The End Begins Here

Sometimes it's hard to know where one thing ends and another begins. I've come to realize that life is not just a singular entity with one goal but a compilation of a myriad of achievements and accomplishments. Sometimes, however, it's hard to know when to let go of one to begin another.

Case in point.

Aside from being that pinker then pink fun -loving forty something who loves to blog I am also a published author on women's health issues; specifically Endometriosis. I've always loved to write and in 1997 first became published with my book entitled Endometriosis, One Woman's Journey. In conjuction I also started an interactive website to help women suffering from the disease. I hosted chats on WebMD, wrote articles in various periodicals, did book signings and immersed myself in the topic. I ran this course for several years until I began to burn out. I stopped chatting, neglected my website and message board (which by now had been corrupted by SPAM), no longer did appearances and essentially hit burnout. I was taxed. The inspiration that had been paramount to my success seemed to evaporate.

What I didn't realize is that nature was running it's course and that try as I may to revive it, my tenure as author extraordinaire had flat lined. I was scared to let go choosing instead to grasp at straws even amidst the barely audible death rattle. Only now, almost 12 years after it's fruition, can I peacefully and readily accept things both for what they were and are. Beginning this blog was almost a segway into a new beginning and has provided me the ability to do what I love to do most; write. Granted, I'm not about to win any accolades for my simplistic commentary but I'm happy here and that counts for a lot.

I've come to realize that everything has a season, a beginning and an end a start and a finish and it's up to us to honor each as they signify growth. To turn our backs due to fear of change is to deny ourselves the inherent right to evolve. This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes so it is on this note I'll end.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Nelson Mandela

* I am in no way ending this blog!!

7 tell it like it is:

TC :

Sorry to think you're ending the blog, but I do completely understand burnout. It happens.

Princess Extraordinaire :

No, I'm not ending my is just a post about moving on with life and how I did that with my old web site and book carreer.

The Passionate Book Worm :

It's good that we can realize when one chapter of our life has come to an end and it's time to move on to something else. I've recently closed some very important chapters in my life and it made me realize that just because I'm closing them doesn't mean they're not important to me anymore. It just means, it's time to focus somewhere else.

Britt :

I love that Nelson Mandela quote!!

KennethSF :

Nobody can take away what you've accomplished as a writer. You will always carry with you that special pride that comes only to those who've had the chance to share their stories and words with the reading public at large.

SoMi's Nilsa :

I just finished drafting a post about the fluidity of life. And how it's constantly changing. What I very much appreciate about you is how you seem to embrace some of that fluidity that has come into your life.

disa :

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