A Letter to Glennon from a Crazy, Mom Fan
(crazy in the fact that we all are… the good kind of crazy mixed with a little of the crazy kind of crazy)
Lisa Harris ~ January 5, 2017Glennon’s photo credit: Amy Paulson/ Lisa’s photo credit: Phil Nwafor
Good day, my friend… or more accurately, my secret desire to be friends. Let’s be honest, we both know how social media and being a writer makes complete strangers feel as though they have a special and unique bond with you. Who knows, maybe some day we will meet and find we really could be friends. For now, I suppose I am an admirer and a reader. However, like you, only with much fewer followers, I am also a writer and a recently published indie author. Wow. I can hardly believe I just called myself a writer. It took nearly forty years to publicly admit I was a poet, let alone concede to being a writer. I guess when you officially publish a book; you are in fact an author, which therefore means you cannot deny you are a writer. Apparently, my days of hiding behind that insecurity are over.
Anyhow, I’m going to attempt to make a long story short because I know you are inundated with fan mail or crazy, Mom mail (crazy in the fact that we all are… the good kind of crazy mixed with a little of the crazy kind of crazy). And yes, ‘we’ means I, too am a Mom. Miraculously, I just finished reading your book, Carry On, Warrior. I say miraculously because although I am a writer, I have been a lackluster reader most of my life and well… kids, husband, career and life often get in the way. You see, over the years, I vaguely recall your name and blog being brought up in conversations, but then I would go on with my day and fail to recall the name of your blog and apparently didn’t take the time to look it up. In social media world, this is where the hashtag #realtalk comes in. However, if I have learned anything in recent years, it is that when the universe speaks, we should listen and sometimes I do… and sometimes my dearest friends make sure I do. Jess is one of those friends. I’ve known Jess since high school; she’s one of the models in my book and she mailed me a copy of Carry On, Warrior right before I left for vacation. Vacationing is when I secretly disguise myself as a reader and I believe it works quite well for me.
Like thousands of others, Carry On, Warrior resonated deeply with me and aligns so beautifully with my purpose and passion in life: to connect with women of all ages at all stages in life with a focus on building confidence, facilitating conversation, learning, self-discovery and healing. When I received your book and looked at the title, I was a bit taken aback. The title of one of my signature poems is Warrior Women and I sign all my books, “Carry on, brave Warrior Woman!” I don’t know why it took holding the book to make me see something so obvious, but as my sister would have you know, my memory is garbage. Therefore, if I did know this was the title, it is likely I may have forgotten. Regardless, the universe is speaking and our worlds are aligning.
So, today I am simply writing to say, “Thank You!” Thank you for all the reasons I am certain your crazy, Mom fans have already given you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for writing this book. As a gift to you dear, Glennon for being what I call, BEAUTIFUL and BRAVE (the premise of my future TED talk… maybe – I could change my mind or convince myself that I am not qualified to speak on such topics), I present you a copy of Unveiled Beauty: Handwritten Stories from a Poetic Heart. I won’t bore you with my story. I’ll let the preface/introduction of my book give you a window into my life. I hope you enjoy it and if you do, from one author to another author, from one Mom to another Mom, from one woman to another woman… I hope you share it in whatever way feels right for you.
I look forward to hearing from you and congratulations on your well-deserved success. Keep doing what you are doing. Thousands of women need you!
“Carry on, brave Warrior Woman!”
*Lisa Harris is the founder and creative director for Fashion Meets Poetry, LLC and author of Unveiled Beauty: Handwritten Stories from a Poetic Heart. With over 18 years in corporate America defining strategic direction, guiding product development, and leading marketing initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. Today, Lisa’s passion is to inspire and heal women to reach their highest potential. She will be launching her first women empowerment series, Unveiled Beauty: Cultivating YOU in March 2017.