Wednesday, October 9, 2013

UPDATE: Real Life = Raw, and Equally Awesome + Mandy Hale's Blogging Challenge

Recently, I had a friend and blog reader tell me that she loved my glamorous life and ask me about real life versus blog life.

For a second, I was confused then I realized what she was really asking.

"Is this your real life?"

I responded with "I've been blessed."  And I meant it.

Though later on in the night, after the kids went to bed and the house was quiet, my thoughts returned to the random conversation.  It's then when the small voice that lingers in the back of my mind and asked me which is my real life.

I thought of my life as a writer, mom that happens to be divorced and single, life explorer, global traveler, blogger, sister, friend.... I thought of the journey that I have been on for the last ten or so years, the gifts that have been granted, the awesome experiences and people that have crossed my path, heartbreak, growth, loss, birth, blessings, gifts, and moments that feel like highway robbery, thankfully unanswered prayers, unexpected windfalls, along with the crazy fabulous adventures that would make for magnificent fiction reading, if it weren't so real and still just a smidge raw because it's still just my own everyday life.

Then I got out of my head and realized that ALL of it is my real life, and it's so much more than I put on the page.  It's so much in how I choose to see it, and I felt free to be the woman that I've grown to be.... unapologetic and grateful for the blessings that are in my life and the journey that I've taken.

Choosing to write as a profession is like taking a mirror and shining a big bright light on your strengths and flaws, sharing the fabulous triumphs and your epic fails, weighing what's personal, private and what still serves a purpose with sharing with the readers that share glimpses into your world.  It's deciding what is real, raw and painful and still worthy of sharing.  It's choosing your life's motto and charging forward.

In the thought of this, I am taking part in Mandy Hale's The Single Woman's Thirty Day Challenge and hopefully by the end of these 30 days we end up somewhere further down the yellow brick road than we started.

If you'd like to join in the introspective fun, here's the link.