writing more of my truth in 2018

The start of a new year brings the hope of new possibilities and opportunities for growth. Lately I've felt something inside of me begging to come out. It's as if my soul is pleading with me to write more. That there is this voice inside of me that needs to be heard, even if only by myself.

These words from the Sara Bareilles song "Let the Rain" have been playing over and over in my head:

And if I were fearless
Then I'd speak my truth
And the world would hear this
That's what I wish I'd do, yeah

For me, living my truth has always meant writing in some degree or form. So this year I've decided I am going to write more about my experience as a stepmom.

As a single girl experiencing college and grad school I was aware that whatever I put out on my blog was there for everyone to see, but at the end of the day what I wrote only impacted me.

Since getting married and becoming a stepmom, I've silenced some portions of myself--consciously and unconsciously. I've been afraid to write about being a stepmom for fear of offense or ridicule. And I've been hyper aware that my experiences are no longer just mine alone.

Recently I talked with my husband about my desire to write more about being a stepmom and the accompanying feelings of uneasiness and fear. It's something we've talked about before but this time he reminded me of how my education impacts my personal writing.

My journalism education taught me how to be objective when writing and to look at all sides of a story, not just my own. Consequently, I know how to present a truthful story and share my side while also acknowledging the other. I might be afraid but I have the tools I need to write my story. He also encouraged me to just start writing. I don't need to hit the publish button right away.

So this is my start. Sharing with all of you that I will be writing more about my experiences as a stepmom in this new year. I'm excited and still a little fearful, but I know deep in my heart that I need to do this. I want to be a voice for stepmoms everywhere.

Ready or not, here I come 2018!

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