The Email that Changed Everything

Thank you to Yahoo! Mail for sponsoring this post about staying connected. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

My bravest moment involved one little email.

Now this email might not seem like a really big deal to most but everything changed the day I hit “Send”.

I was always a wallflower.  Ya know, that nice normal girl in the crowd who didn’t talk too much or too loud, the girl who pretty much kept all her ideas to herself (why am I writing in 3rd person right now  – I hate when that happens).  I was letting my life pass me by and I needed an out.  I needed to speak.  I needed to share.  So instead of hitting the clubs, I started a blog – this blog.

I created my blog in my most secret operative yet.  No one knew.  I toiled and toiled and learned what HTML and CSS meant.  I spoke – I said it all.  Then, it came time to share my blog, through email.

I wrote an invitation to everyone I knew and a few people I’d only just met and asked them to come visit my blog and read all that I had been keeping inside.  I wrote and rewrote and rewrote that email at least a dozen times.  And then…I saved it in Draft.

There it sat – for days.

Was I ready to do this?  Why was I so scared?  What if everyone thought it was dumb, or worse yet, that I was dumb? 

Three days and a glass of red later, I hit Send.  Poof!  Gone. Gasp!

I waited by my computer (like someone was gonna go read my entire blog and report back in .5 seconds).  I waited.  Refresh.  Refresh.  Refresh.  Nothing.

I knew this was a bad idea.  I went to bed.

The following morning I shuffled to my computer.  I logged into my email and there I saw it: Inbox (1)

It was a congratulatory message from a friend, filled with all the gushy, proud encouragement I so needed to hear to keep sharing.

Now I didn’t change the world with that one little email, but it somehow managed to change me. 

It’s amazing to think how one email can change everything.  Check out this adorable Yahoo! video that reminds us just how powerful one little email can be.

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Comments

  1. I’m SO glad you did it too! I KNOW that feeling…that anxious, excited dread that comes when you hit “publish” and await the repsonses…good or bad. I think all bloggers know that feeling. I think yours is a refreshing take on life and motherhood. And who woulda thought all those years ago you and I would have found one another on that adorable DIY blog???

  2. I am so glad that you shared your blog with the world. I know that feeling. I’ve shared my blog with IRL friends and when they text or call to see if I am OK, I’m all like “damn, they are psychic” then i realize they are reading my diary ( basically). I have forgotten who I know that reads it and who doesn’t.It’s better that way. If I did, I probably wouldn’t write most of the stuff I do.
    Your blog is fabulous , as are you. Nobody puts baby in a corner. I’m so glad you shared your thoughts with the world.

  3. It’s all about putting yourself out into the world, isn’t it! I remember in college there were a number of art students who were adamant that they did their artwork only for themselves. They didn’t want to put it out for others to see because it wasn’t about getting other’s approval. They didn’t go far in the art department. Fast forward to Graduate school and there wasn’t ONE art student who didn’t understand that they had to put it out into the world, not to get approval, but because they felt they had something wonderful and interesting to share.
    I am glad you hit the button.

  4. I’m so glad I discovered your blog! I will always be a reader!!

  5. and here you are …popping up on my screen daily!
    Hello sweet friend, can’t wait to geek out with you, except I may be more of the sparkly shoe attendee since I’m not very technical 😉

  6. Thank goodness for the rest of us that you did send that email! And got that gushy response! Yay.

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