Single Successes

Posted on | July 15, 2011 | 22 Comments

Oh this week… what a turnaround!! I’m sure it’s no surprise to anyone that 2011 has not been heavily lauded in my household.  There’s been little more than seventeen shades of grief and heartache at every turn and if I could fast forward to January 1, 2012, I’d be a happy camper.

But this week, a little light shone down.  This week, one little beam of light said “Hang in there, lady, you’re doing okay.” And that little light is my number one success for this week.

I was named one of the 20 honorees in the Life category for Blogher’s Voice of the Year honor. 

No, I don’t get a million dollars.

Nope, there’s no book deal attached.

And no, there’s no plaque.

But this honor means more to me than anything else because of what it stands for.  This honor says that these words I’m pouring out onto this space are not going unheard.  These words I weep are bigger than me and they make me bigger and stronger.  These words are important.

And if these words are important, then by association, the feelings behind those words are important.  My tears are important.  My heartache is important.  And could it be? Could it actually be true that maybe, just maybe… more than the tears and the thoughts and the words… maybe …

I. am. important.

Thank you Blogher for the reminder that words are power and in particular, my words have power.  I am a Voice of the Year.

That’s a pretty big success.


22 Responses to “Single Successes”

  1. Ruthie
    July 15th, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    Very much deserved! Congrats!

  2. MamaHudd
    July 15th, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    Congrats! What a well deserved honor. And yes, all of us think you are very, very important!

  3. Mrs. MidAtlantic
    July 15th, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    Congratulations on your well-deserved win! Your words are beautiful and meaningful. Keep writing!

  4. Dre
    July 15th, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    Well deserved.

  5. Kristen
    July 15th, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    What great news! Congratulations!

  6. Susan
    July 15th, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    Congratulations! You deserve it!

  7. Janet
    July 15th, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    Congrats! You are an inspiration to all of us so don’t be surprised at where your words and feelings will take you. You deserve it and much more.

  8. Anthony from CharismaticKid
    July 15th, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    It is well deserved. But you don’t need this to know that you are great. You ARE great.

  9. Mary
    July 15th, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    I’m so happy for you!!!!!! Wish I was there to give you a hug. Keep it up, you are important to a little guy who needs you a lot. Be strong. Mary

  10. KLZ
    July 15th, 2011 @ 11:37 am

    You are very important. Seriously. I think that every day.

  11. Maggie
    July 15th, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    Delurking (again) to say congratulations. I’ve been reading your blog because it is honest even when it’s painful to share sometimes. A rare and wonderful quality.

  12. Carol
    July 15th, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! Way to Go! Woot Woot! Big Thumbs Up! You Rock! Simply Amazing! You are awesome! You ARE important! Holla!

    [Too much coffee today?! Perhaps.]

  13. Jamie
    July 15th, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    Congratulations! The emotional honesty in your blog is really an inspiration. The recognition is well-deserved!

  14. facie
    July 15th, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    Of course you are important. And inspiring. And don’t forget strong! 🙂

    There are people who have gone through or are going through a similar experience as yours and are coming out better because of your words, which have such depth to them.


  15. KristinaYellow
    July 15th, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    Yippee!! Congratulations!!! You have such a talent for writing-it’s not a shock that you have been noticed. HUGS

  16. Roxanne
    July 15th, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

    Congratulations! You totally and completely deserve it.

  17. Jennifer
    July 15th, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

    I saw your name and smiled really big. Congratulations.

  18. Cate
    July 15th, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    Wonderful news! Congrats

  19. molly
    July 16th, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    Woohoo! So excited for you!!! Well-deserved!

    p.s. What do you mean there’s no book deal attached?! I demand a recount! Or something like that 😉

  20. Miranda
    July 16th, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    You ARE important. You are.

  21. Angela
    July 17th, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    You deserve it more than anyone. You bare your soul like no one I have ever read and few that I have ever had the privilege of speaking with. Keep on keeping on. Congrats!

  22. Joy
    July 20th, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

    Congrats! Have you ever considered writing a book in your “spare” time?

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