Updated: Nov 7, 2022
There’s something I want to share with you because I don’t see anyone else talking about this.
Back in 2020 or it might have been 2021 (I really can’t remember – everything seems to move so fast nowadays!) I decided I was ready to quit hiding for fear of not fitting in.
I’d lived with this fear hanging over my head like a big black cloud for pretty much my entire life at that point and I was ready to let it go.
So, I figured go big or go home!
And decided to tell my story.
I’d kept quiet about my past for fear that all the work I’d done to build up my social circles would be ruined – that people would find out that I’d grown up in a cult, look at me like I had three heads, and disappear never to be seen again.
The last thing I was going to do was risk losing everyone, being lonely, being rejected – it felt like all I’d known growing up and I sure didn’t want to run that risk again.
In fact, I went on to share my story with over 23 million people globally.
I wrote four books, was interviewed on multiple podcasts, by journalists, chat shows, and radio hosts, and was featured by other authors.
I even had a contributor for the New York Times share my story on abortion.
Without any PR experience, without paying big bucks, and without having to take off my slippers (I live in those things).
I went from barely being noticed to being unforgettable.
And then I got asked to write other people’s stories.
And I’d be asked how to share a story.
And how to do it without offending your family who you might need to talk about.
I get it, I was actually asked not to publish my story because of the ‘harm it may cause to innocent people’...
Find your voice
Find your people
But here’s what I noticed, beyond all the fame, the publicity.
Firstly, I realized I could never be silenced again – once you own your story, people can no longer use it against you.
Secondly, I released I’d begun a kind of initiation process, in releasing and letting out all that had happened to me in the past, I now got to look at who was I without all that stuff. I began to uncover who I was as a person.
Thirdly, as a natural byproduct of sharing my experiences instead of shredding my social circles, I actually attracted many who could relate to the stories I shared.
This was so much more than something to use for business or a way to become famous.
This was the entry point of becoming me.
And so today, to answer all the questions that I get asked I’m sharing how to Story - An Initiation.
Because I can’t state enough how this simple process has changed so much for me, about understanding who I am and what lights me up, and what frees my soul.