I received a message today from a man who attended my play “Wide Open” with a friend of his. For confidentiality purposes I am not going to reveal their names but I truly have to tell this story. To sum up the message he said he attended my show with a friend of his and by the end of the show she confessed to him that she was being abused and they both broke down in tears. Soon after he asked me if he could send me her whole story and I eagerly replied, yes! Please!
After reading her story I was the one in tears. She revealed to me that when she attended my show she had been in an abusive relationship for ten years and after seeing the show it gave her the courage to get out of that relationship. She expressed that she is still recovering but everyday she is getting stronger, then she thanked me for doing “Wide Open” because that gave her the motivation she needed to leave.
Her story took my breath away! The one thing that I always asked God for was to please let my story help someone. I never wanted to do my show, or write a book or poetry or anything in vain. I try to do everything with purpose. If I feel what I’m doing is not for a bigger purpose than myself than I stop. I have been having a hard time writing lately one reason for that is my grandmother is really sick. I’m afraid to write because all I can think about is her and I don’t want to write down the reality of her situation because I’m just not ready for that right now.
Thankfully God always sends me a reason to write and today he sent me this woman’s story. So I just want to take a moment out to say thank you to her. Thank you so much for trusting me with your story. Thank you for allowing my story to encourage and strengthen you, thank you for being my reason to write today. Isn’t it funny how powerful we are? We help each other just by being open and honest and today you truly helped me. I appreciate you and I love you. Please know you can do anything through God who strengthens us. Lets become our greatest selves together. Thank you for being my reason! Be blessed.
I am so excited to announce that I will be conducting the first Wide Open workshop this week. The idea to do workshops for Wide Open is something that has been in the works for a couple of years. I was honored to do two test runs of the workshops at the Female Empowerment Conferences in 2011 and 2012. After an incredible response the decision was made to standardize the program and now the first official workshop will be done this coming Wednesday.
Look forward to more information about the, Live Your Life Wide Open Workshops available now!
First I am thankful to everyone who came out and supported the show. I can never express enough how appreciative I am for you all! This show was a huge challenge for me and even though I presented myself with the coolest composure I could muster up I was freaking out the whole time. I was in my own head all but damming my performance and thinking I would be awful. I’ll admit the Friday show was not my greatest and I know I am saying this as my own worst critic but I wasn’t very happy with it. Thankfully God made me the type of person who uses her bad experiences as fuel to power up and do better because I woke up Saturday morning on a mission to prove myself wrong and I smashed the Saturday night show!
It was really hard coming back from an almost 2 year hiatus from CT. Especially after all of the momentum that the show had on its first run out. A friend of mine once told me that momentum is the hardest thing to get back and he was right. But the great thing is now that we have it back I am determined to never let it go again. I really needed this weekend to happen as much as I fought it. I will admit I did not want to do this show I even quit and tried to go back on my word but Maurice would not let me give up. I am so fortunate to have him in my life. We artist need people like that on our team who will push us and challenge us even when we scream, fight and throw tantrums.
I said that this year was my year of transformation and I am on the right path. Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey. This is only the beginning and as long as I have you all in my corner there is no chance of failure. Maurice I know you told me that your crew Insubordination is like your family. Well that is what #teamwideopen is to me – my family. I learned this weekend that #teamwideopen is not just us cast and crew members it’s our family and friends who take time out of their lives and come out and support us as we try to live this dream that can be so hard to chase. It is everyone who reads these blogs that I post and encourages me and loves me in spite of myself. You are all #teamwideopen . Thank you for allowing me to live my life “Wide Open”.
Tonight is the final performance at Bregamos Community Theater. Tickets are only available at the door. This performance is going to go down in the record books so excited and humbled to have this opportunity to do “Wide Open” again. I promise to dish all the emotional highs and lows of the weekend tomorrow.
The day is finally here. It is also my grandmother’s birthday. She is my last living grandparent which makes her pretty much the most important person in my life. There is a part in “Wide Open” when I talk about how she has shaped me and how important her role in my life is. I remember being able to do that part with her in the audience when we debuted at the Wadsworth in 2010 and it was a dream come true. Tonight’s show is dedicated to my beautiful, strong, outspoken Grandmother Nadine.
As we prepare to open the doors up tonight I am keeping myself in prayer. My only wish is that someone is touched and can relate to the story. I hope that someone is rescued from any anguish they may find themselves in or forgives themselves for any past indiscretions. None of us are perfect and we all have a past but overcoming our past and not letting it define who we are is what makes us powerful.
Allow yourself to live your life Wide Open, to all the wonderful possibilities of love, success, friendships, travel, discovery, family and opportunity. I promise you that you will not regret it. I hope you enjoy the show tonight or tomorrow night. You can still purchase tickets online at www.wideopenstageplay.eventbrite.com .