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Sharing Our Story

This fall Cosmopolitan Magazine published a personal essay I wrote. In the essay, I conveyed my recent miscarriage experience and probed questions about the growing trend of having children at increasing ages. When the editor emailed me to say the story was live on the Cosmopolitan website, I felt naked, paralyzed. Why had I exposed myself?

In the coming days, I found my answer. After I posted a link to the article on social media, I rekindled communication with friends I hadn't spoken to in years. Strangers contacted me with their own stories of miscarriage and words of gratitude for breaking the silence in our culture around the subject of miscarriage.

What happens when we share a story from our life with others? During the writing process, we digest the experience from a deep place. We also gain a wholehearted level of connection with the people around us. And much like the pine trees shedding dead needles this time of year, we shed a layer of ourselves, giving way for powerful new growth.

Do you yearn to record a story from your life? What are you waiting for? Join me this January for a six-week series of classes that will walk you from story conception to polished essay. REGISTER HERE.  

Holiday Benefit Writing Retreat

This holiday season, take some time for introspection while also helping children in need in Central Oregon. On Wednesday, December 14 from 6-8 PM, I'll lead a Holiday Benefit Writing Retreat at Dudley's Bookshop Cafe. We'll use writing prompts to inspire reflection as the year draws to a close, and work with mindfulness exercises that you can draw upon throughout the holidays to stay centered. All proceeds will be donated to Sparrow Clubs, a stellar non-profit in Bend that provides resources to children with severe medical needs. REGISTER HERE. 
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What I'm Reading:
Temperance Creek by Pamela Royes
An exquisite memoir from an Eastern Oregon writer about the four years she spent living in the wilderness in her early twenties. Says the Washington Post: "Watching Royes find her way, not only in nature but through difficult personal decisions, makes for compelling, enduring reading." Temperance Creek is my go-to purchase for any book lovers on my Christmas list.
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