No Blanks, No Pauses: A Path to Loving Self and Others

By Shelly McNamara, Chief Equality & Inclusion Officer, Procter & Gamble

Born the youngest of fifteen siblings in Lakewood, Ohio, Shelly McNamara began writing as a child to explore her inner self and make sense of the world around her. From the grief of losing close friends and family, the pain of estrangement and rejection, and a deep desire to make the world a more respectful, loving, and inclusive place, Shelly wrote poetry and stories of hope and strength. Writing helped her embrace her own identity while she waited for the world to recognize her lifelong commitment to the woman she loves and the family they built together. As the Chief Equality & Inclusion Officer at Procter & Gamble, Shelly has used her powerful insights and compassion to elevate the consciousness and connection of people from around the globe. Now, for the first time, Shelly is bringing her poetry and powerful stories to us all.

No Blanks, No Pauses is an exploration of one woman’s journey to live a full and authentic life that holds lessons for each of us. Shelly has written her way through adversity and heartbreak to discover that dreams are worth pursuing, injustice is worth challenging, and peace and fairness are what matter most. This book’s mixture of memoir, poetry, and insightful questions draws us in and gives us confidence that we too can heal, connect, and love more expansively than we ever thought possible.

ISBN: 978-1-64307-486-3

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