hello and welcome.

Hello all you lovely people!  Thank you so so much for taking time out of your day to check out my new site.  I am so excited (and a little scared) to officially enter the wonderful world of blogging!

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For those of you who don't know me, hello there!  My name is Megan.  I am (almost) 25 years old, married to my absolute best friend named Jake, and kinda a goof ball when you really get to know me.  

I am an introvert through and through which can be rough because it feels like I am surrounded by and bombarded by outgoing, extroverts.  Plus on top of being an introvert, as much as I hate to admit this, I'm rather shy.  I'm the quiet wallflower you see sitting in a corner at parties.  I can kinda handle small get-togethers.  One on one conversation is the bomb.  But I sometimes just struggle at socializing.  I get overwhelmed in large-group-get-togethers or at times just large groups in general (like for real, my heart races, I get all shaky and look for the nearest exits ha ha).  I don't think very many people know this/realize this about me.  They probably think I'm just like anti-social or a hermit or something. 

I'm not totally weird about being around a lot of people though.  I worked retail for six ish years and I think I was a hecka good cashier.  I really loved my job.  I always try to be super friendly and love meeting new people and helping others.  It is just kind of scary and hard sometimes being a shy timid introvert.

Anyway, I have rambled about that for way too long and I'm not entirely sure what the point of mentioning all of this is.  I mean I'm not telling you any of this because I want you to feel sorry for me or anything.  I'm writing this down mainly because it's kinda embarrassing and I feel like maybe not very many people know this about me.  It feels like a heavy weight I carry around.  I just needed to get it out in the open once and for all.  

I'm tired of feeling like who I am at my core is not okay because I live in a world designed for extroverts.  I'm tired of being told to change myself to fit in, being told to stop being so quiet by strangers (and family and friends).  I'm tired of feeling weird or out of place.  I'm tired of feeling like I don't fit in.  I'm tired of comparing myself to others.  I'm kinda just tired in general.

I am who I am and I can't change that.  And quite frankly I don't and shouldn't want to. 

So anyway about a couple of weeks ago, I was pondering hard core about what direction I wanted my business to go.  You see, I was hand crocheting and knitting scarves, beanies, boot cuffs, etc. and running an etsy shop called One Loop at a Time, which I loved.  But I just didn't know what to do with that name.  It didn't seem like it would take me anywhere.  I felt like I could keep making new items and add them to my shop but I wanted more.  I wanted to feel inspired.  I wanted a cause.  

Around that time, the words "be brave" kept popping up on social media.  Multiple people posted pictures to instagram containing that phrase.  It showed up on my twitter feed, pinterest, facebook.  Call me crazy but I felt it was a sign.  An answer to my prayer.  That I needed to be brave.   

And thus Darling Be Brave was born.

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I want to feel brave enough to embrace all my quirks and weird traits.  To be me without any shame or embarrassment.  I want to be brave enough to be quiet if I feel like being quiet.  I want to be brave enough to talk to people if I feel like talking.  I want to be brave enough to wear red lipstick and big floppy hats.  I want to be brave enough to create crazy, bold things and add them to my shop.  I want to be brave enough to live my life the way that I want.  I want to be brave enough to be me even though I feel like who I am is way different than everyone I know. 

So what if I suck at social gatherings and never know what to say.  So what if I'm a little awkward.  So what if I sometimes get overwhelmed by silly things like shopping at Walmart on a Saturday afternoon.  Those things don't really matter.  What does matter in life is that I have the most amazing, incredible, understanding, kind husband that ever existed and I'm truly lucky to have him as my best friend.  Together we have the cutest puppy (my bestest little buddy) who keeps me company during the day while the husby is at work.  We always have what we need and I've got a pretty dang good family.  As Prison Mike from The Office would say,  I "got a good life". 

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This blog is to help me embrace (and to be more open with) who I am and to hopefully help others to embrace themselves as well.  It's to help get me out of my shell, help me to do more things that I've always wanted to do but been afraid to.

This blog is to help me document my life.  Lifestyle blogs are my absolute favorite.  They are what I am drawn to so fair warning that is most likely where this blog will end up.

This blog will probably have a little diy element to it as well.  My husband and I love a good diy project and we just bought a cute little home a little less than a year ago.  It was built in the seventies and looks like it was remodeled (ish) in the nineties and needs a little loving and updating.  We've got lots of projects in mind to class this place up so I'll be sure to post when we do.

I am an avid crocheter and knitter so this blog will show my creations and I might even share a tututorial or two.

And lastly, this blog will keep you updated on the happenings of my etsy shop, darlingbebrave.  I plan to offer etsy advice and help whenever I can (but to be honest, I've been at this less than a year so I don't really know what I'm doing).   I'll share any tidbits of knowledge I obtain though because I personally know just how hard it is to get a shop going (a lot of frustrated tears those first few months).  I just want to help any fellow etsy-ers in anyway I can. 

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So basically if you want to read a blog about an awkward introvert who runs an etsy shop, is obsessed with crocheting and knitting, is trying to remodel a house the most affordable way possible, and has an awesome (might I brag super handsome) handy man husband and the worlds cutest pit bull named Lexi, welcome! Lovely to have you here!  I plan to post weekly so check back!

- Megan xoxo