Hello, party people!
I hope life is not kicking you in the tail, and if it is, I hope you learn from this by getting padded pants.
So today, I decided to fill the elongated gaps in my workflow with research of the one and only, Shannon Purser.
You may know Shannon as the infamous Barb, or you may know her as someone you met pre-Barb.
I am one of the pre-Barb people, and while researching (yes, I realize it’s creepy to research someone you know, but really, it’s also creepy to research someone you don’t know), I couldn’t help but feel rejuvenated at what she has accomplished.
And I thought you should read about said rejuvenation.
I met Shannon for the first time when I asked her if I could wash her feet. She was 16 years old with an over-sized sweater and a trendy haircut and I was serving in a chapel for a young women’s retreat, so no, I did not just ask her randomly to wash her feet.
Fast-forward only three years (today) and I see articles about her, pictures of her, pub crawls dedicated to the memory of Barb, etc. and I am in awe.
It’s not one of those awes that I can’t believe it. It’s an awe that at such a young age, Shannon pursued her dreams and accomplished the crap out of them, and she’s not even done!
I’m 24, and I still find myself replacing meals with Twizzlers.
And I don’t say all of this because I know the lovely lady (however, if you want to praise me for knowing a celebrity, just send Twizzlers). I say all of this because today, a huge gust of air filled my lungs when seeing her all over the media.
I was inspired.
I was uplifted.
I was empowered.
I was inspired to pursue the things that I’m passionate about.
I was uplifted in believing that I can do those things.
I was empowered in knowing that I have gifts, and those gifts should not be undermined by my self-criticism.
I hope that today, you can say the same for yourself.
I hope that by looking up to someone like Shannon, you will get your bum into gear.
I hope that you see your worth, your talent, and your freedom to pursue what you want to pursue.
And I hope that you put the work in to achieve those goals, to rise above the negativity, to become the true success that you’ve always dreamed of being.
Be a Barb.
Fight for what you believe in.
And don’t let people tell you to calm down based on age, experience, or ability.
Your dreams want to be released from your mind.
So put in the effort to set them free.
Love you guys!
Love you, Shannon! It was an honor to be humbled in washing your feet and an honor to be humbled in learning from your dreams being freed.