I will. I WILL. Will you?

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I will speak up more like Christine Organ did in her Huffington Post piece:

It is time that the countless persons of faith who, like me, favor marriage equality start voicing our support just as loudly — no, louder – than those who condemn same-sex marriage. If this lopsided portrayal of marriage equality as a ‘religious versus secular’ issue continues, we risk hindering marriage equality progress, thereby denying deserving couples of their basic human right to fully engage in a loving and committed relationship. And society is and will be the worse for it.

I will reach out to my friends who have survived tragedy recently, like Julie Gardner, who lost so much when her house caught fire;  like Varda Steinhardt, who lost her mother on January 17; Tracy Morrison, who had to say goodbye to her cat, Tyko; and Alexandra Rosas, whose nephew, Tommy, recently died.

 I will admire friends like Heather King, who is three years sober; like Rita Arens, who has a new YA novel coming out, called The Obvious Game; friends like Greta Funk who lost her husband several years ago, but writes about shedding labels like “widow”; friends like Anissa Mayhew who has survived strokes and blogs in the raw; friends like Kelly /Mochamomma, who is writing her own Manifestos.

 

I will (eventually) be awesometastical like Ann Imig, the founder of The Listen To Your Mother Show (which I am co-directing here in KC--send me your submissions!).

I will (eventually) make a documentary about kids who have had a parent come out.

I will go to Blissdom. I will approach people. I will sit in the front row. I will talk. I will contribute. I will have fun. I will be an active participant.

I will be brave like Shannon and post things like this.  I will be kick-ass like Vikki and share really pertinent, inspiring things like this.

I will be me.

I will reach further.

I will strive harder.

I will live every day and do all that I can.

I will be a good mom.

I will love more fiercely and with all my heart.

I will be fearless.

I will not stop until I get it done.

I will say what I feel.

I will have that glass of wine.

I will say yes.

I will say no.

I will throw guilt in the garbage can.

I will leave dirty dishes in the sink. Sometimes.

I will say bad words. SHIT.

I will. I will. I will.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/greta.funk.7 Greta Funk

    Love it. All of those things. I will, too.

  • Vikki

    I will. I will. I will. I need to chant that myself.

  • http://twitter.com/ritaarens Rita Arens

    Yes, you will! I believe in you!

  • http://twitter.com/nicholee Nichole

    Yes! I will also be at Blissdom, and I will try not to be too shy to speak to anyone.

  • http://angelaamman.com/ Angela Amman

    I love this post. I needed this today. xoxo

  • Mr Lady

    Fuck! :)

    I am very proud of you. THIS is brave. SMOOCH.

  • http://www.facebook.com/NicoleSistersFromAnotherMister Nicole Morgan

    Such a girl crush i have on you my friend … sigh ;)

  • Anissa

    you already do, babydoll!!

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianDadBlog Canadian Dad

    So awesome, Erin! I went to my first Blissdom last year and left all my worries and shyness at home. Best decision I ever made!

  • http://twitter.com/4hatsandfrugal Amiyrah Martin

    I will too. This was completely awesome and shows how great of a person you are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kpiccini Kirsten Anne Kovaleski Piccini

    yep, you already ARE, you already DO, you already are an idol, an example, a star. xo

  • http://www.fromtracie.com From Tracie

    I will. I will. You will. You will.

    You inspire me to reach farther. Climb higher. Speak out louder.
    Be more. Be me. Unashamed.

    I do. You do. We do.

    (love you my friend xoxo)

  • http://www.reflectionsofnow.com/ Kimberly

    I love this, so much. You are so inspiring and shows how great of a person you truly are.

    (And Blissdom? Me too!)

  • http://twitter.com/sellabitmum Tracy Morrison

    Damn I love you. Roommates again soon please???? xo

  • TLanceB

    Beautiful. I’m just glad you’re you and I know where to find you.

  • alexandra

    Impossible not to hop on a plane this moment, and hold you in my arms.

    You are a blessing to all who know you.

    I love you, Erin.

  • http://www.mommymelee.com Maria Melee

    Aw dude, go you. <3

  • http://twitter.com/HeatheroftheEO HeatheroftheEO

    YOU WILL. xoxoxo me too.

  • http://writingwishing.com/ Alison

    I love this post so much, and you.
    Yes, YOU WILL. You most certainly will. xo

  • http://twitter.com/squashedmom Varda

    You don’t have to be “like” anyone because you are wondrous wonderful you. Much love to you my friend and thanks for including me in this wonderful cohort. Feelings of admiration are very mutual, I think of you as “brave” my friend.

  • http://jonathansfinejewelers.com/ TheDiamondGal

    What a fantastic list. And you won’t because you already DO

  • http://www.thingsicantsay.com/ shellthings

    Such a brave post! You can do all of this! :)

  • http://twitter.com/zchamu Shannon McKarney

    I love this post. I am framing this post.

  • http://twitter.com/juliedutch Julie

    And I will continue to read every word you write {even if I’m a bad commentor sometimes}. Brave. Powerful. And I love every word of this.

  • Christie @ Random Reflectionz

    Just re-read this for a second and third time. So great. And thanks again for including a link to my HuffPo piece.

  • http://twitter.com/JackieCross Jackie Park-Cross

    I will too! Or at least try and support you and all the others who are strong, brave, and say I will.

  • http://twitter.com/juliahembree Julia Hembree

    I LOVE all of the things you will be and all of these tributes to those that are. And I hope you remember, along the way to I will, there is already an I AM…and my friend, your I AM is pretty amazing too. :)

  • My Inner Chick

    you rock the words! wish we could have that glass of wine together. X

  • Mrs. Jen B

    I adore this. I adore you. I hope you know that.

    I have such hopes for all of my friends this year, you included.

  • http://twitter.com/PamelotH PamelaFaganHutchins

    LOL. SHIT. Go Erin!

  • Lady Jennie

    You go Erin!!!!

  • http://ktmade.blogspot.com Katie @ ktmade

    Lovely.