Writing a blog post is permanently at the bottom of my to-do list. Hence the lack of blog posts. In an attempt to encourage some kind of mental shift, and understand the benefit in sharing what I do with the world, I joined a storytelling workshop for creatives, which I’ve just completed. I’m not sure exactly what I expected to achieve other than some increased confidence in my writing ability, but whatever it was, this far exceeded it.
We delved deep into our driving forces, our vulnerabilities, fears and barriers (there were more than I thought) - we opened up, shared, and closed up again, then re-opened and dug even deeper. It was deeply personal but collaborative - without the support within the group it wouldn’t have had the impact it did.
It took me a while to realise what was happening. The process slowly unveiled, and gave us the confidence to use our authentic voice, authentic being the operative word. Most of us started the course feeling we had nothing of interest to share about ourselves. As writers, musicians, photographers, film makers, we all tended to place the focus firmly on someone else and their story. This course was about ‘our’ story, and making us realise that our little voices in our head are actually interesting to other people, and that there are people out there who want to listen.
So this is the start of the new authentic me. I’m going to be vulnerable and share what I love and hate. In every job I do I encourage the client to be themselves and have faith in their own character to shine through - so in the spirit of consolidation this is me doing just that.
I’ve realised just how much I observe the world around me, so most of my posts will be about my observations and if that can inspire anyone else to do the same then that’s a bonus.
Here’s to hitting that to-do list from the bottom up :-).
Ps. thank you Team Storytelling for all your support and inspiration (especially @NickyMoran and @BeverleyGlick).