Who am I?
I am a notoriously ‘free-spirited,’ fly by the seat of my pants, husband loving, animal enthusiast (SLOTHS, RED PANDAS and INFANT SQUIRRELS…Oh MY!). I landed in Boise Idaho five years ago without a plan. I have been searching for my “path” for what seems like FOREVER! (Just ask my mom). Somehow, I don’t think I’m alone in that boat. I unabashedly believe that we, EVERY ONE of us, has something awesome and unique to offer the world…so what’s holding us back!? I am passionately dedicated to the pursuit of empowering women from the inside out. Cultivating self worth, dreaming big and doggedly hanging on to a sense of humor in spite of it all. I believe we have a powerful opportunity, what with all the internets, to connect, support and inspire each other to design our lives with intention and authenticity. And…have a blast while doing it!
HOW DID I END UP HERE, AT THIS BLOG, TALKING TO YOU?
About thirteen years ago I was living in Crested Butte Colorado – if you love mountains, awesome people, and any excuse to don a costume, I highly recommend a visit- I was a professional snowbum and PBR slinger, and it was sweet. I remember one day, while walking my K-9 compadre, Quincy, thinking, “I am meant to be doing something creative with my life.” Okay, hold up. What? The very idea of living a creative life had litchrally (hello, Chris Traeger) never crossed my mind. It just wasn’t a concept I was raised with. So even though I knew there was some truth in this thought I just kinda stuck that little tidbit of information away to let it do it’s thing…fester and grow and become increasingly aggravating, like a rash I could no longer ignore. Thankfully, I met my husband, who is a creative bombshell and unrelenting believer in me. Without him, I’m not sure I would have had the courage to bring my creative longing out of hiding and plop it down on my desk for inspection. I have long known that my creative skill lies in writing, but that was it, that’s where my vision ended. So, I pulled up my britches and dug deeper, started reading, meditating and listening to inspiring TED talks (seriously). I spent time looking at what holds me back and I found some answers, which is, in my opinion, the first step to setting a person free. I ended up writing down a list of things I wanted out of my elusive “dream job”.
Here’s that list:
- Help others
- Incorporate writing
- Be a leader
- Make some real money
- Be my own boss
- Make people laugh
That’s it. That’s what I had to work with. Not really jumping off the page with a clear career path, right? Luckily, I had just finished Jen Sincero’s book ‘You Are a Badass’ and one of the biggest ideas that resonated with me was that this vision I had, this “job”, already existed and is available and waiting for me. I don’t know what Kool-aid concoction I was drinking that day, but I believed it…still do, in fact. That one idea shifted my perspective drastically. It took the anxiety out of my journey and allowed me to sit back, meditate for clarity to come, and wait…patiently. Guess what? You’ll never guess. Cue dramatic ‘wait for it’ music…It did! I realized I wanted to create a community of folks that have that same itch to do more, BE more. To LOVE the lives they’re living by thoughtfully creating it! Enter Plucky Broads. Us! Me, you and her…yes, HER!!
- Having or showing determined courage in the face of difficulties. (Oxford Dictionary)
- Antonyms: timid
- Word for a woman. Pre WW II slang for an independent, assertive woman. (Urban Dictionary)