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.


  1. Yay. I'm so glad she wrote you that email. I know sometimes it's hard to reach out to others that inspire or influence you. That was so sweet of her to do that.

  2. She is so incredibly right. You inspire me SO much and I am so proud of all you have accomplished. I am lucky to have a friend like you in my life <3 Love you SO big

  3. You are a great inspiration and I am so thankful that I get to know you in and out of the blogging world :)

  4. This definitely made me tear up. She is so right through. You are an incredible inspiration!! I'm so proud to call you a friend.