I AM SHEP, short for Hatshepsut.
Hatshepsut was one of the few women to take on the mantle of pharaoh during Ancient Egyptian times.
Despite her successful rule and ability to usher in an over twenty year reign of prosperity in Egypt, it seemed as if her succesors attempted to erase her name from history in a process known as damnatio memoriae. Her name was scratched from most surfaces and ommitted from many of the ancient accounts.
Ancient Egyptians believed that uttering the name of a departed one allows the ren, or part of their soul, to live on. In effect, those who followed her were attempting to make her forgotten.
She is one of my favorite phraohs and so to honor her memory, I call myself Hatshepsut. In order to help her soul live on.
I rediscovered my own identity and strength through isolation and internal study. Through that time I was forced to focus on learning who I have grown into and my true value. This journey of self discovery led me to work on developing my talents and to have the courage to share them with the world.
I hope to encourage and inspire others to discover themselves and let go of the doubt keeping them from living out their authentic selves.