I’m gonna be honest with you…sometimes blogging sucks. It’s hard and emotional and uncomfortably vulnerable. Seriously, I often wonder why I still do it.

I mean I pour my heart and soul into what I write then wonder if anyone actually reads it. It’s difficult enough sometimes to form complex emotional thoughts into words but then to have it out there in the world for all to see and judge…well, let’s just say it takes copious amounts of courage to let my authentic self be seen and heard.

And yet, I continue to blog about some very personal things — my life, my running and my yoga practice. I guess I hope that someone out there reads my words and finds something that can help them — whether I ever know it or not. In the end, I just feel like it’s my calling to share my voice and my story with the world. I’ve learned that where it lands and how it’s received isn’t something I can control. So, every time, as I hit “Publish” on a post, I’m surrendering to whatever comes next.

Then, every once in a while, some validation rolls in – mostly in the form of emails, messages and comments that totally blow my mind. It turns out that when you share your vulnerable stuff, others feel empowered to share their’s. And that’s a really powerful thing. By holding space for myself to be human, I’ve given others permission to do the same.

And once again earlier this week, this little blog (my baby) was recognized as one of the top running blogs — this time by Fittous in its Top 75 Running Blogs to Follow. I cannot tell you how proud I am to have my work be featured on the same list as so many other fabulous running bloggers.

Sometimes blogging sucks…and sometimes it helps me remember that I’m exactly where I belong.

8 Responses

  1. If you inspired just one person it is worth it… that ship has sailed. You inspire me!! Surround yourself with positivity. That’s what I try to do and you are a big part of that for me. Your words moved me to tears today. Yes even big ole Marine tuff guys cry. Just wanted you to know so that you no longer have a doubt if you words mak a difference. I think the same thing every time I put out a race report, but I know it has a chance of inspiring someone and that’s why I continue to do it. Keep up the good work! Cheers!

  2. Brother, you totally made my day! All this coming from Mr. Inspiration himself. You are beyond amazing and watching (and reading about) your journey unfold over the last few years has been incredible and so moving. I admire your strength, courage and determination. Thank you so much for being an example of what the human spirit is capable of and sharing yourself with all of us. I can tell you that it’s made a huge difference in my life! xo

  3. I now read it! Blogs are among my favorite type of writing. And, I have tried blogging and it is difficult and I admire you very much for the fortitude you display (in this and every single thing you do) and for your unflagging honesty. Writing is one of the best forms of expression, and an excellent emotional release, and you are creating your personal history for time and eternity while also inspiring others.

    How thrilling that you have been recognized as a top running blogger! Congratulations, and keep going.

    Thank you for everything you’ve done/do for me, Alison. Let’s talk more about this subject!!

  4. Thanks Laurie!! It’s certainly been an interesting exercise for me over the years. Putting myself out there was never really something that I set out to do but now I am in my writing (for better or for worse) and in the way that I teach yoga. I’m so glad our paths crossed. It’s been awesome to watch your progress and witness your determination. Proud of you and how far you’ve come. xoxo

  5. Thank you! Thank you for sharing your vulnerable and true self. It’s easy to catch on whether the writer is being authentic or not. I truly appreciated you sharing this as I deal with a whether I want to keep blogging or not. Fit Bottom Zen led me here for a reason. Thank you and keep making your voice heard.

  6. Thank YOU Jasmin for your comment! This is why I do what I do. I absolutely encourage you to share your authentic voice as well. It’s tough and often really uncomfortable but the world needs your unique gifts. If it makes a difference for one person (even if that one person is you), then it was totally worth it. Rock on blogger sista!

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