Some of you may already know this (thanks to every other form of social media), but yesterday was a pretty exciting day for me. I was featured in ourlocal Sunday paper. Living in a small town, being in the newspaper, especially the Sunday edition, is kind of a big deal.
Last week a reporter stopped by, interviewed me, and took some photographs. I knew an article was coming, but didn’t know exactly when. In large part, it came about because I participated in the Apartment Guide sweepstakes. I believe their marketing team put out some calls to the local papers. Fortunately, being in a small town, my involvement with the sweepstakes is big news.
As of right now, the article isn’t available online. Sorry about that. Though, there is really no information included in it that most of you don’t already know.
The entire morning was pretty exciting. Someone made a comment on Facebook about seeing the article before I even had a chance to pick up a copyof the paper. I even got a phone call from a high school friend who was in town for the holiday weekend. Plus, the hundreds of Facebook and Instagram ‘likes’ and comments really made me overjoyed.
Through all of this joy and happiness there was one disparaging comment that kind of ruined my moment and day. While I realize that negativity exists and is not uncommon in the digital world, this woman really bummed me out. As much as I tried to fight it, her words ate at me the entire day. Some of you may have seen part of the conversation that I posted (and subsequently removed) on my personal Facebook page. I don’t think it’s necessary to repost it here, but this woman was basically beating me up because I take pride in my successes and talk about myself on this blog and on the Inspired by Charm Facebook page.
I’m still having difficulty wrapping my head around her issues. She didn’t want to hear about my breakfasts, my shoes, or my articles in the paper; she just wanted to be “charmed.” At one point, she also said that “I should get my butt whipped for dancing to my own beat.” She also told me that “God doesn’t like ugly, and that my words and public display of self-love carry venom.” Needless to say, she was immediately blocked, and hopefully is no longer following me.
Thankfully, after a good night’s sleep, I’m feeling a bit better about the whole situation. Due to some great advice and encouragement from friends and strangers alike, I also realize her opinion doesn’t matter. I must dance to my own beat. I must speak what is in my heart. I must celebrate and shout my accomplishments from the rooftop. I hope and encourage all of you to do the same. I can’t wait to hear your stories and share your successes. You are enough. You are beautiful just the way you are. People who try to tear us down are just not worth our time and have no place in our lives.
I know I’ve said this before, but yesterday was a strong reminder that I can’t say it enough. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart and soul, Thank you. I probably don’t actually “know” 90 percent of you, but I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate your support, kind words, and constant encouragement.
Thank you for letting me be me, flaws and all.