Thursday, February 11, 2010

Pride Is Overrated Anyway, Right?

First of all, thank you so much for all your comments on my last entry. I have a hard time articulating how nice it feels to have those words of encouragement and enlightenment! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

So today I am officially stepping out of my box. Aunt Becky has been a huge inspiration to me since she is dedicating 2010 to Bringing Aunt Becky Back. I have decided to try and figure out what The Next Step is in my life, too. Today I am checking out a local writing group. I am really nervous because it’s a small step in a big, different direction. Before I was Mommy, I was Teacher. I thought I would love that job, but come to find out, I didn’t. I am working up the courage to talk about it, and I will soon, but let’s just leave it at “Not-a-Good-Fit.” So I am testing out other waters in other venues. I remember in high school, I had to fill out a form about my future, and one of the questions was “What do you want to do for a living?” My answer was “Author.” And then life happened, and I became an English teacher. I am thinking that maybe there is something to that gut response. We’ll see.

So I have to bring something I’ve written. I am bringing a chapter of a book that I wrote that was never published. I am also bringing some of my blog entries with your comments on it. So if this group thinks I suck, your comments will remind me that someone doesn’t think that I suck. Kind of like my security blanket. Besides, what do I have to lose anyway, pride? It’s overrated.


Robin said...

Wow thats sounds like fun...2010 seems to be the year of "me" for many women...Hooray...I hope you enjoy yourself...!!

Brittany said...

Aunt Becky rules, doesn't she?

Good for you for getting into something you feel passionately about! That's a wonderful thing. Can't wait to hear about this new adventure!

Amy said...

First, Aunt Becky is the shiz-nit!! Love her!

Also, I'm so impressed you've taken this step. I'm working really hard to get out of my comfort zone and get into a new career this year. This decision brings immense fear and panic into my life. But I am truly unhappy with what I do now.

Hearing that you've made this brave step helps me to get myself out there and hopefully into a more lucrative, fulfilling job.

Have a great weekend, love:)

Unknown said...

Yea for you! I can't wait to hear about it. I am proud!

~Laura said...

Good for you! I think one of the hardest things to do is share your writing and receive feedback on it. Especially in person. That's why I love this blogging thing! Best of luck and for what it's worth, I think it's great that you're taking this next step.

Erin Janda Rawlings said...

Thanks, everyone! You have no idea how much your support means to me! You are AWESOME!!

Aunt Becky said...

I love you. I just LOVE you.

Kendra said...

It's been a while, I know, and this is probably old news. But I remember going to a writing group in college, and it was terrifying, as though I had suddenly decided to enter a beauty pageant, despite no evidence that that might be a good idea. So I am extremely proud of you for going. I hope it was wonderful and that you are feeling really proud of your bravery and your talent--because you should!

Erin Janda Rawlings said...

Kenra, thanks so much! You are so sweet!

And BTW, that's EXACTLY how it feels - being in a beauty pageant! What a great way to describe it!!

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