Writing – Lost and Found
Many of you probably have a similar story of early beginnings.
I started journal writing in notebooks when I was 12. Here was a place to speak the unspeakable.
In 9th grade, my English teacher, Beverly Shaffer, who left for Boston University and won an Academy Award in 1977 for a documentary she directed, thought I had a gift. I kept her encouragement as a jewel in my heart since then. (Can we ever forget the name of our most inspiring teacher?)
Lots happened between then and now – no big surprise – but though I took writing courses along the way, my career became the focus.
I worked in private corporations leading training and development, change management and organization development. Later, I went into the tertiary health care system in British Columbia and onto large province-wide change projects.
Writing was not a priority.
But in 2009, when I moved to Vancouver, I took it up again and have been loyal ever since.
A blogging course with Corinna Gordon-Barnes began a weekly publishing trend on my website. And then a year later, I became a proud contributor for HuffPost. I had so committed myself to writing and publishing that I had improved enough to get accepted.
Then in June 2018, in a business-building program, I learned how to create content like I never imagined possible. I remember my coach Jason Goldberg warning us that we’d have more content than we could ever use. And he was right.
It was an explosion of ideas and creativity that has only grown and grown.
Currently, I am in a women’s writing group with Marlene Schiwy and being in that circle is nurturing and inspiring. I’ve been in her writing groups and retreats since 2009.
There is nothing like listening to the voices of women reading their original ways of being in the world to make my heart burst open for them, for me, for all of us.
I hope your heart will burst open to yourself, too.
Your voice matters deeply to me.
And I hope it matters to you. I want that for you.
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