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“Tell Me a Story”
Sometimes all it takes is a good book to get your thinking a bit differently.
One of my favorite books to get through hard times? The Upside of Trauma, by Jim Rendon.
Another book that has helped me is Life’s Little Detours — I’ve written many times before about my own “Beautiful Detour” — if life had gone on the path we had planned for ourselves, wouldn’t we have missed the flowers along the way?
So understandably, seeing this title stopped me in my tracks!
One last book I’d like to share with you is Embracing Uncertainty — a book that made the phrase Feel the fear and do it anyway a household phrase — well at least in MY household!
My life was the epitome of uncertainty for years. Think about it. I lost my stomach, doctors didn’t know when or IF I’d ever be able to eat or drink again. *Non-stomach growling here* I had to make it from day to day just believing that some kind of miracle could happen.
Sometimes life is a job. You don’t always feel like going to work — even if you love what you do. Sometimes you’re just tired. But you’ve got to show up. You know why you applied in the first place. And doing what you love can be so rewarding.
So today, LIVE what you love. It’s a job. And it won’t always be the funnest thing in the world — but you’ll get your paycheck sooner or later.
What are some books that have changed your life? Definitely send me a comment — I need some good reads!
I’m just now starting to work on a book of my own. It will have my crazy story in it, but only to enhance my message — I want to show how we all deserve to share our stories, and not only do we deserve to, it is our right. It’s how we heal, how we feel, and how we connect with ourselves and to each other.
You can learn about my upcoming book, My Beautiful Detour here. And definitely subscribe for updates and free excerpts!
That is what creativity means to me — telling, sharing, writing, art-ing, dancing, breathing, living, going to work at YOURLIFE Inc.
So put on your work clothes and show up! IT’s a job. And jobs can be oh so rewarding :) Remember — it’ll be casual Friday before ya know it!
Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, writer for Huffington Post, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, health advocate, survivor, award-winning actress, and playwright, sharing the lessons learned from trauma through her writing, mixed media art, performance and inspirational speaking.
As the creator of the Gutless & Grateful, her one-woman autobiographical musical, she’s toured theatres nationwide, along with a program combining mental health advocacy, sexual assault awareness and Broadway Theatre for college campuses.
To celebrate her own “beautiful detour”, Amy created the #LoveMyDetour campaign, to help others thrive through difficulties.
As Eastern Regional Recipient of Convatec’s Great Comebacks Award, she’s contributed to over 70 notable online and print publications, and her story has appeared on NBC’s TODAY, CBS, Cosmopolitan, among others.
She has devised workshops for conferences nationwide, and is this year’s keynote speaker for the Hawaii Pacific Rim International Conference on Diversity and Disability. Learn more: amyoes.com.