Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Power of an Online Community

Today started out like most days, going through the motions of what had to be done.
I was looking forward to having Don work with me on a project that I hope will make doing video tutorials a lot easier.  He is constructing something for me and if all goes well, we will make them to sell too!  So looking forward to the finished product, although our communication is being pushed to the limit! Trying to explain how I think it should go and then how he thinks it should go really pushes home that Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus! After thinking we were on the same page it turns out we weren't LOL a little frustrating yes but pales in comparison with the other news I received today.

I was deeply saddened to see on Face Book that an online friend's Beautiful 13yr old daughter Emma had passed away after a long battle with illness. It has literally knocked the wind out of me today! I can't believe how upset I am over the world losing this beautiful courageous sweet girl who I have never personally met!  I feel like I know her through following her journey on Facebook with her mum Leanne. Such a beautiful and caring family. I have met Leanne online through the ISC scrapbooking days in the early days of online communities! I am so touched by the outpouring of support and love and well wishes from family and friends from all corners of the country it really fills my heart. The Love family and their courageous journey has touched many lives, I hope that can bring a little comfort during these heartbreaking days!
She was a very special little girl who will now be a very special angel!
This stunning photo of Leanne and Emma was taken by the very talented Andrea Thompson,
thank you Andrea for letting me share this photo! x

You can read more of Leanne & Emma's story here: Leanne's Blog

An Online community is so much more than just a group of people, Today I felt the embrace of a community with an outpouring of love and support! Really does warm the heart.

I stopped sharing more of myself online because of another community, and they were the scrap critic and smack blogs. I saw a lot of good friends torn to shreds on these blogs, nothing was sacred! That was all I needed to well and truly retreat into my emotional shell, I have only shared my work online since then with very little information on myself. I used my work as a shield so to speak. Now looking back I can't believe I have given my power over to these insignificant cowards!
I am back, and if someone doesn't like me or what I do that is their prerogative! I no longer need your approval, I am learning to be enough for me, I am the only one I need approval from!
Still easier said than done! I am still working on my insecurities.

I hope that I can touch as many lives and bring a community together as the Gorgeous Emma has! She is my inspiration, I can only hope to be as half as brave as Emma and her family!
Life really is too short!
I thank everyone who has already reached out to me since I started sharing little snippits of the real me!!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!


Hug your families and support your community, they really can make a difference!! With them by your side you will never feel alone. You are never alone in your journey, paths will always cross when you least expect it. Someone has already been there or will be going there or are there right now along side of you. All you need to do is reach out!! Sorry if I have just rambled on, this speaking from the heart in public is still new to me!
 
Thanks for dropping by! Lots of hugs!
Keeping Emma and her family in my thoughts tonight!
I am very blessed to have my family and friends and all of you in my life!

Hugs
Michelle xxx

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing Michelle, my thoughts are with you and Emma's family at this time.

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  2. Beautiful words Mich... glad to see you taking your power back! I think a lot of us did the same... hence moderated posts as well nowadays. Keep being the brave woman I know you can be!! xoxo

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  3. Michelle, you are amazing, and just the fact that you can put these words out there is the proof you are ready, your strength is there all around you , even if you don't feel its full power, its there.
    I am sorry for the loss of Emma, I never knew these people but I too have carried their sadness with me all day, I hope that they find some comfort in knowing that so many people are grieving with them for their beautiful courageous girl, and I hope the Angels have surrounded Emma xx

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  4. Michelle, I am always heartened to read when a woman focuses on her own power and finding her own way. It shows so clearly in your body of work. You've already put it out there, just not in words. I can offer my support by continuing to read your blog and commenting so you know I'm out here. And I will say a prayer for Emma and her family tonight. thanks as always for sharing.

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