Welcome to the*WOMEN RISING* Meet The Authors series.
I am honoured that these women chose to join me on this journey and share their stories. I would like to introduce you to some of the amazing humans that you will connect with as you flip through the pages of this book...
What is Women Rising?
It is a book written for YOU. A safe space to land where you will feel safe, heard & validated in ALL your feelings and experiences. Here, we will remind you that you are not alone when the world feels heavy & that you are capable of rising above even when life gets hard. Obstacles are inevitable, growth it optional. The ability to see it that way - is beautiful.
Cassandra Derosa is Newborn Photographer that is passionate about creating keepsakes as physical memories for new parents at those very special moments in their lives. She is a wife and mama of three humans - Ayda, Elsa and Zayn, and two giant fur babies - Lilac and Adrie, living in Edmonton, Alberta.
What inspired you to apply to the Women Rising co-author project?
Telling my story. Being a voice for undiagnosed mental health & neuro-biological diversities especially in women.
What's something you learned about yourself through writing?
That taking up space is not something I should be ashamed of, and I don’t need to keep everything to myself anymore. It was cathartic to finally allow people into the place in my brain that was so lonely in addition to being overwhelming and scary for a long time.
What do you hope readers walk way with after reading your chapter in Women Rising?
To share their story where it’s safe to do so.. and to allow themselves the grace of self love and understanding instead of blaming and shaming themselves for everything they haven’t figured out yet.
As a woman dedicated to Rising, what advice you would give someone that is currently struggling or going through some hard things? What could you tell her to support her in rising above?
Find safe people. Leave circles that hurt you. Speak to yourself the way you wish someone would have spoken to you as a little girl. Prioritize your needs and your feelings, and be the first person to validate those things - this is how to love & take care of YOU and value yourself.