Last August at BlogHer I went to a panel on women and money. I got up to speak about living an authentic life financially and how we really try to do that around here because when we didn’t, we ended up eyeball deep in debt and plenty of despair.
There was an editor from Huffington Post in the room that day. She came up to me afterward to say she appreciated me speaking and would like to hear stories like mine on HuffPo because she assumed a lot of women would relate. In fact, that day there were quite a few women who came up to me to tell me they related. It was a great day and she gave me her card and I left full of promise.
Then I never followed up. I mean, it’s the Huffington Post, real writers write there. Not little old me. Also, it’s the Huffington Post. It’s one thing to share your secrets with your personal blog readers and even sometimes those who venture to your page on Yahoo. But exposing my dirt to the Huffington Post? Well, thanks but no thanks.
MOnths later, She contacted me. Huh? She was still interested? Clearly, this story resonates. Clearly, I’m not getting away with hiding anymore. Clearly, I can’t say no to writing for an online presence I respect so much.
So I wrote. She edited-asking for more personal. So I wrote some more. There were some cuts made (like it wasn’t just credit cards but a crazy move and house situation that didn’t help) but it was left nearly in tact and the story almost completely the facts.
It’s out. The article is live.
I hope commenters over on HuffPo aren’t too nasty. I hope someone reads it and feels less alone. I hope someone reads it and is reassured that you can get through it. If I can, anyone can.
That’s what I hope my dirty laundry reveals.
IF you want to read the article in it’s entirety, click here. Then feel free to leave a comment. Already read it? Feel free to go back and comment on it! If they see people are reading, maybe they’ll even let me do it again!
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