Writing about my experiences is nothing new. However, this is the first time that the site has used my own photos, so that's new to me. It makes me feel more vulnerable, but it also makes me feel stronger. I know it doesn't make sense, but it's invigorating.
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Writing these articles has become my therapy, and this piece is no exception. I love the site Introvert, Dear, and it's always lovely when an article is accepted by them.
After examining some of my own experiences and how I grew up feeling about myself, I decided I needed to do differently for my children.
"Exist. Take up space. Be you. These are some of the most important things I could ever teach my children. I don’t want them to fold in on themselves at a young age and spend their adult years re-learning how to uncurl themselves and live."
Read the full piece here: Why I'm Teaching My Introverted Children to Take Up Space
It's always a pleasure to get an article accepted for publication. I've slowly allowed myself to share details and insights into my personal trauma from a few years ago. It can be difficult to be vulnerable, but it's also therapeutic.
Trauma stays with you, haunts you, especially as a highly sensitive person. This article discusses the 6 things I wished I knew eight years ago when my life first fell apart.
Read the article here: 6 Lessons I learned about Surviving Trauma as a Highly Sensitive Person
This particular article is close to my heart. I grew up being told I was "too emotional," "too sensitive," "too dramatic." I always thought something was wrong with me. But over the last few years, I've come to realize that emotion and sensitivity aren't weaknesses. They're my strengths. And this article talks about how I will parent my children with this idea in mind.
You can read the article here: 5 Things I Teach My Kids as a Highly Sensitive Parent
I can't tell you how excited I am to share this news. Ok, I can. I'M EXCITED!
Earlier this year, ANWA (the writing association I'm a part of) announced they would be putting together a book on writing, and they were looking for members to pitch chapter ideas to write. I pitched my idea on what it really means to write what you know, and it was accepted. Woot!
And now the book is ready. It's such a beautiful feeling to see my name on the front cover. I'm feel blessed to have been a part of this experience.
If you're interested in writing, get the book! It's chock full of writing advice and insights. You can buy it here: Create, Craft, Critique, and More: A Guide to the Many Facets of Writing
I'm an adjunct creative writing professor and freelance writer, but I dream of being a published novelist. This is my journey.