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Does it get any better than having one’s own blog? I feel like I am the editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times and that it is okay to put my story with my byline above the fold. I mean it. I am really excited about this. I have wanted to create and publish my own blog for some time now. And yet, for a number of reasons, I have not acted on that impulse. For years I have actively written for and on behalf of others – individuals, businesses, causes, non-profits, and more – but I have been reluctant to share my own voice and feature my own content. I just wasn’t ready to do so. And now, again for a number of reasons, the time has finally arrived for me to create and post my own meaningful material and own my voice; for I believe that I have something significant to offer. I feel inspired to share.
In addition to publishing both inspired and informative content about entrepreneurship, business, strategy, leadership, best practices, organizational-culture, core values, hope, love, life, self-discovery, and personal transformation, I hope that through this blog I am able to share myself and my experiences. Truly and vulnerably share myself. Both professionally and personally. My thoughts. My experiences. My feelings. My expertise. My memories. My insights. My inspirations. My passions. My concerns. My influences. My takeaways. My beliefs. My fears. My “aha moments.” My relationships. My lessons learned. My hopes. My falls. My failures. My regrets. My gratitude. My music. My heart. My journey. My life. My message. My story.
Telling my story, sharing my experiences, and communicating my message in writing have long called me and are a very important segment of my personal journey, notwithstanding the fact that doing so also scares me. And debilitating fear has been one of my constant companions for about 12 years now, so debilitating and constant in fact, that it became a disabling disorder for me in 2005, so my publishing this blog will make me both face some of my fears and honor some of my driving desires. And there are a number of other reasons for me wanting to share. The primary and most important of those other reasons is to serve others. To inspire, connect with, comfort, honor, teach, give hope to, help, encourage, empower, and love others. I genuinely believe that such is my life’s true calling. To serve and honor God by serving His children through leadership, inspiration, connection, comfort, and love by way of my writing, mentoring, teaching, and ministering.
For you, the reader, my intention is that your reading my blog, my story, is an empowering, inspiring, comforting, or learning experience. That you actually feel when you read the good stuff; not feel things about and for me, but feel things about and for you. Inside you; in your heartspace where the very special and the sacred dwell. That you sense and consider your own light, brilliance, and greatness; the importance of your own experiences; the sweetness of your own memories; the significance of your own dreams; and the relevance of your own life and story.
If I can – post by post – share my message, my story, with you, and your reading it makes you focus on and feel the importance of your own story, then I feel that we will have validated each other and thereby created a meaningful connection and shared a valuable experience together. A connection that brings us together – even if for a moment – because in that moment we identify with, or relate to, one another. Or to life in all its majesty and mystery. Or to the challenges and commonalities of the human experience. We feel that someone else understands because he or she has been there too – or is still there. That someone else has experienced impossible struggles on the journey. That we matter and that what we experience in our lives is significant and meaningful. That we feel validation.
What beautiful things, … to experience being validated by or connected with another person. Feeling validated can be so healing, so comforting, so life-affirming. And feeling real connection with another, or with others, is one of the greatest sources of happiness and fulfillment we can experience or share.
If you enjoy, are inspired, learn something, or are otherwise impacted positively by this post or this blog, now or later, please share it with others or leave a comment – it will probably make one of us feel validated!
Inspire and BE Inspired,