Saturday, April 24, 2010

THIS my precious friends, is why I blog.....

An email I recently receive from a friend:


I wanted to answer your precious reply. I want you to know what your kind words and encouragement has meant to me...

I have to tell you that when I read you very sweet reply and your words of encouragement, I just sat there and wept. I have been soooo torn and insecure about this.  I just feel that there must be a way to bring some extra money doing what I love and I see these beautiful sites and the close knit family, helping each other and I have wanted so much to be a part of it. Every time I mention it to one of my friends they just don't get it. I see all these beautiful blogs and hear about the wonderful friendships and creative support and it feels almost like home.Your words of support and your offer to introduce me was just what I needed. I truly believe God puts people in the right place and guides you if you just keep alert and recognize these little nudges. You really gave me hope that maybe I can do this. Soooo I've purchased a good slr digital camera, researched some of the domains (I'm thinking blogspot), I already have an Etsy site  and am close to a name. I want to get an inventory of some work, but I am going to do this. I may not be able to do it everyday as you do with working, maintaining this house inside and outside with a daughter, but I'll do it to some degree. I think this may help to fill something since my husband died. I have to work on some concepts, etc. Can I ask you in addition to the given of forming artistic creative family of friends are you really able to bring in some income. I don't mean to be mercenary, but as a widow that would be such a bonus. When my husband was alive I had a thriving mural business. Many decorators were my clients, but I can't hang off ladders for 8 hours anymore and I must maintain the regular income of my job. I'm just hoping I can have my cake and eat it too.

Your wish to have a wonderful day - hugs and love was all such a lovely thing from someone I have never met. I must have been craving those words very badly to have sat there and cried as I did, even now I am choking up. But I will tell you I think that is why I am so drawn to your blog. It is real, caring, sharing, creative and just lovely.  Everyday even when I work the first thing in the AM I do is visit you. I knew you were a kind spirit.  Bless you for your kindness.

(Published with permission from sender)

We are all looking for kindred spirits....for others who can relate to our creativity and what we love ~ because women are naturally creative, in some way or another
I want to encourage you, if you do not blog, think about it....
.please share your creativity and your sweet spirit!!

Have a wonderful weekend precious friends,
hugs and love,


marie said...

What a precious note ~ and so full of truth. I'm so glad this sweet lady has you to encourage her. I'll be praying for her as she sets off on her wonderful new adventure. The Land of Blog will be blessed to have her as a part of it.

Thank you Dawn ~ for being such a dear all you "meet"!

Alison Gibbs said...

Such beautiful words. Blogland is defintely a wonderful place where she will be welcomed with open arms.

Barbara Jean said...

That was wonderful, and I'm sure some feelings we all have one time or another in both our creative needs to express ourselves, and our need for acceptance and love.
I have found both in blogland. And, in reply to her comment about her friends not getting it, some of mine did not either.

But my true friends, of the ones I have here in Eugene, love and support me in my blogging, my store and all. They love me. They listen, and share in my joy of doing it. that is true friendship.

I hope she will find friends like that where she is too, and I hope she is successful in setting up and selling her things. I cannot wait to see what she does.

blessings sweet friend. I so agree with all she says about you, and grateful for all you do and who you are.

barbara jean

Dorthe said...

Dearest Dawn,
yes this is realy the wonder of blogging. Being able to encourage, and being there for each other, and you ,dear friend, are one of those, alwayes sharing, alwayes being there with a big heart,to listen and to help.
I hope this sweet person, will soon be able to feel, more of the compassion shared in blogland, when finishing her blog, so we can all welcome her, in this wonderfull place.

Love and hugs to you,sweetie.

Vicki Boster said...

Dawn - I, too have been amazed by the out pouring of kindness that I have received as a blogger. I have never met such a close knit "family" of people as those who commmunicate through blogging. How wonderful of you to share your friends letter. She is just now learning what we have all known for a while now - that you a a kind soul and are a treasured and dear friend to those who know you. Your words of inspiration to her - I am sure - will help her on her new blogging journey!

Bless youu Dawn!


Linda K. said...

We are certainly here for a reason. Bless your heart and all the caring bloggers here in blogland. Thank you Dawn, for keeping it real here.


Sheila Rumney said...

It is a true community of kindred spirits. Thank you for your continued inspiration and sharing yourself with us.



