Day 366 – Break Open The Bubbly

8 HUGS, 2 children, 6 adults (1 husband, 1 waste disposal employee, 2 MDP&A employees, 2 Harris Teeter employees)

I. Did. It. 366 days of hugging. 366 days of blogging. Ok, I can’t help myself. WOO HOO!!! I did it! It was very fitting that my segment for the WRAL morning show’s “Good Things” section aired today. (missed it? See it here.) I even had the opportunity to watch it with one of my huggees from the segment (she watched it on her computer while getting my tax papers together). That was actually pretty special.

I spent most of the day in denial. The year can’t possibly be over yet. I still remember how anxious I was at the beginning of the year wondering how I could possibly find things to talk about every day for 366 days. I remember feeling anxious over being so vulnerable with people. I remember having butterflies every day wondering if I would have the courage to ask people for hugs. I am not sure the exact day this changed, but it did. Instead of feeling anxious I started looking forward to finding out what I would write about every night. I started looking forward to expanding my comfort zone and allowing others to get to know the real me. My favorite part is that hugging became a natural extension of my means of communication. I stopped questioning whether I should or shouldn’t hug. “May I give you a hug” became my way of completing a conversation with someone.

I am forever changed and I am so grateful for that. I am not sure what direction my life will go in next, but I will continue to hug. And, yes, I will continue to blog about it (just not every day…geez, you didn’t think I could keep that up did you?). I am excited to see where life will take me next. Other than to the kitchen where a bottle of champagne is waiting for hubby and I to celebrate my year of hugs.

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.


6 thoughts on “Day 366 – Break Open The Bubbly

    • Funny you should ask. I planned on starting on May 1. Makes sense to start at the beginning of a month and I came up with the idea on April 10th. When I told my girlfriend about it on the 13th, she said, “Why not today?” So it began. 🙂

  1. Dear Melinda: I just watched your interview and shared it with some of my co-workers. You look beautiful. Be proud of all the lives you’ve touched. What a wonderful year for you and all of us who shared in your hugging experiences.

  2. Hi Melinda! My sister and brother-in-law are Rochester Schmitt-relatives and your link ended up in my inbox 🙂 Congratuations on exceeding your goal, and more importantly on positively touching so many lives! You go girl! I really hope others are touched by this and that it is contagious… hugs from Rochester, New York! Nancy

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