Before I even begin, I want to thank you all who have left comments on my last post. I was just reading over them, and as I haven't even been able to answer all of you, I want you to know I've read them and really thought about what you've said. While I'm humbled by your generosity with words, I am also moved by some of your comments.
It is heartbreaking to me that so many people have had some "icky" experiences thru blogging. I understand that some of it can be chalked up to pure misunderstanding. Really, when communicating thru email, it doesn't always come across to the other person the way we were thinking it... I'm sure you all get that.
But also, I hate to keep harping on this point, but it needs to be said... I do know that people sort of form a false "security" when relating to others online. They think that they can behave in disrespectful and really unhealthy ways, because there are no immediate or real consequences. People feel safe saying and doing really ugly things to people because they are not saying it face to face, in person. They don't have to be on the receiving end of a hurt and/or angry individual. In short, they do and say things online that they might never do in real life.
Is it true that a few bad apples can spoil the whole bunch? Ehhh, I don't think so... In my opinion, there are too many good people out there... I think we know better. I think we are stronger than we think we are. Sometimes, you think you are battling something totally alone, only to find out, you are not the only one.
I think if we could maybe bring ourselves to get really honest, to open up and get real... like so many have... we would find ourselves in an overwhelming support system who could bring us sunshine on our darkest days. All you have to do is start typing... ;0)
I titled today's blog "A Work in Progress" for two reasons. One, I really do have a project that I'm working on that is a work on progress! Pictures below! and Two, I am a work in progress! Aren't we all? We all have our "stuff", you know? Our hang ups...our issues... our problems.
This year, I really want to look at my "stuff" and try work thru it an move forward. I have a lot of work to do. This year I hope to share more here on my blog about some of my personal battles. So, I guess things may look a little different around here... at times. Don't let it scare you... I'm still posting pretties and foofing things out! I just feel the need to get a little more real with you, my peeps!
Okay, now to those pictures!! I'm working on a very big, custom project for a sweetie pie of a gal. I am really excited about the progress I've made so far and wanted to show you some of the work I've done.
I'm making a large scrappy journal with all the bells and whistles... here are some peeks from a few different pages. Enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by my friends! Happy February!
Edited to add:
I just wanted to say, that I'm fine... really! I'm not having any issues with any cyber bullies...right now. he he he
I'm only addressing the issues because I want to raise awareness. Yes, I've had some pretty ugly stuff to deal with in the past, but so have many others. I just want to let you know, I'm good! I just like to talk it all out, sometimes that takes time to do. :0)