My Story


The enemy; Cancer. It is now my ally...It was an early winter morning, four months after my hysterectomy and the start of chemotherapy. While I lied, awake at 5:37 a.m. I heard the familiar footsteps of my sweet dog Steely coming to gather me up for her first outing and breakfast. As I lifted the covers off, I realized I had taken my nightcap off ...exposing my now, bald head. I thought, “I wonder if I can make it downstairs without Bruce ‘seeing’ me.” I was still so uncomfortable looking at myself, let alone the love of my life catching a glimpse. But this was my home, my safe place...so off I went, in a ‘This Girl Can’ nightshirt and, on this chilly morning the wood stove needed to be filled, so I slipped on my barn boots! Yes…a night shirt, barn boots up to my knees and a bald head! As I walked outside to gather wood, the stillness washed over me and I knew ‘I was not alone’…I was meant to be here in this place, this moment and I would be propelled forward through this difficult place on life’s path today. For the first time in a long time fear was not in control. Finally, I was not afraid. As I stacked the wood in the crux of my arm I could hear it echoing in the gorge...wood against wood, wood against wood. Loaded up, I took a deep cleansing breath and turned to carry the stack in and as I reached the glass door, there it was, the reflection of ‘Brenda’. Without the thick blonde locks that once defined her, she was still there, strong and able. That very moment, that very reflection was my revelation! I was going to be okay. I am so much more than what I look like. Inside Out Living Life Beyond the Surface was born out of the love that was present with me...filling me with so much peace and trust. My blessing...thanks be to God.As much as life can feel like it 'takes' from us, it cannot take away the 'Inside'. I share my story to inspire others, to know at any stage of your personal journey you are powerful, beautiful and worthy just as you are. Let your energy be your beauty. I welcome you to share the message by first clothing yourself in the belief that 'we are so much more than what we see in the mirror' and by the fashion of Inside/Out Living Life Beyond the Surface, wearable words. While shopping with us, we want you to be completely happy with the experience. But more importantly when you put on our Inside Out Living Life Beyond the Surface, 'wearable words' with our iconic dragon fly, representing intellectual and emotional transformation, may you be empowered, peaceful and at ease and be present enough to pass it on to others...we are all going 'through something' or helping a person in need, make the choice to be a blessing to someone today, by looking beyond the surface...