Name: Sarah Ann Lesslie
Tell us about yourself!: I value humor over almost everything else except love. Love is my main motivation. I want to leave this world a more beautiful place than when I got here. I paint beauty onto the canvas of life. I not only write poetry, I live poetically. I love sharing stories and learning more about people-everyone fascinates me.
What is your definition of what a “wild woman” is?: A wild woman is a concept I am still getting to know. I think the term can be used to refer to someone who is out-of-control and/or someone who is more connected to nature or their natural self. Like most things, it is a double-edged sword.
How would you describe your life was like before starting your journey of being a wild woman?: Hmmm. I'd say I've always been inherently wild, and I'm pretty sure my parents could attest to that;) I played outside in the woods/dirt/creek for. It's of my childhood. Being cooped up inside did not excite me. I've always had a tremendous amount of energy that I've channelled through sports as a youth and getting into trouble as a teenager. I've always had a strong will to do my own thing, and do what I think is the best, regardless of what societal conditioning projected. I was born on Earth Day, and I have a strong connection to that. I've been a forever environmentalist and lover of things that could be considered "hippy" or "granola" (which nowadays is called "Green").
What were your biggest insecurities before engaging your inner wild woman?: I'd say I've had insecurities along the journey of life as my wild woman has bumped up against society. I've had insecurities about making friends because I'm really freakin weird. (For example: I wore a beret and tie dye shirts with stirrup pants for a good portion of 4th grade.hahaha. Good times.) I've also had insecurities about men and women and attraction. I've also been insecure about hurting the feelings of the people I hold close, so I have tread moderately lightly when it comes to certain conversations.
What is your life like now that you are actively engaging your inner wild woman?: I'd say I've learned to tame myself a bit. I was quite a wild and unruly woman for a while, and I've learned to still myself more-listen to the wind. I've been able to show up better in the lives of my friends as a result.
What are your five most favorite aspects of yourself as a wild woman?:
1- I find solace in nature. She brings me balance. If I'm having a rough go, I get outside, and everything turns around.
2- I love myself-like a lot. I think that notion may be considered "wild" because it's still a radical concept.
3- I don't brush my hair every day. Ok, that's a weird one, but I mean it. I love letting my hair go wild.
4- I'm comfortable being naked around other people. It's liberating.
5- I confront my fears and anxieties. Courage is wild.
What was the biggest realization, experience, or transformation that most helped you to start unleashing and embracing your wild feminine nature?: Again, I'd say-I've always been pretty wild. I haven't always been very feminine though. Actually, pretty far from it. I didn't wear skirts or dresses until I was 15, and I despise the color pink. I'd say when I started wearing skirts and sneakers (because I realized they could go together just fine) was when I began to embrace my feminine self. I realized I was blocked off from something, so I had to plow-through doing it to see what it was like. It wasn't that bad.
What is your favorite part of expressing your wild feminine nature?: Hiking to the top of a mountain and listening to the wind.
When do you feel the wildest?: When I'm naked in nature.
Why did you decide to participate in Wild Women Unveiled.: I freakin love Ali and want to support her by sharing my story.
What is your message to other women out there who are just beginning their journey as a wild woman, or haven’t started yet but feel the call of the wild woman speaking to their soul?: Listen to your heart. Let it guide you. Release anything that isn't inherently you.