The Beauty In Knowing You Are Not Alone


I was on my way out of town last week when I just happened to check on the Young Mommy Life Facebook page. I saw a message from one of the most engaged fans, Amber. She had written a post that she wanted to share with me, all about her journey as a young mother and how reading my blog (along with others) helped her become the woman she always wanted to become.

I was touched. Even after blogging for 5 years and more than 1,000 posts, I’m still surprised when people write me and say they can relate. Being called an “inspiration” still tickles me. Y’all should see my face when I’m reading emails: “Me? Really? Really?”

But recently, I had to check myself.

“There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.” ~ Marianne Williamson

I say this often: Sometimes all we need is an encouraging word or for someone to share their testimony. It’s not always the big moments that transform lives, but rather, the small moments that almost go unnoticed that have the power to change your life.

I know some women who have been through hell and back. And now they’re stronger. They’re wiser. They’re focused. And they’re hungry. And they inspire me. All because they’ve decided to share their story with the world.

The first step in making your mark on the world is to open your mouth, raise your voice and speak your truth. Because more often than not, you’ll discover that you are not alone. There are thousands of people just like you, who have overcome similar obstacles and have similar goals they are trying to reach. It’s empowering to join in and share what you know.

So know this—you are an inspiration to someone. Whatever you’re going through, your strength is serving as motivation to someone else who has it just a teeny bit worse. We all have our issues, our battles that make us want to give up. But somehow, knowing that you aren’t alone in those battles, it helps.

That’s what I love about what we’ve built here. We’re strong women. We’re ambitious. We’re kind. And we’re supportive. We lean on each other during the trying times and we grow.

I can’t ask for anything more.


  1. It’s posts like these that remind me why I blog. I want to connect with women like me and hopefully I can inspire them like they inspire me.