It began in 2009 when the shift occured which transformed me into the woman I am today. Death, an unexpected teacher, was my transformative metamorphosis. Never could I have imagined that the passing of my husband of 42 years would take me on a journey through loss and grief to a redefined sense of self.
The slow and painful healing process unfolded my creativity and, in what I can only describe as a “new normal,” the Essence of Laurel emerged.
Art from the Heart is my playground; a place where I can tap into my innermost creativity as an inspirational writer and artist. The surprise is that it came at a time when I thought that the next chapters in my life would be lonely; without purpose or passion. Instead I have been given the gift of a renewed sense of life, its possibilities and most importantly, an appreciation for living in the present moment.
My first book, Emerging Voices – Living On has a purpose ~ to serve as a journal and healing catalyst for anyone who has experienced a loss. The art and poetry within is a testimony as to what can happen when we acknowledge grief in all its forms. It allows for the discovery of a new perspective which will lead you on a journey of self-discovery and renewal.
Our human experience, whether in a crisis or a life transition, continuously gives us the opportunity to learn and grow. We can choose to stay in a place of sorrow and regret, or embrace these life-altering experiences from which we can discover a new way of being.
The story of my life is ever unfolding. At times it may feel like a drama, comedy, romance, or tragedy. Regardless of the genre of my current situation, I acknowledge that I am the author of my life story. If I find myself reliving the same narrative again and again, I can choose to make edits in the plot line.
My hope is that my inspirational writing and Art from the Heart touches something within you. Always llsten to your music … find your rhythm … celebrate this dance called Life!