Thank You for Believing in Me

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This post probably is more suited for Thanksgiving, but it wasn’t ready to go then. Thus, I’m keeping the thankful spirit alive this week and, I hope, every week.


Write Right - Speaking EngagementsI sometimes forget how far I’ve come in the past year. This year has had difficult moments, but last year? Last year was a year of brokenness. The breaking was necessary. I needed to be stripped of certain things, namely a relationship and some clients. It only was through losing those things that I became teachable. I learned what I would and would not accept in a relationship, both personally and professionally. I learned where I did and did not need to change  – alas, I probably am more stubborn than I ever was. I also learned what it was that I wanted and was meant to do, and it was to draw and write and to help people become better communicators.

This year, though, has tested that certitude. I’ve had more days where I question what I’m doing than I care to count. I’ve had some days where I threaten demolition to Write Right. Even thinking the thought makes me wince; it seems like a betrayal. I don’t think Write Right is done, at least not yet. It will have to be tweaked in some ways, but it isn’t finished. The fact that I have plans in place for the new year testifies to the fact.

It’s on the days I contemplate quitting that I am thankful for all of you, the ones who chat with me on Facebook even though the conversations probably seem to be on repeat. I am so, so thankful for you and for you listening to me. I am thankful for the ones who have journeyed with me this past year; they can see how I’ve grown much better than I can. I trust their perspectives because I trust them. I know they won’t say things just to make me feel better. I’m also thankful for the new people who have arrived. Some of them don’t know me well or that long, but they keep telling me to do what I’m doing. They seem to see what I cannot, and that, that gives me hope and steels my resolve.

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Erin Feldman

Erin Feldman is Senior Director at Tenacity5 Media and founder of Write Right. She's a writer, editor, poet, and artist. You can find her on .

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34 comments
jennwhinnem
jennwhinnem

Hang. In. Remember Victor Frankl "What is to give light is to endure burning." This helps me, sometimes.

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR

Dear Erin. I see now why your comment at my house today is so spot-on. I'm sorry you've experienced this growth pain; yet, look what happened when you turned the corner -- another petal blossomed on your journey. Good for you and better even that you shared your catharsis. 

You're not done yet, by any stretch!! Keep on!!!! 

geoffliving
geoffliving

If it makes you feel any better,I thought about pulling the blog exit myself today. It's a very common thing. I'm just tired right now. Frustrated.  Normal human experience, right?  The difference between winning and losing is moving forward.  Move forward. You did, you're on the other side. Congratulations!

barrettrossie
barrettrossie

It's hard for me to say how far you've come, but I like where you are. And probably where you're going!

Hajra
Hajra

You have come a long way. It's amazing what time does to us. We just need to look back or smile and look ahead and feel good!

Latest blog post: Where did everybody go?

KDillabough
KDillabough

You know how proud I am of the progress you've made, and how much more growth and progress is yet in store for you. It's OK to have those "throw it all away" moments. They allow us to fully experience what that loss or vacuum might feel like, reflect upon it, and make our decisions from there. Life's a roller coaster: we just need to weather the ups and downs, revel and focus in the moment, and love the ride we create for ourselves. Cheers! Kaarina

KateFinley
KateFinley

It's amazing how much difference a year makes. It sounds like you've grown more than you ever thought you needed to. I understand that. In my experience, seasons of transformation can be uncomfortable to say the least. The beautiful news is that those seasons lead to glorious new ones.

Thank you for being so open. I see more of your heart with each post. I'm loving it. I cannot wait to see what amazing things are in store for you my dear. It is going to be B-I-G.

RebeccaTodd
RebeccaTodd

This is a lovely post! I don't think we need to have a special season to be thankful- it is always a great thing to express. What you say is so true- sometimes you just have to strip everything out of your life and get down to the bare bones to see who you are and what you are made of. Which is some pretty tough stuff, by the by. I am glad you can look back and see how far you have come. A very rewarding feeling. 

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