In case you missed all of my posts on Facebook, my blog post was featured on the Huffington Post Parent’s Section yesterday. To say I was excited, humbled, proud, and every other emotion would have been an understatement.
Not only was in an honor to be featured on the Parent’s Section, but to have that post that is so close to my heart featured made the honor even greater. It felt, and still feels, like I’m accomplishing something important. Not only for myself, but for every parent that experiences a premature birth or a NICU stay. I hope my words are reaching people who have never even heard the word NICU before.
I love the fact that I get to reach so many people every day with this blog, but the Huffington Post reaches such a huge audience. To think what that could mean for premature birth awareness…I just almost can’t.
But, how do I follow that up? What do I do now?
I wrote that post last week, and I haven’t posted another new post since then. Of course, I posted on Monday’s Micro Preemie Monday, but that was mostly someone’s else’s story for me to share. I’ve been actually a little scared to write again.
How can I go back to sharing my day-to-day life, my goals, my healthy eating tips, and my parenting struggles? It just seems so insignificant in comparison.
But really, it’s not. It’s my life, and that’s what life is. It’s a combination of huge life-altering experiences with a ton of small, sometimes mundane, details in between. Sometimes, those small, seemingly insignificant parts are just as important.
Like kisses from your kids.
Like that piece of dark chocolate after a day of no naps and lots of whining.
Like your husband’s face as he’s looking at your article on the Huffington Post.
All of those were pretty darn good. Actually great.
So, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to keep sharing whatever inspires me, whatever is on my mind, and even what is bugging me. I’m also going to keep sharing those beautiful micro-preemie stories, and sharing my emotional stories when I need to. Writing started as therapy for me, and it continues to be.
So, even if I’m never published on the Huffington Post again, it’s OK. I will keep writing, and I hope you will keep reading.
Cara Owens-Kindly Unspoken says
Congratulations! This is such an amazing accomplishment and you should be so proud! 🙂
Congratulations!! What a great accomplishment. There is always a let down after a big event but just savor that high as long as possible. 🙂
Dominique Garcia says
You’ve always been an awesome blogger. Be confident doll! You got this!! Congratulations again!
Kristin Longacre says
What an awesome story to have published on Huffington Post! Congrats!
How exciting to be on HuffPo! Congratulations. That’s a huge accomplishment 😀
Justine Y says
I love what you wrote, that’s what life is! Exactly! I am so excited for this accomplishment of yours, but everyday life is full of accomplishments too! Congrats a million times, you deserve it!
that’s great your were featured! cool! congrats!
Kimberly Cox says
Such an exciting accomplishment. Congrats. I would totally be in your shoes of the how to go forward, but you are 100% correct. Big things matter, but so do all the little things. The little things are what make us even more relatable and make others want to read. You are amazing, your blog is amazing, just keep on keeping on ???
It’s an awesome idea to post a follow up after such a huge accomplishment! Congrats!
Tiffany Austin says
So proud of you Shann! And it was an amazing piece! It’s also a great reminder that everything else does not pale in comparison. In fact, the every day is where it’s really at! You make such a difference in all that you do for other premie moms!
Travel Pockets says
Congratulations! It really is an incredible feeling to be featured on Huffington Post. Happy to hear that you’ll continue to tell your stories and looking forward to it!
Lindsay Katherine says
So proud of you and am very happy you got featured for that particular post. Now that you’re in, you’ll have pretty direct access to posting as you please.
Gina @ Sweet & Modern says
Congrats on your post!
Trish at Birdhouse Books says
What a wonderful and deserved honor! I love your blog and am so happy that the Huffington Post does, too.
Penny @ pennyspassion.blogspot says
Congratulations! It’s so cool your article was on Huffington. You go girl!
Jessica Hughes says
Great accomplishment! Thank you for sharing your story!
Marissa Pedersen says
Congratulations! That’s a huge accomplishment.
Kim Munoz says
I love day to day life posts! How awesome it must feel to have this honor! You deserve it!
Beth Shankle Anderson says
Congratulations on your publication! Tremendous accomplishment for you.
My Urban Family says
Congrats! 🙂 It’s such a great feeling to be able to get your voice out there 🙂