For eleven years, I was a journal facilitator, presenting programs that enabled people to harness the power of personal journaling for themselves. In many ways, it was my calling. My first audience was people with brain injury and their family caregivers in Arizona and then Indiana. I was fortunate to be able to present breakout sessions, and one keynote, at a dozen conferences for people with brain injury, their families, caregivers, and professionals. Along the way, I expanded my programs to a number of subjects and audiences, including gratitude journaling and writing through transitions. And I loved all of them! It was gratifying and exciting to be able to share the power of journaling with hundreds of people so they could enhance their own self-understanding and self-discovery in order to change their lives in positive ways. In many ways, this work is my legacy.
I am grateful to have had this wonderful experience that allowed me to grow in understanding, creativity, and compassion, and to meet so many delightful people. I cherish the memories of those years; they will always be a part of me.
At the end of 2018, however, the time came to end this work. A number of factors led to this hard decision, and it was the right one. I don’t consider myself to be retired, though. That word has so much baggage hanging from it. I prefer to say I’m refiring myself and repurposing my, well, purpose. As of yet, I’m not sure what that is. But that’s fine. The answer will appear when the time is ripe—and will likely change as I do.
The earlier posts in this blog—through August 2018—are about journaling in one way or another, and I hope you will have a look at them. The new posts will be about other subjects that interest or intrigue me (and, I hope, do the same for you). The title of the blog remains still the same—A Living, Breathing Story—because that is what we are. Every one of us.
A definition is in order here: Your Story is your personal account of who and what you believe yourself to be, which determines how you experience life. While it is based on the actual events and experiences of your life, your Story actually springs from the explanations you invent to describe them and their effects on you.
I expand that definition to embrace the notion of a Living, Breathing Story because, as Patrick Rothfuss writes in The Name of the Wind, “It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”
I’m a curious person who is always delving into new subjects, so this re-envisioned blog could contain any number of topics. Some of my favorites right now: creating positive views of aging, neuroplasticity, favorite or intriguing books, and of course, the power and challenges of being a Living, Breathing Story. I hope the posts will spark ideas within you and offer you some new building blocks out of which to continue building yours.