Theresa said...

Oh my goodness, Dawn! What a precious comment. I pray that this will be all she needs it to be. Blogging is wonderful and I can't imagine not having all of you in my life. Have an extra blessed day, my friend! HUGS!

Lori said...

Dawn, how wonderful that you were able to be a blessing like this to someone!!!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Dawn ~
That ia so very precious and brings tears to my eyes ~
I am so very excited for her as she starts her new adventure ~

Anonymous said...

I totally understand what you're saying, Dawn, and your blogging friend's letter proves that we touch unknown lives "out there" when we do this! You just never know when little words of encouragement have helped someone in distress to once again feel that life has something special to offer just for them...a something that helps them to become the unique person God intended for them to be. And YOU do that all the time for people...
I know how inspired I've been in knowing you.

Blessings! You deserve them, as does your friend who wrote this beautiful letter.


Julie Pishny said...

Dawn, Thanks for sharing your world with us and validating that it is filled with caring, loving and kind people. One of the things I love about the blogosphere is that you get the opportunity to see the best in mankind. Media of other forms can be filled with the dark side of human nature, so it is a breathe of fresh air to hear from all of the wonderful people filling this earth and you are one of them. Blessings - Julie

Sea Witch said... is also why I blog. The Lakota phrase "Mitakuye Oyasin" translates as "All are my relations". We are all truly related. Sea Witch

Sandy said...

I pray your new blog friend finds much support, encouragement, and success as she enters the world of blogging. She is right, your blog is real, genuine, and inspiring. Keep up the great ministry you have here of touching hearts and lives!

Debby said...

What a beautiful note! Our blogging friends are truly the best and so supportive. I hope your friend finds lots of love and joy on her journey.

Mary said...

I can't think of a better person to encourage anyone on their journey. You're the best Dawn!!!

Marilyn Miller said...

What a lovely note. Yes, we do find kindred spirits online. My friends sometime look at me with this blank stare and don't get it, but I too have been touched by so many. Your blog is one of the creative blogs I visit regularly just for inspiration.

Lululiz said...

It is very touching to read a letter like that.
I think we all have to thank the blogging community for something or other, be it the incredible generosity, appreciation of our creations, encouragement, criticism, sometimes a shoulder to cry on and a place to vent. I am so glad to be part of it.

Sherrie said...

I could have written that note. The words are what I feel. I had no idea what support and amazing unmet friends that awaited me when I first started, when I wrote my first post. Seeing what others were doing, making their dreams come true, or at least trying.... and the support they receive from our wonderful creative blogging community has encouraged me to finally open my own shop. Thank you

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Gulp. I hope to see this wonderful lady's work on her Etsy site soon.
And I wish her success and joy in that work

Claudia said...

Such a beautiful note from your new friend, Dawn. The support and encouragement we all get from each other in this blog world is amazing. I have been moved to tears myself at times when reading comments on my blog. You are wonderfully supportive of other bloggers.


julie miller said...

Hi Dawn, thanks for sharing that beautiful letter with us! I agree with her firstly, that blogging is an amazing place to find support, encouragement and kindness--sometimes it just blows me away! and secondly, that you are a very sweet and generous person-perfect to encourage a new bird to fly from the nest!!! I wish her much luck and some peace in her sad heart! Love and blessings, Julie

The Rustic Victorian said...

Golly,,sniff,,,You are a wonderful Fairyblogmother. I hope she reads all these comments and knows we are waiting to welcome her with open hearts, and support, and to let her know she is not alone. I love the way you wave your magic love wings Mamma Bird.
A Big ((HUG))

Leslie said...

Dawn.. what a precious letter. I am with everyone, blogs and bloggers bring so much more then people understand. I get such a creative jolt from these blogs. Some make me want to be closer to god, bake cookies with my daughters, forgive a friend, create something pretty...
and all of them make me stop and enjoy the little things each day.

Shopgirl said...

There is a spirit of love, kindness and beloved friendship that keeps us all close. The beautiful support that you give Dawn is such a blessing. If it is true that we reap what we sew, well you have brought alot of love to ole blogland I love your delightful heart. Big Hugs, Mary

nancarts said...

