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The Power Of Writing Your Story

Quiet. Reserved.  Never causing any trouble.

Yes, that’s how I would have been described as a young girl.

But deep within me there were stories to tell.

Certainly I wouldn’t share them – constant moves, grasshoppers on Sunday dresses.

No, you could count on it that I wouldn’t share.

Those marvelous tales of firework grandeur on a Kansas City back yard

     with beloved grandparents

    would be kept hidden along side

    the tales of my mom’s polio and the doctor’s surprising visit

   to our small home.

    Three young children getting shots that night

    to protect us from the dreaded  disease.

Scribbles in my spiral notebook would be kept  from all eyes but mine.


    I experienced pain and loss, embarrassment and disappointment

  and suddenly I realized that maybe



               my simple story would encourage another on life’s journey.

     So I typed out my story on an old electric typewriter

        and mailed it to a magazine who was accepting submissions.

Never thought about it again.

Even my English teacher from college knew that I couldn’t write well.

But that didn’t matter.

No, it was as if in the writing of my experience

    I began to discover my own voice.

    My shyness fell away

       and suddenly I could talk. Yes, I could talk.

Freedom. Release. Exhilaration.

I’ll never forget that day I received an acceptance letter for that story

    along with a small check.

Suddenly it hit me.

I’m a writer. A real writer.

But it wasn’t until long after when that simple experience was published

   and I received letters and notes of gratitude from others

   who had been helped by my telling it

that I realized

   that this was something I could do.

I could write my story and not only connect with others

  but even more than that.

Others could be encouraged and strengthened too.

Others could celebrate with me God’s goodness and purpose.

Others could see a light that would help them find their way

    through a dark, sometimes, difficult journey.

Writing can open doors that were thought long closed.

Writing can give voice to thoughts and experiences.

Writing can enable one to leave a legacy for the future.

Writing can be

     for you

     a way to make sense of broken pieces. A healing place.

Writing can be the most important thing you ever do.


I’d love to have you join me

   Write Your Story- Discover Your Strengths

   September 4-October 9

    6    60 minute classes


   Lively discussions.

   Simple tools that will show you how to begin writing

    a piece or all of your life story.

  Contact me for more information at sharonbranicoaching@yahoo.com



Shining Moments


the true spirit of Christmas

is exquisitely beautiful–like a crystal goblet

reminding us that there is more to it than what we see.

Yes, there’s more than what our hands can touch.

Beyond all of this in the here and now

there’s the wonder of God reaching down to man.

Wrapped in swaddling clothes

lying in a manger

come to save us from our sins

giving us hope and life and peace.

My heart yearns to discover more

to move out into the depths of His Love

and to see

and experience

the heart of Christmas.

Sometimes this calls me to step off the beaten path

to do something different.

A children’s concert

Ringing the Salvation Army bell

Serving meals to the homeless on Christmas Day


many other experiences.

Always being led from within

yes, the Light Within,

to see Christmas with an open  heart.

There is more to Christmas than all the hustle and bustle around us.

Our hearts tell us so.

But we must follow the star in our own way

in order to discover Him.

Many will go through Christmas as spectators

busy with lots of activity


maybe this year you will decide to enter into Christmas

at a deeper level

and let Christmas come to you.

There are still enough days left.

Don’t miss it.

Choose to take time

to quietly contemplate the real

intentionally stepping away from the artificial.

Every day is filled with rich possibilities.

Keep your heart open

always remembering

that more often than not

Christmas will be found

at a most unlikely place

off the beaten path.

One year I experienced the heart of Christmas

with an elderly woman

who had little in earthly belongings.

She was homebound that Christmas.

It’s a memory that shines with brightness

and I’ll share it with you




Shining Moments

How do you learn to believe again

   when your trust has been broken?

How do you learn to trust once more

  when, in the past, that trust has been shattered?

I think it’s important to walk through the experience of forgiveness

   and to be willing to every day acknowledge

   that you are letting go of the pain of the past

  and moving forward into His new day.

Forgiveness does not ever mean that it was ok.

Forgiveness does not necessarily mean trying again

   when nothing has changed. Oftentimes it is simply moving into love.

But forgiveness is letting God be God

  and allowing Him to heal all our hurts

  not holding offenses.

Along with forgiveness

   it’s important to keep moving forward.

A small risk here

  another one there.

Accepting your feelings

  but not letting them trap you in the past.

Can one ever believe again?

Is it possible for trust to be rebuilt?
Oh yes,

   it happens every day

  but only for those willing to walk with God

  open to let Him do what only He can do.

It’s a new day.

 Let it be so.

Embrace the new.

Begin to live again

   For as you do

      you will discover life as it is meant to be.



      Pulsating with life.

“I am come that you may have life and may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)