{ inspiration soup } 9.7.12

by eringoodman on September 7, 2012

in inspiration soup

A little of this. A little of that.

Last Friday’s Blue Moon rising.

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Rhythm of the Home | Interview with Erin Barrette Goodman

The beautiful new Rhythm of the Home website launched this week and I am honored to be featured in their Autumn Issue. I will be honest and say that this interview pushed me a bit out of my comfort zone. (I’m usually the one *asking* the questions!) But it was such a wonderful exercise to really stop and reflect on each question and to answer fully and honestly from my heart.

Elizabeth Sniegocki | Thoughts on Birth

“My girls are delighted and excited by birth. A few years back, on a kindergarten field trip to a local dairy farm, Selby and I witnessed the birth of a baby cow! It was so amazing we happened to be at the farm at just the right time. They allowed the school kids to gather a ways back and quietly watch. I was surprised that some parent chaperones were uncomfortable, pulling their kids out of sight of the birth . . .”

Emily Walker | Confessions of an Imperfect Girl

“I stopped blogging for a long time, and even before I stopped, I went from frequent blogging to sporadic to not at all. A big reason for this was that I began to feel like blogging had turned into some adult version of show-n-tell. Suddenly, I didn’t need to flip through magazines filled with pages of beautiful people in beautiful homes living beautiful “perfect” lives to feel inadequate – all I had to do was read blogs . . .”

Chris Brogan | Every Time I talk about Depression – Being Brave

“Bravery is a muscle, like love. You have to exercise it constantly or it will turn flabby. When I am depressed, it’s very easy to fall away from bravery. But because I’m working harder and harder to stop avoiding things, when I tell you about my depression, it’s because I have something to tell myself, and I just want you to hear so you can think about your own personal bravery . . .”

I left a comment on Chris’ very honest and very brave post about his depression.

It was my first brave step in beginning to talk publicly about my own depression.

Sharing part of what I wrote on Chris’ blog with all of you is my second brave step.

“I live with depression (and anxiety and ADD). It’s part of my genetic make-up, it’s interwoven into my personality and it’s a big part of what makes me so damn good at what I do . . .”

This is really scary stuff for me to talk about publicly.

(Like crazy-hands-shaking-holy-shit-scary.)

But I’m ready to start talking about it — slowly, in baby steps — with much gratitude for beautiful, brave souls like Chris Brogan leading the way.

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Happy weekend, friends. Thanks for sharing the journey.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

alexis yael September 7, 2012 at 9:07 am

I send you a big huge brave hug for your bravery. I’ve been fairly open about my own depression and anxiety (and spaciness that probably has an ADHD component, or possibly ASD – some sort of neuro-difference, that’s for sure!), but every time I spiral down, I have to be brave all over again and re-acknowledge where I’m at. It’s hard. Thanks for sharing these links and starting to share your own journey.

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eringoodman September 7, 2012 at 9:14 am

“. . . but every time I spiral down, I have to be brave all over again and re-acknowledge where I’m at . . .”

Thank you for this reminder, Alexis — and for sharing all the beauty of who you are!

So happy to have connected with you!

xo

~erin

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alexis yael September 7, 2012 at 10:35 am

<3

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Kara @SimpleKids.net September 7, 2012 at 9:08 am

Oh, Erin! Some day you and I are going to have so share a large cup of coffee and a few hours of conversation. It seems we have a lot in common (tho’ I don’t think I nearly as brave as you just were!)

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eringoodman September 7, 2012 at 9:11 am

Well, Miss Kara . . . I do believe we talked about sharing a virtual cup of coffee (and recording a podcast while we do it ;-) a while back.

