To many, blogging may seem like a really weird thing to do. It’s certainly never anything I personally thought I would ever do. It started as simply a way to motivate me to record little bits and pieces of Dexter’s childhood. A way to forever capture little memories that, without the blog, I never would have done. Knowing that it is public and that even just one person may be reading it gives me the motivation I need to take the time to write…..that’s how it started. A good friend of mine encouraged me to embrace my love of fashion on the blog and to occasionally do a few outfit posts. The thought of doing this was absolutely terrifying at first and something I had no intention of doing. After much persistence on her part I gave in and decided to try it….ONCE! I ended up having a lot of fun and I love that the occasional outfit post allows me, in a very small way. to express and use my artistic and creative side. A side of me that had temporarily been forgotten for a time with all of the adjusting and busyness that comes with being a mommy. I think a common misconception that many people have in regards to fashion bloggers is that we do it because we are self-centered, we do it because we think we are beautiful or that we do it because we want attention. Who knows, maybe some do, but that certainly couldn’t be farther from the truth for me. Those of you who know me know that I loathe being the center of attention. It’s taken me until now to just be OK with the way I look. Growing up, I was full of insecurities, ones that I still battle everyday. At one point in my teenage years I was convinced I was soooo ugly that I couldn’t look at myself in a mirror and would leave the light off in the bathroom while I got ready so I wouldn’t catch even a glimpse of my hideous self. While those days are far behind me every time I work on an outfit post some of the old insecurities resurface and I think, “What are you doing?!?! Who do you think you are? You look like a fool and sound like one…just stop…seriouslly STOP!” There isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not tempted to delete the whole thing. For some reason I don’t. Which brings me to the last reason I blog. It pushes me, forces me to face things and do things that I normally never would. It forces me to open up and share a side of myself that otherwise would be lost. A side of myself that feels really good to let out every once in awhile. So for now I am going to keep at it. Maybe one day it will be time to move on, but today, today I’m sharing just another little piece of me. Another little piece that is….All Things Ali J.