“Write brave.” When Kathi Lipp challenged us at the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association conference, it struck a chord. There’s something about unveiling circumstances of shame and grief we humans try to avoid.
However, it’s in these raw places, that our writing touches other people’s lives.
Just this morning, I practiced writing a little braver. The post on my personal blog today is called, What Are You Doing With Your Story — Part 1. Through it, I allow a glimpse into how God took a very difficult time, and transformed it into a brave writing/speaking purpose. I doubt I’d be doing what I am today, were it not for scaling the slimy black wall of clinical depression.
And yet, through my past pain, my present purpose has emerged. Our stories have the power to harm or to heal — dependent on how we choose to use them.
I have a long way to go in my quest to write and speak braver, but I will improve. Because I am determined. I have stories, you have stories, all God’s children got stories. The question is, what will we do with them?
Anita Fresh Faith
Are you allowing your story to fulfill its purpose?
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, national speaker, Communications Specialist, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, and Certified Training Facilitator. Anita is also the author of, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market. Her new book, Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, releases through Barbour Publishing in April, 2015.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, Toastmasters, and a client of WordServe Literary Group. A graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita co-hosts a weekly podcast, Engaging Life and Leadership with Darren Dake, available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcast platforms.
Anita is passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.
Her favorite pastime is lounging by a river or lake in Missouri, laughing with her husband of thirty years, Ricky.
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