Friday, July 9, 2010

Your Comments Mean the world to me!

I will admit I often feel like everything I blog, unless it is a giveaway, is important to know one except me. My Mamavation posts get the comments from the same sistas each week and although they mean the world to me I just did not feel like I was reaching people.

Over this week with the voting of the Mamavation Finalists I have been shown just how WRONG I was. I will admit I usually hate being wrong but this time I will accept it graciously! I have received so many comments and emails of people telling me what my posts mean to them and how inspirational I am to people.

I will admit I am one of those people that does not see myself as much to anyone but my family. I know that to my kids and husband I am the world. I also know that to my mother-in-law I am the daughter she never gave birth to. To my sister and niece I am a rock in their troubled waters and to my mom I am a loving daughter who does all I can for her. That though is where my life outside of me ends. I mean how can me a mom of two boys that dropped out 2 months before graduation be anything other than me to anyone. I married early and divorced soon after. I gained twice my body weight during that marriage and when it was over my self esteem was in the royal throne. I did come to realize I mattered and my self esteem came roaring back yet I still did not feel I could be an inspiration.

I mean I am a stay at home mom of two boys. I do not work and I pinch pennies every way I can to allow us to have the things we need and some of what we want. I try to be the best mom and wife and everything to everyone that I can be. I know I am a GREAT friend and person but I still get hung up on the inspiration part. I mean this is NOT a self esteem issue. This is that I am just me. I tell what is going on in my life and what I am doing to make positive changes. I guess if I am an inspiration to you I will graciously accept it and continue to try to always reach that for my readers and friends. Please understand that so many of you are MY inspiration that it is hard for me to accept I could possibly be yours!

This is one comment I received on a forum I belong to and it touched my heart so much I wanted to share it. I am honest when I say this lady brought tears to my eyes.
Hi, I just wanted to send you a thank you. I have been following your blog for a while, and at first I was just skimming over your articles about your quest to get fit, but in the last month or so, they have really gotten me motivated. It is nice to see something from someone who is normal, not someone who has never struggled with weight, body image, or indulgences. It might seem silly, but I just wanted to say thank you and good luck on your adventure!

Thank you again to all my readers and friends (in real life and in online life)! If I am an inspiration to you and you think I could benefit from (and forward the knowledge to you) please vote for me to be the next Mamavation Mom. Go to the Mamavation Website and vote for all_about_savin. Also you can head over to this post and enter to win the Wii, IPod Nano 16GB, or Amazon Kindle.

From the bottom of my heart I thank you, each and everyone of you!!!



  1. Jess,
    You really are an inspiration! You have lost a whole person!! I love your positive attitude even when you don't want to be positive and,I love that you still make the time to support others in their endeavors whatever they might be. You were one of the first sista's to make me feel welcomed into the Sistahood on twitter and, my blog. For that I will always support you in whatever you need support in. I keep forgeting to go to your giveaway and comment about my entries but, please know even if I'm not commenting on the giveaway I am voting (supporting) for you as much as I can!!

  2. Hi! I'm new to your blog. I'm excited to read more about you. I find so many inspirational people through the web and glad I came upon you.

  3. Though I am fairly new to your blog and admittedly haven't read all your posts, I thought I'd share this. I was just chatting with one of my blogging friends the other night, and I was telling her how disappointed I was that my first giveaway that was for a $100 gift card had like, less than 10 entrants! I figured my readers who had been with me from the start would flock to it. She said she noticed the same thing; her giveaways often get less than 100 entries though she has almost 600 followers. What she realized is that a lot of her die-hard readers visit for the content, not the giveaways! People just don't always comment.

    Anyway, just thought I'd let you know! You probably do have tons of readers that just don't comment. So keep doin what you're doin, cuz you're doin it right! :P

    Cheap Geeks Anonymous

  4. More votes for you today!
    I hope that you win and can't wait to find out the results.

    IE vote and Mozilla vote

  5. Jess, I feel the same way! I can't wait until the day that I'm the inspiration that you are to people!!!!!

    LOVE YOU SO MUCH! :) Can't wait to seeeeeeeeeeeeee you!

  6. Hey Jess!
    I have really enjoyed your blog and it was actually the first "savings" blog i started following! So thank you for that!
    I read your post a lot but sorry I do not comment much!

    I wanted to say, being a mom is the most important job in the whole world! Do not worry about not having a job or finishing school! *Hugs*! Hold your head high and be proud of your high calling! Too many women have children and then let others raise them. But you know what is best for your children and you do not shrink away from the responsiblity of motherhood!
    Keep pinching pennies and inspiring others!
    God bless!

  7. Votes in IE and Mozilla for you today!

    Getting so excited to find out if you're the winner!!!!!

  8. okay, the above "voted today" post from me is for Sunday. :)

  9. Jess,

    Just wanted to let you know that I enjoy your blog and even though I might not post everytime I come on your site, I really enjoy it! :)


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