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For the first time in my life I could truly explain, through your words the way in which I experience life and myself. Brenda… It all fell into place. I had found myself and had such a moment of clarity. It felt like such a big weight was lifted off of my shoulders. Finally I felt like it was ok to be me. I was not the only one. I had found people and a little space where I fit in. … I was at work and crying on the inside. Emotions ran wild inside me. I was ecstatic, sad, confused, motivated, i…
your depth of understanding, and talent at sharing it amaze me. Speechless… and for your sharing of it.. Thank you… deeply. *sigh, its like coming back into my body through acceptance….. Sherrie on space2live
Thank you for all the words. You’ve created the magic drug I’ve been looking for all my life. Your blog has transformed my life, and I feel like I am on the brink of a most satisfying fulfilling journey…You’ve made me see everything in a new light. I now feel calmer, able to care better for my toddler, less hateful of people around, and hopeful for my future. I am not so afraid for our marriage anymore. — Shilpa CB
Shilpa CB
BRENDA: thank you SO much! Your advice is exactly what I need to do. I am amazed how much you “get” me after only exchanging a few messages!… Again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’ve helped me more than a year of therapy sessions! – Megan on space2live
Because of your blog, I know that it is possible for me to have the love that I want one day and that I don’t have to be alone.  — Indepthwoman  on space2live
Your site has saved my sanity and my life. Maybe even my marriage. I work part time and have two young boys at home, my husband is supportive of me but until recently I thought I was going crazy. … Reading your writing not only inspires me to pick up the pen again, but gives me nourishment in the deepest places. I will fight for balance. Everything you write is spot on… And wellness is so incredibly multifaceted.  I was ready to give up hope, but understanding myself through your words is bring…
During one of the harder times in my life I found Brenda’s website
and reached out to her. To say the least it has been one of the best
decisions I have made. Being an extrovert I never quite understood
what it meant to romantically involved with an introvert. Brenda does
an incredible job listening, giving in the moment feedback, and helped
me understand the how an introvert functions. She helped explain to me
that I am introspective extrovert, and this gave something to identify
with and allowed me t…
Evan H.
You’re so honest in your writing. It’s bold. It’s frank. It’s wonderful. I could definitely see the work you are doing here as a useful book. It could save/make a lot of relationships! — Jimmi Langemo
Jimmi Langemo

“I was struggling with my daughter (16 at the time) and our constant fighting. You said something to me that changed my life! You were speaking about your own situation and you said to me “my child could not handle my emotions”. This was a HUGE “lightbulb moment” for me and it forever changed the way I dealt with my emotions when I was around my daughter!

I am happy to say that things have never been better between my soon to be 18 year old daughter and myself! I honestly never thought we would…

Mom M
I think I want to print out your articles and hand them out as a sort of relationship waiver form. “You want to be my friend?….You are interesting in going out? Here read this first. Sign here to acknowledge that you have read and understand the enclosed material. Thank you.” Seriously. I think it would work. — Guerin Moorman
Guerin Moorman

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House Plants and Motorcycles

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As a kid I spent a good share of my time watching television or playing upstairs in my room.  I quietly raised six dolls and alphabetized my book collection.  I read Anne of Green Gables and the Laura Ingalls Wilder series.  I worked on a book about a ten-year old girl whose parents divorced (coincidentally so did mine).  As a teen, music replaced dolls. Countless daydreams were fueled by lyrics and melodies that came out of my Panasonic ghettoblaster.  My dad called me House Plant because I spent so much time inside.  I was happy to live within my own thoughts and dreams.

But there was another side of me, a side that involved  riding on the back of my dad’s motorcycle.  At eight or nine years old, I remember wearing a Superman blue helmet that sparkled in the sun. I clung to Dad’s soft white t-shirt and yelled over the engine, Go Faster Dad, Go faster!  We ripped up and down the dirt driveway catching air as we flew over the hill. I was scared out of my mind but so alive. is a combination of going deeper and living vividly.  For me, it’s a place to recreate the freedom of my childhood, when I had time to go inside myself and the space to revel in the world.  It’s where I intentionally reflect on my core passions: writing, reading, family, traveling, and spirituality.

Feel free to slow down, hideout from overwhelming schedules, and lose labels like shy or house plant here.  We need quiet and space to recharge and find curiosity and creativity.  We need it to get revved up.

At Space2live I’ll share what I’ve learned about living slower and creative energy.  I may write a bullet-pointed note with ideas and insight, tell you about a writer, website or musician who blows my mind or share a personal essay about an experience that made me see things differently.  I’ll put my inner voice on the page and give you  space to hear yours.



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  1. Space 2 Hide « space2livedotnet February 24, 2011 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    […] mentioned in a previous post, House Plants and Motorcycles, how I spent a lot of time in my room as a child.  I played there with quiet, well-behaved […]

  2. allwaysunmended February 17, 2011 at 11:08 am - Reply

    I’ve got you added to my blogroll, so hopefully the people who like my personal and inspirational tidbits will head on over and take a peek at you, too. 🙂 I’m so glad you decided to do this. I know you’re going to love it.

    • brennagee February 17, 2011 at 11:34 am - Reply

      Thanks writing sister.:) I am creating my blogroll now. You’ll be on it, of course.:)

      • allwaysunmended February 17, 2011 at 9:18 pm - Reply

        Thanks! I wasn’t really expecting that, since my fiction trends towards the dark side. 🙂

  3. Patty Johnson February 16, 2011 at 10:54 pm - Reply


    I read “House Plants and Motorcyles”. I really enjoyed it. It was engaging, and vivid. I felt I could see the scenes being described. That’s very good writing to me. I especially liked the line “I quietly raised six dolls…” I’m not sure why that struck me so much, there just seems to be so much implied there. I look forward to reading more of your pieces, and hearing your insights and wisdom. I’m not a writer, but I am a reader, and I welcome you.

    Best wishes, Patty

    • brennagee February 17, 2011 at 9:04 am - Reply

      Thank you for your response Patty. I did raise six dolls, and all by myself I might add.;) Dolls were such a great outlet for my imagination and they quietly went along with all of my mothering ideas.:) Please do come back and read my future notes.

  4. Mary McGreevy February 16, 2011 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to read more! Go Brenda Gee!

    • brennagee February 17, 2011 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Thanks for reading Mary. I know you understand the joys and hesitations behind writing.:)

  5. Sally Johnson February 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    YAY! Welcome to the bloggery! Very nice opener. I can’t wait to see your posts.

    • brennagee February 17, 2011 at 9:11 am - Reply

      Sally!! I’m enjoying your blog too tho I’m having trouble reading it through Yahoo. I’ll go straight through WordPress next time so I can learn and laugh with you and your writing.;) Thanks for reading my post!

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