Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Finding My Voice
I have always been a pretty vocal person. Even as a little kid I talked to anyone that would listen. Yes, I did get called Chatty Cathy on a number of occasions. I stayed this way through high school and college and I learned that it was a part of my personality that I was grateful for. It really came in handy in college with speeches and presentations. As an adult, I am always striving to be assertive not aggressive. If I am upset with a retailer or service provider, I try my best to make my point without raising my voice or being abrasive. Somewhere along the line though, I lost my voice. In hindsight, I believe it had a lot to do with self-esteem and self-worth.
In the last six months, I have turned that around some. In the last week, I have been able to find my voice again and I am feeling strong. There were two occasions in the last week where I spoke to the other party and let them know how they had offended or disrespected me and that I stood behind my actions and in both cases they apologized and told me I was right and how sorry they were for offending me. Both situations were weighing pretty heavy on my heart so once they were resolved I felt like a huge weight has been lifted. Gives me hope moving forward. Until next time...
P.S. Anna Marie, can you please email me at katiejisonherway at gmail dot com :-)