If you had asked me 7 years ago to share intimate parts of my life story with the world, I would have asked if you were crazy. Not because I didn't want to, but because I knew the online world could be very judgemental, and my fear of being judged or ridiculed was high. "Nope. I'm good.", I would have thought. "I'll keep my story close to my chest, where it's safe and can cloud my mind in peace."
Then, things changed. After speaking with various brave, life-experienced people, I discovered that my idea of sharing life stories and learning from the paths of others really is a great idea. In fact, it's something that cultures all over the world have done for centuries as a way to not only share stories but also experience release. The release and freedom of sharing something that's happened to you and finding out someone else has had a similar experience makes you feel less crazy but also kinda magical. Granted, there is always the risk that those who hear your story may disagree or judge, but then that's their problem. Not yours!
A few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting an amazing woman by the name of Krystal Snider, who is the owner of Collaborative Community Solutions. Listening to her heart-wrenching, motivating history shook me to my core and made me think about my own life. When she presented me with the opportunity to tell different parts of my life and learnings on her blog, I jumped at the chance. I figured, hey, if I truly want to be an unapologetic, non-judgmental badass, then I have to give people the opportunity to see me. The real me without my many masks of defence.
SO without further rambling, I present to you my first of many blog entries that contain my life story, thoughts and, without a doubt, ramblings that often circulate in my mind.