Wednesday, March 2, 2011

One Year Anniversary Video, and a big THANK YOU

One year ago, I launched Crying Out Now, with little more than an idea and a whole lot of hope.

I didn't know whether women would come and share their stories of addiction and recovery; I wasn't sure if people would feel comfortable sharing their truths, even anonymously.   I didn't know if the world was ready to come with open minds and hearts to offer support to people actively struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction.  

All I knew was I wanted, somehow, to spread some of the comfort, hope and inspiration I felt when I heard other people bravely telling their truth and found myself nodding along, thinking: I'm not alone.

I wasn't sure if it would work, but I thought it was worth a try.   I never dreamed Crying Out Now would get the response it has, and I am so grateful.   

Some women who post here are opening up and telling their truth for the very first time.    I am always humbled and inspired by the courage and grace it takes to chip away at darkness and denial and write.   

To all of you who have told your truths here over the past year, thank you.   I wish I could share all the emails I get from women who are out there quietly reading, drawing inspiration and hope from your words.    You are reaching thousands of people, some of whom will never comment or post, but who are feeling comfort and kinship,  sometimes for the very first time.

To all of you who comment, offer your words of comfort and empathy, thank you.    Women who post here are brave, to be certain, but they are also vulnerable, and your supportive comments mean so very much.  

And to everyone who helps spread the word through your Tweets, Facebook pages and sidebars - thank you, thank you, thank you.

Crying Out Now isn't about telling someone they need to get sober.   We aren't about telling anyone how to stay sober.   Our mission is to share our stories; to create an open, supportive community that shines a beacon of light in the darkness and isolation of addiction, hopelessness and shame.  

Every meaningful journey into self-love and freedom begins with one simple thing:   the truth.   Shame hates the truth.

And so, with gratitude in my heart, I made a video honoring the power of our hearts and voices.   

This is for all of you:




You can also watch the video on YouTube by clicking here (larger screen, no logo imposed over the video).


***A big thank you to Maggie, whose amazing work at Violence Unsilenced inspired me to start Crying Out Now. And make a video.

29 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary! *hugs everyone* Thank you!!

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  2. Oh I am crying now!!!!! Thank you for giving us a platform to share! I am telling my chapter two tomorrow night at my meeting.....

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  3. Ellie!! This is SO beautiful!!! Thank you so much for giving women in sobriety a place to find such an amazing family! :)

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  4. love.

    so. much. love.

    so much win, too. :D Way to go, everyone!!! Thank you for baring your souls and telling your stories. They matter. They really really matter a lot. Don't ever forget that.

    I <3 Crying Out Now.

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  5. Beautiful. So so proud to know you. All of you.

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  6. Happy Anniversary and a big Thank You!

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  7. I'm so glad I found Crying Out Now! Happy anniversary and that video ROCKS! My friend wants to make one for her rape recovery group now!

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  8. Ellie, this is a lovely video, and I am so happy to have found this site - very, very recently. I look forward to becoming "a part of" in coming months.

    Love, much love.

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  9. Brilliant! Beautiful! Lovely!

    Thank you for starting this amazing blog one year ago. Today I hit nine months and the words of this blog carried me through some of my bleaker moments.

    Thank you.

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  10. This is so freaking beautiful. I am honored beyond words to be able to be a part of it at this time in my life. I hope you know Ellie how truly helpful this place has been for me and no doubt for so many. A lifeline when one was so desperately needed. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! And happy happy one-year anniversary to Crying Out Now!

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  11. Fantastic! Congratulations!

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  12. The video is amazing - as are you! It got me all verklempt first thing in the morning. Our voices not only matter - they help heal. Happy Anniversary!

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  13. Holy cow - I'm sitting here in tears. This video was amazing Ellie!!! Thank you so much for all of your work through your program and this website.

    THANK YOU - all of our voices matter!!

    bets

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  14. Happy YEAR!! :)
    Loved the video, you rocked it!!

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  15. This is so lovely. It's brought on Thursday morning tears... good tears. Thank you, Ellie, for having this vision. Reading this blog, and writing bits of my story, have helped more that I ever would have thought possible. <3

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  16. Beautiful, Ellie. Thanks for all you do.

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  17. This is powerful. Thank you for the video and for being a part of online recovery. It all matters.

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  18. You women inspire me. We'll never meet but I feel like I know you.

    God Bless!
    LF

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  19. Well done! And a big congratulations on your year anniversary. Your Voice Matters.

    *hugs* Shanon

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  20. Happy Anniversary! This site has such a beautiful mission. I'm glad I found you - our site (Girlyfight) is also about supporting women to make a change so I plan to keep close tabs on this place.

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  21. Happy Anniversary! I LOVE the video. So moving, so sweet, so inspiring. My heart is all melty. Thank you, Ellie, Robin, Val, and all of the beautiful women who make the CoN world go 'round. I am forever grateful, both for myself and for those silent souls who read, but we may not hear from.

    Big love, y'all!

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  22. Excellent This was a heart-warmer! Thanks for making our voices matter! We are all singing with one voice and in harmony...the same song of addiction and recovery is always in our hearts. Lets do this one day at a time!

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  23. I'm depressed because I've been reading since the very beginning...and am still drinking, although I feel INSPIRED reading each story! ...just not inspired enough? : / anyway...HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

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  24. Am I the only one crying...lol! Beautiful.

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  25. Beautiful. I cried like a big baby watching this. I'm sorry I missed the deadline for a photo. Thank you for your website and your honestly - all of you!

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  26. Ellie, you are so beautiful. Happy one year! I am so grateful for you and the women here in this space.

    And I SO meant to get you a picture for the amazing video. (blaming kids)

    XO.

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