Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sharing Yourself With Others...

Yesterday I posted my first video of myself on the blog. It was hard for me to do this. I have a difficult time watching myself on video. I tend to become overly critical of myself- the way I sound, the way I look, is my house clean enough in the background, etc... It made me feel kind of raw and exposed to be putting this out there for the world to see, but at the same time it felt good. It was kind of freeing.

I tend to internalize. I don't really open myself up to people very much, which is yet another reason this blog is very therapeutic for me. Not only am I opening myself up to one person, I've decided to go for it and open myself up to the world all at once!

I received a wonderful comment from one of our readers that made it all worth it: "Awesome Video, Traci! I think what you are doing is brave and exciting. You are doing great and inspiring work! xoxo." This really made me smile and reminded me of how important it is to share.

Sharing is something I'm working on with my four year old. She's such a great big sister to her one year old little sister, but recently we've been having issues with sharing toys. She doesn't want to share anything and my one year old is very "grabby". Let's be honest here, if I was reading a magazine and someone came and ripped it out of my hands- I would not be too happy to share! So I understand how she feels- and it's even harder when the "something" you need to share is yourself.

Just like a toy, it's much easier to clutch onto what we think and feel and keep it inside. It's safer to keep things to ourselves. But when we open up and share we make connections and friendships and learn more about ourselves. Sharing yourself is really like giving a gift to someone else- and when when they open up to you too, you have found something priceless.

At 39 years of age, I still have to remind myself to share! I found this wonderful video below (for kids of all ages) on Yoga Mint about sharing and I'm happy to share it with you today. Namaste.


  1. My husband and I moved back to his hometown a couple years ago. It took me awile to make new friends (it's hard as an adult!). I have to continually remind myself to open up and share myself, I'm shy by nature, and it's a hard thing to do! It's nice to know other people feel the same thanks for sharing I can relate.

  2. It IS hard to make friends as an adult. I'm going to try to make some new friends at a new yoga studio that opened up around the corner from me. I see myself as shy by nature as well and that makes it harder to take that first step. But I feel like it's time for some new, more like-minded friends so I will just have to do it! :) Good luck to you, Lydia. I bet soon you will be surrounded by new friends.