Today I’m a little short on time. I spent last night choreographing dances with my cousin Gen, sipping red wine while watching Scandal and staying up late FaceTime-ing a certain boy who just so happens to be visiting me in just under a week (insert happy squeals of excitement here). I had a plan about what I wanted to blog about today. I wanted to ask for your opinions on accessorizing red dresses, and the perfect hair for a ball (I DO NOT want prom hair), the perfect natural yet sexy makeup…etc. I still want all of those answers so if you have them pretty please share but that isn’t what I want to focus on this morning.
Instead I just want to say “Thank You”. I know this post lacks originality, I know it’s so tempting to skim over my writing and categorize me nonchalantly as a cliché blogger writing about a cliché topic (and its true I am), but the blogging community has really been on my heart lately. All of the lovely women I have met through blogging have honestly improved my life in a much more drastic way than I ever could have imagined. After transferring from a large state university to a small private college I found myself feeling isolated and alone. I started a blog out of desperation I think. I had no one to talk to really, and I wanted to throw my voice out into the world even if it was just for me to reread.
Blogging really saved me in a lot of ways, as cheesy as it sounds. I was depressed, I was in an unhealthy relationship and I was too broke to pay for the therapy I needed to sort out the craziness that inhabited my mind. Blogging first provided a space for me to talk through my own issues, and sometimes distract myself from them with fashion, and Taylor Swift jokes and princess things but over time it provided me with something even more valuable and unexpected…friends.
So I want to say “Thank You”. Thank you for coming back and reading and commenting even if it took you commenting ten (or twenty) times before I clicked over and realized you also have an amazing blog and story that I want to know more about. Thank you for the e-mails sharing your stories of unhealthy relationships, of social anxiety, or just about feeling alone in the world. Thank you for the tweets with princess things that made you think of me because knowing that I crossed your mind for even a fraction of a moment in your daily life means the world. Thank you for the friends I’ve made that I write letters to, you guys are the best pen pals and I am so elated every time I receive a letter. Thank you to the girls I’ve become close enough to to share texts instead of just e-mails. Thanks to Nicole & Whitney for counseling me through my insane break up. Thank you to Lauren for sending me candy and sharing her dreams about Blair Waldorf. Thank you to Ashley for drinking mimosas with me and talking about tutus. Thank you to Kristin for letting me rant about new relationships and valuing my style advice when it comes to dresses. Thank you to so many more for Taylor Swift and Blair Waldorf references, for supporting me when I’m sad or passionate or enraged, for calling me out when I’m wrong, and for telling me I look like a Victoria’s Secret Angel (because we all know that is my dream).
I am at a loss for words, honestly. I can’t express how grateful I am for each and every one of you and I truly hope I convey my gratefulness on a daily basis. I know I’m not a big blogger with a crazy following, but I want everyone who has ever even glanced at The Fairy Princess Diaries to understand that I don’t take a single comment or email, or tweet for granted. I am placing my heart on my sleeve (or, er…the internet) and you have been caring enough to treat me gently, kindly, and tenderly. They are just words to you, but thank you for realizing that to me they’re the contents of my soul. I am so head over heels in love with this platform and so smitten with each and every one of the friendships I have formed.