Last weekend, I had the pleasure of photographing Mariette. She reached out to me shortly after my last Inspirational Women Wednesdays post and I am so happy that she did. While my IWW series was originally intended to focus on female small business owners, that quickly changed after hearing Mariette’s story and reading her blog, Those Four Little Words. Mariette inspires me because she has taken personal life experiences and developed a community of individuals with similar ones (yet each different in their own way) to relate, share unique stories, support one another, and at the same time, allow her followers to gain an understanding of life after adoption.
Tell us a little about Those Four Little Words.
Those Four Little Words is a blog that features adoption stories. I was adopted at the age of three from Haiti and grew up in Canada. In the following years, my parents adopted four more children from Haiti. I am fascinated by the stories of families who decide to adopt and the stories of individuals who are adopted.
I decided on the title of the blog because I start off each interview with “Tell Me Your Story…” To me, I love how those four little words can be so powerful. I’ve interviewed people who’ve said they never thought their story was worth sharing, and I’ve also had readers email me saying how inspired they were reading other adoption stories. My mission is to share all different perspectives of adoption because no two adoption stories are the same.
What pushed you to start your own blog?
I’ve been wanting to write for some time. In December, I sat down to write my goals for 2014. Every year I write down “publish my writing” but I always put it off. I always thought I didn’t have the time, but when I started adding up the unproductive hours I spent online, I knew I could find the time to write. So on New Year’s Day I said to myself, “Instead of writing this goal one more time, just do it.” I sat down at my computer, figured out the name and layout, and emailed my sister for my very first interview. The first blog post was published on January 6th, and since then I have been amazed at the positive feedback and support.
What do you hope to accomplish with your blog?
I hope that people will read the blog and get a better understanding of what adoption means to different people. It’s actually a very complex issue. Adoption has many layers on both sides because any time you are creating new families there are emotions that run deep. Anyone who has adopted or has been adopted has a unique story. I know I’m not the first person to tell adoption stories, but I do feel like my blog has a very personal feel to it. You get to know a little bit about my journey as an adoptee, as well as the individuals featured in each story.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by anyone who decides to pursue what they are passionate about, whether they make it a full time job or a weekend hobby. But I am especially inspired by women who make room in their lives for what they love. Every woman is different, but I think there is a tendency for women to get married, have children, and lose their identities. So I’m absolutely inspired by women who are writers, teachers, entertainers, athletes, or business owners, in addition to being fantastic mothers. I hope my son and daughter will look at me one day and be inspired by my pursuit to live a full life.
What advice would you give to someone who is interested in starting their own blog?
For anyone looking to start their own blog, I would say “just do it.” I don’t know if there is really ever a perfect time to start something, and if you always wait for the perfect time, it may never come. I would also tell them not to compete with other bloggers. It can be discouraging to start out and expect to see the same results as someone who has been blogging for years. You have to do it because you really love it. There will be days when you don’t want to write or you feel like giving up because you feel like no one is reading. Remember why you started and focus on that. It sounds contradictory, but you have to write for yourself first. Write what you like, and sooner or later people will come along for the ride.
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