Eat Drink & Be Mary: To Laugh Without Fear of the Future

7.30.2014

To Laugh Without Fear of the Future

Today I'm pleased to introduce you to a one-of-a-kind gem.  Nina @ Wear Flowers in Your Hair.  And when I say gem I'm not using the term lightly.  She is a brave girl with a pure heart, and a strong determination to stick up for what and who she believes in.  Just read what she has written below, for her story of an innocent girl and many, many girls that have been in a similar situation.

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Let me confess something. I have put off writing this guest post. Some of my reasons are easily understood: I began a new job, caught some horrible summer flu, and moved. The biggest reason is a rawness in my gut that is harder to explain, an increasing need to speak up over something that I didn't, necessarily, want to be known for. But I kept hearing stories, you see. More and more stories and so my heart was growing heavier and I was putting off writing down my own story, let alone a guest post. 

 This is a funny time to introduce you to my blog. Or maybe it is the best time. The more emails I receive from women with stories like mine, the more I could care less if I am known for this because now I am, and forever will be, a warrior. So while, when I usually write guest posts, I try to be witty and funny, try to lure you in with my cleverness and pretty, pretty pictures, that is not what this. It cannot be. I do not have the energy for it and this is not about me anymore. You see, I saved up all my beautiful, meaningful words for the women who have been courageously writing to me and I have nothing left. 

 All I can ask you, with the most sincerest of hearts, is to read these three posts and to share them. 

 Dear Nina in a Prom Dress. 
 About Yesterday. 
 You are not alone. 

 This is what I have learned in telling my story: the power of sharing our stories. We all have one about something that is worth reading. I want to encourage you to share your stories, whatever they may be about, even the hard stories. There is a power in words. When we hold them inside, they have power over us. When we say them aloud, tell a friend, write it down in a notebook, or even blog about it, they lose their killing grip on us and become something wholly more powerful. 

 I've kept this short so you are more likely to read those posts. Not for me. Not anymore. But for all the rest. There are too many.

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I am in total awe of Nina's strength and courage to share the posts above these past couple days.  She is a warrior indeed.  One verse comes to mind, and that's what I'll leave you with today as it is my prayer for Nina and any woman who has dealt with something similar, before you go check out her posts:

Proverbs 31:25 "She is clothed with strength and dignity, 
and she laughs without fear of the future."

 
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9 comments:

  1. Mary....this was a great guest post. I'm gonna shoot over in a bit and check her out. Thanks for the new read. Have a great Hump day and a great rest of the week.

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  2. Mary, that same verse came to mind for me! I already read Nina's blog and those posts have already had me in tears! She is such a strong woman and an incredible inspiration!

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  3. Already clicking to read her posts - have a great Wednesday!

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  4. What an inspiration! Thank you Nina for sharing your story!

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  5. Wow. So powerful. I just have no words. Stories like these need to be shared, and it's unfortunate how many of us women have these tales to tell. It shouldn't be this way.

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  6. Flowers in my hair makes me feel medieval.

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  7. Thank you for sharing a beautiful new read!

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  8. I've read all three posts. Powerfully written. Thanks for posting and sharing.

    Alex - Funky Jungle

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