Hi, I’m Laurie Works.
I’m a dialogue creator. A story teller, and a story listener. I advocate for change, but change with heart. I want to be in this world with presence, to truly see people as they are. If I can bring one modicum of healing to this world, my life will not be in vain – somewhat reminiscent of the Emily Dickinson poem, but true.
And honestly, I’ve got one hell of a story that brings inspiration to my desire to heal.
The piece that looks biggest on the outside is the story of witnessing my sisters’ murder in a church shooting in December 2007. (Part One, Part Two, Part Three of that story). But the internal pieces, for me, have been much bigger. That story, and the story of what came before and what has come after, has led me home – to my body, my career field, and my life.
Some days, the story feels like a burden.
And yet, a curious sense of courage has grown in me. My story has carried me.
The journey of self-development I’ve taken has slowly changed for me, from a sense of needing to be perfect, to now moving from my heart. Part of that creation is that I am now a yoga teacher. I read tarot (you can find out what I offer here). And I am currently in school to become a body-focused trauma counselor.
I decided I could either let my story bury me, or I could use it to un-bury others. I chose the latter. So I write about that journey, about what I’ve done with the compost of my life and what I’m creating with it now.
[Disclaimer: What I tell are my perceptions of my story. They may not be your perceptions. They may not be my parents’ truth, either. But they are my truth and as such, I write them.]
If you want to contact me outside the blog, you can email me at aresilientaudacity at gmail dot com, follow me on Twitter – laurieworks, or follow me on Instagram – bornsirius.