the dolphins made me do it
I spent most of today crying.
It’s more “I’m overwhelmed and grateful and damn sometimes life is beautiful” than “wracking sobs of existential dread” so no need to call in the cavalry.
(Unless by calling the cavalry you mean bringing me wine and ice cream, in which case please call them in. Call them ALL in.)
Part of my waterworks-a-palooza was inspired by a random hooky trip I took.
I drove down to Dana Point, California, the Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World®. That’s not sarcasm by the way… that’s the city’s actual registered trademark.
And considering I just got off a boat where I spent a couple hours surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of dolphins, I’d say it’s pretty accurate.
No whales today though. Boo.
But I learned something kinda cool about dolphins. I feel like I probably picked this up in gradeschool and then forgot it somewhere along the way.
So in case you forgot too, here’s your interesting fact of the day:
Baby dolphins are born fins first. That’s to minimize the risk of drowning since the whole process sometimes takes awhile.
And when the baby is finally born, it’s surrounded by all the females in the pod…
Mom, other mothers, grandmothers…
All who gather to help the baby to the surface so it can take its first breath.
Not gonna lie, I choked up a little. I know I look tough as nails but in real life I’m a gigantic nerd and a huge softie.
Anyway, I promise there’s a point to me crying about dolphin babies.
It made me think of all the times I’ve been “helped to the surface” when I felt like I was drowning.
For years now, I’ve been a member of a very special community called the Mentoress Collective, which is full of women and woman-adjacent human beings, all dedicated toward helping one another succeed and find support.
And that brings me to the other reason for tears…
Today is the day the Mentoress Collective closes. I’m sure it will be reborn in another form someday in the future (and we’ll all be around to help it to the surface when that happens).
But for now I want to celebrate the extraordinary effort that is Marcella Allison’s Mentoress Collective. It’s one of the few places where I felt like I could borrow someone’s faith whenever my own was running low.
And over the years I’ve picked up SO many skills and made so many cool connections… which brings me to why I’m writing to you today (aside from letting you know you absolutely MUST go dolphin and whale watching with Captain Dave’s in Dana Point):
But as I’m writing this, there are just a few hours left. It all goes away at midnight Eastern time.
I won’t belabor the point. If you know me and you know Marcella, then you know anything she built that made me dissolve into tears is RIDICULOUSLY valuable.
And the fact that she’s practically giving it away at $99?
Think of me and all the wonderful folks in that community when you watch these trainings, and know that we’re all beside you when the waters get rough.
With company like this, there’s no such thing as failing.
P.S. I promise, these were happy, grateful tears. I can’t tell you how much of an impact Marcella and all the mentoresses have made on my career and my self-esteem. You can’t go wrong with grabbing her library of trainings for $99.
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