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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pour Your Heart Out: One Year Anniversary!

If you have never visited Pour Your Heart Out before, see THIS post for more information- but it's personal- it's what YOU think is pouring your heart out.

Again, just a brief reminder that everyone linking is pouring their hearts out and we should all be respectful in our comments. ;)


Just a quick note for this week's Pour Your Heart Out: because of the One Year Anniversary, there are prizes this week! Please see the Pour Your Heart Out prize post to see the fabulous prizes and thank the sponsors!

I can't believe that it's been one year since the first Pour Your Heart Out link up. When I started this, I knew it was something I could follow through with because I was writing these types of posts about once a week anyway, so I figured, why not add a linky and see if anyone else would like to join in!

And, thankfully- you did. Whether by linking up or by visiting other linkers. I feel like I get to know you so much better through these posts. And I love seeing the community, the support, in the form of comments and tweets on the posts- not just mine, but all who link up.

I could gush forever about how much it means to me to have you all participate. But, instead, I decided to let others speak for me today. I asked on twitter over the past few days for people who participate in Pour Your Heart Out and had them reply in a dm what PYHO means to them.

@mycrazybusylife: PYHO is a great place to tell the story you're afraid to tell & Shell is the perfect host making everyone feel welcome & loved. My Crazy Busy Life

@fromtracie: PYHO is all about realness. Truth and honesty. Sometimes raw...often powerful....always a good read.  PYHO is a safe place to share whatever is laying heavy on you. The support is real and heartwarming. It is a community. From Tracie

@MrsJenBardall: It's a comfort knowing I can pour my heart out once a week & find tremendous support, then be able to lend an ear to others who need it too. The Misadventures of Mrs. B

@brunerpartyof5: It's about being HONEST with your feelings, and ACCEPTING of other people's feelings. Bruner Family Travels

@mommakiss: I love reading PYHO because I can relate to so many of the
issues, and it feels like I'm not alone. Offering support when feels good, too. Momma Kiss

@southofsheridan: PYHO is a weekly safe haven in the online world: unlimited love and support from other women bloggers without judgment. South of Sheridan

@mama_rosebud: PYHO has given me the courage to be completely honest and really connect with others by reading their comments and posts in return. Cultivating Rosebuds

@JustHeather: Love it! Reading PYHO helps me peek into other moms' worlds to know I'm not alone here. It's heart wrenching & comforting at the same time. Heather Sokol

@babesrockinmami: I like getting feedback from positive ppl & being able to open up and get it out there. I also love reading everyone else open up.  It let's you see a side of people that they might not normally show but they feel safe because so many other people are sharing too. Babes Rockin Mami

@_mamajules_ It's a way to write heartfelt posts without getting judged and to seek support from others. Not that anyone should judge to begin with. All You Need is Love

@lifewithoutpink: I love reading because most of the stories touch me very deeply and you can get a real sense of who the person is behind the blog. Life Without Pink

@mamamarchand: I read because I love that others think the same way I do AND I participate because it gives me courage to say things I normally wouldn't. Mama Marchand's Musings

@StephanieG143: PYHO: A place to share your voice, your heart, your life. A way to connect, be heard, release, feel. A time to reveal, honor, respect, vent Got One Past the Goalie

@accidentallyhs: I read because: It's nice to read you aren't alone. They write what I don't have the guts to write. It's like blog group therapy. Accidentally Homeschooling

@singdwingangel: knowing that I am not alone.. and sometimes as a SAHM alone is a very common feeling... A Tall Drink of Sweet Tea

@SemiSlackerMom: It gives you support. All the comments lifting you up, meeting people going through the same things as you. Confessions of a Semi-Slacker Mom

@jmberrygirl: Some posts make me smile, while others make me cry. I enjoy reading the serious, heartfelt words. Many link-ups aren't so real. Becoming Briggs

@truthfulmommy: Pour Your Heart Out is where writers have the freedom to express their innermost hopes & fears to an engaged & understanding audience The Truth About Motherhood

Thanks to everyone who has been a part of PYHO! You are truly appreciated! I hope that you will link up this week- or, at least, check out some of the links!

