Well, its been 5 years since the last time I blogged. 5 years…wow. Saying it out loud in my head is crazy. So much has happened in that span of time that I’m not even sure where to start. So lets start with this…I love writing. It was, and is, my God given talent and I KNEW back in 2009 that I had it in me to reach out and connect to other liked minds. It WAS my purpose and still feel it is.
And then I stopped. I just stopped. Why? I could give you the sugar coated answer but in the World these days, I really appreciate when I can get a straight answer from someone. So let me be frank, I let people get to me. I let online bullies and haters run my passion right into the ground. Yes, I am human and not all of us are equipped for the large amounts of negativity. And enough of the “Just ignore them” because every single person KNOWS they should ignore it and move on. I knew it. It’s that simple. I knew I had something amazing, and I just had to take a break and make sure that I was ok, my family was ok, and that it was even worth it. My family isn’t sure what to think of “The Relocated Tourist” anymore because for them it was a trigger for the monthly drama. They didn’t like seeing how it affected me when all I wanted to do was share my love of Disney and FL living. I have grown much thicker skin since then, and I have learned a lot about who is and isn’t my friend. I also decided that I have no interest in competing with anyone in the Community. Haven’t you ever noticed that? When I moved here in 2011, I had been writing for awhile at that point, not a care in the World about what the FL Community would think. I mean come on people….it’s DISNEY!!! The minute I got here, I was thrown into “groups” and who you weren’t supposed to talk to, and that person over there is the first at everything, blah blah blah. I got caught up in it. It became this “thing” to be invited to this event, or getting in fast enough for another. You didn’t go into the Parks anymore for the magic, you were there for every obsessive follow, like, and comment. You weren’t somebody if you weren’t on the Press list…and anyone who was on it didn’t seem interested in helping me get there. Soon I was regurgitating all of the same stuff every other site was, with zero fresh, or interesting, content- just trying to keep up. Why would anyone care I am at the same Disney Anniversary as everyone else? I had truly forgotten what had made me special, what had made my story connect to SO many people. It was MY story….nobody else could take that away from me, and I just needed that break to remember it.
Then there was the issue of me- I used to hate that I had such a soft heart for people. I was once told that my crying was a “sign of weakness” and that I should never do it again. To those I say, F you. I care. I care about how others are treated, I care about my relationships, and I care about reaching and helping others any way that I can. I wear my heart on my sleeve and I am done apologizing for it. I am an “Empath” in it’s truest form, which is a fancy word for someone who can pick up quite easily on other’s emotions. This is truly why I feel I have connected so deeply with many of you. I knew what it was like to want to live here, or enjoy Disney all the time, or even the FL sun. I hope I can connect with you again on how life TRULY is in Florida and give some real perspective on it…the honeymoon phase is over.
So that’s why I am back…I missed you. I missed me. I missed writing. I missed connecting with friends and building each other up in ways that we only knew how. I love that a kind word or phrase can make someone’s day, and any time I can inspire you to live outside the box, I am happy.
There’s so much to tell you all about what life has been like over the past 5 years, including a move back to WI, then back to FL, and so many ups and downs in between. I am excited to share with you, I am ready for whatever comes, and I thank you for being a part of my journey. Hakuna Matata!
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