Cathy Chester | An Empowered Spirit

What Is The Best Way To Thank You?

What is the best way to thank a group of people for helping me achieve a goal? By using what I know how to use best: My words.

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No one can succeed in life without the help of others. It’s impossible. Movie studios would fold without moviegoers. Books would not become bestsellers without purchasers. Children would not thrive without a supportive community surrounding them.

It really does take a village.

In the world of blogging the same is true. A successful blogger has to provide quality content and share it throughout social media. But their blog would never succeed on its own. Bloggers must engage in communities of bloggers and non-bloggers who, hopefully, become loyal readers.

In those communities the magic begins. New friendships are born and old ones are strengthened. You support each other through comments, shares, likes, tweets and pins. In doing so you’re growing each other’s audience, and your vision becomes a reality.

“When one person succeeds, we win as a group of people. Support others dreams so we can all win.” ~Bianca Frazier 

I’ve learned a lot about blogging and social media since my first blog post in 2012. What surprised me the most was what I learned about myself a few months after I began to blog. I felt in my heart that I wanted to not only write about midlife, which was my original mission, but to also dedicate myself to helping the Multiple Sclerosis and disability community.

I now know my purpose in life is to help others. I can’t explain why doing so makes me feel complete except it simply does. That may sound Pollyanish but so be it. After half a century it was nice to finally become acquainted with myself.

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” Albert Schweitzer

But I wouldn’t be able to reach my goals without the guidance, support, enthusiasm, constructive criticism and love from all of you. In these last few weeks of Healthline’s Best Health Blog Contest of 2015, despite all of the glitches, I’ve been overwhelmed by your kindnesses. I am extremely grateful for your support and I thank you.

I dislike contests because there are winners and losers and that never feels right to me. Take a look at all of the nominated blogs at Healthline. Every single one is a winner. Each one is amazing by making a difference to countless people. Kudos to every one of them.

I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me. You were incredible despite the many glitches that happened every single day. It was maddening for all of us and I thank you for sticking with it to get your vote to finally count. You inspire me to keep doing what I do, letting me believe that I must be doing something right. I hope I am.

I’d like to thank a few people in particular whose generosity in sharing the contest, and inspiring me to keep on trying when I wanted to give up, helped me more than they know. You are all amazing people and it’s an honor to know you:

Helene Cohen Bludman (Books is Wonderful)
Shelley Zurek (Still Blonde After All These Years)
Kim Jorgensen Gane (GANE Possible)
Theresa Dillman Lennox (Writing Creatively)
Doreen McGettigan (Doreen McGettigan: They say every one has a story…this is Mine)
Denise Gabbard (Denise Gabbard: Helping Businesses Thrive)
Terry Crawford Palardy (Terry’s Thoughts and Threads – also nominated. Congrats!)
Gabrielle Seekeley (Thursday’s Child Consulting)
Elena Peters (Living with Batman)
Walker Thornton (
Nancy Hill (Women’s Legacy Project)
Joan Bickley Stommen (GramCracker Crumbs)
Julia Miles Robinson (Library Park Dental  Julia is working on other projects as well and will return to her own blog soon to write incredible posts!)
Alicia Searcy (Spashionista)
Michelle Poston Combs (Rubber Shoes in Hell)
Lee Gaitan (Lee Gaitan: Just Don’t Bounce, Bounce Back)

Last but never least I’d like to thank my mother. She put together her own email list to ask friends and relatives to vote for me. She’s always been my biggest fan and the first to privately tell me her thoughts on my work. As a parent I now understand how difficult my diagnosis must have been for her. Thanks, Mom, for your constant love and support. You are an amazing lady.

*My sincere apologies if I inadvertently left any names out.


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44 thoughts on “What Is The Best Way To Thank You?

    1. Post author

      I quite agree. Those quotes about if we lift each other up we all succeed are so true. You’ve always been a great support of the work I do and I appreciate it. I try to do the same for you whenever I can. That’s what it’s all about, my friend.

  1. Helene Cohen Bludman

    So kind of you, Cathy. You have a huge following that loves and appreciates you. You give so much to others; of course we want to give back to you. Next year we’ll get that ranking even higher. xoxo

    1. Post author

      Kim you are the wind beneath my wings. You guided me to stay the course with your inspiring words and knowledge. You really are my mentor and I am the lucky recipient. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  2. Joy

    Congratulations, not just for being part of the ‘contest’, but really for having a group of amazing women friends supporting you. You are a generous spirit and I hope you will continue to be able to serve and succeed! Xoxo

    1. Post author

      Joy, oh Joy. I hope we can meet again because we hardly got to talk at BAM. Thank you for taking the time to leave your lovely comments. You were properly named because you give such joy to so many. Thank you my friend.

    1. Post author

      I agree.

      Did you know you were the 1st person I met at BlogHer ’13? I was waiting for Lois (my roomie) to arrive and ran into you in the lobby and we took a walk together outdoors. I was a bit nervous since it was my first event. It was tons of fun! Hope we can get together in the near future. With 3,000 miles between us….

  3. Terry Palardy

    It was fun, though baffling, to check into the site each day and at least try to vote – I keep telling people that this is NOT my century … but I’ll do my best to keep up with it!

    And it was always a good feeling when I did manage to break through the glitches and vote for your blog … so worth it!

    Congratualtions, Cathy, and best wishes for continued success.

    Terry, of Terry’s Thoughts and Threads

  4. Stephanie Weaver, MPH

    Cathy, I love the work you do. I feel the same way as you, about using my work to serve others, so lets be Pollyanna-ish together. 🙂

  5. Kathy @ SMART Living

    Hi Cathy! It’s clear that you have many fans here on SM and I hopeyou know all of us were rooting and voting for you as well. While you didn’t “win” the money, coming in #7 is still very impressive and sure to make you proud and to prove that you do indeed make a difference in the lives of your readers and friends. Just remember, in the end the numbers don’t really matter. It only takes one person, one reader that you helped today, to make it all worthwhile. ~Kathy
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    1. Post author

      That’s exactly my philosophy. If I’ve helped even one person then everything is more than worth it.

      Thanks so much for voting and being a cheerleader for me and my work, Kathy. Your zeal for life is infectious and comes through every word.

  6. Doreen McGettigan

    I am still stunned that they never answered any of my emails other than to say they were looking into it.
    There is no doubt and I believe there is something bigger and better for you!

    1. Post author

      I was emailing (and tweeting) them every day and not always hearing back, Doreen. I emailed them today suggesting they re-do their voting system. We shall see. Thank you for trying. It was so thoughtful of you. And THANK YOU for voting and believing in me. You are a gem.

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