Who is this chick anyway?

How awesome that you came!!!

Welcome to my beautiful planet.  Guess what?

It is NOT normal here.

Paula Howley

I am Paula Howley:

female human being, home schooling mom, wife, author, kids’ public speaking teacher, recovering alcoholic, ex-stripper, seeker, philosopher and provocateur.   A student of life, I love meeting other students to see what kind of shit we can kick up together.

Empowering the ‘powerless’, humanizing the humans, and en-couraging the fearful is my raison d’etre.  I have been powerless, human and scared so I am an expert in my field.

My first book, which I hope will do all of these things, “How To Get Out Of The Business: 8 Sex Workers Reveal Life Changing Strategies” is being edited RIGHT NOW and I can’t WAIT to share it with you!   totally re-written RIGHT NOW.

I interviewed 8 ex-strippers and/or prostitutes who have left ‘the business’ and are now thriving in civilian life.  By thriving I mean that they define their lives as having meaning, and they are healthy and happy.   They are good with who they are.

It takes serious moxie to move from sex work to the real world and it takes strategy too.  Believe me, it’s not easy to explain away a 10 year gap on a resume.  But the women I’ve talked to are intelligent, interesting, bold and vulnerable.  Some of them are hilarious.  Some of them are weird.  One of them is me.

But in some way they each inspire me.  And I feel truly honoured that they have trusted me with their deeply personal stories.

Near the end of writing this book however, something happened.  I discovered that it was time for me to tell my deeply personal story.  For the past few months I’ve been writing my memoir. This is the one I’ve been wanting to write for fifteen or so years.  I hired myself a coach to make myself do it.  And when I’m done, seriously, I really can die happy.

In the meantime, let’s talk.  Let’s talk about deep stuff and silly stuff.  Let’s talk about deep silly stuff, and be internet friends eh?

Thanks for the visit.  Stay in touch because we are gonna do some really cool shit.


3 comments on “Who is this chick anyway?”

  1. Pingback: This is not the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking | A Year in the Life of a Toastmaster

  2. Joan Higgs Reply

    Hi Paula, I just discovered your blog. Love it! Been thinking of coming back to Toastmasters and maybe the Sechelt group could work for me… I’ll look up the meeting times.

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