Giving away even small pieces of yourself at a time will eventually leave a big hole in your heart.

I’ve always hated seeing friends lose part of themselves when they met a guy. One thing I initially liked about my first serious relationship was that I was unapologetically myself, whether or not my ex liked it. I stayed true to my values and didn’t get rid of any of the activities that made me happy; I simply added my boyfriend to my life instead of working everything else around him. Being myself regardless of where I am or who I am with has always been one of my strengths.

Towards the end of our relationship, though, I lost so much of myself. I compromised on morals that I held close to my heart to try to fix a broken relationship, I gave up on several of my own dreams, and I decided my boyfriend was not only the most important thing in my life, but he became the only thing that was important to me. Since our love story was clearly coming to an end I felt crushed. I could never fully concentrate on anything that was going on in my life in Virginia because my mind was always with him.

When we broke up I quickly snapped back to reality (Oh, there goes gravity!) and realized I never wanted to become so lost in someone else that I, in turn, lose myself again.

This is easier said than done once you’ve given so much of yourself to someone else. Dating again was refreshing, but I have made an incredible effort to stay self-aware in every relationship that I have cultivated — whether it is with a guy I go on one date with or someone I am hoping to be exclusive with one day.

The new harmful pattern that had developed in the last few months with my ex shined brightly with the first guy I liked since we broke up. It happened with the handsome athlete from school and I noticed it as soon as I began to backslide. You see, this particular gentleman had seen my blog and absolutely hated it. He told me that he thought it was a terrible idea to write about my dating life and that he thought I was “better than that.”

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Dang it, I thought, If he doesn’t like my writing every great guy out there is going to hate it too!

I quickly began to rethink my decision to write about dating. Even though I didn’t want a relationship anytime soon, I did eventually want to meet someone. I was afraid that if this sweet, classy guy judged me for writing about my experiences that every single “good guy” out there would feel the same way. After going home and really meditating on it, I decided that I would just have to eventually find a different gentleman who actually did enjoy my writing and would be okay with the fact that I am so open about my life. This didn’t mean that he would be need to love being written about, but he at least couldn’t be someone who would judge me harshly for something I genuinely love to do. This particular man just wasn’t the right fit if he didn’t understand my writing, sense of humor, and ultimately the intentions of my heart.

Single In The Suburbs has become something that’s important to me and although I’ll give up the “single” part of my life one day, I won’t give up the things that I value, such as sharing my life experiences and trying to help others — whether it’s through my sense of humor or sharing mistakes I have made in my own life.

I am a huge advocate for being comfortable in your own skin and not changing just so people will like you more. The right people will love you for the things that make you unique, and the others just aren’t people who are meant to be a big part of your life.

Today’s lesson: One of the best ways to find the right people to surround yourself with is being unapologetically you and paying close attention to who sticks around. There is not a single person in the world who will be liked by everyone; no matter how nice or thoughtful you are, there will always be haters. The more genuine you are, though, the easier it will be for you to find relationships that will be a good fit for you. As Oscar Wilde once said, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

17 thoughts on “(Be)a(you)tiful

  1. I am so glad that you didn’t give up your writing because of that guy. Change and adjustments are inevitable when you get into a new relationship. You’re going to have to learn to compromise. However, you should never have to compromise or give up the most important things to you.

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  2. For some reason, when I read this, “Giving away even small pieces of yourself at a time will eventually leave a big hole in your heart”, I knew I would relate to this post in so many ways. As I’m trying to handle my own relationship in life, I can easily reflect on the many, many things I have changed about myself that I no longer like. I miss who I used to be, and granted, on some level I can never get some of it back, there are some basics I need to return to.

    Thank you for this post, this is truly inspiring! And I’m going to re-blog it, I hope that’s okay…

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    1. Thank you so much for reading, and of course you can reblog it! I am honored. šŸ™‚ I think a lot of us get lost in a relationship at some point in life, but I also think some of the things you miss about yourself you can either get back again or learn from (and ultimately grow from). You seem like a great person, and I’m looking forward to following along your journey with you! šŸ’•

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  3. Reblogged this on Tarnished Soul and commented:
    I can’t help but re-blog this post from someone else. I found what she wrote here to have some value that I can relate to in tremendous ways.

    I think one thing I need to change more than anything is to be authentically me.


  4. I love this and your honesty, he sounded like a tit to be honest that guy you are so much better without!! The right guy will come alone, I think people come around when you’re not looking for them! Xx


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    1. Hahah oh my gosh! Are you British? I absolutely love the way you write! šŸ˜šŸ‡¬šŸ‡§ This comment just made my day. And I agree completely; of course as soon as I wasn’t looking for someone an amazing guy popped into my life. I’m certainly not complaining though! šŸ™‚ Thanks for reading šŸ’•


  5. That’s so true, people shouldn’t be anything but themselves! It may be hard to wait but if you do you’ll find the right person, and it will be some of the best times in your life. I love the quote too, it’s great!


  6. Oh I’m so happy you didn’t give up this blog! I love reading all your adventures and it definitely inspired me to try out dating. I really love today’s lesson! I’m doing my best to stay true to me and be as up front as I can be šŸ™‚ Thanks for all your honest and inspiring posts! šŸ™‚

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