Hi – A Reentry Blog Post

You can’t find your voice if you don’t use it. Or so says Austin Kleon. Lately, I haven’t been using my voice as much as I would like. I want to write, to reflect, to tell my story, to show my work.  I want to write about my work and my family and books and cheese…you know…the important things.

I keep getting stuck, though.

Part of it is that my job is so reflective that reflecting has come to feel like work in the most banal sense of the word.  I am extremely reflective by nature and find it rejuvenating, but I haven’t been doing it enough for myself lately.  My work as a coach has me supporting others’ reflections and reflecting on their reflections. Reflect, reflect, reflect.  I have to make sure that I’m part of that reflection.  I have to make sure I don’t get lost in the reflection.

And that brings me to the second reason I keep getting stuck – I keep thinking I’ve lost my voice. I haven’t though.  I just keep forgetting to use it. My wonderful friend Jen Vincent wrote a lovely blog post about me this summer. As part of her post, she read through my entire blog (no small feat) and compiled her favorite words of mine into this slideshow.

Erin Jackle is Awesome from Jennifer Vincent

I have come back to this slideshow again and again, and it never fails to surprise me.  Those are my words! That’s my voice! It’s always been there, and I just need to use it.


  1. I love how positive your slideshow is. I’m afraid if someone made one from my blog it would be all doom and gloom 🙂

  2. Jen Vincent says:

    Yay! Welcome back! I’m glad you are blogging again. You have a wonderful voice that adds to all the stories that are already out there. I’m envisioning Horton Hears a Who and the little Who’s shouting, “We are here! We are here!” Together their voices are heard. There are so many stories in the world but we can always use more thoughtful, hopeful, uplifting voices to rise about the rest. Thank you for letting me and your readers into your life. It’s an awesome gift you give us to share your journey. 🙂

  3. Welcome back to blogging. I think we all lose our voice at some point in time. I know I have gone through periods of time where I post less. I love the slide show your friend made for you. Our voice is like Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers. We have had the power all along. Sometimes it take someone else pointing it out for us.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts!


  4. Erin, What honesty! I love it!! I can definitely relate to the feeling of being “stuck” but I’m so glad you found your voice again and are back at it! Reflecting is so therapeutic and brings us back to our “core”. I find that blogging helps me with that too. So glad to connect with you and begin to follow you!

    Take care!

    ~Alison, @ateachersbff

  5. Glad to see you here again! And welcome back. I hope your voice-finding process is relatively smooth, it’s a bear to reinvent a space with new words.


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