The Truth

All week I have had this scenario running rampant through my brain:

You Can’t Handle the Truth

I was angry and allowing one woman to have complete control over my emotions for days and days.  Swirling in the knowledge that I know the truth, I am tired of the lying, and if this battle would just end I could get on with my life.

Except I am NOT STUCK.
Except my life is MOVING FORWARD.
Except my gorgeous brilliant world CANNOT BE SHATTERED.

This is THE TRUTH:

The man I love loves me and the children I am helping him raise love me too.
No one on earth can ever take that away.
I am love, fire, my own personal socialworkerpallooza who is an agitator and a social justice maven.
I have a deep yearning for social justice with a deep and heart centered knowledge that together we can to ANYTHING.
I have created movements that have actually MOVED.
I have the ability to have conversations about the values that we hold as a people to change others lives.

I believe in the words of Jim Hightower when he says, “those who say it can’t be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”

I am doing it.

I am firmly rooted in the knowledge that small things build incrementally into large things.  And that like the strongest tree my branches overflow with gorgeous beauty when I am deliciously planted in my soul purpose.

Beauty in Being Rooted

Soul Purpose

My SOUL PURPOSE…it just sounds so delicious rolling off my tongue into exquisite delightful systems shifting badass change.

THE TRUTH is…when I speak MY truth to MY power I am living in my deep, authentic, fiercely badass, powerful purpose and no one…not even she…can take that away from me.

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About Melissa Bird

Melissa Bird is a passionate feminist who has turned her education in social work into a career advocating for children, women and their families. She is a fierce believer in preparing women for leadership roles in politics and has a wealth of experience working with policy makers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to improve access to reproductive health care for women, men and teens. In 2006, Melissa became the Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Utah where she quickly took a struggling political organization from mediocre to powerhouse in just a few years. Melissa has written and passed into law six pieces of legislation that aim to help disadvantaged homeless youth find shelter and women and their families obtain unfettered access to reproductive health care. A spirited public speaker, Melissa derives great joy from speaking to groups of all sizes about social justice advocacy, reproductive health, women’s empowerment, and fundraising. Melissa has presented workshops at many conferences throughout the country such as: Planned Parenthood Federation of America-State Public Affairs Network: New Public Affairs Staff Orientation—Washington D.C. Planned Parenthood Federation of America-Innovations & Generations Conference—Seattle, Washington Troubled Youth Conference—Snowbird, Utah Child Welfare League of America National Conference—Washington D.C. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center of Mental Health Services Conference-Collaborative Approaches to Successful Transition for Children, Youth, and Families within System of Care—Dallas, Texas Melissa has played many roles throughout her life including preschool teacher, professional lobbyist, university professor, non-profit executive, wife and mother. Throughout her life and her career, Melissa has always held a deep conviction that she is here to empower others in order to improve the lives of women and children throughout the world.
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