It’s my birthday in a few days. In case you didn’t get my play on words, I’m turning 55, and will be half way through another decade of life. By this time in 2011, I was already in my 5th month of writing 50 letters to 50 people who had a big impact on my life.
Those 50 letters changed me. I saw how much grace I had been gifted in my life, and I felt full and ready to express my gratitude. In that year, I also forgave so much — mostly myself — because it has always been easier to forgive others than to forgive myself.
I think it’s important to look back… sometimes. It’s how we see our growth.
In the last 5 years I’ve done so much healing, it feels miraculous. I’ve had many mentors along the way, made a lot of changes, tore down my heart wall, and created a stronger Empathic Self. I’ve learned it’s not my responsibility to take on others’ pain and it has become easier to let the pain go if I do temporarily take it on. I’ve also learned not to sweat the small stuff so much. Not bad for the menopausal years, eh?
(Something totally cool just happened… I met with a new soul sister, Betsy Cañas Garmon of Wild Thyme Creative (OMG check out her beautiful #100sharesproject words and art!) about working together in upcoming courses. I mentioned my 50 for 50 letters project. She said in Judaism, our 50th year is a jubilee year, and we get to wipe the slate clean. So true!)
WHY YES, I DID HEAL THROUGH WRITING!
Thank you for asking! Seriously, it did start with those 50 letters. I hadn’t been a regular journaller for over a decade, but the letters turned me back to the journal with a purpose I didn’t have before. Those 50 letters were also the seed for Writing From the Heart because they helped me to find my writing voice again, which allowed me to come to helping people to find their own voices through their stories.
I’m one of those people who finds understanding through writing or in the epiphanies found in deep, soul-stirring conversations. Just the other day I was enjoying a coffee with my friend EagleSpirit (one of my mentors still). As she often does, she asked if there was anything else I needed to say. Turns out, there was.
I woke up this morning at 4:00. It’s always between 4:00 and 5:00, so I call it my 4am freakout. I’ve shared about my freakout time before and each time a few more of you say, “me too!” Now I wonder if you also have a go-to thing you worry about like me? My go-to is always about finances. Even if what’s bubbling up isn’t about money, my ruminations make it so.
As I lay there clenched and closed, I heard, “Stay openhearted, Kathy.” Being openhearted is one of my core desired feelings. So every time the loop came back to fear, I kept opening my heart instead of instinctively closing it down. And each time I felt a surge of energy that was filled with love, joy, and warmth. When it was time to get up and write, I could hear the messages more clearly because my connection to my heart had remained open. And, the release of emptying my chattering brain on the page was enough to allow me to go back to sleep.
MY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
Reaching the mid-point of a decade and looking back makes me want to celebrate my own transformation by giving you the opportunity to begin yours.
For the rest of the month of May, my first course,
Using Writing Prompts to Tell Your Stories, is now 55% off.
I sincerely hope you decide to make your year, a year of change and clarity. It doesn't matter when you begin, it's never too late to discover who you are.
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I LEAVE YOU WITH THIS EARWORM...
kathy mercure is a promotional storyteller and storytelling workshop teacher. She helps businesses and people to tell their stories. Writing From the Heart is a journey to unlocking, unblocking and healing your stories so that you can let go of the old, write new stories, and live the life you were meant to live.