Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 10.02.11 AMMy two superpowers — associative thinking and balcony perspective — provide vantage, turbulence and insights, positioning me at the sweet spot between chaos and comfort.

a traveler on an unconventional path

My career refused to settle into a groove. In contrast, it’s been richly textured. Drawn to opportunities for productive, healthy collisions, I’ve navigated within and around diverse disciplines and enjoyed the benefits of contrasting and, sometimes, clashing perspectives. My appetite for new experiences provides fertile ground to cultivate ideas, evolve and expand my view of life, relationships and the universe.

every experience is a gendered experience

Gender — a core part of our essence, our cells, our chemistry, our personhood — is interdependent with all that is around us, our atmosphere, an ever-present ether silently sculpting the terrain and its travelers. Breathe in. Breathe out. Move through.

For thirty years I’ve explored gender without a focused intention. That changed as I worked to bring an idea to the TEDxJacksonville audience. Through the process, I discovered clarity of purpose: I’m compelled to add my voice to active, worldwide discussions about gender.

my public voice

It’s a big change for me to move away from quiet conversations behind the scenes, and instead, to share my point of view on a public stage and on the internet — where nothing ever dies. It’s uncomfortable. I talked about why it’s uncomfortable in my blog post, What I think now. Check it out if you’re curious.

I’m in totally new territory. I’m exploring gender within an (un)knowing framework and I’m choosing to do it on the fly, in public view, without the safety nets of anonymity or silence. And I’m trying really hard not to flinch. That’s where the hall-of-famers come in. Everyone needs a circle of support. Discovering my public voice will undoubtedly be an ongoing challenge, but I have to start sometime. This is the time.

Thanks for checking out my blog and watching my TedxJacksonville talk. I’m glad you’re here and I look forward to hearing what you have to say. Peace.