January 14, 2011

Ross' Rad Reads - The Naked Girl

          My next winner of the Ross' Rad Reads Award is Naked Girl in a Dress. When I first connected with Kelly through Twitter, I was intrigued by her handle and blog name. When I read about how it came to be and what it stands for, I was blown away and instantly in love:

At the age of 3 my daughter gave me what later would become my mantra while trying to find myself after separating from my husband. Princess Daisy was exhilarated swinging up towards the sky on a particularly beautiful day (blue sky, no DC humidity yet). She screamed,”Mommy, I am a naked girl in a dress!” She felt so free, happy, and uninhibited. This moment with her was so brief and yet, 7 years later, I still remember it vividly. It has resonated for me during this difficult time in my life because I want to capture that feeling as I rediscover life.




I was also 4 months shy of my 40th birthday when my husband and I separated. This gave me even more to contemplate. Was the first 40 a dress rehearsal? Have I really hit mid-life? What was I going to do now that I was divorcing–both professionally and personally? During the early months of separation, I was constantly asked by my friends:

“What are you going to do?”

I wasn’t really sure WHAT I was going to do, but I had a single response to the question:

“I am going to be happy.”

Join me on this journey.

          I love that attitude! And I have really been impressed by Kelly's open, honest style. She's willing to share her most painful and difficult moments. And through it all, she keeps her positive outlook and focuses on doing what's best for her children. She's awesome.
          Oh, and did I mention she's a writer? Kelly is a member of The Red Dress Club, as I am. And you know how I feel about my fellow writers. If you don't know Kelly or her blog, you need to rectify that pronto. I'm serious, get over there and get to know this awesome woman. And Kelly, this is for you: 


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