13 Apr i am enough from amy turn sharp
We have found this other place.
We have carved out rooms of our own here.
We are like tiny explorers of an expedition that is laying much of the groundwork for those who are coming next.
We are here now and this brave new world has saved me.
I have dipped myself in this river of expression and technology and I have found my place.
I am able to type these words across white space…
It’s not even freaky or scary anymore how Virginia Woolf has visited me three times this year. In the deep of the night. She’s rough and not at all chummy. She stands at my bed, at the foot of my bed, and screams in languages that sound like bubbles-but all at once I wake up and know that she has really sang to me sweetly.
A song that women have heard all through time-
A song that is not much different than a war cry:
Go write it down.
I am able to write these and thousands of other words down each day and week and month and year and you all will read them and filter them through your own life and for the most part you won’t judge me.
You will lift me up and spin me round and tell me you understand.
You will reach through the screen of my computer and comfort me.
High five me.
Laugh your ass off with me.
Kiss me gently across my forehead.
You are these women in my life that I probably wouldn’t have known had I not been brave.
Had I not left my career and became the artist that I knew I was destined to be.
Had I not learned in a startling catechism with myself that I was worthy of living the life I wanted.
And just like real life in black yoga pants there are people mixed in around us who can’t see the light. There are people who may try and dim us or deflect and make it all wonky and tarnished.
That’s why it is our duty to keep brightly being ourselves and reminding all of the women here that they matter and that their stories have to be told.
We have to raise our voices and remind women:
that their rooms are important and true
that we cannot be afraid of each other
that we need to be sisters
that we are more than enough
that we can learn so much from each other
that we are here for a reason
That we must go write it down.
About Amy Turn Sharp
Amy Turn Sharp is the wood queen of Little Alouette in Columbus, Ohio. She tracks her life on doobleh-vay blog and all times has at least 7 projects brewing. She is writing her first novel and learning how to bake in 2010. Amy is practicing positive thinking and hoping to have an essay on NPR someday. Amy LOVES the connections online and helping other women find their rooms of their own. She really likes radishes, spoonerisms, and chicken korma.
Artwork featured above was designed by the talented Adrienne Adair for the Mom 2.0 Exhibit.
**Edited to add:
Amy, Adrienne, and I are delighted that the lovely ladies at BlogHer asked to syndicate this post over at BlogHer.com. What an honor!
BevPosted at 21:03h, 12 April
wow. i’m speechless….truly amazing post, and rings so true to me!
SusiejPosted at 12:35h, 13 April
Amy, you shine!!!
annettekPosted at 12:48h, 13 April
Oh Amy, that was lovely and so very true. xo
Robin ~ PENSIEVEPosted at 13:05h, 13 April
Arise & twirl, girlieQ. I…"get"…you :).
J’adore your poet-warrior capture of words…and I’m so thankful you’re in my sphere to lift & encourage ME!
katherine centerPosted at 13:32h, 13 April
Beautiful!!! Amy TS, you are the best!
And PS– I totally bid on that gorgeous poster at the Mom 2.0 art auction. I gasped when I saw it. Gorgeous, gorgeous! And Adrienne Adair, who designed it, just designed my new website. Goodness everywhere!
EvelynPosted at 14:09h, 13 April
Wow. Just. Wow.
I could try to find something poignant to say, to try to find the words to thank you for that resounding post, but I don’t want to mar it with anything not totally raw and real. All I can say is YES! This is real talk. Now I really want to meet up and get to know the strong woman behind those words, the one who lost fear and jumped in feet first and be her friend.
heatherPosted at 14:25h, 13 April
love you, Amy. and your words. and those delicious little boys that you nurture. baking in 2010? Does that mean you and I get to have an apple pie bake-off in the fall? 😉
AngellaPosted at 14:27h, 13 April
Absolutely beautiful, Amy. As are you. xoxo
Secret Agent Mama/MishellePosted at 14:28h, 13 April
Amy, it is my honor to call you my friend. I’m so glad you are in my place. It’s pure love.
Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]Posted at 14:36h, 13 April
This is our piece.
This is our peace.
Aunt BeckyPosted at 14:37h, 13 April
Holy wow. Thank you. *high five*
SarahPosted at 14:40h, 13 April
Grumble GirlPosted at 14:41h, 13 April
Oh my… love. Very much. Good for you, lady!!
Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in ParentingPosted at 14:41h, 13 April
Fan-freakin-tastic! Monster hugs and lovin’ for this!
Lotus / Sarcastic MomPosted at 14:42h, 13 April
Standing and clapping, blowing you kisses. Love, love, love this piece.
AmazingGreisPosted at 14:44h, 13 April
Wow…that was absolutely LOVELY, powerful, AMAZING!!!
moosh in indy.Posted at 14:45h, 13 April
I pick the best friends.
But Why MommyPosted at 14:46h, 13 April
That was just beautiful. Thank you.
Rachel - Southern FairytalePosted at 14:58h, 13 April
Love. Love. Love. Love.
Beautiful, powerful wonderful words from an amazing woman.
Thank you for sharing.
ErinPosted at 14:59h, 13 April
This is why. When they ask…and they do… THIS is why.
Boston MamasPosted at 15:03h, 13 April
Utterly beautiful. What a gift, Amy.
Kim@itsabeautifulwreckPosted at 15:05h, 13 April
This was absolutely beautiful!
Jenny, BloggessPosted at 15:11h, 13 April
And even more special because I know you and I know how true these words are.
Isabel KallmanPosted at 15:16h, 13 April
oh, so lovely.
AudreyPosted at 15:24h, 13 April
Beautiful. Really beautiful!
Mandi BonePosted at 15:31h, 13 April
This is wonderful.
AngPosted at 15:40h, 13 April
This needs to be printed, matted, and framed huge. Just what I needed to read today…
KerryPosted at 15:46h, 13 April
TexasRedPosted at 16:05h, 13 April
Priceless! Thank you!
MarciePosted at 18:35h, 13 April
Extraordinary piece of writing. So inspirational. Thank-you for sharing your beautiful words!!!
Bex BarrowPosted at 21:05h, 13 April
This is an anthem and a war cry and hymn for us all. Virginia would be proud. Thank you so much.
Sheri GurockPosted at 04:04h, 14 April
Amy: breathtaking. You are a wonder. And we can bake together anytime.
kim baisePosted at 05:24h, 14 April
You share/ shine your true light and give us inspiration and energy. Thanks Amy, High Ten!
amyPosted at 13:55h, 14 April
so proud to be in this space xoxoxo thanks again.
janePosted at 17:35h, 14 April
NeilPosted at 22:42h, 14 April
Amy, where the hell do this come from? That was like pure poetry!
shelleyPosted at 00:24h, 15 April
You take my breath away with your strength and your truth!
I am so often worn and weary, but your wise words give me hope.
My blessings on your courage,
with love from a grateful sister
camerashymommaPosted at 04:43h, 15 April
i love this.
i love her!
underthebigblueskyPosted at 15:08h, 15 April
blowing kisses to the sky in thanks! i needed to hear this today. my new mantra….go write it down.
MindyPosted at 18:29h, 16 April
oh this was so beautiful, moving and true! it is courageous and brave to open our hearts, minds and arms to others online. to be an open book, with the hope that we might be able to help others.
loved this post.
domestic extraordinairePosted at 21:18h, 23 April
I am at a loss for words, this moves me more than I care to admit right now, and for that…..I thank you.
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