I started this blog under an alias that all of you have come to know me by, Marie Danielle. My reason for the alias and certain amount of anonymity, was due to some people in my life at the time who were seeking to cause problems and purposly create conflict. Their favorite way to do this was browsing the internet and twisting my words and actions. I was tired of being hurt and ruined, so I just stopped blogging and pretty much gave up on social networking altogether. After awhile, I decided to start Marie Loves under an alias. I could blog my heart out and just be myself without worrying who would judge my actions or twist my words. It has been a beautiful journey, almost two years now! I have made many friends, and come to love all of my followers so much. I fell in love with blogging even more than I had been before, it has become my creative outlet, a source of motivation and encouragement. The anonymity of it gave me freedom to just be me. And the experience has been so rewarding!
I have given this a lot of thought and decided that I'm going to let go of my anonymous status. It's not easy and I'm more than a little nervous about the reaction I'll get! But I want to be able to share more of my beautiful life with all of my beloved friends and readers by opening up. All of those previous troublemakers are still in my life. Sometimes you have to learn to live with it! I am sure that someday one of them will stumble here upon my blog only to start new rumors and gossip, but I am no longer scared. I am a child of the King and I live my life to glorify Him. No, I am not even close to being perfect! I have a lot of shortcomings and I will continue to recognize that. But you know what, being imperfect doesn't scare me at all. That simply means that I am a work in progress. I probably always will be! :) I will make mistakes, I will fail, disappoint, and make wrong decisions. But that is life. And that is okay! I guess you could say, that I'm finally ready to come out of my shell. :)
I'm still going to go by Marie Danielle online. It's something that I've gotten used to and a part of me I'll always love. Plus, it will be a lot less confusing for all of my blogging pals. ^_^ But in case anyone would like to know, my name is Arielle. And this is me.
(ahem. me and my husband to be exact. I didn't have any photos of just me!)
(beautiful photograph by my talented friend and photographer, Katielynn!)