Writing for Personal Growth

This misserinterese blog serves me in many ways.  It began as a way for me to write more – whatever that meant. I was being called to write.  As if out of nowhere, I was bitten by the writing bug and I needed to have more of it.  It consumed me.  And like any great love, when you find it you want to share it and shout your love from the rooftop!  This particular love is a little more personal and left me open to criticism, but sharing it was worth it. I had to.  Whether people would say I had poor writing skills or that my ideas were ridiculous, I had to share them.  It could no longer be contained.  It was time.

I had tried keeping a journal before, but I was not very consistent with it and I tended to ramble on without much direction.  Essentially, it was word vomit on a page and usually when I read it again later, I would be embarrassed by my crude writing and dramatic stories.  This blog allows me to explore my emotions and aspects of life in a more structured format.  I take a bit more care in crafting my thoughts, my sentences and my stories knowing they will be read by others.  Rather than word vomit on the page of a journal, it becomes an article, a poem, a short essay explaining in detail each thought, idea and situation.  Each post comes from the heart and with great reflection and care poured into each word.  Since the blog is shared publicly and available for me to reread many times over, it is important for me that it represents me accurately – and it does.

writingWhy am I telling you this now?  It is at the request of one of my readers.  She asked me to write about why I journal/blog and what the benefits are for growth.

The benefits have been huge for me.  I have more self confidence and feel much more self aware.  When you are going to share your ideas with an audience, it really makes you dig deep to find your voice.  It is not a time to be timid or shy; it is a time to be authentic and vulnerable. My greatest posts and those that are most well-received are those that explore not only my strengths, but my weaknesses as well.  People want to know how to learn. How to better themselves.  How to take the mess of their thoughts, pick them up, dust them off and organize them into something beautiful.  We all struggle at times in our life.  Hell, most of us struggle with something on a daily basis.  The pressure to be perfect can make anyone feel as if they are losing their grip.  Reading other people’s stories and sharing my own, helps remind me that we are all in this together.  That we are here to learn from one another.  That my stories of overcoming hurt and heartbreak and learning to be mindful might be beneficial, not only to me, but to you as well.

Lastly, writing breathes life and meaning into the thoughts that dance their way through my head.  When I put pen to paper, or fingers on keyboard, I am able to take those thoughts and string them together into something that makes sense.  Something that reveals a little more about who I am and what I am learning.  Somewhere between the key strokes and punctuation marks, my voice finds its home.  My thoughts lay to rest and I am able to breathe easy knowing that I have explained myself fully.  And whether anyone else learns more about me, more about themselves or more about life in general, I have learned more about myself, and that is worth everything to me. The act of knowing thyself is ongoing; it’s a process we will continue until our last breath.  And every time I uncover another layer of myself and the depth to which I am capable of, it’s like unwrapping a gift. It’s just beautiful.

Yours truly,

Erin Terese

P.S.  Do you journal/blog and how has it helped you?

2012 Blog Posts in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Yours truly,

Erin Terese

One Lovely Blog Award

I am extremely flattered and excited that Miss Erin Terese has been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award!  A big, huge thanks to Lu at LuSays for following and nominating this blog for the award.  Lu, I find your blog to be so very candid and lovely, and am so thrilled you find mine to be lovely also.

When you accept this award, you must:

  • Mention who nominated you and link back to his/her blog
  • Reveal 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate up to 15 blogs for the award, leave them a comment telling them of the nomination (including a link back to your post) and provide links to their blogs in your post

Seven things about Miss Erin Terese

1) My full name is Erin Terese Stafford

2) I am turning 30 in a few months and could not be happier about it.  Each day I become happier, more peaceful, more patient and more kind.  How could I not embrace my age? I love it.

3) I love trying new things. Trapeze class? Sky diving? Yoga? Painting? Cooking? Count me in!

4) As much as I enjoy writing, sharing my stories and babbling on about my thoughts and ideas, I much prefer to hear other people speak. Listening to others gives me profound joy.

5) I cry a lot. Growing up I always thought my mom was ridiculous for crying at Hallmark commercials and in church.  I get it now.  I no longer restrain myself.

6) I have been a Pescetarian for the last 16 years and eat mostly organic.  I believe whole natural foods are vital to our health and much more healing than most people realize.

7) I would love to live in Spain someday. Life there is just beautiful.  There is such an appreciation for life, food, family and culture. I must go back!

Blogs that I find to be quite lovely

  1. http://sethsnap.com
  2. http://manifestationyoga.com
  3. http://thehandwrittenlife.wordpress.com
  4. http://hikingphoto.com
  5. http://ayearofreadingtheworld.com
  6. http://littlemisswordy.wordpress.com
  7. http://timnovate.wordpress.com
  8. http://catherineryanhoward.com
  9. http://thewanderlustgene.wordpress.com

Thank you for following and for sharing your thoughts!

Yours truly,

Erin Terese