As women, most of us have experienced pain and suffering at some point in our lives. Whether it was abuse, trauma, divorce, death or illness, this one story often becomes our identity and prevents us from reaching our fullest potential.
Meet Marlo Ellis — the woman behind The Uncommon Woman — an online movement that was created to help women heal their emotional wounds by sharing their stories.
She started this initiative as a way to heal from her own personal pain; an abusive relationship that kept her from fulfilling her true passion and living authentically.
“I kept thinking I wasn’t good enough, strong enough, smart enough, wealthy enough or capable enough,” she said.
At the time, Marlo was a leader in her community with a thriving fitness business. But because other women looked up to her, she felt she needed to figure things out on her own.
However, once she started to engage in meaningful conversations with other women in her community, she began to see the power behind sisterhood, tribe and dialogue.
Although The Uncommon Woman Movement started online as a private Facebook Group, Marlo’s most recent initiative was launched as a way to get women together in one place, while creating meaningful connections and face-to-face conversations.
Getting Women Together To Break Down Barriers
By giving other women “the mic” and a platform to share their personal story on stage, Marlo believes she is creating a space for all women to heal. Whether they share their own story or listen to someone else’s, there is often a realization of a “common thread” and that they aren’t alone in their pain and suffering.
By creating this open dialogue, the women are empowered to move forward in their lives and pursue their passion and purpose without feeling guilt, shame or unworthiness.
Marlo says there’s no better time than the present to embrace this type of initiative. More than ever, women are contributing to the collective rise or movement away from fear and toward a purpose-driven life.
With that said, Marlo believes that pain never really goes away. So we have to learn how to manage it by talking through it and normalizing it. The more we resist it, the worse it gets,’ she says.
What To Expect At The Uncommon Woman Cross Country Tour:
- Real-life stories from women who share the details of how they turned their struggles into strengths
- Tips from a professional counsellor on how to overcome grief and trauma
- An exclusive black and white photo gallery of women who have expressed their pain through powerful images and words
- Live music from a teen who used her voice to heal the pain she experienced while watching her mother fight breast cancer
- A celebration with food, champagne and the opportunity to interact with founder, Marlo Ellis, guest speakers and other women
Location: Revival Bar, College Street, Toronto
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets: General admission $99, VIP $139
For information on tour destinations, event details or to learn more about Marlo Ellis, click here
If you can’t attend an event but you would like to join the online movement, check out this link to the Uncommon Woman Tribe.