Thursday, October 3, 2013

you said it, judy garland.

(Our first picture, just the three of us. Sharing just because.)

In the good ol' days, I blogged for fun.

I would tell you about this + that. Little snippets from my everyday life.
I wasn't constantly looking over my shoulder, thinking, "I wonder if this sounds dumb. Is my point coming across? Will this garner attention? I want sponsors! NOTICE ME."
I really, truly blogged simply

Those things are all nice things, of course.
But what happens when those things start to dictate how you run your blog?

For me, the effects have not been positive. Blog posts became few and far between, because nothing I had to say seemed "good enough." Is it totally embarrassing of me to admit all of this? Probably. But I don't want to care anymore. I miss seeing blogs that were full of honesty and fun. Just simple posts about truth and basic stuff.

I need to read more of that. I want to get back to writing more of that.

I want to tell you about how I'm really disorganized, messy, and overwhelmed, and how I'm working on changing that, not just show you the "afters" and pretend that life is just this pretty and well kept all the time.
I want to tell you that I'm really overweight and unhealthy, and have been for years, and share with you the journey I'm on changing this, not just hide anything but my shoulders up in photos until next year.

I could go on, but I know you get it.

Anyway, I just want to really, truly, unapologetically be myself.

"Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of someone else."
-Judy Garland


  1. :) loved this. You can do it, and you'll feel great about it once you get into the swing and start feeling more comfortable. For me, I find that the more I blog- the more that I want to. And being honest fuels it. Same with blogs I read. I loved this because you're being REAL. Keep going.

    1. Thanks, Heather! You are one of my favorite "honest" bloggers. : )

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  3. Your blog is literally my favorite. I enjoy reading each and every post! (I may even freak out a little because I get excited! haha) I definitely can relate to the "notice me!" feeling. I felt the pressure to blog like all of the popular blogs I was reading. It was exhausting and I didn't feel like me. It lead to a long break before I decided to start again and just be real and maybe even boring.

    Love you Lydia!

    1. You are so, so beyond sweet, Rosie! I just adore you! <3
      I love reading your posts, too.
      Let's keep being real together! : )
      Love you and miss you lots.

  4. Lyyyyds! I love you for writing this. I've been feeling real burnt out myself, about blogging. Like I'm thinking of it as work, not for fun. This was so honest and refreshing though, that it's inspired me quite a bit : )
    I can't wait to read what you've got up your sleeve! I love you bb girl.

    1. Well, I love you for reading it and loving me for it. ; )

      I miss your (more frequent) posts, so I hope you can come back to it with a clear head soon!
      I love your writing and love reading about what's going on in Leah Land. I miss you so much! I should plan a trip to visit soon. If you'll have me. : )

      Remember that time when we were eating amish bread and your bed broke and you were holding the sharp knife above your head? That was really funny. I dunno. It just popped into my head just now, for some reason.
      Probs because I miss you and our BFF antics. Loves you. <3

  5. I love this, that's exactly what I've been trying to do for the past couple months, and I have so much more to blog about now, and although it's uncomfortable, and sometimes scary, it feels so much better. I can't wait to read more.

    1. I love your blog, Katie!
      Your realness (and those gorgeous photos!) is so refreshing. : )

  6. THIS. When I started blogging, I felt like I just couldn't figure out the "formula", what "kind" of blogger I was and blah blah blah. I actually just posted a very similar comment on another blog (apparently this has really been on my mind lately!). Everything just got so much easier when I stopped trying to be and do everything I was "supposed" to, and just started writing about things I loved and my life, as-is. I don't care if I get a label or not. I'm never going to be that big DIY blogger, or that big fashion blogger, even though I like doing those things every once in awhile. What I do want to be is real. That's why I love this post so much--it's so honest. If I'm ever known for anything, I want it to be that I'm authentic.

    1. YES. Everything you said. All of it.
      When I first got into blogging (helloooo, Xanga!), it was SO much more fun. Blog fame wasn't even really a thing, I'm pretty sure.
      I want to go back to that style of blogging!

  7. I can't help but agree to everything you've (and everyone else) written above. The most inspiring blogs are the ones that I can actually relate to, the "REAL" blogs. I love how honest you are, it keeps me wanting to read more! Also, yay for doing things for YOU. Many times we just lose the whole point! Love you Lyds!

    1. You're so right, Emma!
      Love you so much and thanks for sticking around! <3


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