Loretta's Countdown to 60

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Winning together

I started this blog just over seven months ago. Like most things I start, I had no clear direction or mission in mind. I just knew I needed to start writing, immediately.

And for some reason, I felt it was essential to just be me. It’s actually easier to write how we think we are supposed to write, and say the things we are supposed to say. It’s harder to just write from the heart.

At least it is for me.

As I go about my day, no matter what I am doing, there is this voice inside my head that is always questioning whether I’m doing the “right” thing. Does that ever happen to you?

Along side that voice is another one judging me.

That’s the voice of the outside world. Everyone else in the world represents that voice. “Why is she doing that?” “Who does she think she is? We don’t care about what she is writing!” I can hear the laughing and the condescension in that voice.

Maybe it comes from growing up one of many in a poor family. Maybe I didn’t get enough attention as a kid. Perhaps I could blame it on my mother for dying when I was eleven. Or maybe its just part of being human, and coming to terms with myself.

One of the best things to come from this blog is the “outside world voice” is starting to sound different. Little by little, I am beginning to hear acceptance in that voice. Every once in a while approval drowns out disdain.

And that’s because of you.

You are helping me dissolve some of those words I heard as a kid. I’m beginning to let your voice take over and override words I heard as a young adult. And most importantly, I am letting my inner voice speak loudest.

So, thank you for that. I appreciate you and your kindness and encouragement to keep going.

Because of your help, I was awarded Blog of the Year for 2017 by Nepaliaustralian and I humbly accept such a distinguished award.

Best Blog 2017 goes to thecountdownto60.com

Thank you for reading, for commenting and for your acknowledgment. And thank you for voting for me too.

I’ll keep writing, and hopefully I can help you too, and we will do this together.

14 Comments

  1. Congratulations! I love reading your blog! Keep up the authentic writing!

  2. Your writing is fantastic and I am in awe of your progress and success in such a relatively short time – you inspire me!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2018-02-26 at 10:25

      Thank you Jessica! I really appreciate you and your support. Means the world…

  3. I hear those outside voices as well. Because I was never formally trained to write and most of the people I know, knows that fact – I feel stunted at times (especially from the ones closest to me). Congrats on your award! Maybe one I’ll get there too.

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2018-02-26 at 10:27

      Terri, I have had NO formal writing training either. Do NOT let that stop you. Just write from your heart and we will hear you.

      Thank you lady.

  4. Congratulation once again!!!

  5. Congrats on this award, Loretta! Keep speaking up and we’ll keep reading 🙂

  6. Woo Hoo! This is fantastic Loretta and so well deserved! I’m thrilled for you!!! I love your writing and the journey you take us on as well as getting to know you!

    Congrats my friend!
    Julie XO

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      2018-02-27 at 07:58

      Julie,
      Thank you so much. You are such a great encouragement to me and others. You have an infectious energy, my friend!
      X

  7. Great job. Keep them coming.

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