Busy & Listen To Your Mother:Kansas City

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Many of you know I’ve been rather busy. Some of you know I’ve been a bit down. But I’m turning things around. I’m a firm believer in talking about problems and learning how to deal with them.

In other news, a bigger post is on the way, but I wanted to assure you that I am back. Listen To Your Mother was a huge success in Kansas City, especially for it being the inaugural show here. I, along with 13 other phenomenal women, took the stage and shared our stories with the audience. We made them laugh, we made them cry, and my mother was there in the audience—front row! It was an honor to represent Ann Imig and I hope we’ll be able to bring LTYM back in 2014.

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photos courtesy of Karen Ledford Photography

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  • http://amandamagee.com amandamagee

    Love you.

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Amanda,

      it’s mutual. I hope you know that. Thank you for reading this blather… xoxo

  • Kimberly Rues

    I was so glad that I made time to make it to the LTYM show in KC. I’m hopeful that the show will be back in 2014! Thank you so much for every bit of work you put into it. The event was spectacular, warm, and while well attended, still felt like I was in a room with some close friends sharing stories. Kudos, girl!

  • http://twitter.com/AugstMcLaughlin August McLaughlin

    I’m so happy to hear that you’re on the upswing, Erin, and that you’ve sought and found great treatment. I’m no stranger to depression, and my heart goes out to you big time. Lotsa love! You’re a rockstar. :)

  • http://twitter.com/MomoFali Momo Fali

    Nothing but love for you, dear.

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Momo,

      I have so much love for you I can’t even speak right now, and the tears in my eyes from seeing your words here are preventing me from saying too much more. Thank you. I adore you.

  • Mindy @The Inquisitive Mom

    Erin, this is such a brave post. It takes so much courage to say you’re sorry. I wish I could have come to your big event and I think it would be so amazing to stand on that stage and present. Congratulations!

    On another totally superficial note: I am in love with your hair in these photos!

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Mindy,

      It was amazing to be on that stage even though now I’m still questioning whether my piece was even worthy.

      As far as my hair, I cannot take credit. I fiddle with it constantly when it’s down, so I splurged and had it put up. Went to a cool place nearby and they did a low bun and pinned the pieces under. LOTS of hair spray, LOL!

  • http://writingwishing.com/ Alison

    Love you. Much.
    Also, your red shoes. xo

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Alison,

      I love you, too. And the red shoes? BLISTERS. omg. this mama is used to her tennis shoes, flip flops, and (dare I admit it) crocs. Go ahead and hate me now. ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/wendyscherer Wendy Scherer

    <3 u

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Wendy,

      Love you more. ANd missing you like mad. You won’t be at BlogHer, will you?

      • http://twitter.com/wendyscherer Wendy Scherer

        I won’t. But I’m sure we’ll see each other soon.

  • Metamorphic Muse

    You’re still my FAVORITE blogger! I’m sorry to hear you’ve been experiencing depression, and I hope things get better for you soon. I have LOVED reading your posts, and will continue to do so because I think you’re a lovely, intelligent, articulate person. Stay Strong! XOXOXO

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Metamorphic Muse,

      Thank you. Depression is nothing new to me, and the good thing is I can usually catch it when it sets in. The problem is when severe stress masks some of it or I misinterpret symptoms. And your compliments have just given me a lump in my throat….

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

    Love you. xo

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Tracy,

      Love you back. Miss you. Are you going to BlogHer this summer???

  • http://twitter.com/JDhonestMom JD Bailey

    I’m so glad things are looking up for you. Depression is SUCH a bastard. You know I get that. Thinking of you and wishing you lots of strength.

    I’ve taken down some blog posts too – posts that we just not appropriate for general consumption. I hear that. We all have missteps. And then we move on, right?

    Big hugs and CONGRATS on LTYM!!!!!! :-) And beautiful pictures!!! xoxo

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      JD,

      I’m so glad our paths have *really* crossed, all thanks to my sending you a guest blog intended for someone else, LOL!

