Updated: Apr 29, 2019
One day stared into the mirror, forcing myself to see through my tears I wondered "who's that girl?" What is she becoming, where is she going, and why won't she leave the past behind so she can move on?
Two years ago I made a conscious decision to share my journey of overcoming grief and loss. As the path continues to unfold I could not be more proud of my decision to encourage others to learn as I have, to live a purposeful life.
There is joy in the mourning, sunshine after the rain, and true peace on the other side of pain. What a blessing it is to be almost unrecognizable as I now walk with a radiance that causes onlookers to point and ask ‘who’s that girl?'
Life is really about being fully present and embracing the journey as it unfolds, this is the path to finding your purpose. In and out, over and around, up and down, and all about, life is a culmination of our choices and the results thereof, intricately woven into the threads of time like the stitches in a quilt of multi-fabric proportions! I am discovering my own path to peace and healing. There is joy in the mourning, sunshine after the rain, and true peace on the other side of pain. What a blessing it is to be almost unrecognizable as I now walk with a radiance that causes onlookers to point and ask ‘who’s that girl’?
It is my sincerest hope that you are blessed and inspired by my story.
Hi, My name is Valerie Winrow...I enjoy sharing my experiences along the way and inspiring others to do the same. I am a wife, mother, author, actress and a myriad of other titles that all encompass a woman who lives to encourage others. It is my desire to inspire people to challenge themselves, step out of their comfort zone and take a chance to live the life they deserve, the life they were created for. By sharing my story of renewal, rebirth, and appreciation of life, I have dedicated myself to encouraging others to discover the voice inside that propels them to boldly embrace their own life's journey.
I am so grateful to celebrate the two-year anniversary of my memoir "Who's That Girl?" The book sparked a movement that has evolved into a lifestyle of inspiring others with exerts of my life through helpful lifestyle tips #hacks about money, fitness, travel, wine (some of my favorite things) and more!
A nationally published Memorialist, I offer glimpses into my life's experience. “Dear Chris, Conversations with my Son," exposes layers of hurt and disappointment after losing my first child, Christopher to Leukemia. Clinical depression ensued when my late husband Elgin, Christopher's father, passed away six months later, from cancer. This course of events propelled me towards music and writing as a way of finding true meaning in my life. “Who's That Girl," my follow-up novel, was born! In sharing my life's story, I have discovered that forward-thinking breeds powerful living. I am now living my best life ever and I want others to do the same!
If you are alive, you have purpose, you matter! You have the power to discover and live your greatest truth, not someone else's. That truth has always been a part of you. I once heard someone say that the truth you are seeking has been with you all along.
“I am not afraid to give of myself, exposing my most personal moments and vulnerability.
I believe that we grow more by being our genuine authentic selves. My dialogue will always be pure, #openandhonest. I am a straight shooter who finds no thrills in offering fake or false pretense. My word is my bond and my integrity is the foundation that supports everything I create. For most of my adult life I defined myself by what others perceived me to be. It wasn't until I decided to embrace my life as it unfolds and be present in the moment for myself, my family, friends and others, that I really began to get to know the real me.
Writing to reach people where they are is what I enjoy the most. Whether I share through music or prose, I intend to share. I am not afraid to give of myself, exposing my most personal moments and vulnerability. Can I be real? The truth is, I'm not fully over losing my late husband Elgin or our late son Christopher. I don’t know if I will ever be over it. I continue to experience anger, hurt and resentment -- all those emotions of grief and well, depression. But you know what? I am growing through it and that's the reason for this work.
"My life's work is to learn how to love better and put light into dark places." - Oprah Winfrey, The Path Made Clear
Faith & Perseverance
Sharing my life through prose was not an easy task, in fact it was daunting and at times draining. When I penned "Who's That Girl?" it caused me to relive many of the joys and pains in my life, often wondering how I made it through. Telling my story, I feel is necessary for so many reasons. If not for my own deliverance then perhaps for that of someone else, but more so to demonstrate and bear witness that through #faithandperseverance all things are possible.
My story is not meant to be overtly religious because that indeed is not who I am. However, I would be a present a poor example if I didn’t give glory and honor to God by relating every measure of my life to Him and His will. Through my own trials and triumphs, God is using my story to touch the lives of others. This is my journey, share the ride with me. Hopefully, you will be inspired to find your own place of self-discovery.
Be blessed & inspired often! Reply below to this post to get a free chapter download from my book "Who's That Girl?" I look forward to seeing you along the journey!
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