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!
It is August yet it feels like September. I love when I can feel the seasons change. I can feel it and breathe it in and know that change is coming. Last month I shared with you the idea of recreating yourself. What responsibilities did you release to free up time for what you are meant to do?
I’ve discovered that first it is a mental about face. Over the course of time it is so easy to forget who you are if your focus has always been tasks performed for your job. The two tend to merge together if you are not careful.
I suggest you find the space you need to discover your authentic self. What do you enjoy? What makes you feel like you are making a contribution to the planet that only you can make? That is the exciting part of this discovery. We are all unique and because of that we each bring something to the table that only we can bring. Without our contribution something is missing from the fabric of life. Once you conquer the mental about face, hit the ground running!
You’ve discovered your passion in life. Now it is time to put it into practice. I’m a planner who enjoys mapping everything out, but don’t spend all your time on planning. It is easy to get stuck there and spin your wheels. Action! Create some action around your new found discovery. Consider a monthly or quarterly timeline in order to feel victory in small goals you establish.
As I share this information with you, I am putting it into practice for myself. The world and opportunities in it are larger than we know when we busy ourselves with the usual routine of life. I challenge you and as I am challenging myself to step outside of the usual routine and begin creating the new you on the outside that mirrors the inside which has been waiting to venture in a new direction.
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.
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.
The stories are vivid in our minds. The words dance around in no particular order. The desire to string the images and words together continues to nag at us. The only thing left to do is write, write, and write some more. If you are anything like I was initially, I was not sure how to actually begin writing; how to officially call myself a writer.
The first thing I discovered was the need to systematically write in my journal. That was easier said than done until I discovered a wonderful book by Bryan Cohen called, 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts that kicked my journey off. The writing prompts are very detailed and inspire creativity.
After spending time creatively writing and discovering your voice, every writer wants an opportunity to share their stories. There are various online content writing opportunities that provide a platform, specifically:
Members of the Network become a part of a supportive community of writers.
The biggest thrill is having your articles published for the world to read!
Did I mention that you can get paid to write?
Mawell Perkins (1884-1947), editor to Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, suggested that we, “just get it down on paper, and then we’ll see what to do with it”. That must be the answer. Now pick up those pens, pencils, journals, tablets and laptops and write!
Writers write to convey information, to share ideas, to tell a story, to give sound and thought to otherwise silent voices. Some writers write for profit while some write to save others from their worst fears. Most writers live to put pen-to-paper. Inspiration feels the writer’s heart and spills over onto the keypad. For most writers it is a non-ceasing flow of wonderment. If writing is so enchanting why do most college students struggle to write? Certainly there are a plethora of reasons but I have selected and will cover over the next 4 blogs what I consider to be the top five reasons! Reason one:
While a college brand may be “be in it to win it” many college students find themselves in a quagmire. It is no secret that today many students juggle work with family life in addition to attending college.
Writing requires periods of contemplation. Most if not all college writing is research oriented or requires substantial reading. Yet many students are unable to dedicate time in their daily schedule for a methodical approach to writing.
In this instance, it is worthwhile for the student to take time out prior to registration for courses to meet with an academic adviser to carefully map out his or her multiple schedules: school, work, and/or personal. Deciding how many and which combination of classes to take is pivotal to proper time management. Taking time in the beginning ultimately saves time in the end!