Blown Away

I cannot recommend the HERshop with Amy Ferris strongly enough. I attended the workshops on the Big Island and was blown away. It was so much more than I could have imagined, and I have continued to write furiously since (I’m calling it the “afterburner Amy effect.”). I have been writing for years, even have an MFA in Creative Writing, but I had a few “blocks”–about putting my writing out there, about not feeling my work was “good enough,” about making time to honor my creative side.

And here’s what I’ll tell you: Something amazing happened over the course of the weekend. I have made a transformation that is nothing short of amazing. In the way the workshop is structured, the writing prompts, the sharing and community building we did in the groups helped me see myself more clearly. The workshops helped me articulate for myself what I wanted to do as a writer and creative person… and gave me the courage to actually do it.

As a college writing instructor, I can also say how much I appreciate the pedagogical approach to Amy’s workshops. She balances thinking, writing, and sharing to make the most of time. She also encourages a type of community in the workshop that is welcoming to all. You might even consider bringing a relative or friend. I did the workshops with my mother and my daughter. What a wonderful experience.

Can’t rave enough. Just go! You’ll thank me later!

— Piper S.

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The World Needs You

for some folks, the alarm goes off, they jump outta bed, make their coffee, take their shower, and boom… they’re off & running. (that’s not me)
for some folks, the alarm goes off, they hit snooze, roll over, and eventually get out of bed. (okay, more like me)
for some folks, the alarm goes off, they hit snooze, take a breath, and wish they could hide from the world.
for some folks, the alarm goes off, they turn the alarm off, and hide from the world.

i’m here to tell you that when that alarm goes off (literally or figuratively), we all need to get out of bed.
we need to make a ruckus.
we need to offer hope.
we need to lend a hand.
offer a shoulder.
stand up, stand tall, be bold.
offer encouragement & inspiration, goodness & kindness.
we need to offer up our soul-drenched-heart-filled audacious stories.

we need to ask for & expect the entire cake, all five layers.

no more crumbs.
you can not make a cake out of crumbs.
repeat: no more crumbs.

so, when that alarm goes off, please… oh, please, take your flawed, gorgeous, stunning, funny, broken, imperfectly perfect amazing self out of bed, and into the world and strut your stuff.

the world needs you.

yes.
it does.

— Amy Ferris

From Mistake to Mission

here’s the thing:
every sorrow, every pain, every mistake I’ve made; every bad turn, every bad haircut, every bad boyfriend, every god awful shameful experience got me here, right here, to this place. this place. my marriage, my friendships, my tribe, my work, my writing, my home, my life.

and all those mistakes & fuck-ups made me a better woman.
it’s true. not a perfect woman, but a better, kinder, more compassionate woman.

and the thing is, the kicker – when we use our mistakes to inspire someone, encourage someone, another person – it kinda simultaneously turns into our mission.
it’s true.
it’s like magic: from mistake to mission.

good goddess, we’re capable of so much goodness.
so much.

— Amy Ferris