I am the youngest of 4 children and the only girl. My brothers are 5, 10 and 13 years older than me. When I was 7 years old my parents divorced. My mom moved the youngest 3 of us to Manchester, MO where she had gotten a teaching position in the Parkway School district. My oldest brother stayed in ARK.
Because of our age spread I spent the most time living with Mom. Even after I married, my husband and I lived near her.
When she began suffering from dementia it seemed natural for me to be her main care giver. As time and her disease progressed, I began doing more and more for her, starting with paying bills which she was not very good at! I remember she had a gasoline credit card with $60 on it and she was paying the minimum every month!
By fall of 2007 I was pretty […]
Over the last few years I have had about 30 poems come through. It seems as though someone is whispering in my ear and I just take dictation. I know it is something within my self, trying to lead me home, but I have not been the best listener. Seven years ago, I woke up in the middle of the night with these words going through my mind. ”I will always love you.” I sat up in bed, grabbed a pen and wrote on the side of a kleenex box.
Here is the poem that came through…
“I will always love you” he said to me,
But I did not listen, I did not believe.
Why am I here, where is my home?
Surrounded by people, I feel so alone.
“You are never alone” he said to me,
But I did not listen, I chose not to believe.
I searched and […]
Mary Parrish is a woman I was lucky enough to cross paths with. She is a co-author in an upcoming Lisa Nichols book titled Living Proof. This is a book I’m heavily involved with as it’s part of the work I do with the CA publishing company.
Once each book is complete (that we’re working on) I manage an Amazon Bestseller Campaign to launch the book. When I do this, I offer a service to work one-on-one with each author in the book (30-40 authors usually) to help coach them on product development or build a sort of one-page website for them. Mary took me up on that offer.
I was preparing for our call – reading her book chapter and this Questionnaire I had her fill out. She had asked me if I would also watch a 5minute speech she had given. Of course I’d love to! I watched it and […]
It’s a little overwhelming to look back on my life as I think about all the times I felt uncomfortable or fearful – usually about ready to seriously expand my comfort zone – not knowing where I’d end up. One of the scariest, looking back, was the day I started my sophomore year of high school…
When 6th grade came, my older sister and I started a private school. I came from a public elementary school that I liked well enough. I never had a lot of friends. I don’t remember anything except starting 6th grade hopeful. After half that year spent being in the “popular crowd” (wow, still not sure how or why I landed that upgrade!) the other girls in the class started to not like me. Either they had just started or never liked me and I was blind to it. The name calling, singling out and judgment […]
I received a new Story Submission from a mother in Arlington, Texas last week. By looking at her picture below, you can probably tell (as I did) she is very wise. Her story will shock you, comfort you and help expand your thinking. Cheryl has brought us a new perspective on stories shared. She reflects as the “mother” and “care taker” of many friends growing up. Those she held the hair of while they puked at parties, those who stopped talking to her for petty reasons, those who took drugs, those who committed suicide, those on medication and many more.
When I finished this story, posted from her own blog, I was disappointed because I wanted to read more, more, more. This story is a MUST READ. Cheryl shares some incredible insights within the last few paragraphs of her post. Let them sink in. You will be in good company.
Three weeks ago I received an email from a one-of-a-kind, 20 year old young woman. It started, “I came across your website and I just wanted you to know how much you have helped me and how much I enjoy reading your blog…” She went on to explain her story and struggles with anorexia and bulimia. She was considering writing a book so wanted to know if I had any suggestions. We have been writing back and forth and many incredible Truths came to light. I believe she has impacted me as much as I have impacted her. This was a beautiful connection made and one I hope lasts a lifetime.
This young woman has unending insights and power, all which surfaced after many years being lost. Let this powerful story enter deep into your heart and mind to show you anything is possible and you can be anyone you want […]
I received the story below just over a week ago. It landed in my Inbox and I was instantly filled with excitement. Sharing Your Story has become a powerful part of this website and one that people from all over the world are getting involved with. These stories are forwarded on to friends and families everywhere – which is precisely the point!
When I read this particular story, my eyes filled with tears and my heart was wide open. I was in complete awe of this woman who has been through hell and back. What POWER she is showing us, what GROWTH she has achieved, what UNDERSTANDING she gives. She is an incredible mentor and I cannot thank her enough for the wonderful gift she has given to us all, just by finding the courage to type out her story for us to read.
And now, the powerful story…
“The room is spinning. […]
Every once and while, we come across a person who stops you in your tracks. You become so inspired, filled with hope, feeling love and courage – so many emotions all at the same time. Most often, you do not understand why this person has such a hold on you, but you know you’re forever changed because of the lessons you’ve learned. Pauline Victoria Aughe is such a person. I had the pleasure of meeting her through the publishing company I work with as she is working on a book to be released this year with power-house motivational speaker Les Brown. But she is certainly not relying on that for success – she is well on her way to achieving any and all dreams she can think of. Pauline, thank you for your amazing spirit, courage, love, and pure heart. We ALL look up to you.
And now, Pauline’s story…
“I started […]
The story below is from an AMAZING human being, friend and messenger. Paul Hendricks is the epitome of what this site is all about: facing fears, showing up, willing to grow, sharing his past to help people grow into their future. Paul, thank you from the bottom of my heart for showing up for this audience and sharing your wisdom to help those who are wishing they could be where you are today. I value you greatly.
And now, Paul’s story…
“First, I think it’s awesome that you are providing a space for people to share their stories. I wonder what it would have been like as a teenager to have had a place where I could have gone to read about other people’s stories and realized that I wasn’t alone.
I had a pretty tumultuous childhood and teenage experience. Growing up in a home that was shrouded in religion and […]
Amber, I love you and I think you are such an amazing woman.
My mom isn’t around much and I am always second best to my brother. You always make me feel so wanted. I look up to you so much. You truly are my role model.
I hope I am as strong of a woman as you in 3 years. You have no idea how much I respect you. You’re my new older sister.
Sharings from an ongoing series of story-sharing and expression. To submit your story or express your feelings, click here »