Finding my voice by telling my story
Welcome to my website, I am foremost a yogi, teaching chair yoga to seniors.
I am finding my voice through writing and the healing that putting my voice into written words can bring.
We each have a story, it has made us who we are - what is your story? How can you own it?
I am a daughter recovering from a lifetime time difficult and tumultuous relationship with my mother, a heartbreaking and a taboo subject for many. I am exploring my ancestral lineage while discovering how to heal my generational trauma.
I am also a survivor of sexual assault, sexual harassment (as most women are to some degree) & emotional abuse from my mother & others. I am a survivor of unknowingly being in a religious cult and am a grateful escapee.
This is part of my story. What facts make up your story?
I discovered writing by accident after reading Dani Shapiro's latest best seller, Inheritance. In brief this led to many hours of ancestry research and a family secret that had been denied for years.
I had the privilege of being able to write about this chapter of my life and my work will be included in a new release by author Mary Beth Sammons due out in the fall of 2020.
I have started to write down other chapters in my life and have been able to use this experience as a therapeutic way of healing from some of the not so great chapters from my past. I will be sharing some of those on this site as I continue my journey.
My hope is that you will find the inspiration to remember and record your own stories to enjoy yourself and to pass on as a legacy to your family.
Chapters of Our Lives
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Chapters of Our Lives
Explore your story
Write it down
Leave a legacy
I was inspired by Mary Beth Sammons to start a memoir writing group at my local senior center.
The purpose of this is to create a space for seniors and others to come together, to share memories and stories, to write them down to keep for themselves, or to share and to be able to leave as a legacy for their families.
There are no rules for the group except to be kind, respectful and to give each other space to share. People who attend do not have to be "writers" or share their work to spend time with us. We are all learning as we go on this journey together.
Due to the disruption of the Coronavirus our next session will no longer be able to run at the library as planned. For those interested I will be hosting our meetings via Zoom on Wednesdays at 2.00 pm through June. There is no obligation to share anything, it's a lighthearted time to connect with others who are discovering how to write down their stories, put down their thoughts on paper or laptop. If you'd like to join us just email me and I'll send you a link.
To register please go to East Lyme Library - Events
Why our stories matter
We all have our stories to tell, many of them are just about regular life experiences, nothing dramatic but they make up the foundations of our lives - who we relate to and why and what makes us who we are. Our stories are not only about the things we have done but they tell who we have chosen to be in this moment given all that we have experienced.
They are about our dreams and desires, disappointments,
expectations and hopes for the future.
When we have the courage to share our stories we create space for others not to feel alone on the page of life that they are on in this moment. Hearing stories of love, truth and bravery can give others the courage they need to create their next chapter.
We need to come to the place where we accept our stories and own them, not holding on to the shame that stories from the past can still hold over us.
I will be sharing thoughts and stories in my blog, books and quotes that have inspired me and made me think about my life and who I want to be (and who I don't!)
Along the way some life experiences and thoughts will inevitably be different from yours.
Take what you enjoy and find helpful, leave what you don't. My intention is to help us all own our stories and walk more confidently into our new chapters.
Come and explore with me.
I am beyond excited to have signed up for this workshop with Dani Shapiro.
Story / Writing Related Gifts
In this section I will share some gifts that inspire me, that I have either purchased for myself or as a gift. They could also be items I would like buy in the future. Let me know what you think and if you have any interesting items I can add.
I prefer to share items made by small businesses and if they give back to their community that's even better.
Storiarts I love the products on this website. The gloves in particular appeal, I like to imagine that wearing them while writing or practicing the art of thinking of writing, otherwise known as procrastination that somehow they will help the flow of inspiration. Failing that they would still make a great gift.
I do actually have a pair, they are incredibly soft and well made by a small business based in Portland Oregon.
They are a gift that gives back. A percentage of each sale goes to help children worldwide learn to read, write and create
I have not had any personal experience with this as my parents are not computer savvy, sadly I think this would create too much stress for them. However if you have family that are confident using their computer or tablet I think this would make a wonderful gift, for them, also as a beautiful keepsake to pass on to future generations. I really love the idea as you can upload photos to really make it your own book of memories.
Here I will be sharing writing resources that I have either used or considered using at one time or another. I am sure there are plenty of options out there I have not yet discovered, I will be adding to this section in the future.
Otherwise known as CAPA meets monthly on the third Monday of each month in Groton.
Check out their website for up to date information. If interested you can attend two meetings before committing to membership.
Inspiring and courageous stories told by everyday people. Celebrating humanity through authentic storytelling.
NaNoWriMo - Every story matters, let's start by writing yours.