““When I was 20 years old I joined a pen pal club – actual pen and ink letters. The first letter I received was from my now husband. He’s from England and we wrote back and forth to one another every day for 14 months. Then we met in person and we were married two months later and we have been married for 26.5 years. We would never have spoken to one another because he is very introverted. I believe God brought us together. My husband is a very stable person and that allows for me to be myself and launch off of him because I know if I get too crazy he can pull me back down from my ankles.” Bridgette Beal lives in Laguna Beach, CA.
“Being a woman allowed me to learn to love myself and others the way I do. I feel like I got a lot of resistance from other people about how I should love myself and love other people, but I was right all along.” Kalin Angelica Flores lives in Los Angeles.
“When I was four years old I wanted to play soccer with my brothers but I was wearing a fancy pink dress. My mother said I could play soccer with the boys, but I had to change clothes. I wanted to do both – I wanted to wear my dress while playing soccer. Instead I stayed in my dress and watched them play from the sidelines. Then, when I became a mother, I became the hero of my own story. Being a mother made me brave and not afraid of anything. I went from being an introvert to talking to strangers, talking to everyone and being an advocate for my daughter. If I hadn’t had my daughter and told her bedtime stories I would never have written my book, Ellie Bixby and the Window to Darvlian Orpth” Lauren Kearney is an author and mother living in Los Angeles.