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The Empowered Woman

Posted by on April 12, 2018

In this short and sweet post, I have a few things to say about The Empowered Woman, and what that means to me. I promise it will be pain-free!

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!

12 Responses to The Empowered Woman

  1. Cathy C Hall

    Oh, yay, Deb! I didn’t know mistakes were empowering, either…I have those like the vitamin. You know…One-A-Day. 🙂

  2. Louise Mayhew

    Sounds like a must read, Debra! And I think you are empowered with what you have done with your life: spouse, children, writing and now teaching.

  3. Eileen

    Any pictures of the red hair?!!

    • Debra

      I’m sure I have some floating around somewhere, but I didn’t take any until the color faded a little!

  4. Linda O'Connell

    Deb, I am so happy for you. My friend and I tried to bleach her hair and it turned bright orange-red, so we rushed to the beauty shop. Her crew cut was worse than the color. I must read YOUR story. Hope you are doing well.

    • Debra

      Oh, thank you, Linda! So thoughtful of you stay in touch. I’m trying to get better about that!

  5. Ann Duncan

    I’m so happy that your essay was included in the new collection from Chicken Soup.
    I had a similar experience where my hair turned purple because I left the red color on too long after answering the phone.
    I have felt overwhelmed lately, and I feel like I lose it about twice a day.
    Last Sunday I was rushing in and out the door because I kept forgetting something, and Bill asked me, “Why are you so angry?” I felt terrible then, because I realized that I did look angry.
    God bless you and your family and Pastor Mayhew and all that you do and are!
    We miss you so much. Even Paul mentioned Pastor the other day.

    • Debra

      Now that would make a picture…you with your purple hair and me with my red! I’m sorry to hear that you’re overwhelmed these days. I can see how you’d get to feeling that way because you’re always thinking of what you can do for others. Now that you’re retired, maybe you and Bill should take a vacation to Minnesota! How do you feel about blizzards in April? 🙂 God’s blessings to you as well!

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