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You think I’m joking don’t you, but I’m not, I’m being deadly serious!

Earlier this year Dai & I had tickets to see a Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers tribute act at the local theatre and being daring I decided for the first time in my life I’d wear the shortest hemline I’d ever attempted.

Coming from a background of being told I was fat and being strictly prohibited from wearing anything higher than mid-calf I thought ‘what the heck’ and stepped out in style.

What happened next left us with a night to remember!

Now, I’m a massive Dolly Parton fan as everyone knows but I hadn’t quite banked on my presence significantly lowering the average age of the audience. …


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Outwardly it’s hard to take in that this bubbly girl has been bullied for 23 years. That since the age of eight her peers deliberately left her out and laughed at what her mother dressed her in. Or that when she reached the age of twenty-nine, young children at her church would go out of their way to make fun of her, because their parents had had mocked her in their presence.

But it’s all true and that bubbly girl is bubbly because she’s mentally crushed inside, and she just wants to be liked. …


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I had cold sweats & was violently shaking, I’d barely been able to eat, my heart was heart pounding & head thumping — this was it. Adrenaline coursed through my veins. It was no longer a time to fight, flight was my only option.

The time had come.

In fact, it had come too early, I wasn’t prepared for it to come now, it wasn’t supposed to be happening today.

This was supposed to be happening on Tuesday.

But I couldn’t wait any longer, it wasn’t safe to.

I was being forced to flee in panic, this wasn’t how it was supposed to happen at all. …


What a woman we’ve lost, but what an incredible character we can learn from!

As I look over the legacy this woman left us I feel an incredible kinship with the mighty leader Ruth Bader Ginsburg was.

So here’s my five favourite quotes of her’s that I think are incredibly powerful.

1.

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Yes! That’s it! That’s exactly the person I strive to be daily and who wouldn’t want to be remembered that way?

There is absolutely no doubt that this is exactly how she’ll be remembered.

2.

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Now isn’t that so true! All those 23 years I was bullied, gave me great empathy for others, helped me see what I did and didn’t want in life and who it was I wanted to be. …


So far, I’ve counted three.

There was the one where I felt unbelievably trapped living a life of lies in the strict religious cult I’d grown up in. With no relationship or career prospects and under 24–7 house watch, trying to recover from sexual abuse and being bullied for 23 years. All of which I cover in my book Tomorrow’s Not Promised.

Then there was the time I’d wanted to drive my car off the side of a road into a ditch over my misogynistic neighbour who’d delighted in taking advantage of me during the passing of my mother.

And lastly there was the final time I got dangerously close to actually hanging myself from the exposed beams above my head in my beautiful convert railway stables. Thanks to the incredibly painful and downright degrading breakup I was going through. …


I had cold sweats & was violently shaking, I’d barely been able to eat, my heart was heart pounding & head thumping — this was it. Adrenaline coursed through my veins. It was no longer a time to fight, flight was my only option.

The time had come.

In fact, it had come too early, I wasn’t prepared for it to come now, it wasn’t supposed to be happening today.

This was supposed to be happening on Tuesday.

But I couldn’t wait any longer, it wasn’t safe to.

I was being forced to flee in panic, this wasn’t how it was supposed to happen at all. …

About

Jessie Shedden

Jessie Shedden is a chicken-loving, cult-escaping badass woman, sought-after speaker and inspirational author of Tomorrow’s Not Promised — www.jessieshedden.com

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