      I do know you get what I’m talking about. My biggest frustration is that the depression can sink in slowly or leap in suddenly like a giant monster and I’m not prepared and/or don’t fully recognize it in all its intensity….

      hugs to you, too!

      • http://www.facebook.com/jdbailey.honestmom JD Bailey

        You described it exactly – depression does that to me, too. All at once out of nowhere, or slowly and insidiously creeping in. Blech.

        It cracks me up that we were both at a BlogHer dinner with Ilana and barely talked b/c we never met. I hope we can meet in person again!!!

  • http://twitter.com/juliecgardner Julie Gardner

    Oh, honey, you are so very loved.

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Julie,

      You are loved right back. I’m sorry I haven’t been around. Need a few more days to get over the LTYM hangover, then I’ll be more present. I miss you like mad and hope you and the family are doing better…xoxoxo

  • Robyn

    This is all a learning curve for me. After I read, I saw the tag, “How Not to Blog” and clicked. This is your first post in that category. I wish I had words to make you feel better. I don’t . . . or not quite yet, in any case. I’m still learning myself. What I can say is thank you for being open and for sharing this. Hug.

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Robyn,

      Funny, now I”m thinking I could start a whole series on “How Not To Blog,” and perhaps it would be a winner!? What do you think? I’ve been blogging since, uhhh…maybe 2007 or 2008? And obviously I’m still learning, too. Thank you for the hug, and for the record? I pride myself on being open and honest. I just need to remember it’s only okay to be that way as long as it’s ONLY about me and not others….

      ;-)

      • http://www.robynstraley.com/blog Robyn

        I love the idea of a “How Not to Blog” series! I would totally subscribe to that. I’ve been blogging since, uh let’s see here . . . April. It’s a steep learning curve, and I appreciate people who share insights like these.

  • http://www.misselaineouslife.com Elaine A.

    You are so brave, in so many ways. Love you.

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Elaine,

      I don’t feel brave at all. But I appreciate your saying so. I love you, too, and miss you SOOOO MUCH!

  • Mamaintheburbs

    Yeah I get the depression piece. Glad you are trying new meds. Congratz on your hard work for LTYM! Looks like it really paid off. Just wanted to drop by and let you know I’m thinking of you. Hugs!!

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Mamaintheburbs,

      Thanks for the comment. You are so sweet and I appreciate your kind words and thoughts. If you can ever catch a LTYM show, you should! They are ALL AMAZING!

  • http://twitter.com/KirstenPiccini Kirsten Piccini

    I can absolutely understand where you are and how you’re feeling. Sometimes it’s just that ONE LAST THING that pushes us over the edge.

    I’m glad that things are better…Because the depression and unhappy moments can take so much away from our lives.

    LTYM was amazing for you and they were so lucky to have YOU, read, direct, produce, bring it!!! Plus you looked amazing. (RED SHOES!!! SQUEE!!!)

    keep up the sunshine my friend, love you so much. xo

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Kirsten,

      You summed it up well. It was just that ONE LAST THING. And? It was a thing that I didn’t really need to know about. But it set me on fire. And I couldn’t extinguish it. Then, regret.

      And the red shoes—SO, SO painful to wear, but I wanted my outfit to be LTYM colors! Hence the black, white & red. Yes, just call me a dork! xoxo

  • http://twitter.com/sundayspill Sarah Reinhart

    I’ve done that too–retract a post. it happens! it’s okay. CONGRATS on LTYM! So proud of you and all those ladies up there with you :) xo.

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Sarah,

      Thank you. It’s so good to know I’m not alone. I’ve retracted other posts before, too. It’s just not a good feeling right now, but I’m learning from it, sharing what I’ve learned, and hoping I can get to work on better blogging!

  • http://twitter.com/rasjacobson Renee Jacobson

    Omigosh! You sound like YOU again. I’m so proud of you! And I hope that BEFORE you jump into the NEXT project that you will allow yourself to revel in the glory of this amazing project that you just completed! I wish I could have been there with you.

