Join me at the 3rd Annual Writer's Weekend at the Mark Twain House in Hartford on April 26 ! Register for this year's Creating A Writing Life retreat at Mercy Center on June 21, 2014.
Are you ready to create...your own writing life?
I am a writer, poet, and photographer based in the quintessential New England seaside village of Mystic, Connecticut. In 2006 I made a complete career shift literally reinventing myself. I moved to the ocean, and NEVER looked back! I became a freelance writer and journalist for a local paper and had a weekly column for four years. My dream of becoming a writer and living by the ocean had come true.
Last year, when my brother was diagnosed with stomach cancer the meaning of life took on a whole new dimension. The wisdom of making the most of each moment and living life to the fullest became more than just a cliché, it became my reality. I had been working 65 hours a week, full time for the paper and part time as the Community Minister at Niantic Community Church. The early chapters of my own book continued to sit in a drawer untouched. I hardly knew my name and I craved a more creative, meaningful life.
In January, 2012, I received a most unexpected gift. I was laid off at the newspaper. It was unexpected primarily because I was the only staff reporter for the Weeklies of Sun Publishing. I thought I was indispensable but the number crunchers got the brainstorm to publish their weekly newspapers exclusively with freelance writers. I found myself with no insurance benefits, working a 25 hour week at the church. Yikes!
The funny thing is, I felt a breath of fresh air wash over me. I was free. Uninsured but free. I never would have left my full time job with all its benefits on my own. This was the gift that keeps on giving. I reached into my cadre of skills and began freelancing for other publications and reaching out to small business and non-profits to help them with their publicity needs. My work at the church had led me to certificates in Spiritual Direction and Labyrinth Facilitation and my practice began to grow. Without spending all my time writing other people’s stories, I finally found time to write my own. Focused on writing a book, I was invited to join a writing group at the Carolina Fiber and Fiction Center led by the extraordinary Grace Farrell. I embraced more creative work and started selling my photography. I believe in the undeniable connection between spirituality and creativity and create programs to invite folks into that exchange.
I continue to write for various publications, work on my book and even put together an occasional Creating A Writing Life program to bring other writers together to honor their gifts, empower each other and celebrate the writing life. Life is good. Creating A Writing Life programs, inspire writers to awaken their creativity and not be afraid to begin that adventure into the unknown. This program is very personal and intimate, with writing as soul work, bringing depth to the experience of writing, and in a safe, infinitely encouraging environment, the gifts of the writer are revealed.
I invite you in to explore my site to learn more about my work, what literary services are available, and how to register to receive the Creating a Writing Life newsletter.
Statement: To publish writing that inspires humanity to live out their passionate, sacred, authentic lives.
Thank you for your heartfelt article about the beach at late day. Reading it gave me hope for the world, one person at a
time.....Thank you again for making a difference"
- S.D., Mystic, CT
"I want to thank you for all the enjoyment I receive from reading your weekly column. You provide humor, thought provoking
ideas and many times I realize how much I can relate to what you have written. You are truly a gift to the community."
-J. D. Mystic, CT