it all started…

…with a declaration of independence. I read Inga Muscio’s book, “Cunt: A Declaration of Independence”. I was awakened. I was intrigued. Mostly, I just thought I would take her challenge: read books only by women authors for one year. Seemed innocuous enough.

Little did I know it would send my life catapulting down the road I now travel. This road of writing, traveling, giving, and mentoring. It’s not quite anything close to how I used to envision how my life would turn out. But somehow it’s better than anything I could have ever envisioned before.

It’s amazing, this butterfly effect. How one tiny action, one seemingly simple little moment cascades into a tumbling waterfall of moments that snatch you – sometimes willingly, sometimes completely unawares – down a river you might never have known you’d traverse.

A declaration of independence. I’m actually quite struck by how apropos that is. I began with a book by that title, not by any design of my own.

But when I look back, I see this is what I’m doing: I’m declaring independence.

I’m declaring my freedom to choose a path less traveled.

I’m declaring my independence from fear. From “should”. And from other people’s rules.

I’m declaring my independence from “I wish I could” and exchanging it for “I Will.”

I Am.

I. Am. Me.


Where or when did it all start for you?

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4 thoughts on “it all started…

  1. Or naive and foolhardy. One of the two, haha. Thank you very much. That really is very sweet of you to say!

  2. I am so glad that the the book was a catalyst for you. This journey you are beginning is awesome and exciting. If I can find a way to get to Thailand, I so want to go on that adventure too!

  3. To JHS: Thanks for linking up! I tried to comment on your post…and I saw comments on the post, but I must be blind because I couldn't find out where to comment myself. So I hope you see this!

    Anyway, here is what I would have said:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. It's definitely so true what you say about the Depression era generation and how difficult their lives were – and how deeply it affected them, even long after the actual difficulties had passed. It's truly a testament to your strength and passion that you managed to pursue your dream even after so much setback. It's clear you really learned a lot from the entire process and, in its own way, it has shaped who you are too. Hopefully that can help you find yourself at peace, so you don't have to carry a burden of resentment for your mother, even when she did not understand you enough. Hopefully understanding her brings you some comfort at least.