Tuesday night was exciting for me. Melanie Notkin, the author of Otherhood: Modern Women Finding a New Kind of Happiness, retweeted the blog post I wrote entitled Why I’m part of the Otherhood tribe and started following me on Twitter. Her actions had a ripple effect, which led to my site getting more traffic then I’d ever experienced. It was a moment of personal triumph for me because you never know how, or if, your words will affect others. I literally jumped up and down for a few minutes before I realized I was way too hyper for it to be almost midnight. I was flying on cloud nine for a few hours and didn’t go to sleep until close to 2:00 AM. My euphoria continued when I woke up to see the link to my blog had been retweeted and liked by several other people who enjoyed reading it! The feeling I had (and still have) is overwhelming. The amount of people liking, retweeting, favoriting, and commenting gives me a sense of validation. To know that how I choose to use my words resonate with people is…well it’s indescribable.
You see, the idea of starting this blog came to me several years ago but I felt I didn’t have the business savvy and resources to put it together in a manner that was representative of us. So I shelved it until last year when I couldn’t outrun the silent nudges and thoughts running around in my head telling me to stop letting my fears and insecurities hold me back. I partnered up with a couple of great friends and before I knew it SingleGirlsRock was born. Even then I took baby steps in building my site. I wrote blogs that I didn’t publish because I was scared to let people in. I was worried that people wouldn’t relate to my writing. Up until then, I only wrote in a diary that sits on my nightstand. But then a friend told me I needed to stop playing it safe and jump in with both feet so I did. Every week I learn something new about myself, about others and I’m so grateful for every person I’m able to interact with. I’m grateful to be a part of a tribe that supports one another.
It’s been a long journey to get to this point. This site is in the very early stages of construction (so please excuse the dust ;-)), I hope you’ll stick around long enough to grow with me, with us, because it will be a representation of all of us, our stories, our paths, our journeys. I can’t wait…can you?