Sound the trumpets and release the naked acrobats — it’s A Brave Life’s 6 month blog-o-versary!
Six months probably doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it is when you’re the writer of a blog still in its infancy — a delicate period in which every little milestone deserves applause. (Dear first-time parents and doting pet owners: Don’t act like you didn’t congratulate your precious baby when it pooped for the first time.)
But ABL’s 6 month blog-o-versary is also huge because it means I survived the hardest part of having a big dream: taking those first steps.
Do you know what I was doing in the moments just after this website went live? I was eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast, shaking so hard from nervousness that I could barely keep the milk and cheerios on my spoon. Up until that point, ABL was a twinkle in my eye. I’d spent months brainstorming, developing, branding and designing this site before launching it. That was the easy part. The hard part was putting my baby out into the world, inviting painful criticism and risking heartbreaking failure.
But what happened when ABL was finally born? YOU did. You (and readers from all over the world!!! What?!) gave this little blog a chance. You laughed at my stupid jokes. You told your incredible stories and expressed your biggest concerns in the comment sections. You shared your favorite ABL posts on Facebook. You stuck around even though I wrote this. You’ve inspired others to be brave because of your small acts of courage. You’ve changed my life.
…And it’s been the best thing ever. Never forget that there is a short brown woman in New York whose dream you’re making into a reality simply by reading these words on your screen. I could totally kiss you right now, in a very inappropriate way.
In my next blog post I’ll be unveiling a change in the direction of A Brave Life. It’s a scary, slightly sad, and very exciting change…but one that will make A Brave Life much more helpful to a very specific population of people.
But for now, just know that I am incredibly grateful for your support. You are forever in my heart, and undeniably a part of my balls (whether you like it or not!).