Thanks for sharing this awesome letter. I had no idea what I would find in blog land when I first started, but there are amazing friends who reach out and help one another by giving words of support and inspiration. You are one of those people. I hope this sweet person will have success with her shop and blog. She will be a welcomed addition to the land of blog. I hope I meet her!
Smiles and Blessings,

At Home in English Valley said...

Hi Dawn, I just wanted to say how wonderful you are to be so generous with your time and encouragement to everyone. When I was too afraid to post my thoughts as a comment, you took the time to answer my email. Your warm and sincere way is an example to us all. I look forward to seeing the new blog your friend starts, and I will continue visiting your amazing blog every chance I get. Love, Penny

ByLightOfMoon said...

Oh My, I just finished on my blog writing almost the same thing about blogging. I enjoy the kindness shared by all almost as a family. I do enjoy my coffee in the mornings by reading the blogs that came in overnight and your is certainly one of the first Dawn. You are inspiring and your work in enlightening, the perfect way to start the day.

You post about the Victoria magazine is just what I need alot of the time. I guess that is why I save and Collect so many magazine. It is like therapy to thrum back through them and the same way with blogging. One leads to another and then so on, making new friends all along the way.
Blessings to your admirer and I will also give prayer for her to be sucessful as desired.

I think I will include myself in that too. It would be so nice and helpful.

Smiles, Cyndi

Mary Ann said...

What a sweet note with such encouragement. I am quite new on this blogging scene, an older woman with not much going on in my life. I have been welcomed and love this community of thoughtful people. I am sure you have lots more to blog about than I do, so get busy girl and enjoy this community.

Elyse said...

oh, i'm so glad that you inspired this person and that she feels empowered to pursue new things.

blogging really is amazing and it all takes time to build just like anything else.

and it's true that my offline friends don't really get how much it means to me, but blogging really has become an important and inspiring part of my life.

happy to know warm creative people like yourself!


Jann said...

Loved this, thank you, Dawn.

Bettyann said...

Dawn, thank you for sharing a fellow blogger words of are a special of your time and energy to help someone along the road..take care..blessings and joy to you..

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful words Dawn:-)
And they are so true!
I always look in to you,
- your inspirational words and images:-)
Have a nice sunday,
hugs Hege.

Anonymous said...

What a sweet lady and I am so happy to hear she will be joining us in this wonderful world of blog!
Everything she said about you is so true and I know your heart just sang when you received this wonderful message.
After meeting you in person (along with the other dear Southern Belles), I do know that you are a heart friend through and through.

Thank you for being you.....
Hugs and Love,

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I can't wait for your friend to start her blog and to be able to meet her. I am relatively new to blogging and have met so many wonderful people! I have few friends because of my work schedule and many people here where I live do not share my interests so blogging has become a life saver for me!! To see that there are others in this world who share my interests and are actually interested in what I like to do has touched my heart in ways that I can't even imagine!! So please tell your friend to jump in and start having some fun!!

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing her letter. So wonderful to hear that she is going to follow her heart and passion. I look forward to visiting her blog and shop!

Thank you for your kindness you share each day.

Have a peaceful day hun!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Dawn, this is so typical of you. You are always a friend, always a cheerleader and always an encourager. God bless you sweet friend.xo Lidy

Susan deGeneres said...

Hi Dawn,
Such a sweet, poignant, post. It's good to remember too that when we encourage and support another, we encourage and support ourselves. A "win-win" for everyone.

The Charm House said...

So many friends she will find soon!!! It is so amazing to find so many wonderful and talented women here on the blog.
Hoping all is going well for you!

Burlap Luxe said...

Blogging is a wonderful place for great women like you!

Your blogs are touching.


Anne Lorys said...

And this is why I love blogging, too.

You've certain been an angel for me too, Dawn....always taking the time to send me a note of encouragement, or helping to promote me when I was just getting started.

Blogging is the best.
YOU are the best!


Nita Jo said...

Dawn, Thank you for sharing that beautiful letter! I think many of us who came into blogging have had some of the same feelings and questions.

After all this time, I am finally formulating my plans. I've had an Etsy name for a while. I've never sold from there, but just used it to occasionally buy some little object I fell in love with. I have been inspired by your blog... your ideas, your generosity, and your spirit! You are so right about the desire to find kindred spirits!

Bless you for sharing from your heart!
Nita Jo


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