August 15, 2014

I got an email from a complete stranger.
It wasn't long, but it was probably the most incredible email I've ever received.
Over the past year, I've been told many times that I am an inspiration to people who are trying to lose weight.  People who are trying to decide if they want to change their lives with weight loss surgery.  People who are getting ready for surgery and just looking for advice.  People who have also had weight loss surgery and can relate to my experiences.  People who haven't had surgery, but still struggle with their weight and body image.

This email was not about weight.
It was about another personal experience that people go through.
Something that is a dream of mine in the very near future:

This woman- this sweet, amazing woman- took time out of her day to write me an email asking me to please keep writing my blog.  
She told me that I am a "light in her life and the lives of so many other women" and that I "give her hope."  
I was rendered (and still am) speechless.
(and y'all know that doesn't happen often.)

It made me think.
You never know where you're going to find inspiration.
And you never know when your story is going to inspire someone else.
My words and the things I've been through have given someone hope.
Hope for a situation that is much bigger than me and this blog.
I can't even fathom the concept of that right now.
I can't put into words how much that means to me.

I am not leaving this blog and I am never quitting my journey.
It all means too much to me.
You all- my friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers- mean way too much to me.

all of my love, always.
always, always, always.