1 New Hug (childcare employee at O2 Fitness)
So many of you have been with me throughout this journey and I want so much to share with you what going viral feels like. Every time I open an email or look at the comments on my blog there are new ones. I have people I don’t even know sending me friend requests on my personal Facebook page. (I appreciate every single one, I just prefer to keep that page personal and private. If you are interested in me and my journey, please follow my Facebook page for My Year Of Hugs.) I have already done 2 radio interviews, have another request for one and a shoot with NBC-17 in Raleigh on Friday.
Hubby has spent hours at night searching where my story has landed. Friends and family have sent me messages of where they have seen me. I have received tweets and so much love from so many places. On the flip side, there are also some pretty nasty things being said about me. Those I try to avoid at all costs. The good hands down outweighs the bad. How has all of this made me feel? Elated with each awesome message of love. Anxious trying to keep up with the news. Tired from making sure I respond to each person that cared enough to reach out to me. More loved than ever by a hubby so excited and proud of me. Proud of myself knowing that my message of love has been so well received.
At times I have thought that I need to bring myself back down to earth (because my feet have barely touched the ground in 2 days). But, then I made the realization that this too, as with everything in life, will pass. I want to enjoy this moment to the fullest. I want to be elated. I want to fly high on emotions. I want to ride this wave. I want to cry with joy and scream with excitement. But most of all, I want to continue working at inspiring as many people as possible with my hugs. I can do all of that because when this passes, nothing will change. I will still hug and I will still have a beautiful, bright future ahead of me. So tonight, I celebrate and I invite you to join me. Cheers!
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.