Normally, on a Sunday, I post a whole bunch of links to things I’ve read during the week that I want to share with you.  But when I sat down to write this post, the list I keep during the week was looking pretty short!  Inspiration has been distinctly lacking this week.

This blog has been running for nearly a month now.  The number of views I’m getting is slowly increasing, as are the number of followers, for which I am incredibly grateful and flattered.  But it turns out that blogging is hard work.

Blogging while I was travelling was easy; there was always something obvious to write about and there was plenty of time to write.  This is much more challenging.  I’m working full-time, in a short term contract, while I look for a ‘proper’ job after leaving the military and I have a lovely hectic social life, all of which keeps me busy.

I had a really clear idea of what I wanted this blog to be when I started.  I still have that vision and I am always inspired when I read other people’s blogs but I’m kind of struggling to find my voice and to write posts that I think are authentic and credible.  I suspect that this might be just another example of my perfectionist tendencies (I can hear my friends agreeing violently with me in the background!).  I was discussing this with my brother (who suddenly got very wise…not sure when that happened) who reminded me that my journey is just as important as the destination and that it’s okay to share that.  I guess, I just need to get comfortable with not maintaining the veneer of perfection all the time.

But back to the original point of this post.  Whilst the list was short, there are a couple of articles and blogs that have struck a cord with me that I would like to share with you.

My heart broke a little when I read this post from Superlatively Rude.  I thought it was incredibly brave to lay everything out there for the world to see and I really empathised with feeling of being anchor-less; I’ve felt like that over the past few weeks.  I also recognised that feeling of being tired of being strong alone.  Of course, it’s never alone but it can feel like that sometimes.  And then I bounce back, and anchor-less becomes free and tired becomes fearless again.

And it all comes back to just Being Who You Are.  I recommended one of Bangs and a Bun’s posts last week and I really like her attitude to life:

We’re all so tied up in peer pressure, in what society tells us makes us a good, valuable person, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to be able to stand up and say ‘actually, THIS is who I am’ and just have people accept and respect it.

Be that person today. Stand up for yourself. Step into whatever your truth may be. Do it with confidence, without fear and with a resolute determination to live your life proudly.

Today could be the first day of something wonderful.

These women and their blogs inspire me to keep trying, to keep writing, to keep expressing myself and my little journey honestly.  I just hope you all stick around for the ride.