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There are certain stories that unite us all.

Through telling stories, we feel connection, and similarity, yet can also define and create our stories through our own uniqueness. No one else can write the story of our life – its what makes us unique, yet we all can relate to certain themes and feelings. When we tell our story, we are asking for attention from those we care about or wish to affect.

I was so excited to do an interview with Robert Sharpe, on BITE Radio, about the power of sharing our stories.  Give it a listen and find out why you have a story to tell, and how to start sharing it!
Click the play button below to hear it!

You can also listen to it at BITEradio.

Also check out my interview from October 7th, 2014 getting ready for my one-woman show Gutless & Grateful.

 

So why are stories so important?

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Telling our stories helps us process what happens in our lives. Through our shared experience, we can heal. It’s not the details that matter – suffering is relative. By sharing our stories, we can connect with others who feel the same way. We suddenly feel less alone, in our ever-unfolding narrative.
7 ways to start sharing yours…

1.) Make a mantra: When the weather’s beautiful out, I love taking nature walks and reciting this mantra to myself:    breathe in experience, breathe out your story – Breathe in.  When you exhale – what is that truth you are aching to express today?

2.) Read a children’s book: Does anyone remember this book?  All it is is white splotches – clouds – and it’s up to you to decide what shapes these “clouds” are taking.  Children’s books make stories out of anything  even white splotches!  There’s nothing like a kid’s book to get your mind thinking like a storyteller.  Pick a good kiddie read and find the adventure in your own life.

 

3.) Write a line a day: This little book is the best investment I made.  For me, the idea of “journaling” every day is daunting.  Will I really have time to commit?  This is a little journal where there’s literally only room for ONE line – and it’s for five years!  It makes me a bit teary-eyed lookiing back on mie – I’m on year four already.  If I go to the very first entry, it’s after my worst surgery.  The next year I’m doing my show.  The next year I met Brandon.  The next year I’m a wife!  

I can’t recommend a journal like this enough – It’s your story…in time-lapse mode!

 

4.) Find your story-song:  What am I talking about?  Have you ever heard a song on the radio that really resonated with you, or with a certain time in your life?  Did one song remind you of a terrible break up, or your first kiss, or that party you just couldn’t stop dancing at?  Today, find that song and share it – tada.  Story shared.  This is mine:

5.) Send a card just because:  Snail-mail.  Ah, how I miss it.  I love sending cards because, well, they give me an excuse to write!  With a pen – how old fashioned.  Today, send a card to a friend, just because.  Thank them for the impact they’ve made on your life – big or small.  In doing so, you’ll share with them how they’ve become part of your story.  And connections make our stories stronger!  And while you’re at it, please do vote for which artwork of mine you’d like to see as a greeting card for my Etsy shop!

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6.)  Be in the moment.  You don’t always know you’re telling a story as you’re living it.

This was a painting I was making inspired by a wet, paint-stained paper-towel.

And this was the “dress” i fashioned out of my paper towel:

And what do you know…it turned into something!

7.) Talk.  Simple, I know.  But speech is healing – and not always as easy as it seems.  I learned that first hand when telling the difficult story of my abuse.  Talk about difficult things, and talk about happy things too.  Heck, Pharrell made a whole song about that.

So go on and tell your story!  But first…

Remembering the “It Looked Like Spilt Milk” book reminded me how much books meant to me as a child.  Do you have a book you read growing up that always sticks with you?  Let me know in your comments, and then check out this link and tell me how many you’ve read!
30 Unforgettable Books Every Parent Should Read To Their Kids Before They Grow Up

On the topic of books, some of these looked interesting too – has anyone checked these out before?
7 Scientific Self-Help Books That Will Transform Your Life

And since telling your story requires SOME creativity and well…possibly fabrication…get inspired by these 21 uh…stories. I wish I was that creative when I was in high school – could have save me a LOT of study time…
21 Hilarious and Creative Responses to Actual Test Questions

Which step are you starting with today?  

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Listen to

Everyone has a story.  After Amy’s was featured on TODAY with Kathie Lee and Hoda, she was inspired to bring hers to the NYC stage in 2012.  Ever since, it’s been Amy’s hope to bring out the stories that unite us all.

CBS and News 12 Documentary (2007)

27 Lessons I’ve Learned from 27 Surgeries

The Power of Our Stories – Starting With A Gratitude List

Amy telling her story in her one-woman show Gutless & Grateful

Telling stories through music – original songs

Amy’s Power of Words Workshops

How Creative Therapy Saved My Life

Amy’s Art – telling stories through creativity

Do you have a story you’d like to share?  What has the power of words helped you overcome in your life?  Send me a note to be featured on this page!

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Through telling stories, we feel connection, and similarity, yet can also define and create our stories through our own uniqueness. No one else can write the story of our life – its what makes us unique, yet we all can relate to certain themes and feelings. When we tell our story, we are asking for attention from those we care about or wish to affect.

Telling our stories helps us process what happens in our lives. Through our shared experience, we can heal. It’s not the details that matter – suffering is relative. By sharing our stories, we can connect with others who feel the same way. We suddenly feel less alone, in our ever-unfolding narrative. If we don’t tell our stories we feel disconnected in a realm of uncertainty and fear.

Telling our stories brings subconscious thoughts, repressed memories and emotions to light. When we are able to embrace every part of us – broken and the brilliant – we can move on wholly.

Amy’s realization that we all need to tell our stories inspired her to perform her one woman musical Gutless & Grateful, as well as  leading workshops about the healing power of our stories, the transformative power of words, manifesting success through creativity, and cultivating joy through gratitude.  Through telling our stories, we create a roadmap where there is none, and we find that lantern to guide us home.

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