Yes it has been a while since you’ve heard from Celebrating Life Anew. My sister, Tisha and I are continuing to celebrate life and enjoy the journey.
We are excited to share that we are venturing into a new adventure. As sisters, we have collaborated over the years on different projects and now we have a project that is bigger than us, but heavy on our hearts.
As “Sisters in Service” we are on mission to do our part during these troubling times. The world is filled with so much adversity and as women, it is critical that we be a part of helping our communities. Unfortunately, so many women are stagnated by situations of abuse that happened to us children or women. We pick up the pieces, put on a smile and carry on day in and day out. We could do more, but the baggage weighs us down. We are not sure how to release so that we can live our purpose and make greater contributions to our families and others in our circles.
Over the next few months, we will share with you our plan to design an outlet for women using writing as a tool to heal.Your feedback, and suggestions are welcome.
“Writing about an emotionally charged subject or an unresolved trauma helps you put the event into perspective and give some structure and organization to those anxious feelings, which ultimately helps you get through it,” notes James Pennebaker, a professor of psychology at The University of Texas–Austin and co-author of the new book “Opening Up by Writing it Down: How Expressive Writing Improves Health and Eases Emotional Pain.” “This can help people sleep better, feel and think better, and have richer social lives, all of which can bolster immune function and improve health.”
As always thank you for taking a moment to connect with us!
The terms journaling, writing to heal and memoire writing are really buzzing these days. Or could it be in this stage of my life, my priorities are changing. My outlook on life and what brings me joy are taking on a new and different form. For me, life has flown by in the sense that there are so many adventures I let pass by with the thought of getting to them later. As I think back, my mind picks and chooses which pictures and stories to focus on. As a mother and grandmother (yes, I know) the history to my life, events, and stories of family members who are resting in peace becomes a larger priority with each passing day. I invite you to ponder with me as I consider how I want to be remembered.
How do you want to be remembered? Who will write your story? Here is a concept, why not you. Each of us has a unique story to tell; a tragedy or obstacle we have overcome. Not only will you bless someone with your victory, you will tell your story the way you want it told. Our family and friends only know so much about us. They only know what we feel comfortable revealing or talking about. This is the reason I’ve decided to embark on my writing expedition.
There are so many untold stories floating around in my consciousness. I am embarking on a journey to write creative narratives about pain and loss to heal. According to Louise DeSalvo author of Writing as a Way of Healing, “by writing, we celebrate, too, our courage and survival. Engaging in writing, in creative work, then, permits us to pass from numbness to feeling, from denial to acceptance, from conflict and chaos to order and resolution, from rage and loss to profound growth, from grief to joy.” Who doesn’t want joy?
I encourage you to purchase a couple of journals and special pens, find some time alone with your favorite cup of tea, smooth jazz or classical and watch your pages begin to fill up.