The Courage to Move from Behind the Mask

As an intense, career-driven woman, I hid behind a “poised, knowledgeable and confident” persona for years. Even my hobbies were as all-consuming as my job.

While we might choose such an “adult persona” from time to time, there’s no substitute for the joy of indulging your soul, expressing your authentic self. I first did this with Soul Juice, my monthly beading newsletter.

Since MaryEllenBeads, my blog, birthed in May 2011, I’ve begun to encourage others to open to their heart’s desire. Using beads, I erase my sense of patterned expectation, of rigidity. This heart-centered blog celebrates the joy of creating with beads and my enthusiasm to share the delight of creativity with others.

My reader, a 40+ woman, is awake or awakening to her own creativity. She’s interested in the spiritual, the metaphysical and her own self-growth. Appreciative of beauty and its expression, she’s passionate about her life.

Readers like this woman relate to full, flamboyant self-expression, although they may not yet be at the place to give themselves permission to indulge. Posts from me help her spirit sing. Through pictures and stories on my blog, my reader romances her soul.

This blog is for me because I identify with the woman I’ve described.

Naturally, a part of me hesitates to commit, to state aloud (and proudly) that my blog is for those souls who realize the world is full of energy vibrations and choose to relate to them.

Through this blog and my ebooks, I write about a place of creative expression and know it can move others as it has moved me.

That’s my passion, my mission, my purpose: to live a creative, heart-centered life, embracing positive and meaningful projects, transcending limit and holding the space for others to do the same, to create a higher vibration on the planet.


In my “poised, knowledgeable and confident” persona, I did work for both Alyson and Cynthia.

With a commitment to building a more vibrant blog, I signed up for the 4-week Blog Triage class with Cynthia Morris and Alyson Stanfield. Today’s assignment is to describe the people I want to visit and read my blog.

Thanks, ladies, for helping me kick it up a notch and pull the rest of that mask off!

How about you? Do you have the courage to move from behind the mask?