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Starting Point of This Journey

 

I wrote the book Restoring Shards of Shame a few years ago after finishing a six-month internship program I had developed. I was pooped ready for a something new to do.

I came across a 40 day bootcamp from Tamara Lowe’s Kingdom Builders Academy. The advertisement said it would help me find the hidden gifts and talents God placed in me. Very timely.

Halfway through the bootcamp, I spoke with one of her experts in an hour long coaching session. After reading through my profile and asking me questions, he stated that with my life experience I had a book in me. I was flabbergasted!

When we finished the conversation, I sat back to mull over what I just heard from him. Then, three words came to my mind, shards of shame.  I knew deep inside me it was a title, of a novel.  It was as simple as that.

One morning soon afterwards, I sat down and started writing.  For three hours, words poured out of me chapter by chapter.  I wrote five chapters and created seven of the lead characters.  When I put my pen down, I was sore, thirsty, and grateful.  I’d begun a new phase in my life.

The characters in Restoring Shards of Shame are fictional. They bring trauma related issues to life and make them less clinical to understand. The discussion questions at the end of the book provide opportunities for reflection, individually and in group settings.

I believe each of us have experienced some kind of trauma in our lifetime, from neglect to abuse. What happens in our lives alters our belief system and affects our everyday lives.  It can be very tough to recognize.

That’s the purpose for these informational resource articles. To help discern what trauma looks like and how we can be free of it’s hold to be a catalyst for change.

 

Simple Ways for a More Meaningful Life

Simple Ways for a More Meaningful Life

Oh the joy, the sheer delight of planning. Doesn’t your heart skip a beat at the thought of it? No, then read on! For a successful lifestyle, planning is of major importance. Whether you’re planning a wedding, buying a house, changing jobs, or trying to figure out...

5 Steps for Being the Real You

5 Steps for Being the Real You

Have you noticed that the word authentic or authenticity is showing up more in articles and blogs? Are you wondering what it means and how it applies to you? In my reading of late, I’ve been encountering the word authenticity. When it first started happening, I would...

Abundance and Scarcity Mindsets

Abundance and Scarcity Mindsets

I found an article last week that opened up questions I need to explore. I began looking at where my mindset is regarding abundance and lack or scarcity. Was I on the road to abundance, or had I slipped back into a scarcity mindset? ClydeBank Media defined scarcity...

7 Ways to Build Self-Awareness

7 Ways to Build Self-Awareness

Brain science is proving that what happened when you were a child affects your daily life as an adult. If you did not receive help to process through trauma, it will affect your self-awareness in adulthood and rob you of knowing that you are in charge of your life....

How Breathing Deep Heals Your Body

How Breathing Deep Heals Your Body

Have you caught yourself holding your breath as you go about your day? Do you need healing in your body and improvement in your quality of life? Deep or slow breathing brings a sense of well-being when practiced regularly. It benefits you in remarkable ways whenever...

Journey to You

Journey to You

On a scale of one-to-10, how would you rate your self-awareness? Self-awareness is critical to a healthy, productive lifestyle. It helps us understand ourselves so we can overcome habits that no longer serves us and enhances communication between family, friends, and...

Communities of the Heart

Communities of the Heart

Wouldn’t a world with strong, healthy, loving communities be utopia? A place where the heart rules and government is just and fair. I’m talking here about communities in which people live with hearts that are fully alive in their day to day. Where the effects of...

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

Have you been feeling like something different is in the air as you head to something new? Or are normal everyday situations becoming more difficult and don’t seem to work anymore?  That’s what new beginnings can produce in us. Realizing things seem to be changing can...

Depositing Hope

Depositing Hope

Do you have friends or family in this season who have lost hope? Things have become so hard they see no way out? Or maybe that's you. If so, read on. I have heard lately from various people that they have lost hope. People who have pressed in, fought hard, and are...

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