Of course, something stems me, and I write a blog.
I was made fun of. I cried – hard – after I saw this woman make fun of me. She made fun of something she assumed I wrote. She made fun of my face. What affected me the most? Making fun of my face. I’ll tell you why. One, I am confidant in my writing and my skills. That’s math. Numbers don’t lie This week, my blog was read in 15 different countries, and in 41 states. This year? It was 54 countries and all 50 states. United States #1 – England #2 – Australia and New Zealand tied for #3. Another place that my blog is read and followed a lot? Nepal. So crazy.
Two, I am transparent. My Facebook page is public. I hide nothing. So everyone can come and see what they want to see. Of course, I use filters. I also retouch. I get pimples. I get dark circles. I never hide that. I’ve seen this woman numerous times in real life. Her profile pic is beautiful. It is also retouched. And why in the world would you not put the best photo of yourself out there. Be clear – I am not throwing shade. I am saying if you like your pic filtered and it makes you feel better? Filter it! I often say, publicly – that my makeup routine mimics that of a successful drag queen. And I love it. I also love my face scrubbed and clean. ? There are a ton of photos out there of me with no filters and no makeup. Again. My Facebook page is public. I don’t hide a thing about my appearance.
Another transparent moment? I hate the fact that I don’t have eyebrows or eyelashes. I hate it.
But I was called ugly. That I filter my pics. I was told that I write on a third-grade level. The third-grade level comment didn’t phase me. One – that is just false. If she isn’t capable of reading it – that’s on her – but I have been published numerous times, (twice in two scientific journals), along with this blog-so that part didn’t hurt me. That’s like telling Pavarotti he can’t sing. You might not like it, but that does not mean that he isn’t talented.
But I am self-conscious of my face. I have clear eyebrows and they are few. I also do not have eyelashes. After I had chemo, they never came back in. So yeah, that hurt me because she literally took the one thing that I can’t do anything about – the thing that I can’t help – and made fun of me for it. To be fair, she probably didn’t know that I had cancer. But key point – you never know – so don’t be mean. Below is a slide show, click through. Two filtered. Rest unfiltered. All on Facebook or the blog. Scroll down though guys, there’s more.
All of this done, by a woman that I had done nothing to but been kind. And why? Because I won’t crucify or slam someone. I am made fun of – because I give grace. I am made fun of – because I will not girl gang up. There were so many other assumptions, that were completely wrong. It was gossip. Literally it said, “I can’t confirm” – well if you can’t confirm, you shouldn’t be speaking. If you want to know – you can email me. Call me. I will tell you everything. And let me tell you something – it was so apparent that this woman had focused so long on my life, and trying to figure it out, it blows my mind.
And in the big scheme of things, by her being a “mean girl” – she literally helped me more than she can ever know. The outpouring of love and support was huge. I have a great group of women that are around me and build me up every day. But this went way beyond that. I knew that Michelle, Tamara, Rachel, Crystal, and Jenn – those girls got my back. This was over 300 – READ THAT – 300 PEOPLE. Over three hundred people took the time to comment, text, or dm me. I am so grateful. So freaking grateful.
Unfortunately, through her selfish comments – she hurt a few people. But the ones she intended to hurt, she actually lifted. Funny how that works.
Now, lets get down to what I want to say. This woman speaks Christianity. Offers prayers for others. She does not look like me. She does not talk like me. She just does not. But please do not judge a book by it’s cover.
I have bleach blonde hair. Sometimes it has looked like a rainbow. I have tattoos. My clothing style is just that – MY STYLE. I like what I like and how I like it. I know people talk about the way I dress. Talk about my hair. Ask anyone who has ever been out with me in public, every single time, this is said, “I love your hair”, “I wish I had the courage to do that”, or “You look like Pink!” This past weekend, I literally had a guy run up to me, because he got excited because he thought I was. And I love Jesus. Why? Because I have made mistakes, and I have been given grace. I have not known how I would function the next day, and he got me up. Jesus is the one who got me here today. Jesus is the one who has taught me radical grace, and radical non-judgement. And my number one goal, it create a life, and a story – of just that.
I promise, I will never judge you. I will always be a shoulder to cry on. I will call you out on your trash. And I accept being called out on mine. And I will grow and learn from it. But my only request, is that people need to be more accepting. People need to be more accepting of others growing and learning from their mistakes.
It’s one thing to call people out on their crap, but once they accept it and begin to learn and grow from it – you we need to be accepting and lift them up. So right now – publicly – I am calling her out on her crap. And at the same time, I want to lift her up. I believe she is better than this. Maybe she doesn’t have enough friends. Maybe she was excited to be involved in gossip. I don’t know.
I have all the photos of the messages. And it being Facebook, it shows the name, and the profile pic. I could post it. I could send it to her employer. I could say this is the way this person talks about parents and people she whom she does not know. I could cause pain and hurt in her community. Complete shock in her community.
But I won’t. Why? I don’t want to ruin her testimony to others – the way she ruined her testimony to me. I do not want her family to be hurt by my actions, the way she hurt mine. I don’t want to ruin her reputation. And the meanness, just would. Six people (besides myself) – 5 who know her and one who doesn’t – has seen the messages. (Well seven, but I don’t know that person). The five who knew her – were floored. Floored. Michelle, the interceptor, was shocked.
So as a person who loves Jesus.
I don’t team hate. Ever. I listen to people. You want to know why? I have been on the other end of mean girls over and over. You don’t know what someone has been through. You do not. In the past few months – I have been called so many horrible names. Made fun of. Had my intelligence insulted. And every night, I go to bed with peace. Because I know I have loved as I am called to love, I have given as I have been called to give. I have been real. I have been factual. And I have been transparent. I have never been a victim of my own choices, I have championed all my mistakes into growth.
That doesn’t mean, that I don’t want to punch some people in the face. It doesn’t mean, that I don’t struggle with literally posting everything and I have, and say let’s go.
What that means though, is that I won’t.
Romans 12:19 says, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”
So, today I choose happiness. I choose productivity. I choose to love people and lift them up they way they did for me. I choose love. I choose peace. And I choose prayer for those who hurt me. I added some more stuff for you to see, some texts and dm’s from some amazing people. Let’s find the positive in the negative.
And to tie in the title and image? Google that crow.
Don’t be that guy. LOL!
Love fully. Live fully. Shine on.