Deciding whether to sell your story or not can be a nerve-wracking decision to make.
Here, Shirley Yanez recounts her ‘selling story’ experience. Shirley’s real life story about how she has given up sex appeared in the DAILY MIRROR newspaper in May.
Why did you decide to sell your story through Featureworld?
I decided to do the article after I was recommended to talk to Alison and read about how she tells real life stories to inspire others. Alison was fantastic and read back the story before she submitted to the paper so I was very excited to read it in print. I felt in complete control about what she had written about me.
What did you think of your story when you saw it in print?
When I saw it I was really pleased and felt quite emotional.
When my family and friends read about my story they were all very excited and glad I had told such an interesting side to my life in order to help others.
Do you have any advice for people about selling their story?
If you are going to sell your story to the world it is very important to find someone who is experienced at understanding your emotions, Alison was just brilliant and made me feel at ease. I would recommend it every time.
And what’s happened since?
Selling my story boosted my own profile and I have been asked to do talks on radio and TV. As a professional life coach, it also gave me the impetus to start my own website, Venus Cow. This is the first free on-line virtual life coaching service offering advice on the way you think about your own life – and ultimately improving your life on a budget.
Why I’m celibate. One woman explains her no sex vow – story in the DAILY MIRROR this week.
Shirley Yanez has been married twice and has slept with around 50 men. Yet, although she has enjoyed sex in the past, she claims giving it up has made her happier than ever.
Shirley’s choice to remain celibate for ten years came about after her second divorce. It might seem an unthinkable decision to many. But Shirley wanted to rebuild her life and found that not having sex enabled her to focus more on realising her own dreams.
She and her sister in law Holly (Holly was married to Shirley’s husband’s brother…) have now set up a business – The Hollywood Look for less and they tour the world (often on cruises) giving ladies tips on looking fantastic on a budget. At the same time Shirley often shares her own experience of celibacy with the women in their audience. Of course, a vast majority are at first shocked and say they would not contemplate such a thing.
But she maintains many of them are in their 40s and older and have lost confidence in themselves. Sometimes they are already in dead-end relationships. And taking a vow of celibacy is a good way of getting some control and self-esteem back in their lives.
Shirley says: “I was delighted with the feature in the Daily Mirror. Many women who’ve been to our shows and who know us, have seen it and said how interesting it was. Holly and I are looking forward to working with Alison again.”
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