Leather Reign 2010…my keynote speech.

Leather ReignI’ve been invited to do keynotes at Leather / Kink events a handful of times, and as someone who doesn’t really believe in writing speeches, this always throws me into a blind panic. Yes, one of my own making but I personally challenge myself to life up to the challenge of what speeches are, IMO, meant to be: spoken in the moment.

This past winter I was to speak at Leather Reign up in Seattle and I was nervous as fuck. Shout outs to Sheryn B., who tossed me a nugget from which to jump off for the speech and also props to The Dominant Guy, for patience with my hamsterbrain flipmode meanderings in the days leading up to the speechification.

I hope you dig it.


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  1. J on April 20, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Thank you for posting this (and thank you for saying it in the first place). It’s a great speech – full of love. I really liked your expression of the life stages – it makes me feel less bad about messing up when I think of it as me still being in my kink adolescence!


    • mollena on May 1, 2011 at 3:28 AM

      Thank you for listening! “Messing up” is, really the best way to learn. People telling you shit is one thing but having to pick yourself up and do the thing yourself is an indelible reminder of what not to do again ;-)

  2. Lily on April 23, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    I sat in my favorite big armchair next to the heater which clanked and hissed and drank a diet coke and listened to this yesterday evening and it was pretty much a perfect experience :)

    • mollena on May 1, 2011 at 3:32 AM

      :-) Thank you for listening, Lily!

  3. CandiAnne on April 25, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Thank you for posting this. It’s so touching and thought provoking. You’re a truly powerful speaker. I love that you are a gut spiller, it gives the rest of us that are someone strong to align with so we don’t look stupid when spilling our own shit everywhere. So thank you!!!! for giving a voice to those that are too shy to get in front of a crowd and do it themselves.

    • mollena on May 1, 2011 at 3:55 AM

      Thank you so much…from one shy person to another. :-)

  4. Mollena Rocks « Ms. Beyond Leather 2011 on April 25, 2011 at 11:12 AM

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  5. Sestra on April 25, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Thank you for this. Thank you SO much for this. Every time I struggle or doubt I will refer back to this speech and know I am not alone and there is a reason for this path. You are awe inspiring.

    • mollena on May 1, 2011 at 3:57 AM

      Thank you so much for listening, Sestra! You are hardly alone. Even though it feels like that sometimes…you’re not alone by a long-shot.