I have a sword hanging in my office that is inscribed with the words, “Fearlessly passionate – Lori”. To me, the symbol of the sword means unconquerable courage to fight the good fight and then lay down the sword in peace. I had the honor and privilege to be included in the book, Fearless Women Fearless Wisdom. Forty extraordinary fearless women were photographed with a sword by Mary Ann Halpin, a famous Hollywood photographer. Mary Ann’s passion is to be the fearless messenger. The book is a collection of the photos and stories of how each woman walked through her fear to become fearless.
The book was published and scheduled to be released at a conference in Dallas, Texas. I received my first copy of the book the day before I was to leave for the conference. I did not know most of the women in the book but there was a special luncheon scheduled for us to meet each other in Dallas. In the busyness of getting ready for the trip, I didn’t get a chance to read the stories about each woman until I was on the plane. As I read the stories, tears came to my eyes and I was in awe of the journey traveled by each of these amazing women.
As we met and listened to each other’s story at the luncheon, a bond started to form. You could feel the energy in the room start to connect us all in a bond of sisterhood. I don’t think any of us anticipated the emotion and feelings that resulted from that initial meeting. We recognized the light and fearless inspiration in each other. It was a powerful meeting!