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!
I sat at my desk and decided to take the words out of my head and transfer them to paper. As a writer I knew that was the beginning. What would I write about? Better yet, what do I have to say that would be of interest to anyone but me? I read somewhere (more words) that if I am interested in something, more than likely someone else is too.That thought helped me find my voice. As I began my journey to become a writer, I realized that the world is made up of words. Everything around us is connected to a word. I began to hear the words in music. I began to see the words in sales papers. I began to see my words on the computer monitor.
I’m currently reading “Writing to Change the Word” by Mary Pipher. According to Ms. Pipher, “words are the most powerful tools at our disposal. With them, writers have saved lives and taken them, brought justice and confounded it, raised armies, started wars and ended them. Writers can change minds, alter the way people think, transform our definitions of right and wrong.”
The power in words is amazing. The more we read and write, the closer we’ll come to finding our voice, and perhaps changing the world. What are you passionate about? What concerns you in your everyday walk through life?
The passion I have to share with other parents about life with my son who has Autism is driving one of my voices. Did you know that April is Autism Awareness month? There is so much for the world to discover and understand about the spectrum of Autism. Even children who do not have the disease need to be aware of how to socialize with their peers who do. Better informed students will help teachers have better managed classrooms. Please visit http://www.autismspeaks.org/ to learn more.
As I continue to toss words around and observe the world around me, I look forward to stretching my voice. How did you find your voice? Are you on the journey to discovering your passions? Please share with us, we would love to know.
There is a story to be told. It has been building over the last few months . . . the characters are coming to life and the plot is unfolding.
I have a wonderful recipe for dinner rollsto share. It was handed down by my grandmother. Perhaps a book of recipes is in my future.
My writers’ group met last Saturday and wow what a session it was. The opportunity to buildrelationships with other writers is so important because of the support received. I never feel alone being a part of this community.
Reading and writing in a quiet space . . . with jazz softly streaming through the room . . . releases stress, makes me happy, and fulfills my creative need. Every day I strive toward my goal of healthy living. It is important to develop a ritual, something that makes a writer feel comfortable or safe while writing.
Why do I choose to write? I choose to write to tell stories, share information, build relationships, acquire new knowledge, and to meet my goal of health living!
Why do you choose to write? Please leave a comment.