“You are a living, breathing story. What you make of your story makes you.”
—Barbara Stahura, CJF

“Story is the mother of us all.”
—Christina Baldwin

“We live not by things, but by the meanings of things.”
—Antoine de St.-Exupery

“The story of your life is the tale that you repeatedly tell yourself about who you are, what you want, and what you can and cannot do.”
—Carol S. Pearson, PhD.

“Everything is story, including our identities, our selves, our meanings and purposes, our theories about the world.”
—Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona

“We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
—The Talmud

“The words you speak become the house you live in.”
—Hafiz

“Change the story and you change perceptions; change perception and you change the world.”
—Jean Houston

“Story. Story is my medicine.”
—Deena Metzger

You are a living, breathing story: What you make of your story makes you.

A major part of your story is navigating change and transition.

If you’re alive, you’re experiencing change. Some changes you sail through; others knock you flat. Some you willingly choose, while others are imposed upon you. Some leave you dancing with joy, and others send you spinning into grief. Some are even “non-event transitions,” as when a cherished dream does not happen.

Yet change—the event itself—is only part of the picture. The larger part is transition, or how you react to the event, using the story you tell yourself about it.

Just as an author creates her characters’ realities with the words she commits to the page, you shape your own transitions by what you think about them. The wonderful thing is, you can explore your transitions at any time to discover how best to navigate them and empower yourself.

These are only a few of the life changes requiring transition (yes, even happy ones!):

  • Promotion; no promotion; retirement; job loss; moving for a job—yours or a spouse/partner’s.
  • New baby; infertility; kids leave the nest; adult children return to live at home.
  • Marriage; being unable to find a partner; divorce or break-up; death of a spouse or partner.
  • Becoming a caregiver for a loved one; caregiving ends after a long time.
  • Ill health; returning to health after long illness.

You can certainly add many others to this list. But there is one things all life transitions have in common: They follow a pattern you can learn to navigate at your own pace with courage, confidence, and wisdom, to create a happier, more meaningful life.

As a certified journal facilitator and transitions writing specialist, I will support you through transition using a proven framework and, if you choose, tested writing strategies that open you to more insight, support, and understanding. As Alice Walker says, “Writing is a sturdy ladder out of a deep pit.” (Not a “good” writer? No journaling experience? No worries! Journaling has no rules, so you can write however you choose and keep it private.)

In all the life- and soul-energizing programs I offer, you will experience yourself as a Living, Breathing Story always capable of a more positive, joyous, and empowered life, and see how, in a literal sense,  your Story–who and what you believe yourself to be–creates your experience of reality.

The gentle tools for this journey include proven journaling techniques for self-discovery; basic neuroscience tips that will enhance your life; how body and mind work together to create who and what you believe yourself to be; and how you make your Story true by living it (plus ways to reshape it!).

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Journaling Programs

What you make of your Story makes you.

I’m Not There — Yet:

Writing Through Life’s Transitions

Two new programs!

Changes and transitions occur throughout every life. Some we choose, some are imposed upon us. Some we believe to be positive, some negative; some bring joy, others pain. Some are even “non-event transitions,” as when a cherished dream fails to happen. Creating a strategy to guide you through a current transition (or in anticipation of one) does make a difference, by offering you support, sharpening your insights, and helping you make a plan.

In this class, you will learn the stages all life transitions follow, how to identify the stage you are in–and why that’s important, and effective strategies, including proven writing techniques, to deepen your discovery process and guide you through your transitions to many positive new beginnings.

No journaling experience necessary! Bring your journal, paper or electronic.

Wednesdays, Sept. 5 – Oct. 3, 9:00 am – 10:30 am

(5 90-minute sessions)

University of Evansville

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Saturdays, Sept. 15, 22, 29 & Oct. 6, 9 – 11 a.m.

(4 2-hour sessions)

Unity of Evansville, 4118 Pollack Avenue, Evansville, IN

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Journal to the Self

June 7-9, 2019

John C. Campbell Folk School

Brasstown, NC

(Yes, next year!I’m so excited I couldn’t wait to share the news with you!)

The Journal to the Self workshop transforms the traditional diary into a genuine, unique method that offers cost-effective, holistic self-discovery and becomes an ongoing companion and guide.

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Free Journaling Booklet: Explore Your Story with Journaling

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