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—The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. –Elisabeth Kubler Ross

My soul-mate & sister,  Kay.

My soul-mate & sister, Kay.


–Do you have a story about how you survived an unbearable, insufferable event in your life?


How did this crisis change you, make you grow?   What lessons did you learn?  Did you become empowered afterwards?  Were you angry with God?  Do you believe that light is stronger than darkness?  Can you help others because of your pain?


My Inner Chick / Kim Sisto Robinson is asking for 500 word non-fiction essays about how you rose up from the ashes, the dirt,  the darkness after an unexpected,  painful experience in your life.


I despise the word “contest,” so we shall not say it!  Never!  EVvvvvvER.




Tia (my English teacher favorite-fabulous girlfriend) and I will select the essay/story, which kicks our asses the most & makes us feel deeply.


Here are the guidelines:


  • 500 words (or less) non-fiction piece about your experience. (I will not accept anything over 500 words )
  • I am more concerned about content than grammar,   but I’m not going to edit for publication, so try to be good!
  • Let go of everything. Do not be inhibited. Take off your layers. Remember, nobody has the same story as yours.
  • Since I know an abundance of writers out there,  I’m having submissions sent to Mr. Liverpool at He will remove your name, so I don’t favor the writers I adore and worship.  You know who you are, darlings.
  • Send your submission attached to the email above.
  • Type “Submission for Rising Up” on the subject line. Make sure your full name is on this submission w/ email.
  • Deadline: February 15, 2015


The person who kicks our asses the most will receive my favorite book of 2014,  WILD by Cheryl Strayed


And for those living in the USA,  you will also receive 1 dozen of Saint Shirley’s Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies.  YESSSSSS.


Oh, and your essay will be featured on My Inner Chick’s Facebook Page and Blog. You will be tweeted, dugg, googled, and placed on other blogs,  too!


In closing,  I want to say I looooooove all of you & I can’t wait to read your stories.  Remember,  I will not know who you are until the very end.

I Rise.  I Rise.  YES,  I Rise!

I Rise. I Rise. YES, I Rise!

Darling,  readers,   are you ready to tell your story?

—–You did everything to bury me, but you forgot that I was a seed.—Dinos Christianopoulous

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  • Reply
    Jennifer Wolfe
    January 17, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Oh, I love this…through our pain we learn so much about ourselves.
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    Elephant's Child
    January 17, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I am really, really looking forward to seeing the person(s) you feature.
    Another brilliant, empowering idea. Thank you.
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    January 17, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Dear Kim, I love the idea of this “contest” – it will be so interesting to read the story of the writer that you will feature.
    I am grateful for all the stories that you share, yours, your sisters and all the others – they are empowering, inspirational, so very important and so much more!
    Thank you for being you, dear friend and for being there!
    Liebe Grüsse,

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    January 17, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Can we enter and remain anonymous (because we want to start to peel the layers.. but we also still want to protect others?) 😉

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    Jodi @ Heal Now and Forever
    January 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Ooooh fun, I need a prompt like this. And you now know I LOVE wild. I’m going to dig deep!
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    Barbara Hammond
    January 17, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Since most of my experiences have been out there on my blog I’ll not submit, but can’t wait to see what others submit. I hope someone learns how freeing it can be to tell your story and feel the release! Nothing like it.
    Nice job Kim!
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    January 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Fab idea! Esp like the “blind” submissions. You’re a pro 🙂 xx
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    nan @ lbddiaries
    January 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Oh man, I don’t know. It’s one thing to say, “Oh yeah, I will write about it!” and quite another to think of exposing everything to the world, even knowing it may help some. And it’s kind of like the question Trish up there asked – ugh. This is a tough thing because I REALLY want Saint Shirley’s Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies again. They are ‘da bomb!! Maybe, maybe not. You’ll only know at the very end of it! If you see my name on a submission then you’ll know I did.
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    lisa thomson-the great escape
    January 17, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    What a great idea, Kim! I won’t participate because my struggle has been a long, slow one. The kind that makes you want to bang your head against the wall but not a trauma. When I see the light I get dragged back. Your post is timely in the quotes you’ve used. I’m feeling very sad today as I’ve taken down the Martini Diaries in fear that I could get sued. I could get slaughtered for writing my truth and that makes me feel beaten down. My stories are my truth but they inspire anger in others therefore I must be silenced. Thanks for your inspiration, Kim. You always help me see that these petty things ultimately don’t matter. WE rise above. If you can? We can. xoxo
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    Choc Chip Uru
    January 17, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    What an empowering idea my friend, I love the submission process here! I wish I could enter, hopefully I will find some time 😀

    Choc Chip Uru
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    Chris Carter
    January 17, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Hmmm….. I wonder if i should. Ack. I don’t wanna go ‘there’… been there and risen up, and not sure I can go back down into the darkness to sort and share it all again.



