For as long as I can remember, I’ve put pen to paper, using words to make sense of the world around me, to dig deep and express myself, and to playfully create.
As a child, I wrote adventure stories. As a teen, I joined the ranks of anguished poetry writers. And as a young adult, I used my journal to explore what it meant to feel different.
But it wasn’t until my late twenties that I began to believe that I could actually “be” a writer. With a group of women writers, I started exploring writing as a means of creative expression. The support and praise I received from the group allowed me to take next steps: writing for publication and eventually becoming self-employed as a professional writer.
I created a business where I got to write all day, every day. The only problem was that everything I wrote was for other people. While I was proud of myself for figuring out how to make a good living doing something I loved, there was definitely something missing.
Wanting a place to explore and share ideas, I began writing and posting a weekly blog. I discovered that what I wrote for myself had resonance for others too. People wrote me humbling and inspiring notes about how my writing had touched them.
I became braver in my writing. I wrote about suicide and divorce and sexuality and being eaten alive by shame. I learned that when I showed up and told my truth, it helped to heal and transform me in ways I couldn’t have imagined. I also realized that telling my own stories connected me in a very real way with other people, giving them courage and making them feel not so alone.
Today, through my writing and my online programs, I share what I’ve learned about the transformative power of finding the truth and telling our stories.
Here’s how we can work together:
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