I grew up in a small town in Northern Maine, the only child of parents who divorced when I was young, who had experienced deep joy and profound suffering in their 17 years of marriage. From the influence of their experiences, I learned two things that are core to who I am. The value of community and the power of having a voice.
Years of Experience
From the power of having a voice, I learned that voice also carries with it a responsibility, to myself and to those affected by that voice. I wield my voice with strength and conviction, but I'm mindful of the impact it has on those around me. Being intentional in my thoughts and actions is central to who I am.
From the value of community, I learned that the need to relate to other human beings, the need to make authentic connections, the need to surround myself with people whom I love and trust, and who love and trust me, is central to my very existence as a human being.
These two things together - the value of community and the power of having a voice has become my personal vision, my life purpose. And not just for any community. I want to build a community of women. And not just with any voice, but with a collective voice that is stronger than our individual voices.