I fell in love with writing.
Why was that most important? Because falling in love meant I would show up. And showing up helped me fall in love.
I noticed that if I listened, I could hear my thoughts, feel my emotions and capture them on paper.
Images and scenarios spontaneously dropped onto the page. Dialogue opened up. Writing became playful, expansive and energizing.
The urges and ideas that came to me mattered, and if I followed them and wrote about them, I’d find gold.
Writing became easy, flowing and inspirational and I discovered depths I’d never known. Trust in the writing process and in myself grew.
Above all, I let writing lead me. Instead of telling myself what I should write, I listened for what writing wanted of me.
Surrendering to writing and being led by it is radically different.
Instead of directing and controlling everything, you allow another level of consciousness to move through you and writing gets easier.
It’s the allowing and the surrendering that I am most excited about teaching. The many ways to look and listen. There are many how-to programs and classes out there, but what my participants want more than techniques is how to get writing and keep writing. Through inner exploration, you find out what you think and how you feel, and unknown parts of yourself come to meet you.
Finally, every voice matters deeply to me. I hope that your voice will matter to you, too. I want that for you. Your voice and the unexpected discoveries will be worth everything to you.
Many of you probably have a similar story of early beginnings. At 12, I started writing in notebooks where I could speak the unspeakable.
Though I took writing courses as an adult, my career became the focus as I worked in a private college and corporations leading training and development, change management and organization development. Later, I led province-wide change projects for British Columbia’s tertiary healthcare system.
Writing was not my priority.
But in 2009 after moving to Vancouver, I took it up again, beginning with Marlene Schiwy’s women’s writing groups and retreats. Those programs and gatherings continue to be sources of nurturing and creativity. Listening to women reading their reflections and observations still makes my heart swell. It is inspiring to recognize the uniqueness and commonality of our shared experiences.
A blogging course with Corinna Gordon-Barnes started a weekly publishing trend on my website. And then a year later, I became a contributor for HuffPost. Then in June 2018, as part of a business accelerator program, I learned how to create an abundance of content in a way I’d never imagined. My coach Jason Goldberg warned us that we’d have more content than we could ever use. And he was right. It’s been an explosion of continuous ideas and creativity.
It’s never too late. I got steadily more attached to my writing at the ripe age of 60 and it’s 6+ years later. Don’t give up before you begin. Some of us find meaning in writing and fame is not what lights us up. Every life is important and significant. You only have to be willing to sit down show up, and see what shows up for you.