A few days ago, one of my favorite bloggers and scrapbookers released an extremely personal statement on her blog. Ali Edwards & her husband are going through a divorce. I was moved by her public announcement because she literally has thousands of fans and scrapbook enthusiasts and in one moment she decided to be vulnerable & authentic. Her post titled, “The Evolution of My Story,” was so moving because it was tucked in between beautiful professional Thanksgiving photos and exciting contests. It was a reminder that we all have challenges and that we are never alone in those challenges.
Sometimes people who are in the public eye create & become caricatures of themselves. They become iconized until the crap hits the fan and then they start chasing their shadows. They lose touch with what it means to be human and when they finally do become vulnerable they are punished for it. Now don’t get me wrong you must retain some element of privacy despite your public profile. There is a such thing as T.M.I. (too much information) but when you are going through something that is life-changing, you’d be surprised to know how many people are going through the same exact thing behind closed doors, and how they will wrap their arms around you in solidarity and support.
I have learned so much from Ali, and in my mind she is like my creative big sister. I want her to know that my prayers and thoughts are with her and her family and that I am inspired by her courage!