This time of year makes me hug my loved ones a little tighter than usual. It's the time of year to cherish your loved ones and remember those who are no longer with you. It's a time for looking back, taking stock, and giving thanks.
Today's post is about giving thanks. My previous post looked back over the past year and it shocked me to realise how far I've come. Probably to my detriment, but when I make a change in my life, it's always something I keep to myself. I just go forward with what I want and my family are used to me going along with my own little path.
My path this year has been a little different. A huge amount of changes have been made. These have all been due to the blogs that I have discovered and have been reading over the past year. Reading the stories of these other woman has inspired me to come out from behind my wall of insecurity and into acceptance.
Becky from The Ramblings of Mrs BeBe was the first blog I discovered. She was the first to make me realise that I could wear the clothes I wanted, and they didn't have to be black. I wasn't a pariah. You can still be pretty and be plus size.
From Becky's blog I went on to find others such as Toni from The Only Way is Toni, Clare from Mrs Brown's Thoughts and Betty Bee from Betty Bee Towers
Turns out, a blog can change your life. Those blogs have changed mine. It may sound over dramatic to some, but inspiration can come from many places. Change has to come from a starting point. You need a spark to start you off. These girls have been my spark.
I should also mention my friend Kate. I've only met her the once. I found her, or she found me, on Twitter. She is as we call it, my sister from another mister. She's absolutely awesome and has also give me courage over the past year, whether she knows it or not.
Aside from Kate I've never met any of these women but they have been such an inspiration in the past year. The girl from one year ago who had no confidence, who was in denial over things in the past that affected the now, who had no courage, who expected the world to laugh at her, is very, very grateful.
Thank you, lovely ladies.