This has been a very long time coming…and today I am happy to announce the official release of our first DVD. It’s called Girls Fight Back: Live from Denver! If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the seminar live or just want a refresher, it’s the same program I give to 100 schools, colleges and corporations every year. We shot it with a live studio audience at Comcast Studios in Denver this summer, and it was such a fun experience. There are two versions of this DVD. First, you can buy the consumer version for home use. Or if you would like to show the DVD to an audience or classroom, you can purchase the Public Performance Kit. In addition to the DVD, the kit includes a CD-ROM with worksheets, discussion questions, instructor guide, posters, handouts and a public performance license. You can show the DVD as many times as you’d like. The launching of the DVD is a major milestone in steps towards the mission of Girls Fight Back: To educate women across the globe about personal safety & self-defense.
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So why the DVD? With rising travel costs, my schedule becoming busier than ever and the demand for programs constantly on the rise..it was long overdue. Furthermore, this past year my husband and I made the decision to start a family, which isn’t easy given my current lifestyle. The good news is we found out I was pregnant in July, and we were given a due date of March 2009. Nervous and excited, my staff and I got to work trying to figure out what the Spring ’09 tour could look like (big prego girl teaching self-defense?) and all the other plans that might need re-adjusting. It was a blissful few weeks, and for the first time in a long while, I started seeing myself in another light besides a speaker, author and fighter.
But here’s the not-so-good news: Two weeks ago, we had a miscarriage. This is the first time I am openly discussing it. As these past two weeks have unfolded, some people looked upon me with pity, sadness or avoided eye contact altogether. There have been awkward moments and I have felt myself going to great lengths to make sure people didn’t feel uncomfortable. Some individuals simply didn’t know what to say, so they said nothing at all. Or on the flip side, some assured me to “keep my chin up” or that “I’d get over it someday.”
I started wishing this experience would just go away, disappear and I’d never talk about it again. I could throw myself into work or travel or writing another book just to stay distracted. And in that moment of wanting to shrink into the darkness, lock this experience in a small box of sadness and hide it in the attic of my heart…that’s when I realized this situation had similarities to what society tells victims of violence to do with their pain. Don’t make others uncomfortable. Don’t talk about it. Keep it a secret. Get on with your life. And we wonder why rape victims often don’t report assaults! And why survivors of childhood sex abuse don’t speak about it until their 40th birthday! Or why our society is a massive cluster of people who are hurting, which wreaks havoc on our ability to succeed, to love and to break the cycle!
The first step to finding peace is sharing the stories that bond together in our human experience. We have to start tearing down our brick walls. We need to begin opening up, even when it’s hard or there is a lurking fear of judgment. When we feel the need to turn our back on the truth, instead we need to grab a flashlight and investigate deep within. Above all, we need to support each other. We need to be there to catch our loved ones with a giant net as we leap out the 10th story window of our respective comfort zones. If you are someone who has been carrying a heavy burden, I can assure you that for every insensitive comment you will hear, there will be one thousand more hugs, words of support, good vibes and friends you didn’t even know you had.
Next week I begin my Fall speaking tour in Texas. I have taken the time to write, think, cry, talk, process and heal. I can honestly say that I’m back to my old self and at peace with what has happened…perhaps even a bit wiser than before. All the great things at GFB headquarters are moving ahead with gusto. I am excited that when I can’t be somewhere to give the GFB seminar, the DVD can be shown in my place. I am elated that we have been presented with opportunities to take the GFB mission to an international level. Blessings are everywhere, but we must choose to see them for what they are.
I went to a yoga retreat this past weekend to get some zen before diving into the Fall Tour, and I camped the first night. I endured a howling, scary thunder and lightning storm alone in my little tent. While getting pelted by hail I thought to myself, “I really don’t need this right now.” But how symbolic of my past two weeks! I consciously decided, after fleeing to my SUV for cover, that my challenges were finished for now and it’s time to start over. The next morning, in anticipation of more bad weather, I upgraded from my tent to a cabin. Ironically, I was placed in a cabin named Ganesh, who is the Hindu God of Removing Obstacles and New Beginnings.
And so it is.