[00:05:50] Brandi: [00:05:50] So at the beginning I was ecstatic and I was filled with like such [00:06:00] purpose for writing this book and for bringing it to life. And I kind of figured out my own way of managing it from listening to the contributors, tell their stories to letting things flow naturally.
[00:06:19] And a lot of what their stories, a lot of what they said reaffirmed my own. It reaffirmed my own experiences and it felt like this. Like emotional time for both me and a lot of the contributors where we’re kind of like. Relating to one another, this happened, this experience happened to me. Oh, I know how that is.
[00:06:43] This exact thing happened to me, like coming out, um, starting on hormones, trying to navigate the healthcare industry and trying to figure out where to possibly go for surgeries and different things and [00:07:00] how to navigate social spaces and had to navigates, coming out to your job. All of those things I related to, and it was a beautiful moment, but it was also very hard because I put a lot of my heart and soul into turning those interviews into words on a page.
[00:07:24] And it’s not as easy as copying and pasting and saying, there it is. It’s done. Fantastic. You know, it’s, it’s a lot of. Being in the person’s shoes and be, especially in those very, very difficult moments. Like, um, if I can talk about some of the questions that I asked some of the interview is, was, um, what was one of your darkest days, or would you be willing to share one of your darkest days and a lot of those moments, like being at that low point and having to sort of write about those moments.
[00:08:00] [00:07:59] It reminded me of my own. And because I’m trying to put my being into someone else’s story in order to fully capture their voice, it’s took an emotional weights on me where I, there were times where I had to say, I can’t do this right now. I’m so overwhelmed. And I need to take a step away from this for a couple hours or a day just to.
[00:08:27] Recenter myself and be like, okay, I’m not there. This happened. And it’s okay. Like I’m okay. They’re okay. And we’ve kind of, we’ve grown from these experiences to say the least they were there. Definitely some very traumatic and hard experiences. Um, and. It’s a little, it’s allowed me to reflect on my own past [00:09:00] life.
[00:09:00] And when I, I created my story at the very end, because I wanted to capture everybody’s voice first to kind of see how it was going to put everything together. And it really helped shape how I w how and what I told him my own story.