Women of Inspiration

Women of Inspiration

by Cathleen Fillmore

A WOMAN OF INSPIRATION -- My life revolved around men. I always had a man that I was fussing and fuming over.mostly fuming. I went from one abusive relationship to another until finally, after a decade or two, I began to catch on; to slowly open my eyes and wake up after a long slumber.

While my awakening was a slow process, it was thorough. I realized that few people turn around an abusive history l00%. While many women escape abusive relationships, they often carry their scars with them the rest of their lives.

I was determined to get rid of everything about me that helped to make me a victim; to be a thriver instead of merely a survivor; to turn those scars into a fabulous test pattern. After years of giving my life over to men, I wanted it all back.

I sold my house, gave up my teaching career, left my children and other family members to go to another part of the country and start over. I had little financial or moral support as I faced my deepest fears alone. Id often wake up in the night and literally tremble, thinking to myself "Im just not cut out to take these kinds of risks I need a steady income." But then Id remind myself that these were not new fears; they were the fears Id repressed all the time Id been working and they were bubbling up to be released.

And slowly I did that, as I took on new challenges. I devoted myself to writing and speaking, started a new chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (the Canadian version of the National Speakers Association) in Halifax, Nova Scotia and began a marketing newsletter for speakers, sharing with others what Id learned.

Since then, Ive addressed huge audiences, written and had over 70 articles published, and had some of North Americas top speakers contribute to my newsletter. And Im just getting started. Im back in Toronto now, putting everything I learned into practice and showing my children by example how to regain control of life.

Leap and the net will appear a friend once said to me. Im not sure if shed fully tested her theory but I took her seriously and I took that leap. Im just in mid-flight now and constructing my own net. I wouldnt have missed the journey for the world. Even the hair-raising moments have been fun.

And the view is spectacular

Cathleen Fillmore, writer, professional speaker and coach, can be reached at: 416-466-6540, fax: 416-466-5253 or cfillmore@idirect.com www.speakersgold.com.

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