I know I’ve told you what inspired me to start this blog: loving CLE and being profoundly happy and grateful to be living here. Lately, I’ve been thinking about what keeps me inspired. There have been a few CLEbloggers expressing fatigue or lack of direction or just general unhappiness with blogging. Certainly, we can all feel that way at times. But, for me, the things that keep me inspired on this blogging journey are what truly make it worthwhile.
I’m inspired by my readers. When I started this blog, I thought I’d talk about CLE in general, but leave a lot of myself at the door. It amazes me how much of myself I’ve shared on this blog – from my story of returning to Cleveland to writing about my Mom and Dad to telling you about moving in with and getting engaged to my fiance. I use perhaps cheesy names to refer to these people, but the stories and the sentiment are no less real than if I used their names. There’s a tremendous amount of personal good that comes from sharing real pieces of yourself with people. And I am profoundly grateful that you, dear readers, have made me feel comfortable enough to keep doing that.
I’m inspired by learning new things about my city. Through blogging, I’ve gotten to see more of CLE than I even knew existed and I’ve pushed myself to try new things, go new places, and experience more. It’s deepened my love for and understanding of this city. There are more cool events going on in this town than I even have time to write about. I’ve gotten to meet amazing, talented Clevelanders who do things every day to better their city. I got to stand on the field after an Indians game. I am at once excited, honored and humbled by the opportunities to experience this city in a deeper way, to give back, and to share that with others.
I’m inspired by the friends I’ve made. Finding true friends – not just acquaintances – isn’t always the easiest thing. I never imagined the new friends I’d gain from blogging and the existing friendships I’d deepen.
Thanks for enriching my life so much, dear readers! Have a great weekend! Do something inspiring!