My Selfish New Years Resolution + What to expect from Brunch With The Brittain’s in 2018
Self-Love & Self-Care
I read a recent trend report stating that in 2018, “useful” blogging will be in and “personal” blogging will be out. I realize that this is the most personal blog post I have made on BWTB, but more will follow. In 2018 the “useful” will far outweigh the “personal”, but I believe that the personal will be useful to others as well. It is important for me to document and share the journey that I am writing about today, and if just one reader can relate and feel like they are not alone in their daily struggles by reading this, then all of the time and effort that I’ve put into this little side hustle will all be worth it.
I’ve written this article a thousand times in my head. When I sit down to put the words on the screen, I become paralyzed with fear, embarrassment and shame.
I may not get out everything that I want to in this initial post, but over time I hope to have the confidence and courage to open up about my battles with anxiety, panic attacks, bullying and eating disorders. Some of which I would like to share with you, my loyal readers and friends. For years and years I have been hiding these issues the best that I can and presenting myself to be someone that I am not. It is literally exhausting to hide these problems – to the point where I have lost friends, missed out on opportunities and even become immobile from the fear of judgement and the unknown.
My husband and I have been together for 8 years and last week was the first time that I opened up to him about some of my struggles that consume me each day. In fact, that conversation is a contributing factor to my vulnerability and push to finally share this. Somehow, he was able to convey to my tightly closed mind that I am not alone and that my issues can no longer define me.
For now, this opening post is the first in a series on my journey to self-love and self-care. Two things that I have never accepted or practiced.
So for me 2018 is the year of self-love and self-care.
The people pleaser that I have always been will be taking a back seat, and taking care of myself will become a top priority. My physical, emotional and mental health have reached an all-time low. I have continuously received poor news from doctors in the second half of 2017 and those health issues are really starting to catch up with me. The test results and doctor’s advice helped me come to the realization that I am not taking care of myself and if I continue down this path, things will only get worse.
This journey to health, self-love and self-care is an important stepping stone to get to the place where I can share more about my struggles and hopefully my turning point of overcoming them.
In the past I have made lists full of resolutions and goals. I reached some and failed at others, but the same pattern was clear – I put too much on my plate. Something my family and friends have been telling me for a long time. But did I listen? No. The pile of new challenges added unnecessary stress in my life, so my focus this year will be taking care of myself. I believe whole-heartedly that once I am finally happy with myself and can find self-love that everything else will fall into place.
What To Expect In 2018
In 2018 you will be able to join me in this journey of love, health and acceptance on BWTB.
In addition to my journey we have huge plans for BWTB in 2018. (I say we, because Jared has been a huge contribution to the success of BWTB + together we are the Brittain’s!) We have some great collaborations with brands that we love and know you will too. Per feedback and upcoming scheduled ventures, here is what else you can expect from BWTB in 2018:
- More Delicious Recipes + our experience with the Mediterranean Diet
- Atlanta Restaurant Reviews
- Gift Guides
- Affordable Style
- Favorites & Round-ups
- & More
BWTB is not just a creative outlet – it is a business. While Influencer Marketing is on the rise we promise that we will continue to only supports brands that we absolutely love and will only promote the ones that we know you will love and relate to as well.
Last, a mentor of mine in the blogging world recently advised me (Keri) to show more of me so that you, my readers and friends can get to know me better. In 2018, I hope that I can give you a better sense of who is behind the content that you see on BWTB.
What is your New Years Resolution? Send a private message or drop a comment below! BWTB would not be where it is today without all of you and I want to get to know you better too!
Happy New Year and I hope you stop by from time to time!