Aging Gracefully

In September 2012 an email with the subject “Aging Gracefully” was forwarded to me by an artist I met briefly prior to this day.  In the body of her email she wrote, “I saw this and immediately thought about your book.”

It was an article written by Madisyn Taylor titled, “Seasons of Beauty: Aging Gracefully“.  Not only did I love the topic (it is the message of Feminine Transitions) but her writing truly caught my attention as it was also graceful.  Beautifully written.

I reached out to Madisyn, to let her know how much I appreciated her article on DailyOM.com (it was my first time knowing about this site as well).  She responded with gratitude and I joined her email list.  I wanted to read more.

Somehow Madisyn’s articles brought me back…

As a child, I used to often journal, write stories and poetry.  It was my creative escape. I loved writing and English was my favorite subject (as long as I was busy creating my own stories).  After I became a mother I seemed to have put that on the back burner.

It was time for a change. I happened to start-up writing  again two weeks prior when I started a blog.

Around the same time, I was actually searching for a ghostwriter to compose the introduction section of Feminine Transitions.  I honestly thought I couldn’t do it.

I just didn’t connect with the writing samples sent to me.   It didn’t feel as if it were me speaking from my experience. It wasn’t heartfelt.

I decided to reached out to Madisyn and ask for a recommendation. She made it real simple, sharing her outlook. She said I do not connect with the writings because I did not write it.  And advised that I take some time out of the house, with a cup of tea and simply begin to write from the heart.

To make a long story short, I did exactly as she said…at Starbuck’s.

Not only did I create an introduction that I sincerely connected with but I gained my confidence in writing once again.

I say all of this to say…thank you Madisyn. You were a tremendous aide in my writing journey…and it continues.

I look forward to one day writing a narrative.

 

Photo meme from Alyscia Cunningham's image from Feminine Transitions along with a quote from writer Madisyn Taylor

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2 thoughts on “Aging Gracefully”

  1. Thank you Alyscia. My family is making arrangements for my 95th Birthday Party on November 9th. My birthday is November 6. I will forward this to them.

    Evelyn

    1. Wonderful Ms. McKenly! Happy birthday if I don’t speak with you before November 6th. 95 years is a lot to celebrate. Enjoy and thank you for your contribution to Feminine Transitions!

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