Jodie Ortega had two light bulb moments that changed the way she saw her life. It led her to the decision to speak up publicly to help others. The first bulb was the song Babygirl by Brother Ali and the second was the book Flaying With Fire by Theo Fleury. This inspiration along with her own life experiences have given Jodie a platform from which to reach out to others and provide the base for people to develop their own self-healing. Jodie discussed the subject of sexual violence and makes people aware of the damage it does.
Jodie’s first speech was at the 2012 Montreal Massacre Memorial where she received a standing ovation. Her sparking dialogue about sexual violence aids to shine a light on a very dark subject. She offers a hip-hop dance program that enables at-risk young women to build up their self-esteem and communication skills.
She is also a regular writer for Trigger Points, a book for abuse survivors who are now parents themselves. This has become an outlet to share her experiences as a sexual abuse survivor and a mother. She has also written about her day-to-day experiences in 365 Days of Gratitude: Sexual Abuse Survivor Edition, which tells about the gratitude she has for her life and the healing that she has gone through.
It took Jodie Ortega a long time to reach a level of acceptance of who she is. She didn’t associate self-love with positive feelings until she became a mother. Self-love used to be linked to shame and selfishness. Jodie now realizes that to be the best person she can be it must start with self-love. She has used her work to connect with many people and develop relationships with others in hopes of being a voice of change.
Jodie Ortega’s work is typified by the authenticity of her words. She speaks as she is and this is a refreshing change in a world of politics and business influence. The future is bright for Jodie and she is looking to speak more and to have those difficult conversations that ignite conversations and reach more people. FabUPlus magazine loves the way that Jodie uses her experiences and voice to inform and inspire others.