I too was teased relentlessly through the early years of high school about my weight. However, unlike Mandy, I WAS heavy... still am. I could say it scarred me or ruined my self esteem and all that fun stuff that happens to you when your terrorized by your peers. But it eventually made me a force to be reckoned with that can take on anyone or anything.
I caught myself questioning the validity of my blog when everyone was talking about BlogHer. Not to mention that I have many other people in my life that don't get it. They wonder why I would want to spend all that money on something for my blog that not only makes no $$$ but has very few followers. So I've started telling them that it's something I enjoy... and don't I deserve to take a couple of fun filled days for myself? Afterall, I DO spend my days washing everyones clothes, cleaning OUR house, raising OUR child, trying to run a business from home to pay OUR bills. I don't go out, I don't get to party, I don't really have anything I do regularly for myself besides TWITTER, ETSY, AND MY BLOG. I LOVE MY BLOG! However "lame ass" people think it is. So, I'm going to do my best to get to BlogHer next year. Come hell or high water.
Oh ya, and what my peers didn't realize in junior high that is quite obvious now, is that I'm foxy as hell. BAH!!