A Light for the Journey Airstream

A Light for the Journey

I’ve been thinking about working on this girlie Airstream for months. I wanted lots of flowers and lots of pink. I wanted to create a big, bold stereotype of what women like.

I didn’t think much further than that… at first.

But then the Taliban took over Afghanistan and women went back into hiding in their homes, or inside their burkas… and then the Texas Governor signed into law a bill that allows vigilanteism to chase down anyone “helping” a woman get an abortion (Really? We couldn’t think of a better way to help women feel safe enough to give birth?). 

The world is reeling from the Covid Pandemic and a wave of authoritarianism. We have billionaires racing each other into space with penis-shaped hobby rockets. 

AND, menopause is kicking my butt… but I’m not supposed to talk about that, because that would be admitting I’m no longer a fresh-faced, young woman. And, if I’m no longer young and “beautiful” by the world’s standards, then what am I? Even other women don’t really want to talk about it. Where are the elder women warning me about hot flashes, sharing their secret formulas and telling me what to expect? Women will talk all day about pregnancy and childbirth, but admitting that those days are over is like admitting we’ve already picked out our coffin. In our culture, aging women aren’t dignified, or wise, or valued… they’re just invisible.

Well.

I’m no shrinking violet. So, instead of a silly girlie camper, I made a Women-Kick-Ass girlie camper.

What a lovely time I’ve had looking up quotes and images of influential women. Here are a few of my favorites:

With guns you can kill terrorists, with education you can kill terrorism.

Malala Yousafzai

The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.

Ida B. Wells

I have come to regard with some suspicion those who claim that the Bible never troubles them. I can only assume this means they haven’t actually read it.

Rachel Held Evans

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.

Helen Keller

I’m heading out on a journey with these ladies. Care to join me?

P.S. One of the funniest quotes I came across was from Georgia O’Keeffe (known for her larger-than-life close-ups of flowers – widely believed to be representative of the female anatomy):

“I hate flowers – I paint them because they’re cheaper than models and they don’t move.”

Hahaha! Beautiful.

Sally Kennedy

Sally Kennedy

There is so much to learn and I’m in process, but I can confidently design your brand, teach you how to make a good meal, or help you navigate your relational speed bumps. I don’t like conflict, but recognize and commit to working through it in order to achieve real harmony instead of false unity.

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