Path to Publication, pt 18: Book Launch!

Well, I did it. The book is finished. Lilian Baker Carlisle: Vermont Historian, Burlington Treasure -- A Scrapbook Memoir is, finally, gosh-darn really real! I truly didn't believe it was real until the moment I first held it in my hands at the book launch. It's always just been a one-dimensional design on the computer, even … Continue reading Path to Publication, pt 18: Book Launch!

Writing a personal mission statement

This post is an edited version of my 1/9/16 Rutland Herald column, "All Write!" Last week I offered some ideas and prompts for envisioning and planning your future. In this post I will continue on the theme of setting intentions through personal writing methods, this time by discussing personal mission statements. I have found, as … Continue reading Writing a personal mission statement

Envisioning a Write New Year

This post is an edited version of the first posting of my newest column in the Rutland Herald called "All Write!" which ran January 2, 2016.   Writing isn’t only my career (something for which I am extremely grateful), but also has been my lifeline since I was a teenager. I started writing a diary … Continue reading Envisioning a Write New Year

On a mission (statement)

Recently I met with a career coach. My intention was to see how my (rather unorthodox) skills and experience might translate into the "real" world and a "real" job. Well, you know that saying, "Physician, heal thyself"? My session with her was a clear example of how we can be blind to our own needs … Continue reading On a mission (statement)

A Path to Publication, part 1: It isn’t about publication

You know what scares me? Publishing my book. No, let me rephrase that. You know what DID scare me? Yup, until a week ago, the idea of going through the process of getting my book published gave me chills. It seemed a Mount Everest of Unknowns, with only the guarantee of the frost-bite of Rejection … Continue reading A Path to Publication, part 1: It isn’t about publication

Envision your Future and Fear Not

In March 1997 (I was 25), I wrote in my journal: When I peer into an undated future (maybe 10 years)… I see myself in my own home, married… I never think of myself working [outside the home], no I’m writing… in a sunny room with birds singing outside the window… In a blog post … Continue reading Envision your Future and Fear Not

Let there be light!

I must share my immense gratitude this morning. I write this with sleep-filled eyes and pillow-mashed hair. And a huge smile on my face. I woke at 5AM. Too hot? Downtown train's brakes extra squealey on the tracks? A cat pushed open the door? Whatever it was, I awoke to find my mind already engrossed … Continue reading Let there be light!

Two years later it’s getting closer to becoming a reality! (And I recently discovered it was originally a wheelwright shop – love that it has more history than just a plain ol’ garage!)

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New Writing and Wellness Center Opens

By: Joanna Young, Reporter for Wisdom Within, Ink

Rutland, Vermont: In the midst of Rutland City, there is a tiny haven. It stands behind a fence on a residential street and started life as a garage. However, it now heeds a higher calling.

The Writer’s Refuge is a place of healing and creativity. It is a place where you can come to write your novel or write through pain, grief, trauma, joys and transitions. It is a place where, surrounded by flowers in the summer or by a cozy fire in the winter, you can unleash your creativity and ideas, discover your authentic self and reinvent yourself according to your hidden dreams and aspirations. It is a place where self-reflection and self-expression will lead to self-discovery, helping you ultimately gain self-confidence.

Founded by writer and certified journaling instructor, Joanna Young, the Writer’s Refuge is…

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Tolerating Fear

This is a recycled post from a couple of years ago. With summer in full , hot swing, the kids are home most days of the week leaving me very little chance to write (the beach and my laptop aren't great friends). I am yearning to write but when I do have a moment I … Continue reading Tolerating Fear

Resume the Stability of Tension

This is a post from a couple of years ago. I am re-posting it because this phrase - Resume the Stability of Tension - keeps popping back into my mind lately. Although I am in a completely different life situation now (I left my job very soon after this post and started grad school a … Continue reading Resume the Stability of Tension