Who Is This Woman???

Thank you for stopping in!  My name is Tiffany and, if you haven’t figured it out yet, I am currently in the process of transitioning from male to female.  This journey has not been an easy one at times.  There have been ups and downs.  There have been highs and lows.  There has been acceptance I never imagined and unfathomable rejection.  There has been love and there has been hate.  However, despite anything negative that has happened…there has been so much personal growth, deepening of relationships, new friendships I never imagined and finding out how incredibly blessed I am to have some of the most amazing people in my life.  There is also the fact I have learned to love myself in ways I never imagined.

So why am I doing this?  Why am I putting pieces of my life here on a blog which the whole world can see?  First…it helps me to process what is going on.  This journey is anything but glamorous and it can be a complete emotional roller coaster.  Writing here helps me to sort out those feelings and work through them.  It helps me to put my own experiences into perspective.

Untitled 1Second…understanding what this journey is like is hard to explain to those who haven’t taken it.  I have viewed different blogs and discussion boards involving others who have transitioned.  Many of them seem overtly negative or try to glamorize the process yet fail to provide any substantial insight into this journey.  I know that understanding someone’s need to transition can be very difficult as gender identity is hard to explain to someone congruent in their body.  But maybe…just maybe…this will help give others a better picture of the emotional struggles and celebrations transitioning individuals experience.

I also hope that maybe my writings can help someone who is struggling with their gender identity learn to understand themselves and see what is possible.  Everyone deserves to be at peace in the their own body.  If this blog can help just one person to love themselves and find the strength they need to make their own journey, I will consider the effort a success.

I believe in time, this will also serve as a journal of sorts for me to look back on and go, “Wow!!!  Look how far I’ve come!”  That is one of my hopes because sometimes it can be so easy to forget what we have achieved when we are feeling down.