My 37th Year.

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my last night as a 36 year-old :

i took a walk in the dark with the dog.

crickets, cicadas sang their nightly song;

i stopped under a streetlight, staring at my shadow.

am i really that big, i asked myself? (metaphorically, mom, I’m not talking about being large & in charge, I do not have an eating disorder)

Tripping the Light Fantastic

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i can be, if i try. if i do. if i keep working hard, i answer.

I’ll Just Do It.

Hell, I Am Doing It.

Watch this SAHM transform (I clean up real good, see?) into someone on a stage in a room of 700-ish people. Speaking from a teleprompter (for the first of what will hopefully be many times to come), no less.

this is what i do. THIS is my 37th year, a year of ACTION, of success, of not giving up, of making dreams coming true. And balancing that with family, friends, life, and my sanity.

Will you join me? Will you help? Will you spread the word, watch, learn, educate, take someone’s hand, give out hugs, open the (literal & metaphorical) door for others, listen, STAND UP FOR YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN?

I believe in ME. I believe an individual can change herself AND the world. Not, not in a day. Not in a few months. It takes time. And I’m working on being more patient.

Wonder Woman

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  • Lori Paquette

    xoxo! so, so proud of you. and inspired to act

  • Sherri

    I am so very proud of you for all that you have accomplished for yourself AND others during this past year, my friend! Here’s to another fab year ahead…❤

  • Jessica Rotz

    Here because of Teal. Thank you for your activism and your work. I hope this is the first of many times you address and affect a large group!

  • Laura

    You are awesome! The happiest of birthdays to you!

  • Daune

    37. She flies! Happy Birthday. Xoxo

  • Kim@Co-Pilot Mom

    Happy Birthday! Here’s to not giving up and making dreams come true. :)

  • michellelongo

    You are amazing and inspiring. I have no doubt you will do great things. Happy birthday.

  • Ilene Evans

    Happy birthday, and thank you for being such a such a great power of example through your actions – by being able to change you AND the world!

  • My Inner Chick

    **I believe in ME. I believe an individual can change herself AND the world**
    Happy Birthday, you young thang! Xx

  • amandamagee

    Each year that you are here is a gift to the rest of us, inspiring us to believe that we can __________. xo

  • Alison

    I think you’re amazing and an inspiration. Hope your birthday was fabulous, and have a great year!

  • TLanceB

    Hope you had the best birthday possible. You’re more than Wonder Woman, because your real and a tangible inspiration to so many.
    Happy Birthday, young lady.

  • Delfin Joaquin Paris III

    Happy birthday!!!! I can’t believe we’re the same age…

  • Ally

    Happy Birthday, Erin!! You ARE doing it. And you are an inspiration to me. (I speak for myself, but I know from reading comments here and other places you post that you are an inspiration for many!) Keep up the awesome!

  • Andrea

    You are doing a tremendous thing, and inspiring many others to do the same. So happy for you – it’s going to be a great year!

  • Elaine A.

    it’s going to be an awesome year for you, I just know it. And I love the confidence in this post! xoxo

  • Kir

    oh beautiful birthday girl: May you always know what a GIFT you are to this world.
    wishing you a spectacular year of all your candle wishes coming true.

    Love having you in my life as an inspiration and a friend. xo

  • Kimberly M

    You are so beautiful and I love being on this journey (so to speak) with you. In one year you have done so much wonderful things…bringing communities together…words can’t even begin to tell you how proud I am of you.
    Love you and I hope that this year brings you all of the best.

  • Jennifer P. Williams

    I believe in you too.

  • Lisha

    You make us all believe. In you, and in ourselves. Congratulations on all you have done, and will continue to do.

  • Robbie K

    HAppy birthday!!

  • Julie Gardner

    Yes. You really are that big.
    (Metaphorically speaking.)

    You’re my hero, Erin.
    And I’m not exaggerating even a little bit.


  • BipolarMom (Jenn)

    Happy Belated Birthday, Erin!! You are so incredible. You had me in tears watching your talk. LOVE what you are doing and you definitely have my support in helping you spread the word about your documentary and your mission to help others. Your voice definitely needs to be heard. My uncle is gay and has been with his partner for as long as I’ve been alive (34 years) although they’ve never married because it took so long for the movement to legalize gay marriage to become a reality. I believe in what you’re doing and think it is so important. I hope to have the pleasure of meeting you someday. Huge hugs – Jenn