Introducing: The Overshare Project™
Hi I’m Jess, and I’m a chronic oversharer.
I’ve always been this way. Ever since I was a kid I’ve been an open book. I’d tell you anything, no matter how personal, if I thought it would make you feel understood and less alone. People would tell me I was naive, over trusting, and gullible, but I never saw this as a fault.
I think this is one of the reasons I was drawn to becoming a life coach and using my voice on social media. Give this Leo the spotlight and a way to let everyone know we’re ALL weird, awkward, and supremely lovable, I’m in heaven. What I didn’t expect though, was that becoming a coach would make my perfectionism flare up. Oh yes, I’m perfectionistic AF. Not one of my best qualities, but I love that about myself anyway. I ended up feeling torn between wanting to be authentic and vulnerable but also feeling the pressure to show up like I always had my shit together. I worried that if I got too vulnerable, people wouldn’t take me seriously as a coach, and they’d go hire someone else who seemed more put together. Classic case of heart vs. ego, amiright?
I lived in this paradox for 3 years until I hit a wall. I wanted to express myself in a deeper way, a more real way. I wanted to be more creative. I wanted to stop worrying about everything all the time. I wanted my business to feel fun again. And most of all, I wanted to be truly SEEN.
The biggest lie I ever told myself was that I had to be different to be good enough, so I decided to tell myself what I tell all of my clients: The way I will best serve people is by being exactly who I am in this moment, as-is.
The Overshare Project was born from this truth. This blog is where I’m going to let my walls down and spill it all. Perfectionism just takes too much energy to keep up with (and is pretty boring anyway). As I’m writing this, my heart is pounding and my throat is tight, but the Universe keeps nudging me towards the edge of this cliff so it’s time to jump.
Vulnerability can feel terrifying if we believe there’s anything we can do to become undeserving of love. And everyone feels this at one point or another.
Shame is universal, but so is love.
My intention with the Overshare Project is to not just bare my own soul to you, but to give you a place to bare yours as well. I don’t want this blog to just be about me; I want to use this platform to share YOUR stories, too. If you have a story to tell that you know the world will benefit from hearing, you can submit it to email@example.com for a chance to be featured on The Overshare Project blog. There is only one rule for submissions: They can’t be anonymous. You will find power in vulnerability when you find acceptance within yourself. It’s time to make vulnerability sexy AF. When you share your heart publicly, you build connection, give a big middle finger to shame, and you heal the world.