Readers’ Responses

IMG_2988Since creating From Brown Eyes, I have had a handful of replies. To everyone that has taken the time to not only read my blog, but to reply with your personal stories, questions, and with words of encouragement, thank you. It has just meant the world to me. Putting yourself out there is hard. For me, writing an extremely personal open letter to the world is scary, but these replies make it so worth it. They encourage me to continue on this unknown path. Thank you all so much for the support.

Below I have some of my favorite replies, all posted with permission from the author. I hope you draw inspiration from them, just like I did. Enjoy.

From Austin in New York

I know it might sound crazy but I haven’t seen you in years but I just read your blog post about adversity. I’m in a similar situation and I find my self always saying “why me?” My father was just diagnosed with kidney cancer. I’ve never had life throw me a curve ball too, and right after that happened, my best friend passed away. I’m really having a hard time; debating whether I should be where I’m at or make a huge life decision. Regardless, what I took from your post is that home is ultimately where you make it and you can take challenges as they come. Thanks! You are beautiful person that really helped me in this crazy life.

From Chris in California:

Tess, I just wanted to dash off a note to say how much I admire your strength and courage for not settling for a “good, reliable, predictable” course for your life that is not your TRUE course! This world is huge and possibilities are endless! Congratulations and thank you for sharing!

From Mary in Michigan 

I really enjoyed reading your blog. You are such an amazing person at such a young age. I admire your decision to quit your corporate job and move back home for a while. Family is ALWAYS first. I worked as an accountant for a large company for 20 years, made good money, but never really liked my job. I own my own restaurant now, Not making money, but Love my job. LOL One of my favorite parts of my job at the restaurant is at the end of the night, packing up leftover food and delivering it at the senior apartments on the edge of town. There are so many elderly people there that don’t eat good. I finally feel like maybe I’m making a difference. Might just be a small differance, but my job as an accountant, I just felt like a number, not a human being. I attend a nice small church on Sundays, and I also enjoy hiking, being alone outdoors, gives me time to do some deep thinking or soul searching. You will figure out where you want to be, what you want to do with your life. We are so thankful to live in this country where we have all the opportunities available to us. Best of luck to you in your new adventures, whatever they may be. God Bless you, Love & Hugs Mary

Mary later replied more:

I’ve been making aprons and selling them at the restaurant and on Etsy.  I started making them for me to wear, then customers asked to make them some & it got carried away from there.  My shop on Etsy is funfoodsaprons.   I make these out of recycled shirts 1 Tshirt & 1 dress shirt.  They are fun to make &  very durable.  I’ve also made some purses out of Tshirts.  Who know, maybe that will be my next adventure.  I love recycling, and I love helping out people,  I just won a pay it forward award on News 25 here out of Flint MI  my son Alex submitted me for our “coin jar” at the restaurant, we’ve placed ALL tips and customers toss in change to make a change, we donate the contents of the coin jar to a needy person or non profit organization each month.  The month the news was here, the coin jar went to a blind lady who just lost her husband of 28 years.  You can see the clip here if you’d like.  And feel free to check out my Etsy shop.

From Jennifer in California

Hi Tess, I say bravo to you for taking a break and finding your passion. Life is too short to spend it on the hamster wheel. Sometimes we have to in order to survive, but if you can identify your passion and work in or around that field then cheers to you! It’s difficult but it can be done. How are you going about finding your “passion”?

From Jessica in California

Loving your blog Tess! I can relate after stepping down from a secure, full time (and well paying) management position with Starbucks after 6 years to pursue my dream of completing my B.A. – I took a 75% paycut after 8 years. Singlehandedly the best decision I have ever made in my life. Gets scary from time to time, but fear is a strange and new motivating factor in my life. Proud of you for following you heart, as scary as it can be. Keep up with the blog – love reading it! #keeponwithyourbadself ‬

From Tim in Nevada

Hey Tess, I see you made a change in your life lol. Hope everything is going well. I have no doubt that you will succeed in whatever it is you want to do. It takes guts to make the decision that you made but you are an intelligent person and you can do what ever it is you want with your life and I have no doubt that you will eventually find your passion. I also left Target a year in a half or so ago for the same reason. As you said, I felt like life was killing me. It has been difficult for me since I retired from the Air Force over 13 years ago, it seems like yesterday. I was passionate about what I did in the Air Force and I enjoyed the people and the camaraderie that went along with it. Maybe someday I’ll find that again, but if I don’t then that’s okay. If there is one thing I learned is that you have to do what makes you happy, and until you find it you need to just enjoy the ride. Life is good Tess! Just keep doing what you are doing and you will be fine.

From Ted in California

I know it’s a cliche and often hard to believe in the moment, but I believe it’s true: “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…” It’s been true for me at least. You are getting stronger.‬

From Jessie in California



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