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  1. I love the blog post Mary Jo, so relevant, powerful and soft all at the same time. I read over the definition of an empowered woman over and over again – each time feeling stronger and happier with who I am and how I have chosen to live my life. Thank you!

    I have not heard any discuss the current status of feminism. I very much appreciated and connected to your awareness of its evolution. It is a pleasure to hear you as the voice of the new state of empowered women. Awesome!!!

    1. Thanks so much Kimberly!

      Appreciate your awesome comment and am happy to reawaken the discussion about the feminist movement!

      More to come!

  2. Love this story and you. One of the things I love so much about you is that you are now always in the light and never a victim. Like you, I understand that there is an awareness and an awakening that is life-changing in this knowledge. My spine is fused together from being hit by a drunk driver in 1998, yet very few people will ever know that as I refused to be a victim and chose instead to be thankful I lived through it. Keep shining that beautiful illuminating light my friend.

    1. Yes, Rebecca, letting go of being a ‘victim’ took some time and awareness. Grateful I got there!

  3. Thanks Mary Jo . This posting is most serendipitous. Today I “fell off my horse” and the presentation of a speaker at a networking lunch I attended helped me get back on. She touched on the very same topics that you have done here. I have been standing at a line in the sand. Time to cross it. Your posting really hit home. Thank you!

    1. Thank you Kim. I get that falling off the horse on occasion happens to us all as reminder to be present!

  4. Congratulations Mary Jo! There aren’t many of us in the rarified air of long marriages. I tip my hat to you and your husband! Love every word you wrote in this post. Sage words of advice! Many blessings to you!

    1. Love, love, love this and you MJ! I agree with everything here and love having you as a soul-sister to continue to inspire me both as an individual and part of a long-term partnership! Hugs

  5. Ahhh. MJ, so well articulated! You continue to inspire and speak what always sounds like truth to my ears. Congratulations (from someone who is approaching her 5th anniversary :~D) and wishing you more joy than ever in the next infinity!

  6. Hey do you mind stating which blog platform you’re
    using? I’m going to get started on my blog soon but I’m having a tough time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is mainly because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m
    looking for something unique. P.S
    Apologies for being off-topic having said that i were required to ask!

    1. Sorry about the delay in getting back toy. This is WordPress however the theme/template was customized by a friend which may be why it appears different from the rest.

  7. Thanks for sharing this so generously, MJ. Why NOT share it is my question. We need share with each other…especially our vulnerability…in order to support each other and in order to know that we are not alone. It takes courage to be open and to be fully seen. I applaud your willingness to be seen and I’m honored to be the recipient of your generosity of spirit.

    1. Thank you Franne! And I agree, why not share? Sharing let’s others know they are not alone on their journey through life!

  8. Beautiful. Profound. Well written. Honest. Thank you for sharing this story MJ. It is a wonderful reminder…

  9. I love this Mary Jo!!! Your writing is very authentic and inspired. Opening up your raw “self” encourages others to courageously do so themselves! Thank you

  10. Thank you, MJ! I really identified with much of this, and so appreciated your candor and process through the experience. I am in a similar place… BIG changes are underway, and I have no idea how things will be looking in even 6 months from now… But, I absolutely love the relief, beauty, and freedom that comes with letting go of the details, and staying open to possibilities ahead! In the meantime, I am taking those small action steps, too!

    What a gift you are! Thank you for sharing the journey with all of its thrills, chills, and bumps!

    1. I get it Phoenix, I am not certain what will be happening in 1 month and yet I eagerly await the unfolding!

  11. My brother recommended I may like this website. He was once entirely right. This publish actually made my day. You cann’t consider just how a lot time I had spent for this information! Thank you!

  12. Thank you Mary Jo – you are truly blessed – and yes it is only Love and the moments shared in Love which we have – and which is always left when someone we love leave us. The Love never leaves even after the loss and grief of losing someone dear.
    Love is all there is – songs have told us so – All you need is Love and so on.
    Thank you for the Love you share and your special moments and I am always reminded of my special moments every day and try to live it. When I leave this physical world – my Love of it and all who are left will also feel it and know it.
    Namaste Valerie

  13. Beautiful! You daughter would hav been saying “really Kelly” if she had been here when I read this! Beautifully written and a beautiful sentiment. Being present and feeling the love, does it get better than that? I think not! Thank you!!!

  14. I love this post Mary Jo! I could “see” and feel what you were experiencing. I often catch myself looking down as I walk – falling forward as you so beautifully stated it. No more! I am going to try even harder now to look forward and walk with the knowledge that life is grand and getting grander every day. Love and big hugs!

  15. Love this. It’s the subtle shifts that make all the difference. Funny…I just finished a blog post that’s been in the works for about 6 weeks. Finished it and found yours. Must be in the air. I’ll save mine for another day. Want to let this one simmer for awhile. Keep writing, MJ. Can’t wait to see you.

  16. I’ve looked forward to reading this all day and savored it until I was done with my work for the night. As always your words are a joy to read MJ. Now I’m going chin up into an epsom salt bath. Thanks!

  17. Beautiful perspective. I love it when fellow travelers on the path make eye contact. Some quickly look away, others nod, and the last group will often give me a big smile and say hello. No surprise that the last group are the ones with their chins held up and their eyes shining brightly. xoxoxo

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  19. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was curious what all is needed
    to get set up? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
    I’m not very internet savvy so I’m nott 100% certain. Any tps or advice would
    be greatly appreciated. Thank you

    1. Hi there. I use WordPress for my Blog and Website which is hosted by Bluehost. Their rates are quite reasonable and there are many templates to close from. I find WordPress to be fairly user friendly however I did take a course in navigating through it.

  20. I was wondering if you ever thought of changing
    the layout of your blog? Its very well written; I
    love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so
    people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot
    of text for only having 1 or 2 images. Maybe you could space it out better?

    1. That you for your recommendations. I am embarking on a ‘renovation’ of my website and will take your ideas into consideration.

  21. MaryJo, This is so beautiful and such a great reminder! That cosmic 2X4! Love you❤💜💗💚💙

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