The Courage to Go First

Jennifer Simpson
4 min readJan 8, 2024

When You Don’t Have a Map, Find Fellow Travelers

These portraits by Meg, The Film Artist, hang behind my desk. I call them “The Ladies Who Have My Back”

I grew up moving back and forth between cultures, in a world that was always bigger than me. Human hopes, dreams, wants, and needs looked remarkably similar the world over, but our ways of helping, healing, hating, and harming one another wore many faces. We all had our own crossroads to contend with. In my early adulthood, Gloria Anzaldúa’s

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Jennifer Simpson

An artist, poet, leader, lover, daughter, sister, and mother living in Boulder, Colorado. Owner and CEO at Integrated Work. Author of the KOAN method.