I want to pause for a moment to give thanks and be mindful of all the goodness that surrounds me on a daily basis. I began writing this post with the intention of saying thank you to all who have contributed to my pre-sale campaign for my book, The Happy Break-up. For all the calls, texts, and email messages of support that I received throughout this week. For all my friends and family who shared my project and invited their friends to support me as well. I am so grateful beyond words, for all of this. I don't even have the words to describe how full my heart is - and words don't often fail me!
But I also feel the need to be thankful for my past. For all the tears, the broken heart, the so-called friends who tore me down when I thought I was already at my lowest. Because I now realize the part that all those tears played in my future. Those tears led me on a journey. A journey of self-discovery, of reimagining my life, and finding a value in myself that I had never known. They led me to a place where I am able to use my voice to advocate for others. To help people through their own darkest days. Those tears led me to a sense of purpose.
My journey is likely not a unique one - I am not the only one who has found strength through utter defeat, and I won't be the last. But I am grateful for anyone that I meet in the future that will allow me to help them through that defeat, and find their strength, and their voice.