“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― a famous quote from Anne of Green Gables. It’s a sentiment I share – especially living in what might be the undisputed capital of autumn. Vermont.
As beautiful as it is, October can also be a difficult month around here. It’s national observances include:
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- National Bullying Prevention Month
- National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
- Pregnancy and Infant loss Awareness month
Plus October 10th is both National Mental Health Day and my father’s birthday who was lost to suicide.
But truth is I, and most XIZOZU women don’t need a day or month to be made aware of these experiences – they are, or have been, these experiences. They have personal relationships with these and many other of life’s most gripping aspects. And we address, support and heal from them all year long.
So we use these decreed month-long banner-waving observances to celebrate the current triumphs of our tribe.
And there is a lot to celebrate! Here are just a few recent member triumphs (used anonymously, but still with permission):
- one women left an abusive, soul-crushing nine year relationship,
- another marked 8 years cancer free just yesterday!,
- another made amends to a family member after years of what she described as alcohol-fueled emotional abuse,
- another brought her sexual assault to the surface and shared it with her mother for the first time.
So yeah, October can be a mother of a month, but also a triumphant one!
I’ve also read the autumn is nature’s way of showing us how beautiful letting go can be. So keep rocking it ladies.
We are all here supporting and rooting for you! Stay on your path, no matter how difficult, and there will always be someone here keeping watch for you when you need to rest.