My name is Ruth Bowers, and as far as business labels go, I don’t really have one right now. Which is really okay because I don’t like labels much. If you really want to pin a tag on me, I’m an author, a blogger, a soulpreneur, and a searcher.
If you’ve visited my old site, you’ll most likely have read some of this before. I’m still not great at talking about myself, but I’ve come a long way from the woman who couldn’t introduce herself at the last marketing conference I went to. Part of that comes from a combination of being naturally introverted and shy, and part from years of being told to shut up because no one liked me or cared what I had to say anyways. But if I’ve learned one thing in the past couple of years, it’s this:
I have a voice and I’m not afraid to use it!
Anyways, to make a long story short on the name change, after coming out of my second abusive marriage – slow learner much? – I hated myself so much that I couldn’t stand to say my own name. I used to say I felt lower than worm-slime, but that was an insult to the worm. My self-esteem, which was always pretty fragile at the best of times, was non-existent. I let myself go physically and mentally and the result was I had a heart attack at age 40.
So here I am several years later, still a work in progress and still putting the pieces back together. I am slowly but surely re-creating myself into the woman I know I am meant to be. I have been down as low as can possibly go, and I know that the only place left to go is up (or maybe a little sideways).
I’ve worn a lot of different hats in my life – daughter, sister, mother, wife, to name a few. These days I’m more about defining myself in ways that appeal to me for myself instead of my relationships with other people. I don’t think enough women do that and I’m very pleased to be able to use my skills to help other conscious business owners so that they can share their unique gifts and talents with the world.
When I’m not writing, I can usually be found blogging and creating newsletters on personal development topics, or wandering the local trails with camera in hand, or working out at the local gym. I’m also an independent distributor for Young Living Essential Oils and a proud member of the MyNams Insiders Club.
How Can I Help You?
As an introvert it’s not easy to put yourself out there at the best of times; as an introvert who had hidden away from the world for several years, it was terrifying. I’m getting better at that, and choose to see it as an adventure in finding my own voice, and a new direction after years of hiding myself. I’m even in the process of starting a podcast!
I have been building websites for myself and others since 1997, when I created my first really ugly site on Angelfire complete with sparkly backgrounds and flashing graphics. From there I learned that people really were using the internet for more than just chatting and making personal pages, and what has really become a lifelong interest in internet marketing was born.
My passion for creating websites and graphics fills a piece of me that my love of writing and words doesn’t quite reach. I’m not even sure I have the words to describe the kick I get when a client’s initial request of “I don’t know what I want, but something pretty” turns into “That’s it! I love it!”
My goal for 2015 is to move into more teaching and training, because to me, the only thing better than having someone love the work I do for them is seeing them succeed at doing it themselves. So many women I know have a fear of technology and a pre-determined notion they just can’t do it, and I love being able to show them they can!
I love being able to use my skills and knowledge to help others live their dreams. I am a firm believer in the saying that if you help enough people get what they want, you will get what you want as well.
One of the things I have learned is that when you come through adversity, you have an obligation to share your experiences because there might be someone out there who needs to know that they are not alone. When you’re in that dark place you need to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
I am dedicated to helping you tell your story and share your experiences too, because you never know whose light at the end of the tunnel you will be.
If my experiences can help even one person know that it is possible to survive, rebuild yourself, and thrive again, then I will consider my life a success.
So there you have it … a quick peek at who Ruth Bowers is. If what I’ve shared here resonates with you, I’d love to hear from you. You can either leave a comment on a particular blog post, or you can use the contact page to get in touch with me.
Thanks for being here!