Hello.

by agirlandhermutt on July 8, 2016

Hi there! Long time, no write! Despite what this way too quiet space has been telling you, I still do love my little space on the internet. I haven’t given it any love lately. I don’t really have a reason though. Laziness? More than likely. šŸ˜‰

I was reminded a few weeks ago that A Girl & Her Mutt turned 6 years old. This made me chuckle. Is my blog truly 6 years old if I have neglected it so much? Or is it more like 5 years and 2 months old? šŸ˜‰

What really prompted me to check in is the multipleĀ emails that I have received from long time readers who just wanted to make sure I was ok.

For so many years I have used this space as an outlet for a variety of things. It has ranged anywhere from restaurant reviews and travel recaps to make-up favorites and my fitness adventures. There has never been any real rhyme or reason to what I post. Which, if I am being very honest, is a pretty good indication of my personality type. šŸ˜‰

There were a few times in my “blogging career” that I lost sight of what I wanted my blog to be. I tried to make money with it. I tried to make business connections with it. I tried to create an online personality with it. But the only thing I have ever really been successful at doing with my blog is making friends and sharing my life with you all. This has been a place for me to post about fun (and sometimes completely unimportant) things and a place for me to share moments of honesty about my life. When I stick to just using this space as a place for me to share and connect with others, I am happy and in love with my blog. Lesson learned.

This is a picture of me from a few weeks ago. I was atĀ the end of a girl’s weekend in Portland, Maine. We had just spent an amazingly fun weekend together and we were eating lobster rolls right by the ocean. Seriously…how happy do I look here?!

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But as I was smiling like a nut, the news was really picking up speed on reports of a shooting overnight at a club in Orlando. I was devastated when I got home and starting seeing all the reports coming in. Should I have been embarrassed about my most excellent weekend? Should I have been ashamed to post about my wonderful time when so many people were suffering? I was unsure. The one thing I was reassured ofĀ though was just how lucky I am in life.Ā I didn’t blog because I didn’t want to be seen as callous or uncaring. I didn’t want to be seen as one of those people that just doesn’t give a crap about what is happening around the world.

I ended up posting this picture to Instagram with this text…“I’m so thankful and grateful for my life. Where I am. Who I am with. What I am. And most importantly, Who I am. I am a good person surrounded by good people who do good things. We will continue to lead by example. Love more. Hate Less.”

So to the few of you who emailed to ask how I was doing, I can confidently answer your question….YES! I am ok! More than ok!

But more importantly, are you ok?

Here we are on a Friday. July 8th to be exact. Ā The world feels like it is a crazy place and that so many people are just…not ok. They feel unsafe. They feel unsure. They feel unloved. They feel scared. They feel like outcasts. They feel unheard. It breaks my heart and like many others, I don’t know what to do or where to start.

Obviously my blog won’t beĀ helping to solve any world issues. We won’t be determining whether gun control should happen in the comments of a July make-up favorites post. We won’t figure out how to make people more accepting of those that are different from themselves on a post about my review of Pure Barre. ButĀ what my blog can do is provide a space that is just a *brief moment* of fun and honesty. Maybe a little break from all the armchair activism that happens on Facebook?! One woman’s quest to pursue happiness, acceptance, love, friendship and joy in all things.

 

If I go back to the true reason I keep this little space on the internet, it is to connect to other people that I may not otherwise have met in real life. I care about you and how you are doing. And that is exactly why I want to get back to blogging. I want to continue to connect to people from all walks of life. Those I agree with. Those I disagree with.Ā I want to share with you and for you to share with me. I should know by now that you all will not think that I am not caring or understanding or ignorant to the things that are happening around me because I choose to use this space for more lighthearted and positive moments.

I can’t make promises on when I will blog. Or how often I will blog. But I can make the promise that I am here.

In the meantime, pleaseĀ let me know how you are doing.

See you soon!

 

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