    I DO know that what stories you (Mr. L) receive will probably be unbelievably powerful. I DO know that. Beautiful idea… And holy St. mama’s cookies? Mmmm. it might be worth it to tear off all the scar tissue and sweat out the words and bleed out the emotions one more time-JUST for those. 😉
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    Vidya Sury
    January 17, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    You rock, you know! Looking forward to reading and rising up! Hugs!

    Wish I could move to the US for the cookies 😀

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    January 18, 2015 at 12:28 am

    PS. Kim, I just saw Wild. Wow! It’s brilliant! Totally relate to what she got by the end. Love flowing from a cinema in MLB xx
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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    January 18, 2015 at 12:46 am

    A brilliant idea, Kim. I look forward to reading all the empowering words!
    Happy Weekend!
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    January 18, 2015 at 4:12 am

    What a wonderful idea, my Kim.
    Can I just buy those cookies? 😉
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    Totally caroline
    January 18, 2015 at 5:18 am

    Oh gosh… I’m so tempted.

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    January 18, 2015 at 5:55 am

    Kim, dear, what a brilliant idea! Love it! Will endeavour to enter by your deadline.
    Love, hugs and kisses to you across the oceans my friend.
    🙂 Mandy xoxoxo
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    January 18, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    What i love about you is that you are so all in, passionate and inspiring,

    This really is a great idea Kim.

    And I promise I’ill think about now that I’m back on my blog again. But it’s gonna be kinda be hard to hide my identity, seriously love.. how many woman do you know who have two children who died together in an accident??
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    Hotly Spiced
    January 18, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    What a fantastic idea. I love that quote from Kubler Ross. I’m sure you’ll have a great time reading through all the submissions xx
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    Anna @ shenANNAgans
    January 18, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Brill idea lovely lady. Will try get my submission in, although, a part of me says no to bringing ‘it all’ up again. Hmmmm!
    Hugs across the oceans to you, from a hot and muggy Canberra. xox
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    January 18, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Great idea!
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    January 19, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Oh man awesome idea and what a tight word count too 🙂 I’m kinda sorta in middle of a sucky life event, so maybe this could motivate me to take the first step to write about it.
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    January 19, 2015 at 4:33 am

    You’re a genius. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Very few people would find a way to make the wounded feel whole again.

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    January 19, 2015 at 4:34 am

    I LOVE the idea!
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    Marie Kléber
    January 19, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Awesome Kim! Just as awesome as you are.
    You know what. I’ll write. Definitely. And I’ll try to let go as much as I can…
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    January 19, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Wonderful idea, Kim, and I can hardly wait to read what you select! Golly, the thought of getting some of Saint Shirley’s magical chocolate chip cookies is enough to encourage anybody to enter — and how wonderfully cathartic to get heavy stuff off one’s chest by writing about it.
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    January 19, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Such a good therapeutic idea!
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    January 19, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Oh this is such a great idea. I’m really looking forward to reading the story you publish. You always recommend great books Kim so I want to recommend a recent favorite of mine. Dying to Be Me by Anita Moorjani…I absolutely love this book and it has inspired me tremendously…..You may have read it already, but if not I think you will enjoy it.
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    January 19, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    This could be so empowering to everyone who submits, and to all who read the “winning” essay. I’m looking forward to it!
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    January 20, 2015 at 4:39 am

    Love this idea – especially how you are having mr. liverpool scrub the entries 🙂
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    Carolyn Hughes
    January 20, 2015 at 10:27 am

    So wonderful that you are going to share recovery stories! Your site is such a haven of hope and inspiration.
    God Bless You Kim!
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    Amy Tong
    January 20, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    What a great challenge! I’m not so much of a writer, hehe….except for recipes. But I love this fun event. Can’t wait to read the winner’s story! 😉
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    Lady Jennie
    January 22, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Kim that’s wonderful!! I know you will get some very powerful pieces here.
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    January 22, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    I’m looking forward to reading the featured story. And I can only imagine the catharsis which will occur from all the writing you’ve just inspired. Bless you! xo
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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    January 23, 2015 at 4:58 am

    You’re so generous to throw open your fantastic platform to others Kim! xxx
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    Kristi Campbell
    January 23, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    What a beautiful idea! I think I might even have something that will work!! OMG I’m excited!!! EEEPP!!!!
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    Gary Sidley
    January 29, 2015 at 10:20 am

    As I’ve been so fortunate (to date) to not have encountered major losses in my life, I do not have a story to submit. But I eagerly look forward to reading the personal stories.
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