One of my goals for 2013 is to continue to share a little more personally on my blog. I had this goal last year and tried to be more real and open on Simply Hue. It's not always easy, especially since most of my blog visitors are here for a beauty break in the middle of a hectic day. I want this to be a therapeutic and calming place on the web, but I also don't want to put across that my life is all chocolate and roses ... because it certainly isn't!
Ez Pudewa from Creature Comforts wrote a post recently called "Things I'm Afraid to Tell You". In her post she shared some of her personal struggles and encouraged other bloggers to be authentic on their blogs. I've decided to start the New Year off with a bang! Today I'll share something about myself that only those closest to me know. As 2013 unfolds, I'll do my best to continue to be open and share a little more about my life and "the things I'm afraid to tell you". I hope you can take this challenge, too. :)
I have two chronic health conditions (Multiple Sclerosis and Trigeminal Neuralgia) that cause me to be almost homebound. I have severe fatigue, excruciating nerve pain, and various neurological symptoms that make it almost impossible to hold a job, attend social functions, or even to leave the house some weeks. I spend at least 3-5 days out of every week resting on the couch and the other couple days of the week I have to really pace myself and choose my activities wisely so that I don't have a flare up of my symptoms. This can be extremely isolating and at times I struggle with loneliness and depression. I love life and am a huge people-person and to be so limited physically can be almost unbearable at times. I'm so thankful for my blog and my photography because they help me to stay connected to the world (and meet people like YOU) and to a certain extent, they fill the void that chronic illness brings.
See why this is difficult for me to share? I like to be positive and uplifting and this is definitely not a subject that will send you away with a smile! Oh, and if I'm being 100% real with you I should tell you that your comments to this post would mean a lot to me. One of my fears in writing this is that no one will respond. I don't know about you, but I've got that insecure side that will be less likely to open up if I don't hear from anyone after putting my heart out there. Eeek! How's that for honesty?