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Tough Skin

What up, blog world!?  Monday is done and over with (almost), and I can’t say I’m too sad.   ;)

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday.  My family doesn’t religiously observe Easter, but when we were younger, my parents always had baskets ready and filled with our favorite candy and eggs hidden in the backyard for us to find.  Good times!

So, before I share my tough skin story with y’all, I want to share tonight’s dinner.  After talking to Vishnu about healthy eating and the future of our country (yes, we have pretty deep convos sometimes), I decided to make a humongous salad.  Check it out!

This beast of a salad included spinach, tomatoes, avocado, quinoa, goat cheese, red kidney beans, and Annie’s Roasted Garlic dressing.  YUM-O!  I haven’t had a salad in fooorever, and tonight’s dinner made me realize how much I’ve missed them.  I loved how the different textures and flavors came together in this one. :) 

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Through blogging, I’ve “met” so many awesome people – writers, cooks, runners, fashionistas, mothers, etc.  Blogging has also injected a new sense of motivation, inspiration, and creativity into my life.  I honestly can’t say how long I will remain a blogger (another year or 10?!), but I can truly say that I’m enjoying most everything about it so far. 

With that being said, I never realized the potential downsides of putting your life out there for others to discover.  For example, I woke up Saturday morning, made breakfast, and checked my email.  I had a new comment to approve, so I excitedly logged onto WordPress to do so.  I clicked on the comment button, and saw that someone had some mean words they wanted to share with me.  “Your blog sucks.  No one cares about this boring s***” to be exact.  I can’t even begin to tell you how many expletives went through my mind as I sat there staring at my computer screen.  Now, the old me (from 3 years ago) would have sat there and cried and felt sorry for herself because some stupid stranger said something negative about her blog.  What did I do instead?!  I smiled and moved on.  Well, I actually texted Vishnu, told him what happened, laughed a little, and then moved on.  I could have sat there and tried to figure out why someone would waste their time leaving me a comment like this, but that person was not really worth my time or energy. 

I guess blogging is also going to teach me how to grow some tough skin because apparently the blog world is not without its share of mean people.  Haters everywhere you go!  And I know I’m not the only one who has had to experience this.  In fact, this is nothing compared to what others have probably had said about them.  I just thought it was so funny how starting my own blog has given me so many new insights and taught me so many new things, but I never thought this would be one of them.  I suppose I was being naive.  But overall it’s a good lesson to learn because it really is a dog-eat-dog world out there!  LOL! 

Lesson learned: Don’t dismiss the mean comments because even they have something to teach you. ;)

Have you had to deal with mean comments on your blog?  And if so, what lessons did you take away?