Hi, my name is KariAnne.
And this is the post I was never going to write.
I’m still not sure I’m going to hit send.
You see….this is a decorating blog. I’m talking paint colors and DIY projects and smocked burlap curtains and Christmas decorating and how to paint a plywood sub-floor and remodeling a beach house.
And stories with happily ever afters.
I write and you read and we laugh and giggle and drink coffee together….
….and all the while I never mention the elephant in the room.
I have a weight problem.
And even though I’ve been working on it every day and I’ve lost almost 85 pounds……I’m crying as I look at that picture.
Tears are literally streaming down my face and getting the keyboard wet.
I’m crying for that girl holding up the earring and smiling.
I’m crying because she’s worried she might not fit into a theater seat or the seat belt might not stretch or the airplane seat might be too small. She’s standing in a store looking at those earrings because she couldn’t try anything on.
All the clothes were too small for her.
So she’s wearing her size 20 pants proudly and trying to look cute with her cardigan sweater and big earrings and smiling.
She’s smiling because she hopes no one will notice.
She’s hoping if she tells a funny store or makes someone laugh or acts like nothing bothers her….
…no one will comment on the elephant in the room.
Somethings have changed.
I don’t worry now about the theater seats or the airplane seat and I”m wearing size 10 pants and I’m buying every cute outfit that walks.
But I still struggle.
Every. Single. Day.
The chip aisle at WalMart sends out its siren song.
The McDonald’s drive through still wishes it was my home away from home.
Those Reese’s Peanut Butter Trees are calling my first. last and middle name.
And the road ahead is full of slippery slopes.
And so to keep it real. To help me stick to my journey and maybe…just maybe…..to inspire someone else along the way….
…..I wanted to share my story.
And so, in 2015, I’m partnering with 21 women for an eight week course to share our hearts and our faith and our journeys.
I’m telling my story on video. It’s raw and truthful and all about my weight loss journey.
Each of us has a story told from the heart and we are each sharing a creative project or idea as well. Painting, drawing, bread-making, guitar playing, entertaining and so much more.
And the best part? The course is FREE.
That’s right….it costs nothing.
The perfect price for talking about elephants in rooms. 🙂
Want to join us?
You can read more about the study….here.
To join this free study you just need to be registered at jeanneoliver.ning.com (registering is free).
1) Go to COURSES along the left hand side of the page
2) Go to the bottom of the course and click “view all” to find Becoming | The Unfolding of You
4) Click on Becoming | The Unfolding of You
3) Click the +join button on the upper right hand side
4) All of the details are on the page and you are all set for the study to begin on January 6, 2015