Your Story Matters – Recap of January 2019 Meeting with Speaker Karen Chellew

I wanted to know my story and in knowing my story
maybe I know a little about yours.
— Bruce Springsteen

“Everyone has a story.”  That’s something you’ll hear us say often at Sisters U. Each month we have a guest speaker as well as a Sister of the Month speak and share her story.  This January we had our Sisters U founder and president, Karen Chellew, speak with us on the importance of telling and owning our personal story, while sharing some about her background, how her story was cultivated and different experiences that brought her to where she is today. 

Not only is Karen a mother and founder of Sisters U, she is also co-founder of My Divorce Solution and has worked in the legal field for 30 years.  She’s passionate about helping others in general, and in her work she empowers those going through the life transition of divorce so that they are not alone in navigating that process and can continue to live their best life.  She has also run for local office and is very community-oriented. 

Karen drove home the point that everyone has a story, and that we should be confident in our stories and what’s led us to where we are today.  “Tell your story for yourself.  Its honesty, its pain, its mistakes, its choices, its fun, its pleasure, its passion, its time and its persistence.  It’s telling your story and your truth telling and my truth telling.  Our story does matter.  It’s our life, the ups and downs, the ins and outs, the challenges, the accomplishments and everything that lies in between.  It’s about you, it’s about me, it’s about us.” 

Her words were moving for all of us.  When you embrace your life, and your story, whether through journaling, blogging, art, public speaking, photography or a recipe book, you encourage others to tell their story.  You never know when someone will be inspired, motivated, or just needed to hear your story so they could say, ”that happened to me too,” and someone in the world feels a little less alone because of you.  Instead of comparing our lives, we grow more when we encourage each other to share or embrace our own story, our authenticity, and lift each other up in the process. 

Many thanks to Erin Plank for writing this blog post.