This post is long overdue, but I've never been the best at timely thank you notes :P I want to take the opportunity to reflect upon the wonderful men and women I have had the privilege to meet and know during my journey as Ava.
First off, my amazing clients. I often tell people that becoming Ava has broadened, challenged, and enriched my worldview in ways I could never have imagined. This has everything to do with the smart, successful and compassionate men I've been lucky to cross paths with. Something about the nature of relationships in this sphere is, in my experience, completely sincere and allows for an incredible amount of vulnerability. I've had clients tell me I've helped them be better partners, fathers, friends and men. I know I've become a better partner, friend, sister and woman by knowing these men. As someone who is blessed with a phenomenal support system where space is held for me, it's incredibly meaningful for me to be able to hold space for others in kind. Plus, I've learned a lot about myself sexually (which merits its own post) and let me just say if everyone on the planet was having the sex I've been having, we'd probably have no wars. Thanks gentlemen ;)
One of the things I love most about sex work is the community. The women I have befriended, virtually and in person are some of the coolest, raddest chicks on the planet. I am in awe of not only their intellect, passion and ambition but how the vast majority I've encountered offer nothing but support and encouragement. Having attended a women's college I'm no stranger to the awesomeness of female communities, but I feel like so many ladies have gone out of their way to help and cheer me on. I really try to give that back in kind. I also have a wonderful friend group of colleagues in Atlanta that has become my second family. When I started in the business I knew no one and felt extremely isolated. 2 years in I have cultivated a garden that blooms beyond measure.
Lastly I want to take a minute to thank everyone who follows and interacts with me on Twitter, even if we haven't met and never will. Twitter makes this wonderful community accessible and I feel it is a great tool for fostering both community and change. And dog memes. Thanks again everyone, I love you all!