I wrote the first paragraph of this post a dozen times. How do I describe a woman who grabbed my heart the first time I met her and didn’t let go?
That was thirteen very long years ago!
At the time, she was in the middle of a long-term abusive relationship. She didn’t realize it and neither did I, though there were signs. Aren’t there always signs?
She struggled with mental health issues but I didn’t know it. In fairness, so did I and she didn’t know it. Or maybe our subconscious selves knew it and recognized each other? Maybe that’s what drew us together? (No question about it, now that I think about it!)
She loved to read. A LOT! Perhaps it was her escape. Looking back, I’m sure of it. She couldn’t have chosen a better escape. She loved the library and had a new book every few days.
She was a writer. Prolific, really. And animal lover.
What’s not to love?
And then her whole world turned upside down.
What did she do? Some would say she “Reinvented herself” and that may be true. I say that she let her true self emerge… no “reinventing” needed. Just release.
She is still all the things I said above… and more.
Her animal advocacy has led her to volunteer and stand up for abused and captive animals. She “walks the talk” as a vocal advocate for the ethical treatment of sentient beings.
For the animals, she has also chosen veganism as a lifestyle and shares her trials and tribulations with difficult recipes, like “cheese” sauces and pulled “pork”.
Her mental health advocacy has led her to talk about her struggles in a public way, including several blog spaces, which I will be sharing with you.
She left the abusive long-term relationship years ago but knows the struggle to move beyond the damage takes time. She shares her experiences in a way that respects individual journeys and speak to each person “where they stand”.
Oh, and she swears like a sailor. Just thought I’d add that. <<< This is always a shock to me, though it shouldn’t be. Many of my closest friends let the f-word flip frequently (say that fast three times!).
In short, she is a smiley-face lil’ monkey with a dark side. Ha! The perfect photo for this teaser.
Her interview will be coming soon…
In the meantime, get a pen and paper ready. I’ve asked for a few recipes!