Friday, August 16, 2013


I don't think it is a coincidence that I get a CRAZY amount of feedback and hits on my blog whenever I am open, honest, and vulnerable.  I think people are looking for that.  They want to see behind the curtain... behind the perfect, smiling instagram pictures and weekend recaps.  They want to know that you are REAL.  That you have struggles just like them.  That your life... although it may appear to be... is NOT perfect.  

I am STILL getting emails about my miscarriage post... a post I almost didn't publish because it made me feel totally vulnerable and raw in front of the internet.  I've received similar feedback from my "Perspective" post last week.  I think we all struggle with materialism to a degree.  I was born and bred in Dallas and it took me moving to France to realize how incredibly bratty I was and how little we actually need.  It has hit me in such a BIG way moving back to Dallas (a city renowned for its "Keeping up with the Joneses" and 30K millionaire mentality) and has made me question if I even fit in here at all.  Post-France Abby just has zero tolerance for certain things and that is one of them.  I truly prefer simplicity these days and hanging out with people who are down-to-earth and real. 

I want to make an effort to be open about my life on this little space and at the same time protect our privacy.  It is a tough balance and one I hope to do gracefully.  So thank you to everyone who read, commented, encouraged, and supported me last week.  It is something that has been under my skin ever since we moved back and I just needed to bring it to light... and it felt GOOD to get it out. 

Here we sit just ONE WEEK later and Logan has a job that will provide a salary and benefits and we can officially start looking for a car.  Crazy how much things can change in just 1 week. 

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  1. I can't even begin to tell you how much your "perspective" post resonated with me and my family. Having lost my mother earlier this week, I can now say with certainty that material things are not what matters, and that they can actually get in the way of comforting human relationships. Great job, Abby. I know I'm a stranger, but I just wanted to say thank you!

  2. It's true, the honesty post get the most traffic. My homesick post last week is already my fourth popular post of all time! Who knew my venting would get so much attention?

    I like what you've said about pre-France you vs. post-France you. After ten years in Europe I like to see how the new me would handle life back in the States. Honestly, that 'keeping up the joneses' mentality frightens me a little now.

    Thank you for your honesty! :)

  3. I love all your honesty posts, Abby! It makes me almost ready to do some myself. ;) All of us have "real" things going on behind the cute instagram and facebook posts. It's nice to see others really showing what matters most in their lives. :) Thank you for sharing!! Hugs!



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