We all have different sides to us, right? But do we always embrace them?
Fifty Two Shades of Blue-ish showed me how to embrace the fifty two sides of myself, some of which include: mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend, autism book author, playwright, professional dancer, performer, multi-media performance artist, CEO, management consultant, lecturer, corporate trainer, board member—and to embrace the more creative and silly sides of myself that I’d been hiding away for so long.
The truth is, I almost wrote Fifty Two Shades of Blue-ish under a pseudonym. I had close and caring friends and colleagues ask me, “Are you sure you want to write this book under your own name?” Their fear echoed my own, that people might not take me as seriously in the business world and the autism community if they knew that I’d written a humorous erotic book. Luckily, like the character Rachel in my book, I was able to get in touch with my inner voice (or inner princess, that is), who told me to “Just go for it!” (actually, she used more colorful language, but that’s for another story…). And that’s the message that I’d like to pass along to other women who might be hiding away parts of themselves for fear of being judged or criticized.
Celebrate your fifty two sides! And if you find in celebrating those fifty two that you’ve discovered even more, then let me know. Maybe you’ll be the inspiration for my next book…