I’m Naked in a Room Full of Strangers, But I’m Back

The Travel Belles, my new travel blog is now open!

When some of you heard me say I was starting a new blog about travel,  I bet you didn’t think I meant I was undertaking an extended outer space mission. But as with many journeys in life, you never know exactly what you’re getting in to until you step out and try.

So I’ve stepped out and  am trying.

It’s exciting and scary. Dreams along the lines of finding myself naked in a room full of strangers keep me awake at night. It taps into all my insecurity driven, perfectionistic, overthinking tendencies. During the many moments I feel like bopping myself up the head, I’m saying unlovely things to myself– things I wouldn’t slap on my worst enemy. Things along the lines of  “Who am I to be trying to do this when there are so much better, more worthy, more talented, more deserving women out there?” Except not so politely.

I had no clue I was still riddled with all that. No clue that I am a walking poster child for women in need of  this Marianne Williamson quote:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Other than that I’m having a blast. Seriously.

A week or so ago I was thinking about leaving Life in the Short Lane behind. But even though a blog does not a person make, I don’t see how it can be  cast aside any easier  than a part of my personality.

And I doubt visitors to a travel blog want to witness my bipolar blogging methods, of one day funny, one day, not so much.  Posting here may now come in fits and starts, but I’m sticking around.

When I started this blog, there were probably  around 50 clicks between the blogger dashboard, and going live.

I can safely say that with The Travel Belles there have been many more than that. Will you do me the honor of checking it out?

Much love,  xoxoxo


  1. says

    Wow best of luck in every way!! You are truly right, and the quote is spot on I think. We are all afraid of doing what we most want to do and being all we can be, I don’t know why.

    I worry about failure and change too though, dunno.

    I’ve been feeling change on my horizon lately, but can’t seem to get moving. Maybe I will find inspiration through you–Maybe other people will too, so yes you simply must keep your blog.

    Less than three,


  2. says

    It’s amazing. I’m submitting to you this weekend. HEY! Good for you!

    * I clicked the submission guideline link at the bottom of the “About” page and got a 404. BUT, the guidelines are clear under the writer’s guidelines tab.*



    • Margo says

      thanks so much, Suzanne – that means so much! And for telling me about the link too. I seriously can’t wait for you to submit something!

  3. land of shimp says

    I think one of the most powerful things we can do in our lives is to give ourselves permission to wait and see. I don’t mean that inactively. I mean, there’s no pressing reason to decide definitively about your blog. It’s yours, something that only needs to meet your expectations. You can treat it as you like, use it when you like.

    And we can check in as you go, wishing you luck :-)

    We don’t have to cast aside the known when we decide to change things. You are indeed powerful, powerful enough to choose what old you will incorporate with the new!

  4. says

    Haven’t been to your travel blog yet… I’ll have to check it out.

    Just letting you know that I’ve moved my blog, Blahwg! There is a link to the new location on the old page. Might as well UN-follow the old one… I won’t be posting there anymore. Didn’t want to lose you.

  5. says

    I’m off to check out the new site. Don’t lose this one though – it’s good to have a place where you don’t have a set theme – where you can be anyone and do anything you want. Plus this is in my reader and I find all the dead blogs in there annoying. Since I have zero motivation to delete them.

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