I’d like to write this quick thank-you note to my community of family, friends, fans and colleagues who sent me and the McNamara family well-wishes this past weekend. As you may know, Sunday marked the 10-year anniversary of the murder of Shannon McNamara, who is my angel, my boss and my inspiration for Girls Fight Back. (and how to live a good life in general…)
While I sometimes despise the fact this “anniversary” still holds power over me even a decade later, it’s true. But as Carl Jung said, “What you resist, persists.” So this year I didn’t fight it, and instead just let the day happen, sadness and all. I spent time with some of my favorite people, and did some day drinking too, which always seems to cheer me up. (sunshine + friends + beer = awesome)
In addition to just laying low with my peeps, I also wrote the first chapter of my next book, which is a how-to guide for creating social change. If you’ve ever wondered to yourself, “How can I make a difference” or pondered starting a business or non-profit for this purpose, this book is for you. It’s written with the 23-year-old version of myself in mind, back when I was first starting Girls Fight Back and had so much to learn. I hope it helps people.
I have learned that even though we have sad times or hard times, that doesn’t mean we’re defeated. Starting this book, on that particular day, was my little act of defiance. Even though a violent man took one of my favorite people from this earth, and this time of year continues to bum me out, it doesn’t mean he took her good spirit which lives on through GFB and the people who loved her. You can take a life, but you can’t take a spirit. And ten years later, I feel her energizing this mission stronger than ever.
If you’re in any of my social networks or follow GFB on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve probably seen the series of blog posts from our greatest influencers over the past ten years. If not, check out all their birthday wishes here on the GFB blog. The posts make me proud of all we’ve accomplished…and most of them make me cry! (in a good way…)
Thanks again for all the love and support.
Strong. Resilient. Spirited. Unified.