On April 30, 2016, after almost a year of planning, I launched @Thursday_Thrive, a web series featuring people’s personal stories of overcoming adversity. Our mission is to inspire people who are going through a difficult season by introducing them to someone else who has been there too.
We launched the site with four stories, including my own. Even after planning for a year to share my personal story publicly, I still had overwhelming fears about it.
Even though I could have shot my own story months before, I put it off until the very last week because it was just so hard to share my deepest and darkest secrets with everyone.
I really thought the hardest part of this whole thing would be pushing the button on my launch day. There was a lot of anxiety and breakdowns (and breakthroughs) before the launch, but truth is, the hardest days were the days that followed… when I received some backlash for what I had vulnerably shared from some people really close to me.
Since then, we have continued to feature new stories every other week on Thursdays but it is honestly really difficult to find new stories to share.
I have had so many people reach out to me who are excited and want to share their personal journey through life but end up canceling the shoot because as it turns out it is REALLY hard!
Truth is, I get it. I rescheduled my own shoot about 12+ times before I actually went through with it! Being vulnerable is one of the most courageous things you will ever do.
This chair, those cameras and lights aren’t for everybody. For those that are willing to share, my hope is that everyone else will rally behind them in support because being vulnerable deserves the utmost respect.
Will you courageously help to break chains for others by vulnerably sharing your #HalfTheStory or at the very least, tune into @thursday_Thrive bi-weekly on Thursdays to watch our stories unfold?