Fearless: How a Tick Bite Transformed a Life
I recently sat down with inspirational author, podcaster, and publisher, Darla Baker, and we chatted about being fearless. She has quite the story to tell, and she completely inspired me to view challenges in a whole new light.
About three years ago, a tick bit her and changed her life in dramatic ways making her fearless and grateful. Now, most people might scratch their head and wonder how Lyme disease could transform their life into something wonderful. Well, listen in our chat, and you’ll understand why it is possible that challenges can be gifts in disguise.
Fearless: How a Tick Bite Transformed Darla Baker’s Life
Darla Baker’s career encompasses a diverse list of roles including best-selling author, publisher, podcast host, and software engineer. As founder and president of the nonprofit publishing house, Stone Soup Community Press, Baker is an advocate and mentor for writers of lesbian fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Her book series, Thalia Chase: Sex Therapist, was an Amazon best-seller. Today, she is a fearless and victorious person who is taking great strides and making an impact on the lives of those around her.
In Darla’s Own Words
Two years ago my life has changed so much all because I got bit by a tick and that has been the absolute best thing that has ever happened to me. I went to the doctor did some, did some blood work I said oh you know you have Lyme disease. It was a horrible experience in the moment, but at the same time it’s just phenomenal how it changed my life. I started writing. Yes, I wrote a journal entry to sort of talk about my feelings and and that turned into a scene and the scene turned into a book and that exercise of writing got me out of my sorrow. I wanted to die. And I was afraid I was going to die.
When you expose yourself you have two options: to hide or expose and and so writing a book forced me to expose in a small way that I made much larger and so I don’t feel like hiding anymore. The majority of people when they’re facing something they create a self-inflicted prison a self-inflicted box with that limits their choices. At any moment of time, you have an infinite number of possibilities. You’re never truly boxed in. Be open to take the curve. Just stay open to those possibilities. Don’t hold on so tightly and grasp risk. You just embrace risk and and be fearless.