Yes, it's true, we don’t pop out of Mom’s womb (what an image that is!) ready to write that phenomenal story, all about us! Learning to write that story, whether it’s just in our diary, or in an eBook, an audio book, in a full-length published print book, or all of the above is a task best done in collaboration – with professionals whose only duty is to serve you - you, the author of...the story.
I like to think, perhaps, there were girls who were also not pregnant, but were out of control, according to some rule in their households. Girls who wanted to read and write and be heard, when they spoke. Girls who wanted to challenge the status quo and make something of themselves - girls whose only goal in life was to NOT be Mrs. Somebody or other, because they knew if that happened, they were lost, forever.
As some astute readers may discern, stories are made up of words. In present day U.S. (and all over the world, I dare say – at least, wherever there is ink and paper), some stories include pictures, cartoons, colors and images that purport to be worth 1000 words. I did not cover those, in my presentation. I am focused entirely on words - because even when we see an image we like or don't like, we think about it in words. "Oh this is horrible!" we might think, or say out lout. "Oh this is beautiful!" we might share or think silently. But, we do think it and the thought is in words.
When you write to save your life, the flow of the story may seem sequential, because you’re composing it from day one of memory, to present time, but when you edit, you will uncover memories that conflict with what is on paper; memories that go deeper, so much so, you wonder if you can share them in this book you are creating. Memories you have hidden, even from yourself.
I 'met' Sarah Jordan via a Facebook Live done by another SWC guest, Image Consultant,Carol Hanson. Sarah presented herself as exactly the kind of woman I am passionate about supporting and sharing. She's smart, talented, and brings years of tech experience to the important work she is doing now. Important work that supports women and girls everywhere. the world over, with something so necessary but so overlooked by those of us in our comfy homes and big bathrooms, you will be astonished.
First order of business - there are no stupid questions. Yes, you've heard that in every class you've ever attended and maybe in some life settings. Asking questions is the key to education. Learning found in a book is all well and good, but it only supplements what your own experiences and the experiences of others can teach you. And, hence, why I say more women should write books.
I am fascinated by Yola's journey in the last three years - how and why she is where she is today - in London rather than Portugal. As with so many smart, talented women, Yola's adventure involves • People • Beliefs • Empowerment and the desire to give back.
What exactly do Stephanie and Jane do? If you ask them what they do, they'll tell you they help women over 50 create sustainable long term healthy eating habits by eliminating diets, overwhelm, and kitchen chaos. The focus, they tell me, is reinvention and the journey of how you got to where you are today – including how you got over stumbling blocks or hurricane winds trying to hold you back.
We've established in other blog posts that writing a book to become rich and famous is foolish. The reason you write a book is married to the reason you have a story to tell. You write a book to share. You write a book to entertain. You write a book to educate. You write a book to inspire.
Hers is a story of breast cancer and a strong desire to move forward turning lemons into lemonade (or you could say, turning the average Chinese fortune cookie into a work of art the size of a football). There is a good bit of the story that is told in the video that I will not include here. It's best to watch Sue tell it and see her face light up when she talks about children, and art, and museums.