things i’m afraid to tell you – the movement

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You guys, I really don’t know what to say.

As you may know, a month ago I wrote a post called Things I’m Afraid to Tell You which detailed all the things that I was… afraid to tell you. After pressing publish I immediately felt better and more relieved that I was no longer “hiding” these things from you out of fear.

Fear of what? Judgement and shame, I guess.

So as you can imagine, it was awesome to hear such kind feedback about the post and I didn’t think much more about it.

However, last week (the extremely kind) Ez, of Creature Comforts, browsed MML and stumbled upon the post and decided to make what I can only call a movement based upon it.

Crazy, right?

She single-handedly took what I wrote in that little post and used it to inspire dozens of bloggers to share the things that they are afraid to tell the online community.

So all day while I’ve been busy with meetings and appointments I’ve been seeing touching and honest stories flood the blogosphere at the encouragement of Ez.

It is extremely liberating to see all of these wonderful bloggers share their stories and truths.

And at the same time, it’s a little very overwhelming for me personally.

I didn’t write that post with the intention to do anything other than share my story with you, here on MML. But to see it do so much good in a larger context… that I can’t wrap my head around.

But I’m glad it did. And I could not be more thankful for what Ez has done for us as a community.



Participating bloggers organized by Ez of Creature Comforts:

Design for Mankind | Little Brown Pen | Beautiful Hello | Curating Style | Sweet Fine Day |The Jealous Curator | Happy Days | Sage & Berries | Really Handmade | Peck Life | Satsuma Press | Rena Tom | For the Easily Distracted | The Hemborg Wife | Vitamini Handmade |Courtney Khail Stationery and Design | Meg in Progress | Dando Photography Blog |Widdershins22 | Alison Citron | Pink Moon Daily | Just Pretty Things | From China Village |Tea with Me | The Darling Ewe | Not Your Average Ordinary | The Electric Typewriter |Elleby Design | Parsimonia {Secondhand With Style} | Life as an Artistpreneur | Hello Cupcake | Dellie | The A & B Stories | Pretty Little Things

photo created by Creature Comforts

This Post Has 39 Comments

  1. YES. this really rocked my socks, and it’s not even dinnertime yet!
    thank you for being open and real. i’m wonderfully inspired by you, ez and the others in this project.
    and i promise to start commenting more often to say how awesome and lovely you are 🙂

    enjoy your evening, jess! and THANK YOU again. xo

  2. Amy

    I kind want to make you a sash to prance around the house in that says “Ms. Inspiring”. These posts have been so amazing to read, and YOU STARTED IT! High five!

  3. Kerry

    Wow! I read your first post Jess and loved that you shared so openly with us. I just read a lot of the posts from today and am just totally blown away by how similar we all are. It is very liberating!

  4. Sarah

    Thank you so much for starting this. I love how the best sort of “movements” don’t really start with the intention of being a movement at all. You inspired me to write one too. It wasn’t easy, but I’m really glad that I did, so thanks.

  5. Ez

    Just wanted to take another moment to thank you so very much for what you have done for our blogging community Jess! What an amazing thing to witness all this support and strength blazing around the web! And it all started here! Thank you, thank you, thank you for being the spark that made this whole thing ignite!
    xo Ez

  6. This is so amazing. Things like this are liberating and they bring women together. I would love for you and Ez to do another round of these. I’d love to participate. I’ve already been making a mental list as I read.


  7. Sara

    Jess, you are an extremely positive and influential force on the interwebs. You should be commended for being the change you want to see in the world.

  8. Kate

    While I know you are overwhelmed, I am glad that your honesty is becoming a theme among the blogosphere! Honesty is not only refreshing, but encouraging and when written as well as all these ladies write just down right catching. 🙂 I hope along with everyone else that you keep up the good work!


  9. blair

    This is wonderful. I think I’ll have to do a post too. And really think about what I don’t want people to know about me… sometimes it’s hard to even admit to yourself.

  10. kelsey

    oh my, so glad Kristy Carlson of Long Miles Coffee Project bounced me over to your site. This is incredible! In a lot of “noise”on the interwebs, but this is another refreshing space to sink into. Love (scratch that, ADORE) this idea, is there an official way to participate? The internet needs a lot more of this truth-speaking!

  11. I think it’s important to take heart and remember the truth that we feel what we feel because of our natural humanity, nature/nurture.
    it’s only natural for us to be concerned about what others think, so we tend to hold back or create a certain life, and all along authenticity gets the back burner when it should be on the front. We were made to connect, and fellowship realness with one another, but it’s gotten so jacked up for so many reasons, so your idea here is a hit because we all long to KNOW and SEE that others are “messed” up too and that their lives aren’t squeaky clean and perfect. Seeing others flaws makes them human, and then makes them relatable, I just hope I have enough courage to do the post! thanks for your transparency and inspiration.

    So not to get technical, haha but would it just be things that I would maybe otherwise be embarrassed to share?


  12. I’m so incredibly grateful for your post, thanks for sharing. I’ve been contemplating about the artificiality around social media and how we cannot truly be ourselves on the internet (whether by choosing to be someone else or being cognizant of our presence). It’s great to have a movement surrounding the issues that we all face, so that we can recognize and relate. As my own contribution, I’m doing a photo series complete with text and a portrait. I’m looking forward to completing it. Thank you for the inspiration.

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