I thought of my co-authors this weekend, an amazing group of women I’ve been honored to accompany on our individual and collective writing processes for Journey to Joy, our upcoming anthology by Powerful You Publishing–which comes out June 6th! It took a lot of courage for me to write my story, but it was a story that needed to be told, and the time had finally arrived.

Writing about a past trauma and how I healed from it was a wild emotional roller coaster of a ride. And knowing that other women were also going through their healing process as they wrote helped me feel connected and that encouraged me to do my best to craft a story that would move the readers and maybe even inspire them too.

I thought of my co-authors and women everywhere when, on Saturday night, a friend invited me and my husband to a live show by Project Life Stories that consisted of five women and one man telling their moving stories on stage. I was blown away by those brave beings who so courageously opened their hearts, revealing their vulnerability and sharing a story that was hard for them to tell. I was on the edge of my seat as I intently listened. I laughed, I cried, I gave them standing ovations.

The producer, Tanya Taylor Rubinstein, began Project Life Stories in 2000 developing a therapeutic monologue process that supports people who have experienced trauma or change in the claiming and releasing of their life stories. At heart, it is an experience of awakening and transformation for both the participants and audiences alike, sharing our humanity.

With my deep desire to tell my stories both in writing and on stage–and also having the niche of coaching professional performers, I knew from this show, that it is only a matter of time before I am back on stage again.  By sharing that humanity through my voice, I am being in my true power and hopefully, helping others to be in theirs.

Is this story telling and empowerment of others a passion of mine? Yes, but it is also a calling, and one that I embrace–even though I am sometimes terrified or distracted by my old protective ego who tries to talk me out of this direction in life. “Better to get back in the closet”, it tells me, and “Just who do I think I am anyway?” We all know these kinds of voices, but we also know people and references in our lives when they and we felt the fear and did it anyway. That is what these courageous souls on stage did and that is what 35 powerful women did in the book, Journey to Joy, myself included.

Our stories are powerful and your stories are too. Together we can share them and together we can heal, making this ol’ world a better place for us all.