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Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Congrats Shell! To me, PYHO is a safe place to share important pieces of yourself, knowing, that while everyone may not agree, they will be kind, respectful, and supportive above all else!

It's been a gift to participate!

March 16, 2011 at 7:24 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Linking up this week, thanks for providing a safe place for what I need to do so often.

March 16, 2011 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger The Mommyologist said...

Congrats on your anniversary! I was so happy to participate today...this is such a wonderful link up for people to be able to say what's on their mind without feeling judged!


March 16, 2011 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

Congrat's my friend!

What completely true and wonderful twitter dm's you received!

March 16, 2011 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

It's great that PYHO has made it a year, not like I ever thought that it wouldn't. I love the safe haven that this meme gives writers to express their deepest issues without repercussion. It's great to read what others have to say and comforting to be able to write these posts.

March 16, 2011 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Yippee!! Congrats, sweet girl! I think I successful linky is a big deal! We all this one b/c it's real, honest, bloggy goodness! It's my free weekly thereapy. It's a place I know I can be real, and almost always find someone who understands how I feel!

March 16, 2011 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger singedwingangel said...

Happy Anniversary Shell and love the quotes.. now off to write my post to link up today...

March 16, 2011 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Yay! Congrats, Shell. I really enjoy reading PYHO. :)

March 16, 2011 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

Congrats to you Shell! It's a wonderful feature you started and so many people look forward to participating and reading each week. I want to say you are an amazing woman, wife and friend. Like Mary said in her PYHO - everyone makes a difference :)

P.S. My kids have been really sick, but I am going to try my best to write a post and link up.

March 16, 2011 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger From Tracie said...

Congrats on one year!

I meant every word I said up there in my dm......thank you for building this community by sharing your heart each week and encouraging us to do the same.


March 16, 2011 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger The Empress said...

I always smile when I see the Pour Your Heart Out Button on a post.

I know it 'll be a true read, where someone is not pretending everything is perfect.

Thanks for bringing this space and opportunity to bloggers, Shell.

Happy Anniversary, to someone who has made a difference in so many lives.

March 16, 2011 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Mama Marchand said...

Congrats, Shell! WOO HOO! Happy to be participating again after a brief hiatus. :)

March 16, 2011 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Dolli-Mama said...

Congrats Shell! I can't wait to see how many people link up this week, I bet it's really huge!
Thank you for hosting this for the last 52 weeks. It means a lot to all of us.

March 16, 2011 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Erinsgobragh said...

I did my first PYHO and I feel really good about my post! To admit my addiction and get it out there! Thank you Shell! Happy Anniversary! :D

March 16, 2011 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger The Random Blogette said...

This is so exciting Shell! I love PYHO and I will be linking up later today. You have helped me open up and become a better writer in so many ways!

March 16, 2011 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Joann Mannix said...

I'm still on my blog break, but I had to come over and say, Congratulations, not only on your one year anniversary, but for adding something noble and worthy to the blog world.

Keep on pouring your heart out. Happy Pouryourheartoutversary, my darling, darling friend.

March 16, 2011 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Happy Anniversary, Shell! Thanks for providing group therapy every week. I love reading everyone's honest and real blog entries. It makes me feel like I'm not alone in this fight to find my best life. You are fantastic!

March 16, 2011 at 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Megan (Best of Fates) said...

PYHO is such a beautiful meme - congrats on one year!

March 16, 2011 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger kc said...

1 year of some of the most beautiful heart wrenching stories! Congrats...

March 16, 2011 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger T said...

Congrats on the anniversary! I'm glad I finally decided to contribute.

March 16, 2011 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Lady Estrogen said...

It's such a great outlet - I'm guilty of having not linked up yet; I have to remember to sync up my posts! argh!

March 16, 2011 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger pr0udmom0f3 said...

