Okay, here is a disclaimer I didn't think I needed to verbalize previously but now feel the need to quickly address before moving on. And by quickly I mean not so quickly because y'all know I just can't wrap anything up in a sentence. You as readers are so so very welcome here. I invite you here and I am happy when you stay. I have built online friendships with women I've never met and met
women who have become very dear "real life" friends all through this blog. I am beyond grateful when you chose to purchase products directly from this blog simply because we like the same things. But you are not the reason I am here. I am here for me. This is my space to display all the pretty things I find online and to occasionally share a behind the scenes look at my home, my family, or my thoughts. I think it's awesome that so many people seem to also enjoy these things. Not because I think I'm important but because it's nice to feel like you're not alone. There are times in this social media age where many of us feel bombarded with other people's lives yet so very alone. I want this to be a place you can come and hopefully think, "yes, me too!" at least some of the time.
If you don't like to shop at the Gap, by all means don't shop there. Tell all your friends and family you can't stand it. There are so many appropriate places for you to talk about why you hate the Gap. Everyone doesn't need to like everything all the time. But would you really walk in to the store see nothing that interests you yet again and instead of walking out you march up to customers in line asking them why on Earth they like this crap? Probably not. If you walk into a small business you usually like but are put off by something you see one day, go find the manager or the owner and tell them why you think they've made a side step. They're usually happy to talk it over with you and find a way to make you feel heard or give you a chance to offer some suggestions for changes. Now apply that to blogs.
Let's take it a step further and apply it to life. There will always be people who don't like me. I'm going to be me anyway. But I also try to listen because often those that disagree with you can teach you something new. None of us are so perfect that we have no room to grow. Hearing someone else's perspective doesn't have to change your mind but it should open it. It should also help open your heart. So be nice. Criticize constructively. Give people the benefit of the doubt.