My Trip & Thoughts on Blogging

I've spent a lot of time thinking about blogging the last couple of months.  Most of those thoughts centered around how much I miss it.  And about all that blogging has brought into my life.
The first blog post I ever wrote says so perfectly why I started blogging.  You can read it HERE.  And for a long time, I feel I stayed so true to my original desires in starting this blog.  And then life got really hard.  REALLY hard.  And I'm so frustrated with myself for letting the "hard" in my life distract me from so much.  Especially from blogging the day to day consistently.  I absolutely love to look back over the years at all that I have recorded here and I have no doubt that so much of it I wouldn't remember if it wasn't for blogging.
Then there are the unexpected gifts that have come from blogging!  One of the greatest of these is the friendships born out of growing to know each other through our writing.  Erin, at Bringing Up Burns, is one of my oldest and dearest blogging friends.  Our friendship was born before I even wrote my first blog post and I don't think either of us could have guessed just what a blessing this friendship would grow to be!! 
There are very few people who not only comprehend but actually share my love for reality tv.  Especially for Big Brother.  And The Bachelor/ette.  And then there's The Young & the Restless.  Yeah....judge me all you want.  I own my crazy and there is no shame in my game! And Erin?!  She just gets it.  She's my people!!  This common love brought us closer originally.  Over the years the friendship grew and we have seen each other through the highest of highs and prayed each other through some rough lows.  Erin is an amazing woman. wife. mom. friend.  She is crazy talented and gorgeous!  She has inspired me in so many ways for so long!  For years we have talked about how "one day" we were going to make it work to meet in person.  And then?!  It happened.  It all fell into place and I spent 5 glorious days with her last week.  5 days in her home, getting to do life with her and getting to know her family, watching the Big Brother 16 finale together and then y'all???  We went to the Big Brother cast party in LA.  Best.Night.Ever!!!
Finale night.  In our #teamcody shirts.  sad that our favorite jersey boy didn't win.
got to do some LA sight seeing!
@ the party!  Me & Mr. Calafiore | Me, Paul, & Kat | Me &  Ryan | Erin, Me, & Beast Mode Cowboy aka Caleb.
Danielle & me. | Me & Brittany.

more @ the party!  Me & Judd | Gina Marie & me | Me & Amber | Erin, Kat, Victoria, & me.

Erin ~ thank you for last week.  Every single thing I've always admired about you was confirmed to me in every way.  You amaze me!  Your love for your family.  Your talent.  The rock star way you are just you and its fabulous!  I'm beyond grateful for you. and our friendship. and the memories made last week!  BeaSt MoDe.  Barefoot what?!  EleVen.  KaT.  8 hrs and 8 bottles.  Bitches on motorcycles.  No fOrKs.  "You're Nick and you're hot"  LuKe. So many memories and so much fun!  I flove you. 
Planning and anticipating and enjoying this trip has really helped me realize what a gift blogging has been and is.  And I could give a laundry list of reasons why I'm too busy or blah blah blah but the reality is that we make time for the things that matter.  I don't think I realized just how much, but blogging matters to me.  A lot.  So I am going to make time to journal the day to day ~ the big and little happenings ~ this beautiful life that is mine!


Lainey-Paney said...

I'm soooo jealous!
(read that in a whiny tone, k?"


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