5.06.2015

On Telling Your Story


top and necklace :: miss chic // gold bracelet :: pixie dots [use livinginyellow for free shipping]

As I am settling back in at home after my time at the Mom 2.0 Summit in Arizona, a common theme keeps running through my mind -- "just tell your story Erin". I think it was within 5 minutes of the opening keynote speaker where something along the lines of "know your story, own your story, and tell your story" was said. And for a lot of us, we hear those words and we quickly jump our thoughts to the next thing without really letting those words resonate and what they mean. What exactly is telling your story all about? For a lot of us, it's a scary or intimidating thing. It's easier to remain silent, allow others to fill the noise, and keep our chances of putting ourselves out there and getting hurt in return at bay. But the thing is -- if we aren't telling our stories, how can we expect others to tell theirs? It is so true that we connect most when we open up with one another. In the moments of looking more into the depths of what inspires one another, what makes us angry, happy, sad, passionate, laugh uncontrollably, motivates, and so on much more than scrolling past a staged Instagram photo where all is perfect in the world. We all have stories to tell, bloggers and non-bloggers alike. Some of us choose to blast our stories all over the internet while others of us choose to blast our stories all over our children, friends, co-workers, and to those people in our lives who we know can benefit from hearing our words.


Years ago when I started this blog I set out to do one thing -- tell my story. From the important parts to the non important parts and everything in between. I came to this space to be able to document the every day happenings that I knew I would too soon forget if I didn't. I hope that I never want to stop sharing those moments on a regular basis. It in these stories where I can look back and I see all of the life that is happening, relationships forming, connections created, and memories that will never be forgotten. What we have to say matters. What others have to say matters. May we be wise enough to listen and brave enough to speak. It takes courage and a heck of a lot of vulnerabilty to tell your story on a regular basis. What I have to say is not always life changing or thought provoking but it is my heart, my energy, my thoughts, and my spirit.

More and more I worry that we all think our stories have to be perfect in order to be told. The most beautiful moments are the messiest. I hope we can all get a little more messy together, a little less filtered, and a whole lot more real.

Go out and tell your story girlfriend. There is somebody on the other end just waiting to hear it.


jeans :: stitch fix // shoes :: too old to remember
3 band scratched cuff - [use livinginyellow for free shipping] 
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Happy Wednesday loves -- thank you for always allowing me to tell my story here. 

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15 comments:

  1. I love this, Erin! I do think we all focus on the "being perfect" far more than being real. I appreciate authenticity, even if I don't always practice it. Keep sharing your story, girl!

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  2. I love this. I just started blogging and can see how easy it might be to lose sight of "my own story". I plan on keeping it very real :) Love your blog!

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  3. Love this post and your outfit! One of my most favorite's recently for sure. Thanks, lady!!

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  4. so true erin. so important to be true to yourself!

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  5. "The most beautiful moments are the messiest." So well-said Erin!

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  6. I love this post. Also really like your outfit, that top is adorable.

    Diary of Elegance
    http://diaryofelegance.blogspot.ca/

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  7. Precious words my friend. And that top......cute as a button!! Glad you had a great experience out west!! xo

    livingoncloudandreanine.blogspot.com

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  8. Great post at the right time! I wrote a very heartfelt, vulnerable post Monday night, and then decided NOT to hit the publish button, mostly because I was afraid of how vulnerable it makes me. You're right, of course we should be sharing our stories, otherwise our blogs are just a bunch of posts about nothing at all really. Thanks for the reminder!

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  9. I love this!!! I also think you do a great job with this :) I keep coming back to your blog day after day!

    I'm learning how valuable and encouraging each of our stories can be. Whether we're working our dream job, grew up in poverty or striving to achieve huge goals, we all have something to share and can learn so much from others!

    -Sarah www.thefrugalmillionaireblog.com

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  10. So true. Loved you from the start girlfriend!

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  11. Great reminder to tell and share our stories...
    I like to think that my blog tells my story every day - some good days, some bad. Some fun days and some sad. Some exciting stories and some rather mundane.

    I won't lie though, I am starting to worry that my story is being told online, to all the slimy hackers and trolls out there. This online world is a very big, deep, blue sea...
    x

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  12. Great post. It's easy to get caught up in the "other stuff" of blogging - but it's important to remember why we started. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Wonderful post! Somewhere in the last year I became super serious and impersonal in my blogging, but in the last month or so I've started trying to remedy that!

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  14. Absolutely motivational for a girl who just started blogging herself! after a constant debate with myself I finally allowed myself to pour my words on this vast sea that is the internet. Thank you for you beautiful words! and if you ever get a chance, stop by my blog www.mayliving.com

    xoxo

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)