– a wonderful blogging project hosted by Momalom’s Jen and Sarah. It has been an incredible experience. I made many new blogging friends; laughed and cried at so many new blogs from so many beautiful writers. It was very cool to see everyone’s “take” on the 5 different topics. And the comments/conversation that followed? Well, that is one of the things that inspired this post.
It is funny how I’ve been so drawn to deep, meaningful conversations since I began my Happiness Project. The self-reflection has made me ask questions of others and want to know so much more of them and of myself.
Ronna Detrick and her soul-searching, thoughtful discussions on Faith, Feminism and Truth has pulled me in like a vacuum. I’ve found myself wondering, believing, listening to my heart more than I ever have before. I jumped at the chance to be a part of her “A Conversational Space” so that I could learn more about myself through these meaningful conversations. I crave more each time I get a chance to dive into that world.
So many bloggers that I look up to – I worry if I don’t see their tweets on twitter or new posts for a few days; like a friend I haven’t heard from in a while. I consider these people true friends, even though we’ve never met in real life. Like we’ve sat at each other’s kitchen table and shared thoughts, dreams, funny stories and tears about family, love, children, God and ourselves. I thank them all for the opportunity to know them over the past couple months.
My Wednesday EpicChat – I am booked for an hour each week because I simply cannot miss the conversations that happen in the “room”. I am inspired and uplifted each time. Ready to take on anything, knowing that if I follow my heart, it will be epic, indeed! I learn more about myself in that frantic one hour of tweeting back and forth than I did throughout my 20’s!
The conversations I’ve been in lately in real-life…well, they’ve been some pretty tough talks lately. Talks where I’ve listened as others cried; and lately, especially, where I’ve been the one needing help. I’ve questioned my worth, questioned my ideas, questioned my journey. I’ve had shoulders to lean on; my Angels in the Desert as Ronna has talked about before. I have needed them. And they have been there. Conversations that have gone on for days. Started and stopped, then started again. Healing, bringing hope.
My life isn’t perfect. My husband isn’t perfect. My children are not perfect. I am very far from being perfect. But, as I have always said to anyone that will listen, as long as we can talk about things, everything will turn out ok.
That is why I love conversations so much. That is why I crave conversation the way I do – no matter what is happening or has happened, I can turn to someone, somewhere and I can talk it out.
When people get together, no matter who they are, and open themselves up to REAL, HONEST conversation, worlds can change. I truly believe that. I have seen that, here online and in real life.
The beauty of conversation is simply breath-taking. It is an art. An art where everyone can be an artist. All you have to do is open your heart and mind to someone else and see where the conversation takes you. Say what you need to say: