From BlogHer '12 to a Green Cabin

Have you ever seen something that had an immediate impact on your life?

Something so wonderful, you couldn't quite understand the magnitude at the time, but which moved you to action, figuring the whys and wherefores would later appear?

I had such an experience yesterday when I saw the most compelling post on Facebook. Lisa Weldon, who blogs at "reSoulin' My Dancing Shoes,"  had shared the most interesting Kickstarter opportunity. When I looked at it, I was mesmerized by heavy green foliage, a green cabin and sunlight dappling through the trees. The vision had that spring green look of new life and new directions. And, how right I was.

The future SunbonnetSmart hiking in the Garden
of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO, September 1978.

The scene reminded me of my middle to late 20s, in the 1970s, when Jethro Tull's "Songs from the Woods" was my favorite album and life seemed to be an unending series of mental "forks in the road." So many choices, what to do, when and why. Constant questions without much guidance and plenty of uncharted vision as to "what ought to be." It was overwhelming and ponderous. I was more timid then, in some ways, more assured in others, but I remember I was up to the task, assuming I could always, "punt" as I used to say, if things didn't go my way. "Have an alternate Plan B" was my motto.

And, through the years, I've had many "Alternate Plan B's." That's why I kept returning all afternoon to the Kickstarter video that Lisa had shared. Watching it, the green forestscape opened up to the story of Ally Kirkpatrick,  a young film maker, artist and visionary, who at 29, is at the stage I was in the 1970s. Much like I quit my job, packed everything into my Toyoto Celica and drove across country to live in Colorado, Ally decided to leave Brooklyn, going to go live in the woods, at her father's hunting cabin.

Ally reading at the Green Cabin in Virginia.

Eventually, she got in touch with Lisa Weldon, whom she had met at BlogHer '12, during a Breakout Session on Pathfinder Day, August 2, 2012 in New York City. Ally and Lisa had been in the same session and hit it off right away. Perhaps they were drawn to each other because, although there was a thirty year difference in their life stages, they were in somewhat the same quandary. Lisa's life had taken unexpected turns overnight requiring her to stop, exhale and begin again. The void she felt closing in on her was very similar to the uninterrupted blocks of time Ally was experiencing at her dad's cabin. Ally recognized a kindred spirit and called Lisa.

Ally's Kickstarter call for funding.

Now, months later, the two, with the help of many others, have put forth Ally's video proposal for Kickstarter funding. If you are not familiar with Kickstarter, it's a wonderful site where dreams and business proposals are presented for patron financial backing. Each proposal must have a goal established. After donations are pledged, if the project funds at its goal or above, the leader of the project receives a check. If the project does not reach its goal, then no cash is forwarded and pledges are vacated. So, Ally set her goal at $5,000 and she is off to a great start, but I am hoping she gets much more than that.

Additional funding would allow her to tell the stories of more women in life transitions, watching them create new paths to abundant self-fulfillment. Much like Lisa and Ally inspired each other, women learning from other women who have faced the dreaded unknown of life changes will, in turn, be inspired from the stories in Ally's films. To get a feel for the project, visit with Ally at her "Stories from the Green Cabin" area of her web site, .

So, do you feel as empowered as I do by the creative approaches these women have taken to cure the deafening hiccups in their lives? If you are able to financially show them some love, would you consider donating to Ally's "Stories from the Green Cabin" Kickerstarter listing? It would make my day to see this project not only funded to its goal level, but also way past, to provide for more stories from more creative women.

Please note! The project must be funded within thirty days from its start, which is by 3:27pm on June 30, 2013. is authored by a little bird who loves to lure unsuspecting BlogHer bloggers to her web site and daily newspaper,
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