Just what is The Essence of Laurel …
how did a life-changing event inspire me to become an artist, author
and writer in the afternoon of my life?
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 death 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.
My hope is that my inspirational writing and ‘Art from the Heart’ touches something within you. Listen to your music … Find your rhythm … Celebrate this dance called Life!