I feel honoured that firstly, in a world where everything demands our attention, that people take the time to read my words. And secondly, that in a world full of hope, pain and darkness, my words can somehow be a balm to a hurting soul.
A light in the darkness.
A sense that someone else, somewhere knows how you feel.
Knowing that you are not alone in your struggles.
This is my heart.
This is what motivates me to keep writing.
I write to encourage others.
I write to encourage myself.
I write for you.
I write for me.
I want to thank you for journeying with me. I am filled with so much gratitude to those of you who have come along for the ride. Whether you have read just one blog post, or read many. Thank you, just thank you. It means so much to me that you have been there with me, for any part of my journey. So much has happened over the past six years. I have changed. I am not the same person I was when I first started Princess Warrior Lessons.
Over the past two years, I have gone through a process of shedding. I have been shedding so much of what isn't me to reveal my true self. It has been an incredibly awe inspiring, but sometimes painful time. But as a result, I feel closer to finding out exactly who I am. Part of this process has been shedding religion. Theology that I have long held as truth, I no longer hold onto. I am still grappling with questions about my faith. Spirituality is something I have long held as something sacred, and will continue to do so. My blog to date, has mostly held a mainstream Christian slant to it. Princess Warrior Lessons no longer feels true to me. I still hold Jesus as sacred, but I no longer can hold onto theology that I have subscribed to in the past.
In order to shed anything that is not my true self, I have had to be brave. At times it has been hard, and at times, tempting to go back to wearing those masks that weren't my true self. But I have come too far now to turn back. I have tasted a freedom like I have never known. I can't turn back. Even though there are those who don't understand, or want me to go back to the way I was, or reject me. I cannot turn back. She who is brave is free. Because spirituality is something I hold dear, I will still write about my faith and what I hold on to as my truth. I can no longer write as the Christian woman I once was. I am no longer she. I want to write for every woman. Every daughter of the Divine, knowing there is no 'them' and 'us' dividing women into groups. There is only 'us' - all women, sisters of the universe, all just trying to find their own true self, their own truth, their own freedom and most of all love.
I have outgrown Princess Warrior Lessons.
I can longer write as 'Jo Princess Warrior'.
Its time to say goodbye to Princess Warrior Lessons.
Its time to shed this blog.
I would love for you to join me as I continue my journey to find my own true self, my own truth, my own freedom and most of all love at Brave Bohemian.
Jo-Anne M. Puggioni
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