Congrats to you and PYHO for giving all of us a wonderful place of support, help and understanding.

March 16, 2011 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger KLZ said...

I really do love the truth of this meme. Thanks, Shell.

March 16, 2011 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger MommyLovesStilettos said...

This is really the only meme that I enjoy :) I wish I could link up more, but writing seems to be on the back burner lately. BUT - I linked up today :)

March 16, 2011 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Charlene said...

Congrats on your one year anniversary!

March 16, 2011 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I went pretty deep this time. I don't link up much, but when I do, it's a doosy. Yay for 1 year!

March 16, 2011 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Courtney K. said...

Congrats on one year!!! How exciting. And I think your purpose and reason behind PYHO is fabulous. People need a safe haven...people need to feel like others understand. You're giving the blog world something big by making that happen. :)

March 16, 2011 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Yay!! Congrats on the anniversary!!! Here's to another great year :-)

March 16, 2011 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Happy Anniversary!! Great feature!

March 16, 2011 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger Beth Zimmerman said...

Happy Anniversary, Shell! And many many more!

March 16, 2011 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Daisygirl said...

Happy 1 year anniversary PYHO!
Shell you are awesome and have brought so many of us together!

Happy Wednesday!

March 16, 2011 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

This really is a great thing you have here. :)

March 16, 2011 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Mandy said...

This is the first time I've ever been to this blog, I just love this idea. I hope to participate in the next couple of weeks!

March 16, 2011 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Andrea (ace1028) said...

Shell, I have been writing my post this week since Sunday. This is how important this link-up is to me. :) Thanks, mama. I think we're all truly blessed to have you as a part of our world, and to be able to Pour OUR hearts out with YOU.

March 16, 2011 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Emmy said...

Yes it truly is a great meme. Thank you for doing this and for you wonderful blog.

March 16, 2011 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Jenn @ South of Sheridan said...

Congrats again on reaching PYHO's first anniversary! :)

March 16, 2011 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Kmama said...

Congrats on the anniversary! I love that you asked others to tell you what they think of PYHO! I saw your tweets, but I was always in the middle of something, and forgot to ask you later.

Thank you for linking me up!

March 16, 2011 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

Congrats on your anniversary. Girl you're such a rock star. I'm in awe of the community you've built. You're a celebrity in your own right!!! How's it feel to be overflowing with awesomeness?!! Thanks for creating such an open community!

March 16, 2011 at 2:37 PM  
Anonymous Elena @NaynaDub said...

Happy 1 year for PYHO! I will have to join in soon! I have been doing Wordful Wednesday but this sounds fun as well. Love getting to know other moms (& dads) through communities like this!

March 16, 2011 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Helene said...

Really? It's been a year? Wow! This has to be one of the most popular memes I've seen around. I also don't link up often with memes but I've always loved this one because it allows me to have that outlet to put it all out there, with no worries about judgement or what others will think of me.

I'm so thankful for this meme!! you rock!

March 16, 2011 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Elaine A. said...

Congrats on one year - so wonderful! One of these days I need to participate. I want to but I kind of forget when it is. Too much going on in this ole brain of mine...

And from the tweets I can see what a wonderful thing you are doing here. Excellent job Shell - major KUDOS to you!! xo

March 16, 2011 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Just Another Mom of 2 said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! I know there will be plenty more as the links continue to expand and grow. It's a great place for bloggers to share their thoughts and emotions and really let it all out (okay, pour it all out!)

Here's to many more :)

March 16, 2011 at 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Leighann said...

Congratulations! I'm just learning of this meme now and will for sure be participating.
What a great place to let it all out!

March 16, 2011 at 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Galit Breen said...

Congrats Shell! What an amazing place you've created where women can talk, bond and share! Happy PourYourHeartOut-versary! :)

March 16, 2011 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Joy@TPMG said...

Congrats on your 1 yr PYHO anniversary! I always enjoying reading the PYHO posts and the honesty behind them. I think it is also wonderful how supportive bloggers are of each other.

