a Newsletter from Tuck Self, the Rebel Belle
June 6, 2008: Issue #21
I'm Little But I'm Loud!
a Southern Voice for Bold Self-Expression

 I'm Little But I'm Loud! ~ A Story of Synchronicity....  


That’s Martina McBride at the age of 7, singing at the top of her lungs. My best friend in life, Julia Delores Hollady Lee Blankenship, taught me this song, in high school. Why, I actually believed she made it up. We use to belt it out in duo - “I’m Little But I’m Loud”. It became our signature song.

I met the amazing Julie Hollady in kindergarden and was immediately drawn to her infectious smile, playfulness, and zeal for life. We developed a deep bond of friendship and spiritual connection, one that I continue to nurture and carry in my heart today.

Julie and I were always together; creating memories, sharing amazing experiences and conversations. Some of our favorite topics included God, spirit, and religion. Julie and I talked about the possibility of death and what would happen if one or the other of us passed first. We discussed how we would communicate with one another and hold a space for the other in heaven. (Remember folks, this was high school).

I never dreamed that day would come, especially when and how. Julie was killed in an automobile accident at the age of 29. I was devastated by her loss and the absence of her joy and vitality in my life. Julie was my “once in a lifetime” friend... or so I thought.

Years later, while going through my divorce, I was referred to a local CPA for a job interview. While I didn’t take the job, the CPA, Chrisanne Hensley did become a personal training client of mine. We quickly became friends. Chrisanne had a sense of joy and playfulness about her. It caught my attention and my memory.

One day, as Chrisanne and I were out for a drive, she shared her love for the fabulous Martina McBride. She popped in Martina's newest CD, "Evolution", and …….WHAM!

I THOUGHT I WAS IN AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE. There it was... Julie’s song, our signature song, “I’m Little But I’m Loud”, and it was a REAL song. Folks, I truly thought Julie had made it up. But, here it was being sung loud and clear by a very little but loud Martina McBride.

I know in that moment, Chrisanne surely thought I’d lost it. I was screaming. I was laughing. I was crying. I was talking a mile a minute. "That’s Julies song! How did you get Julie’s song? OMG! It’s a real song. You’re playing our song. That’s 'I’m Little But I’m Loud!'"

For 18 years, I’d been thinking this song was just between Julie and me and that the song was her creation. I would sing the song myself when coaxed to perform, and always feel the void of my duo partner. But here it was and I was singin’, belting out at the top of my lungs again – “I’m Little But I’m Loud!”

I knew in that moment, that Julie was sending me a message. I could feel her presence. I wasn’t sure of the message, but I knew I had to listen. And listen I did.

Folks, long story short... Chrisanne Hensley became my next best friend. I have been divinely blessed in my life with two “once in a life time” friends.

I share this story with you because it’s a story of synchronicity that touched my life deeply. It’s a story of listening to spirit. It’s a story of connection, oneness, joy, love, friendship and laughter.

... I believe that all coincidences are messages from the unmanifest – they are like angels without wings, so to speak, sudden interruptions of life by a deeper level ....
                                                           ~ Deepak Chopra

I invite you to look for synchronicities in your life. They are everywhere. When you’re feeling playful and full of joy, be aware of synchronicities. Look for God, listen for the voice. The synchronicity will come to you in little ways, in joyful and playful ways, and...  if you’re listening, it will be…

Little but very, very loud.


About the author: Tuck Self, The Rebel Belle, is a Southern voice for bold self-expression. As a coach, writer and speaker, she inspires women to wake up, crank it up, and squeeze the juice from life with passion, purpose, and a lot of play! Let The Rebel Belle guide you to freedom and bold self-expressions. Visit www.rebelbelleblog.com and get your complimentary outline of The 7 Steps to Discovering Freedom – Full Out and On Your Terms!

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