Julie Owens posted this beautiful photo with its inspiring message on my Facebook wall. Ms. Owens is a DV survivor and fierce advocate. She’s an expert on PTSD in DV survivors. And, she leads so many of us to faith-based solutions. We share a birthday, and I was abundantly blessed when she came into my life.
Ms. Owens is one of an amazing duet of DV advocates in North Carolina ~ brilliant and brave survivors who are making a difference every day. Kit Gruelle completes the duet. I am amazed and humbled by what these women accomplish. They blaze a trail for the rest of us. Their grassroots efforts inspire people around the world.
I believe that we all must have a dream ~ something that we really, really, really want to achieve ~ to get us through the stormy seas. My dream has been that survivors would unite and find a forum to share their wit and wisdom. My Kiwi friend Mary Robbins, who is a world-class advertising executive, summed up my dream eloquently: “Silent No More!”
I knew that we needed to create a map for sailing the uncharted waters of surviving, thriving, and finding joy. So, I invested $15 to launch this site and started writing stories about famous survivors. The site grew, and survivors started to connect. I knew that if survivors could connect that we would ultimately break down the walls of silence ~ remove the shame and blame from the experience of domestic violence and child abuse. Today, my blogroll has links to dozens of survivors’ websites and social media organizations.
There were times that I felt I was wandering around in the wilderness. There were times when I wanted to give up. I have cried more than I have smiled. Yet, it is days like today when I realize the quest is not futile. We are collectively and individually making a difference. Most progress comes one step at a time, and quantum leaps are cause for celebration.
I have bitched and moaned and groaned that breast cancer eclipses domestic violence in October. But, this year is going to be different.
Eve Ensler launched her One Billion Rising campaign which gains momentum each day: Strike! Dance! Rise!
Women Hold Up Half the Sky will air on PBS on October 1 and 2.
Redbook and Soma Intimates have launched their What Freedom Feels Like campaign. It features a series of inspiring videos of women who have escaped abuse and the celebrities who support them. Redbook has also published a list of resources on their site.
And, Allstate is sponsoring a Purple Purse campaign to benefit YWCA programs. It’s easy. You go to the Click to Empower Purple Purse page on Facebook. Then, you click on a quote to share. And, Allstate donates $5 to the YWCA.
I’m doing a “Yippee Skippy!” dance because Navigating Uncharted Waters surpassed the 300,000 visitor mark this morning. It boggles my mind that visitors have come from 165 countries ~ that’s only a few countries less than United Nations members. I am beyond humbled and grateful for everyone’s support. Thank you. Bless you.
HuffPost posted an electoral college map projecting that Pres. Obama will receive 347 votes, and Gov. Mitt Romney will get just 191. There are no toss-up states.
Millie Judge will be sworn in as a Snohomish County (WA) judge in January, 2013.
My case manager called to announce she has a new job. Although I will miss her tremendously, I am thrilled for her continuing success. I think these are all signs from the Universe that it is time for me to make like a butterfly. . .
There was other great news from my friends today, but it is private. I’ll let them decide whether to share in the comment section. I’m smiling as I post this because sometimes our horoscopes are spot-on:
Someone might deliver the confidence boost you need today as your key planet Jupiter aligns with Mercury the Messenger. An uplifting comment from a friend or a colleague encourages you to develop a passionate idea into a real plan. On the other hand, your inspiration could motivate others to accomplish greatness. Dream your dream out loud, for whatever you believe can become part of your future.
Please join me in celebrating this day that God has made. We are all God’s children, and we are all beYOUtiful.