    And the other amazing thing about you — that always inspires — is how you embrace your errors, address them, and move on. It’s like bloggers who have baking blogs and they never show the stuff that flops. You show us the flopped cake. And the burnt muffins. Martha Stewart is so unapproachable, but you make us feel like we can come closer.

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Renee,

      Your comments never fail to feel like a big bear hug. I, too, wish you could have been there. Next year you have to try and go to a show. I’ve already determined that even if KC doesn’t get to host again, I’m renting an RV and driving cross-country to go to all the shows I can! <3

  • outlaw mama

    SOunds like LTYM was a blast. I loved your shoes, btw. Glad you are getting more support and thanks for always being classy and inspiring.

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Outlaw Mama,

      Those shoes are terribly painful. Got them at Filene’s Basement a few years ago and had actually given them to the girls to play dress up with. Until I had to borrow them back so that my outfit could be LTYM colors. LMAO!

      Me? Classy? WTF?!?!!?

  • Ally

    Love the pictures, Erin. I’m so happy for you that LTYM was a huge success! I had no doubt it would be ;) Congrats!

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Ally,

      Thank you so much! I hope everyone enjoyed the show…have had a few comments come in and really want to get some feedback from unbiased people!

  • http://twitter.com/momgosomething Kimberly M

    Ah you’re gorgeous. No need to apologize. We all do things when our heads are a hundred places at once. Lord knows I have…open mouth insert foot with a callous on it and year old nail polish that hasn’t completely chipped away…that’s not my foot. I’m just sayin.
    Love your face and I am so proud of you for LTYM. xo

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Kimberly,

      I love your face, too. I know you know what I’m talking about here. It’s a very fine line we writers/bloggers walk. I gave in too quickly and pressed “publish” without sleeping on it. Mea culpa.

  • http://twitter.com/Jen_P_Williams Jennifer P. Williams

    I soaked in all the photos last night and you were all so beautiful. I know you did a fantastic job.

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Jennifer,

      Thank you so much! You are beautiful too, and I appreciate your kind words. I hope we did a good job. I’m still trying to unwind….

  • http://twitter.com/mvl1014 Michael Lombardi

    Erin, I didn’t see the post, but just know that we all understand that emotions can get out of our control. I struggle with my own depression. You are not alone. Love to you.

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Michael,

      Thank you for sharing that here in the comments. ALways helps to know I’m not alone. Depression is a monster and although it’s not new to me, it sometimes comes on quickly and catches me by surprise…your understanding means a lot to me. Thanks for the love and the comment!

  • http://www.kimulmanis.com/ Kim

    Depression is no joke. I suffer from it and have a hard time keeping certain things to myself. When you’re a blogger, I think it’s even harder to stay silent. But, as you have learned, discretion is something that needs to be considered. It sucks when you have to learn it the hard way but I think those lessons make us better people.

    I never saw the post but I can definitely relate to difficult emotions getting the best of us. You’re in my thoughts as you strive to feel better.

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Kim,

      Thank you so much. I have blogged about my depression several times before, and that isn’t the issue; the issue is that I brought other people into the post which wasn’t fair and things got heated. Depression isn’t easy to live with, and just when I think I’ve beaten the beast, he comes back again….thank you so much for stopping by!

  • http://www.adayinmollywood.com molly

    Erin, I love you. You’re such a good person and a GOOD mom. Please don’t feel the need to apologize. We have these internet spaces so we can write what we’re feeling in the moment. I have had times where I have regretted posting but I left it up because hey, that was me in that moment. You are beautiful inside and out. Don’t you forget it!

    • http://www.erinmargolin.com/ Erin Margolin

      Molly,

      I love you, too! I have several posts where I was in that moment, too, but they were about me. I crossed the line and now I know I need to return to the source and deal with it there…

      You are beautiful inside and out, too. No random placement of people here. You came into my life for a reason. I just have the drugs instead of the oxygen tank….

  • http://www.twocannoli.com/ Kristin S.

    Erin, I have SO MUCH admiration for you. You are strong, you are beautiful, you are smart. You are wonderful. Wash, rinse, and repeat every time you need to hear it. xo