March 16, 2011 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger WhisperingWriter said...

Congrats!! Happy year anniversary :) I always enjoy reading these posts.

March 16, 2011 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Lady Jennie said...

This is a really significant anniversary, I think. Congratulations - it helps a lot of people.

March 16, 2011 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger natalee said...

happy anniversary pour your heart out!!!!!!!!!!!! yay!!!!!!

March 16, 2011 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Babes Mami said...

Congrats Shell! So happy for you and your one year PYHO anniversary!

March 16, 2011 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

Look at all those Linkups! 77, at last count. Amazing! What a ministry you have provided Shell. We need a place where we can be open, honest, raw.

March 16, 2011 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Crystal Escobar said...

Shell, you've done such an amazing job at growing your blog. I love to see it grow and become even more successful. You are incredible!!!!

March 16, 2011 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger Rhiannon said...

congrats and thank you for creating a wonderful place for us to connect!!!

March 16, 2011 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Congrats on your one year anniversary! I wish I had more time to PMHO...I will have to link up again soon. Sorry I have been a lame PYHO friend/sister...:)

March 16, 2011 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Just found your blog...love, love, LOVE it!!! I look forward to "seeing" you here more often. :)

March 16, 2011 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger Not a Perfect Mom said...

how awesome for a one year annivesary! I am loving the posts so far, but man oh man, it's going to take me a few days to get through them all!

March 16, 2011 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger MommaKiss said...

one year already. dayum.

love ya girl!

March 16, 2011 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I really love this meme too Shell. Congrats on the one year. You deserve all these lovely comments. So glad I met up with you!

March 16, 2011 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger Rose Marie B said...

Thanks for the opportunity to read some amazing posts, leave some heartfelt comments and join this brave group of bloggers with my first PYHO post! I even used the help section to edit some html. I'm already learning new things from you! :)

March 17, 2011 at 12:16 AM  
Blogger The Mommy Mambo said...

Howdy! Sorry I haven't been by in a while. No excuses! Hope all is well!

March 17, 2011 at 1:10 AM  
Blogger The Blue Zoo said...

Wow! I cant believe its been a whole year!! Crazy. But this is a great link up, and it was such an awesome idea. You rock girl!

March 17, 2011 at 1:13 AM  
Anonymous Mommy Shorts said...

I am just finding out about this now— what an awesome thing you have built! Time will tell whether I ever have the courage to contribute.

March 17, 2011 at 1:33 AM  
Blogger We 2 Bees said...

Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the opportunity to link up! It's one of my favorite things to do and I love your blog!

March 17, 2011 at 1:41 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Happy Anniversary! I know I have never joined in...thought about it, but not sure I am ready for it yet. I admire everyone for sharing their stories!

March 17, 2011 at 3:28 AM  
Blogger DaisyGal said...

Happy Anniversary Shell, I'm sorry I'm late today, but I did link up.
thank you for giving us POUR YOUR HEART OUT, it's a wonderful place to be able to talk about whatever is on our minds/hearts. :)


March 17, 2011 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Charlotte said...

I have always looked forward to this feature of yours (and so wonderful to see so many of my other favorite bloggers get in on it over the past year). Congrats on one year of PYHO! You are such a great presence in this community, Shell. XOXO

March 17, 2011 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger blueviolet said...

Shell, I'm so glad you've had such wonderful twitter comments on your meme. There is a lot of emotion behind the posts and this is a great forum for airing those feelings in a safe place.

March 17, 2011 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

HOLY linky! I am late coming back to "catch up" on some posts. Yeah right! hHow am I gonna read all of these?? Thats' awesome! :)

March 17, 2011 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Ok, this is funny! I'm reading through the posts and just realized, I never linked my post up!! Oh my! I am really loosing my mind. LOL

March 18, 2011 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Luci Gabel said...

Wow, stopping by from SITS. What a cool blog!

March 19, 2011 at 11:28 AM  

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