my cathartic expression to life. I will participate in all the awe-inspiring events that unfold, and all the people whose paths I cross I will remain honored and humbled beyond the moon and stars for each one. The Universe holds valuable promises and I in return vow to breathe more deeply, to talk less, to sing more. AND…..I promise to dance with more wild abandon in the rain.
I think Gene Kelly would be pleased