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sharp pen, thin skin, open heart

The Taylor Swift documentary on Netflix, Miss Americana is EVERYTHING.

Go watch it this weekend.

I loved seeing Taylor’s evolution. At the beginning of her career, it was drilled into her to be a “nice girl” who does what she’s told, smiles, and exists to receive approval and make other people feel good.

As she grows and matures, she starts using her voice to say what she really believes. After she’s groped by a DJ during a press event (and then sued for getting him fired), she speaks up politically.

She is fired up against Marsha Blackburn, who was running for Tennessee Senator and who had voted against the Violence Against Women act.

Taylor speaks her mind, against the advice and wishes of people very close to her, including her dad and people on her team who are worried for her safety, her image, her reputation, her sales. (Because country music stars don’t talk politics. And if they do, they don’t talk liberal politics.)

She does it anyway.

I was blown away by her bravery.

Sometimes I’m afraid to post things on Facebook because I’m afraid of what people will think of me. (You know, my 500 friends.)

When Taylor posts on Instagram that she’s endorsing Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, it’s on every news show. President Trump comments on it. It’s part of Stephen Colbert’s monologue on The Late Show.

And 50,000 young people register to vote.

Talk about using your voice.

Marsha Blackburn still won the Senate race. So Taylor writes a song, Only the Young, about how the young will change the world.

Only one thing will save us / Only the young

At the end of the documentary, Taylor says, “I want to have a sharp pen and a thin skin and an open heart.”

And I thought, YES.

That’s what I want to.

I want that for myself.

And I want that for other women.

I want to help women writers claim their authentic voice. That’s exactly why I created the Darkness into Light women’s writing retreat.

It’s almost sold out. There’s one space left.

It’s time. It’s time to speak your mind, claim your voice, and write the thing that is calling to you.

Apply here.

February 7, 2020

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