Maybe we should revisit that conversation.

xo

~e

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Anna September 7, 2012 at 10:25 am

Thank you for being brave enough to share that Erin! It’s so easy to read blogs and believe that everyone else has a perfect life. That no one out there gets mad, or yells or says or does the wrong thing. I put so much pressure on myself. I don’t like to make mistakes. And yet, there are times when I just think that’s all I’m doing. I hate it. And all of that just boils into my own sense of depression, and inadequacy. There is a sense in our society that we aren’t supposed to talk about that. That we’re somehow less for feeling those things. But I think, we all feel that way at some point (some of us more than others) and that the only way to come out of the dark and gloom of it is to talk about it. So Thank you!

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eringoodman September 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm

You are very welcome. And thank YOU for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate them (and you) very much.

xo

~erin

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Annie September 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

Wishing you lots of bravery Erin — I hope that in speaking about it it helps you — and many of your readers!

Mine is more ‘situational depression’ — of the infertility variety that is not spoken of much (almost not at all). I have a fabulous family – but still, I will feel it until at least beyond menopause — though perhaps i’ll be lucky and curve it before I arrive there. Because that’s years away and it would be so lovely to manage to “be” beyond it.

Thank you for linking to Chris’s blog. It was so honest — and to the point. I think the word depression is soooo overused/misused. You’re not “depressed” when you have ‘a bad day’ — they’re different. and he put it so black & white! I also love that he spoke of depressed people being successful. YES! MUST keep a reminder of this. it is true!
(again, even though mine is not a true depression)

Hugs Erin — and I’ll be reading your baby steps as you share them…
and remember that sometimes baby steps are more like GIANT STEPS!

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alexis yael September 7, 2012 at 10:51 am

I’m feeling the need to speak up because I also went through that situational depression (two long years with my primary infertility – which is short in the infertility world! – and then the choice to not continue trying after the loss of our second waterbaby) and it was really helpful for me to find blogs and people who were willing to be real about it. (And there are so many of us who are! Thank goodness!)

I also have a genetic predisposition towards clinical depression and please believe me, infertility is hard enough that we don’t need to qualify it as not “real depression.”

Anyway, just to tell you that you’re not alone. And to encourage you to keep finding the stories that remind you you’re not along. <3

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eringoodman September 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Thank you, Annie. And big hugs to you, too!!

xo

~erin

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Kelly September 7, 2012 at 10:59 am

All those scary parts, and especially the brave parts, is why I love everything you do and everything you are. You help me realize that I’m not the only one and are now helping work towards my own brave baby steps. Thank you for being you.

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eringoodman September 7, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Thank you, Kelly. I have been enjoying your e-newsletter SO much lately and the energy that is building on your blog. It does take a lot of bravery to step out into the light and into our truth, but it is oh-so-wonderful when we do.

I’m grateful for our friendship and our (often) parallel journeys.

xo

~erin

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Allison September 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Inspiration soup, indeed! You have a story to tell, and we all here to witness it’s unfolding. A beautiful (and very brave) moment in time. Thank you for trusting us. And thank you for sharing a piece of yourself that will help so many others find peace. Yea, Erin!!

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eringoodman September 7, 2012 at 8:11 pm

“You have a story to tell, and we all here to witness it’s unfolding.”

Thank you for this, my friend.

xo

~erin

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vina September 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Here’s to crazy-hands-shaking-holy-shit-scary acts of bravery. Baby steps. Yes!

Every time someone I adore share something a bit more vulnerable, a bit darker and a bit less sexy about themselves, I end up adoring them ten times more.

I hear you. And I am so there with you!

Love love,
Vina

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eringoodman September 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm

“Every time someone I adore share something a bit more vulnerable, a bit darker and a bit less sexy about themselves, I end up adoring them ten times more.”

What an amazing point to make, Vina.

I feel the same way. I love when people I admire and respect share a little peek into their less-than-perfect moments. It makes me let out a deep sigh and feel relieved to be reminded that they are human too.

I am so, so happy that you reached out via e-mail and that we are now able to connect beyond Instagram! :)

Much love to you, beautiful Mama…

xo

~erin

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