As the New Year begins, Thriving on the Other Side reveals her identity and explains the reasons for the secrecy.
My theme for 2011 is simple: I Step Forward in Faith.
My first step of faith in 2011 is to share myself fully with all of you, my readers. So here I am!
In business, I’m Rebel Brown, a business growth expert, author, speaker and gun-for-hire. In my personal life, I’m the person you’ve come to know over these past months as Thriving on the Other Side.
Why the secrecy? Not for the reasons you might think. I didn’t start writing blog posts for this column, “The Other Side of Me”, under my own name for one simple reason: last September, I published my first business book, Defy Gravity. My advisors and I didn’t want to confuse that thread of work with the blog “The Other Side of Me” so we created Thriving on the Other Side as a temporary pseudonym.
In the past month, I’ve felt the urge to take another step forward onto my divine path. I’m not ashamed of my childhood or my life experiences. My intent has always been to be open about my experiences, and as of today I will be very public! My focus is to share my experiences and healing on a broader scale in 2011 and beyond, with a book and more.
Many people, including some gurus for faith and healing, have stepped forward to warn me about my decision to go public. They tell me that sharing my truth – my name – is a big mistake. They warn me that audiences and readers don’t want to know the personal side of a business author, nor do they want to know about the successful career of a spiritual seeker.
I don’t understand that line of thinking. I can’t understand how someone can possibly separate the personal from the business side of his or her total self. We are human beings in both of these roles. Our humanity, our experiences and our gravity guide us – personally, professionally, emotionally and more.
I’ve blended my spiritual and professional sides for decades now. My primary path has always been focused on business — helping businesses to grow. But I’ve also always helped people to personally grow within those businesses. I’ve helped my friends along their troubled paths, been honored to save a life, care for my parents through ugly deaths and generally support those in need. That’s always been my private purpose, even as I focused publicly on my career.
In my eyes, my choice is simple — I can step forward in faith and reveal myself or stay hidden in the safety of anonymity. Somehow, the latter just doesn’t feel right. It never really has and now that my book is published, there’s no reason to keep the secret. I am, after all, both a successful business woman and a woman thriving, on the other side.
And so, I choose to walk forward in faith. I am blessed by the opportunity to help others in this world – in both business and personal endeavors. I believe readers will appreciate my experiences with business and personal “gravity”.
I don’t have a clear picture of how this path evolves from here. But I do know sharing my name with all of you is the beginning of something greater for me.
So here I am, out in the open, and happy to be Thriving On The Other Side.
I hope you’ll join me as I step forward in faith – free of past limitations, empowered to create the life of my dreams – in all aspects of my life!
Blessings to you all as we begin this exciting New Year.
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