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With more than 100 articles written and two years in as a first time blogger, Polite As Fudge has given me so much. I get to share everything from interviews with my favorite people, experiences, travels and whatever else sets my little heart on fire. Honestly, it’s really hard for me to look back at some of my first articles because it was some very painful shit that finally spurred me to do something I’d been dreaming of: put pen to paper and publish. I had never read a blog before, but Matt had a friend who was a photographer and he came over and had some drinks with us at our house, helped me figure out how many articles I needed to get started and took some pictures for me.
And as long as we’re being honest, I sort of started this blog to be like “ugh! That’s so RUDE!” Like, so rude somebody said this, did that, stole this, said that. As if my articles were going to get rude people to be like “Huh. She’s right. I really shouldn’t tell a pregnant woman she looks big” or whatever.
What I’ve realized looking back is that this blog helped transform me. Along this two year journey of dumping my heart out on the floor of this blog, I’ve discovered something far more realistic and important than padding the world for my (I kinda wanna say formerly) sensitive little heart.
The only thing that was going to help me with feeling anxious or this or that was to do the work on me. (And somewhere along the way a great teacher of mine finally got it through to my perfectionist self that sometimes “doing the work” meant doing nothing at all. To just ‘be”, if you will. This was one of my hardest lessons, but that’s another article).
I dug deep, sought out mentors and books and wrote about it along the way. And you know what happened? I realized I can choose how I feel about any given situation. I can choose to overthink. Or not. To be offended. Or not. To be…me. There’s no or not with that one. To be me. And know that not everyone will like me. That’s okay. That I don’t have to be perfect. That’s okay, too.
Knowing that what another person says or does is really about them, and has nothing to do with me? That’s the golden ticket right there. No one can bring you happiness, peace or contentment. You give that to yourself.
You can’t change other people. But you can change how you feel about it and when you walk away from what doesn’t serve you.
Hearing from people who read my blog that they were inspired, or laughed or cried or felt moved in some way or another is such great inspiration for me. Writing this blog has given me confidence in myself in ways I never could have imagined before I started.
So thank you. Thank you to every single one of you who reads along, who has reached out to me, who’ve given me an opportunity to interview you, write to you, collaborate, and everything else that has come along with it.
Here are some articles I’d love to share with you from the last couple of years!