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Wow. This is so poignant, Ms. Jensen and Erika. It's amazing the impact that President Kennedy's death had not only on our nation, but worldwide. It makes you pause and consider what may have been the fate of other world leaders...
Speaking of wonder, I always wondered where your lovely daughter got her smarts and sensitivity. Of course!
What an accomplishment to raise a kid like Erika. I aspire to be like you. And though I have a son (and never once pined over a future daughter...until this day) I mourn the fact that I'll (likely) never live to see him put hooker dust all over his face.
Thank you for sharing your story and bloodlines :)
3 weeks ago on “Grandma Had the TV On and Was Quietly Crying”
Thank you for sharing your awesome, heartbreaking and brave story, Amber. Your reliance is such an inspiration to your three children, especially.
Best of luck with all your endeavors :)
1 month ago on Guest Post: Would You Like Fries With That? (Meet Amber Hott)
Gawd, how you know how to get inside a person's head, Erika! All that striving, hoping, guessing, fretting, etc. about "getting there" was thankfully eliminated for me years ago while still a concrete thinker. Some famous person said, and I paraphrase, Life does not necessarily get tied up in a red bow, at any point.
It reminds me of the therapy process--it's rare to go all the way--get over the initial humps of connecting, building trust, and then moving on to the work phase, and finally termination. Many clients drop off well before it's "time." It's all a process.
And you're so right--nobody has it easy. And to expect that is to set yourself up for some colossal bitch slaps on the daily.
Rock that wig and tiara, girl! You've earned it. What a great opportunity for you and them in the DR :)
1 month, 1 week ago on The Bitch Slap: The Bullshit of Being a “Work In Progress”
@Raschella I love you! Funny--I was just thinking about sharing this post on Twitter and went for the link, and saw this new comment. Aww--I'm honored that I reminded you of Erika--a true honor.
Sorry about the couples therapy issue...I hope you arrive at whatever decision needs to be made.
Positive vibes your way, babe.
1 month, 1 week ago on Why Your Personal Life is Killing Your Brand
Hah! After enjoying the role of "centerfold" on your awesome website for the past 8 days, I was dreading the day I'd be knocked off the pedestal. Until I saw THIS. Good God Almighty--this made my Friday (almost as much as when you...<--cuz I'm 13).
Love that Camille has a sense of humor to go along with her formidable assets. Makes me want to like her page for the fuck of it. All kidding aside, you have lovely symmetrical features. And to all the pervs who read into that one, the features between one's ears.
And Happy belated Birthday, Erin!
2 months, 1 week ago on The Part Where Facebook Thinks I’m a P0rn Star
@Health_Sessions Thank you Jennifer--means a lot!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Why Your Personal Life is Killing Your Brand
@Steph Ritz Oh, Steph. Wow. The beautiful thing is that you reached your 'aha' moment. It's never easy. One thing that helped was my therapist said (in my response to "I know on some level I will feel happy again. But right now...I just can't see it") "Those who leave a relationship and vow not to repeat the same patterns the next time always find happiness."
Sending strong, positive vibes your way.
You got this.
@BerniXiong ZOMG! And not to bring abject inappropriateness to the RedHead Writing Community, but I LOVE black men, so it's extra meaningful Berni!
I have so enjoyed my Twitter time with you today. If you hadn't of interviewed Erika for the #ShutUpShow, I wouldn't have met you yet.
@Bjohnson16 Thank Erika for channeling this one. She called it!
@JuneLefebvre Aww. Thanks June! I love all the stalkers here who want to be on my couch :)
Just kidding! And thank you for the nice sentiment.
@RickyLopez Thanks Rick! You know you can count on me to serve it straight up, minus the b.s. on the side.
@KitMaloney Hah! And if I could design a vibrator that can double as a dildo, I could leave the couch!
Thank you, Kit :)
P.S. "Fuck this shit o'clock" came from someone in this awesome Redhead Writing community. I'm just quoting it. But honestly, I've been saying it non-stop for the past month or so....Here's a secret---sometimes Erika "Calls it..." on Fridays on her Facebook page...
@Roni Wise Oh, Roni! So nice to see you here. Thank you for passing this along. And yes--Erika's website and products, writings, brand, etc. are just top-notch.
@DocJessica "We teach what we need to learn." I JUST heard that for the first time this morning--whoa. I mean, you can function when things on the homefront aren't going well--and at times, that's gonna happen because it's just reality. But I can't come up with any compelling reason to stay in a dysfunctional relationship. Toxic, toxic, toxic.
And Good Gawd Almighty--children do not ask to be raised in this environment. And children have one shot at childhood.
Thank you for the wonderful quote + nice words, Jessica.
@torourke358 Thanks Tim! Damn, what with all the email I've received from this post about 'thanks for this. I really needed to hear it...', I should've been a couples counselor :)
Oh, and btw--"I would try to get you to be my therapist..." doesn't sound like much of an effort. Am I right? Hah!
@Chase Reeves Thanks for the support, Chase! Your gravatar makes me very happy :)
@jasonkonopinski Thank you, Jason!
@Carrie Drephal True that about denial being rampant on so many levels. We all have our 'aha' (or as Erika would say, "Fuck this shit o'clock") moment, but sadly it comes way too late. I'm not saying it's easy to walk away from relationships--no matter how dysfunctional, because we're conditioned to what is familiar to us. Often that 'relationship template' came from our parents.
Glad you found your way too, Carrie!
@irenehsavarese Oh, yeah Irene. Whether on the couch, in life, or in business--you have to know your limits or you may end up in a padded room...
Thanks for sharing!
Wow. Just wow. Thank you so much for offering me this amazing experience to write in your beautiful virtual home, with some of the most vibrant, insightful, and humorous readers around.
I'm truly honored.
Have a safe trip to Chi-Town :)