The Human Connection

How Do You Measure A Year: A Gratitude Post

Come on, we ALL know that had to happen. It’s the time of year we reflect upon and share my gratitude for all I’ve gotten to experience this year. Please bear with me as I get mushy.

First of all, this blog would not be here without Patrick Hinds, who told me, “This sounds really amazing. Truly. Really the only advice I have is to just go for it. Start. I’m happy to cheer you on along the way!” in an email in which I asked for his thoughts on starting this little venture of mine. Nor would it be here had I not gotten similar feedback from Gillian Pensavalle who told me, “I think this is a fantastic idea.[…] You clearly have the drive to do this and you’re doing it for the right reasons. I think this can be so helpful to so many people, and you’re right – if anyone can do it, it’s you!” This was followed by four paragraphs on how I could get started, resources, and ideas for figuring out how to do this. And on top of that–yes, there’s more– answering any and every question I had regarding this blog and beyond. Thank you both for creating the things that I love, and making what I love accessible to me on a weekly basis.

Next, thank you to my readers. I’m so glad this has grown into a family of caregivers and students, speech pathologists and educators. I started this to reach beyond my speech room, and I know for a fact I actually have. I’m in this field to help others, and if there’s anything you’d like to see more of, please let me know. I hope you had a great 2017, and I’ll see you in 2018!

To everyone who has been so generous with their time to allow me to interview them–I may be speechless. Thank goodness I’m writing! I NEVER dreamed I’d get to talk to my heroes, or that I’d get to impart their wisdom to my students. I’ve gotten to understand my students better through your challenges and your perspectives, and I’ve gotten to give them a bit of a theatre education as I learn from what you share with me. There aren’t enough words in any language to share my great appreciation for you all.

To my amazing friends who’ve given me questions to ask, kept me from giving up, supported me, proofread, and contributed to this site. You know who you are and you are all fabulous and I don’t know what I did to deserve you.

Cheers to a new year one and all, see you in 2018!

Keep playing with words and see what your message creates!
–Stef the StageSLP

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