She asked us to take a minute to write down our "why"...our mission statement, so to speak.
As I sat in the audience, I wrote down what I thought I wanted to give with this blog, but when Erin asked for us to share...well, what came out of my mouth was completely different.
I said that I wanted this space to be an inspiration and encouragement to women. Women with pasts - that past may be dirty, dysfunctional, torn - or not. But it had to be a place that I can say to you,
"See it all works out in the end. It was all worth it. All of it."
You see, I have stories.
I have lots of stories from my past. Ones that are funny - and others, not so much . These are the tales of my past - ones that need to be spoken aloud because I want you (my readers...my loveys) to know that it doesn't matter.
It doesn't matter how dirty, dysfunctional, torn, or sad someone's past is...my past was. All those stories made me who I am today. Those stories made me start writing after all. When I had no one to listen to me, I had my writing.
Now I have this space.
This space where I can put it all down and feel safe about it.
I have a story. It no longer defines me, but it certainly shaped me.
It was ugly, but a lot of the time, very beautiful.
I learned that things - all things - happen for a reason.
And although I'm not totally ready to tell those stories right now -
I know that when I am, this will be the place to do it.
Everyone has a story.
Have you taken time to figure out what yours will do for you?