“A voice for voices around the world that go unheard”
I have to admit I spent two hours screaming at the television during the last presidential debate. Suffice it to say there were times that I literally sat on the edge of my red couch ready to jump in the screen. Hearing crude and that is putting it lightly comments loosely hurled in high-defination sent my voice in overdrive. However; the greatness of womanhood is to take what may have been meant as ridicule and turn it into a robust opportunity that fuels change.
My life’s mission and legacy to womanhood is to build the Literary Healing Arts Foundation into a community of healed women writers that supports women and girl voices around the world and globe that have gone unheard. With this as a superpower, my voice must replicate the bold brave expressiveness I encourage in others.
Withstanding, I am prepared for the impeding controversy of deciding to not go voiceless. Personally, I have suffered from the disease of only speaking when spoken to and it left my voice lethargic and anemic. Commissioned with a higher calling, I decree to use my freedom to express myself with authenticity. Happily posited below is an edited rendition of 3 times I slayed the status quo and wrote healing into my life by using my voice and penning my pain to paper.
3 Times I was Such a “Nasty Woman”
Seven years ago I spoke up and told my emotionally abusive husband I was divorcing him and left my home and didn’t look back: I came out of the fire with peace and a better piece of me.
Six years ago I joined Women Writing for a Change a writing group in Birmingham, Al. and began to write all about it…on a red couch with other non-judgemental women: I restored a calling I declared as an 8 year-old girl to become a writer. Ultimately gaining confidence to join See Jane Write a bloging and business group for women.
Two years ago I founded and started my own business and brand with no clear direction or money in tote, I joined local business programs, began performing spoken word, speaking at storytelling venues, and submitting poetry/writing nationally and encouraging other women and girls to write to heal. Discovering I am a poet Dammit.
My voice has never been in the lost and found, I didn’t have to go looking for it I later learned. What I facilitate now through the Literary Healing Arts Foundation is that women and girls can use their own voices to heal their lives. The genuine voice that has always been there; but perhaps needed a little coaxing from a caring nasty women. True confessions, I’ll be humming the lyrics to “Janet Jackson’s Nasty Boys” for a while inserting the word “woman” for all who boss up, show up, and voice up bravely representing womanhood at its strongest.
The journey towards promoting the healing power of words, I am very aware is messy and requires transparency. Unapologetically, I submit it is time to write it out as we Write 2 Gather and Write 2 Heal, the red couch is waiting, and yes I have a feeling that writing and self-expression is about to get even nastier.
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PROMOTING THE HEALING POWER OF WORDS!