Just what is the Essence of Laurel and when did it manifest itself? How did I become an inspirational writer and artist at this time in my life?
It began in 2009 when a life-changing event transformed me into the woman I am today. Never could I have imagined that the death of my husband of 42 years would take me on a journey through loss and grief to a redefined sense of self. Death, an unexpected teacher, was my transformative metamorphosis. The slow and painful healing process unfolded my creativity and, in what I can only describe as a “new normal,” Essence of Laurel was born.
“Art from the Heart” has become my playground; a place where I can tap into my innermost creativity as an inspirational writer and artist. The surprise is that it came at a time when I thought that the next chapters in my life would be lonely; without purpose or passion. Instead I have been given the gift of a renewed sense of life, its possibilities and most importantly, an appreciation for living in the present moment.
My first book, “Emerging Voices” has a purpose ~ to serve as a journal and healing catalyst for anyone who has experienced a loss. The art and poetry within is a testimony as to what can happen when we acknowledge grief in all its forms. It allows for the discovery of a new perspective which will lead you on a journey of self-discovery and renewal.
“After the death of her husband, Laurel embraced the deep grief that followed and, in doing so, emerged with a strong and powerful voice that shows us the path towards growth and healing. Her artwork and poetry are an incredible testimony to the transformation that can take place when our hearts are open. My life has been enriched by the authentic message in Laurel’s work. Yours will be too!” Jane Ogden
Our human experience, whether in a crisis or a life transition, continuously gives us the opportunity to learn and grow. We can choose to stay in a place of sorrow and regret, or embrace these life-altering experiences from which we can discover a new way of being.
My hope is that my inspirational writing and ‘Art from the Heart’ touches something within you.
Thanks for visiting. Laurel