IMG_9544 I have wanted to write a book for a long time. I don't know what the book would be about but in the back of my mind I have always wanted to be published.

But guess what?!?

I am a published writer--this blog allows me to "publish" my thoughts, feelings, and ramblings whenever I want.

Writing is like putting a piece of yourself out there. When you write from your heart, you open yourself up to being vulnerable, but for me, great things have happened.

I love reading too. When you read someone else's writing, you get a piece of their mind and thoughts.

Writing has been so good for me. The blog allows me to say things I'm too scared to say out loud, for fear they might be true.

It gives me a voice I might not otherwise know how to find.

And it has connected me with people I wouldn't otherwise have encountered.

I'm so fortunate for this space I have on the internet, as it is seeing me through one of the most difficult times in my life thus far.

So, to anyone out there wanting to start a blog or have their voice heard, but hesitant (like I was for 2 years before I took the plunge), just do it. Just sit down and start writing.

Not for anyone else, but yourself.

And trust me, after that first time you hit publish, you'll feel good.

Free, and open, and good.