A Vow To Use More Exclamation Marks!

Happy Monday, loves! Man oh man do I miss exclamation marks. I was recently doing some behind-the-scenes/technical admin work for the blog and in the process read over some of my most recent posts. When did I become so serious and philosophical sounding? Maybe you guys don’t think that’s the case — I feel like creators are often much more critical of their work than others will ever be –,  but it didn’t sit well with me.

I mentioned last week that I hadn’t been feeling quite like myself, and it clearly seeped into my writing. If you know me in real life, you know that I wear my heart (and emotions in general) on my sleeve. It’s rather easy to interpret how I’m feeling at any given moment. So I’m not sure why I was surprised when I saw my “meh” mood reflected in my writing as well.

You guys know I like giving advice on topics, whether that be on a personal/self-development front or something more straightforward like travel recommendations. But I don’t ever want to come off as textbook or bland or falsely wise. Ugh, even the thought leaves a sour taste in my mouth (I truly made a face as I typed that).

I want this to be real.
I want this to be candid.
I want this to be a community.
And I hope it has been/will continue to be even more so.

I want to remember it’s okay to write like I’m talking to my friends because I am (shoutout to you all for your unwavering support). I can see your faces in my mind right now, smiling and shaking your heads at the keyboard thinking “ah classic Esra, analyzing and then getting all feel-good on us.” You’re not wrong! That’s me.

Let’s make this week a good one.

With love (and a vow to use more exclamation marks!),

1:55am inspiration struck Esra

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