Hello everyone. I'm back!!! Well, I really never left. Only had one of the busiest years of my life. And it keeps on coming. To give you an idea, I just finished sorting over 4,000 emails and have put together a breakdown of all the events (presentations, book readings, lectures, interviews for radio, meetings with survivors, etc.) and they total 54 separate events for last year alone! This has been great, but only left me time to post short sentences on Facebook, in place of posting here. So, my apologies. I haven't given up on Dawn-Schiller. This is where my online journaling began and I don't intend on giving it up.
Many good things have been happening, especially with E.S.T.E.A.M. We have an amazing board of directors who have been working hard to gain a sense of direction and focus to have the best possible outcome for the teens/young adults we want to help. Our website is getting updated, volunteers are being organized, and subcommittees are focused on particular tasks. In addition, our mentoring piece of advocacy has taken on quite a positive spin, and in August I will be coordinating, teaching a memoir writing workshop and co-sponsoring a 9-12th grade camp for girls who don't have a home life that is positive. (I'll leave it at that for now.)
Heads up also, as I'll be the keynote speaker for the North West Regional Conference for the Soroptimists of America on April 29th in Vancouver, Washington. Come stop by if you can. I'd love to meet you and talk about how we can help our kids. Soroptimist Keynote
I also did an interview with CBS KOIN Local 6 news and Amy Fraiser. I think they did a great job.
I want to thank everyone who sent me their stories of strength after reading my book. I want you to know how important it is to hear those messages. It tells me that the reason for me to write my story goes way beyond what I could have envisioned, and that all the hard work was worth it, a million fold.
More great things to come,