Why Write

Why Write

I’d be lost without my pen and journal. For me, writing is essential like food, water and laughter. Through writing, I experience emotional transformation that stems from a deep, meaningful and authentic place. I experience this when I choose to confront the things I carry, the emotions that threaten to engulf me, the things that keep me up at night. Research has proven that writing can help anyone and everyone. Not just the published author or people who consider themselves writers. Studies have also found that it can prolong our lives. I suppose this is understandable because we oftentimes experience catharsis, a release of emotions and feelings, when we write.

Writing has helped me to examine my life and put things into perspective. When you write from a place of openness and honesty, you’re sure to experience some illumination. And by adjusting my perspective I’ve come to experienced wisdom, authenticity, boldness and self-acceptance. Writing may not take away the pain I experienced as a battered wife but it helps me have a different relationship with the abuse.

When I started penning my personal stories, the things I felt kept me hurt and bound, I experienced a new sense of freeness. But I also experienced other things too. I felt more comfortable in my skin, I fell in love with myself all over again, I became bold and unapologetic about who I am and I felt truly happier. For me, I can truly say, that writing makes the heart merry. So why do we write or more so, why should we write?

It’s affordable.

No fancy equipment or tools are needed, just a pen, pencil and a scrap of paper or a cheap notepad.

It is easy.

It does not take much of our time. It’s cheaper than driving across town to cry on a friend’s shoulder or getting to the office of a therapist. We can do it anywhere and anytime, frequently or infrequently.

It does not ask for a prerequisite.

Anyone can do this. You don’t have to have a great handwriting or the best spelling, you don’t need a semester of writing under your belt or attended a writing course. Your syntax can be off and your subject and verbs need not agree. The mechanics of ‘good writing’ don’t matter. You only need to have a desire to pen the story within.

It is flexible.

We don’t have to do it everyday, same time, same place. We can write when we feel moved to or we can make a ritual out of it, including it in our daily life. We can do it in bed, on the train, during the week or on weekends. We do it at our preferred time, place and pace.

I’ve seen how women can transform their lives by writing their stories. So many times we stifle the story within, only to our detriment. As a Story Midwife I act as a coach, guide and mentor who supports you in exploring and telling your story. I stand back and watch you birth wonder, perspective and meaningful change in your life from telling your story. The story is already there. Perhaps it’s time to get it out. Feel free to get in touch if you have questions or would like to work with me.



  1. Ty Ward
    November 23, 2016 / 10:56 am

    As a child, I adored periods during class where I could put pencil to paper. I created magical stories that took me all over the world which then created this urging sense to travel as an adult. Writing is relaxing and needs to be a part of my morning routine. Great post!

  2. November 23, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    Writing truly is great therapy. Journaling helps you to see your growth, what you’ve been blessed with and much more.

  3. November 24, 2016 / 2:36 pm

    I love it – story midwife! I know I found my life when I started blogging this year and I love it.

  4. November 24, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    I haven’t had the patience to journal. I start writing and I always end up with an idea that I have to pursue, so mine are largely unfinished or have huge gaps. I have to admit – it is therapeutic!

  5. November 28, 2016 / 7:54 am

    As a teen I used writing to help myself overcome abuse. As an adult I use writing to help others overcome abuse. This is such an effective way to heal!

  6. November 29, 2016 / 5:46 pm

    Great message! You’re right, writing can be so healing, and so much more.

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