When I think of inspirational women, there are so many who inspire different aspects of my life everyday. Since this is a back to blogging week, however, I have chosen the woman who has inspired my blogging.
When I was still finding a way to cope with my miscarriage, I joined a social networking group where I met several women in the same boat as me. Women trying to get through the day by day activities still carrying the weight, both mentally and physically, from their babies they'll never see grow up.
As I became more involved in the online community, I started noticing blogs people were writing. One really stood out to me. She had been through a loss, fought through it, and was then pregnant again. It gave me hope. It gave me peace of mind that I may someday have that too. So I read, and read, and read. Instantly captivated by her open and honest writing style. Here I was, relating to someone I don't know, never met, but yet laugh and cry through many posts with her.
So I thought, if this has helped her, maybe blogging is something I should do. I didn't want to keep retelling my story to everyone over and over because I didn't want to push everyone away. I didn't know any other way to get out what I felt. So I wrote. I wrote my first entry, unedited, wholeheartedly, unjudged. I hit publish and told no one. I was afraid to take that step to show what I had been keeping so deep inside my heart. I didn't have the courage this other woman had. Then I went back and reread her blog from the beginning. The more she wrote, the more I wanted to write. So when Ryan and I decided to start trying again, I decided I wanted to document this, just like she had. So I could look back and see how far I came, just like she had.
I still read her blog regularly and feel the same as the first post I read. She now has her beautiful family and has overcome so much including Postpartum Depression, not an easy task. And she took us all with her along the way. She's read by many, and I'm sure has inspired several other women like myself. This woman is "Blair" at http://theheirtoblair.com/
She doesn't know me, and she probably doesn't read my blog, but she is the reason I started. And it has truly been a wonderful journey for me. So for this, I thank her and can only hope that her inspiration has seeped through my blog and helped others find an outlet as well.