Community, Suffering

How an all-women retreat opened my eyes to showing up, trying new things in life

We tell ourselves lies to keep us from going outside of our comfort zone: “No one wants to talk to me.” “Everyone already has their group.” “I’m awful at small talk.” “No one wants me here.”

Such lies nearly prevented me from attending a recent writer’s retreat at a farm house in the middle of Nebraska with 84 women I’d never met.

But I showed up — and I am SO glad I did.

Don’t let the fear of not fitting in keep you from showing up. Own your story, reach out to the edge of the room and find common ground.

I’m excited to share more of what I took away from a writing retreat with 84 strangers in the Omaha World-Herald today. Read more at