On Facebook yesterday, Linda Lowen posted a moving account of her encounter with author Jill Dodd at Women At Woodstock back in 2012. I had to share what she said:
In my first life-altering experience at Ann Voorhees Baker‘s Women At Woodstock retreat, in a fabulous workshop led by Amy Ferris and Hollye Dexter based on their book Dancing at the Shame Prom, we all paired off in twos so each woman could share her story with a complete stranger.
Jill Dodd was my partner, and she was so low key I had no idea she was the founder of Roxy (which was the preferred brand of my girls at the time).
Very quietly, without any fanfare, she told me the stories which formed the basis of The Currency of Love (published by an imprint of Simon & Schuster).
Of course my jaw dropped. Of course I said “you have to write a book.”
I wasn’t the first and I wasn’t the last. But she actually did it, and it was published this year, and now The New York Times has a feature story on her.
Long story short: for every friend of mine who’s asked, “You really like Women at Woodstock? Why do you go there?” this is the reason why. This.
Read the article and interview of Jill Dodd, which are both fantastic, and then do yourself a favor: register for Women at Woodstock. You won’t be great if you don’t take risks and put yourself out there. At WAW, you never know who you will meet.