We found Missy

            About two months ago, even before we launched, two friends told me there was a woman named Missy out here in South Florida searching for a writing community. My friends had independently listened to Elizabeth Gilbert’s podcast, Magic Lessons. It took me a few weeks to listen myself, but when I did, I did a little dance.

            Elizabeth Gilbert spoke to Missy, who I loved immediately. She is smart and open and adorable. They spoke about Missy’s boring job and her desire to write. Missy works as a phone saleswoman. She works from a script and is not even allowed to improvise. She feels like a trapped artist. Don’t we all?

            At the end of the show, Elizabeth gave Missy two assignments: to start writing and to find her tribe.

            I knew we could be Missy’s tribe. But how would we find her?

            We tweeted, “Looking for #Missy from podcast #MagicLessons @GilbertLiz. We are your community.”

            Nothing.

            We contacted Elizabeth Gilbert’s agent. We posted a few times on Elizabeth Gilbert’s Facebook page. We tweeted again, “The thing that you are seeking is also seeking you.” Seeking #Missy from #MagicLessons @GilbertLiz.

            Still nothing.

            Then a woman named Missy sent me a direct message on my personal twitter account that said she was crazy about Writing Class Radio and that it inspired her to write all weekend. I wrote back that she was my favorite person.

            A week later a woman named Missy commented on our blog. And liked a bunch of things on our FB page.

            Could it be THE Missy?

            Yes!  But we didn’t figure it out until Missy wrote me an email.  Here’s what she said:

            My name is Missy and I think we've been looking for each other?? I first heard about the Writing Class Radio a couple of weeks ago when Elizabeth Gilbert retweeted something from the page. Then Friday I found your personal Twitter page and DM'd you and you said I was your favorite person so I mean really I don't even know what happened this weekend because I'm your favorite person lol And today I got a couple of emails from Elizabeth Gilbert's team letting me know that you &/or your team know about me and want to find me? I mean whaaaaaaat? Is this really my life?  

            As you may recall, Lizzy Gilbert (you know because we spoke twice for 20 minutes so she's obviously my best friend forever) gave me homework to find my tribe and start my story. And as a diehard absolute lover of all things school & homework related, I set out on a fiery quest to get it done. I've been writing but I haven't found 'my tribe' yet.

Well, here we are!

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allison langer

Allison Langer, MBA, travelled the States taking pictures, later worked for a ski photographer, then took pictures of her friends and their babies. This was the start of a 20-year photography business. She also taught high school photography and entrepreneurship. As her students wrote their business plans, she wrote hers to create a podcast about her writing class, which is now Writing Class Radio.