First things first. The Empowered Woman is a new book from Chicken Soup for the Soul! It hits bookshelves on May 1st and they were kind enough to include my story “Color Me Fabulous” in this anthology. This story is about the time I dyed my hair bright red while Nathanael was gone on a mission trip to Africa. I was a bit burned out from being on full-time kid duty and was desperate for a change, and…wow. Suffice it to say, I definitely got a change.
What’s interesting is that I had originally submitted this story for a different Chicken Soup topic, so when I heard they wanted to include it in “The Empowered Woman” anthology instead, I was a little surprised. Me? Empowered? I certainly don’t see myself that way. Plus, “Color Me Fabulous” is a story about a bungled mistake, a not-so-great plan gone horribly wrong. What’s so empowering about that?
The more I think about it, the more I realize that my mistakes can and do make me stronger. Most days I’m trying to find the perfect balance for family, friends, work, church, home, and self. The pressure to do it all and do it well is tremendous, because I don’t have time for mistakes. I’m tempted to think the only way to feel empowered is to successfully manage all of this at the same time. But really, few opportunities in life teach as well and as quickly as those times I drop the ball, fail, or learn something the hard way. Surprisingly, it’s these failures that force me to change, grow, and feel empowered. Finding a way to laugh while I’m at it? That’s just a bonus.
You can find Chicken Soup for the Soul books on sale at Walmart, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon. Also, if you have an empowering mistake you’d like to share in the comments, I would love to hear it! Thanks for stopping by!