Hello and welcome to Valued Voices!
This website is primarily a way to contact me for public speaking events, but every two weeks, it will also be the home of a new blog post.
These blog posts are smaller versions of my presentations along with my thoughts and observations.
I firmly believe that we are all searching for a life that has meaning, a way to bring our gifts to the world, and to make the world better in some way.
For me, that was and still is, teaching and public speaking.
I have been working with adult learners for many years and I have learned that no matter who we are or where we come from, each of us has our own journey and our own story, which can be liberating and terrifying at the same time.
I am a movie buff and there is a line in the movie Hope Floats where the character played by Sandra Bullock says that beginnings are scary and endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts the most, so try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning, just give hope a chance to float up, and it will.
This blog and my presentations deal with the middle part of this life equation. I agree with Brené Brown when she says, “The middle is messy, but it’s also where the magic happens.”
When we stop pretending to be anyone but who we really are and we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we leave ourselves open to feeling judged and criticized.
I am a big believer in the power of story to help us unravel the mysteries of who we are, because no matter who we are or where we come from, we all have our own journey and our own story.
Over the years, many of my students have shared their stories with me, and the recurring theme is that they don’t know their own self-worth and they don’t know what it means to shine or to live their own truth.
Maya Angelou said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
My mission is to share with you the lessons I have learned from years of teaching at the college level and this website will address the real-life issues, for all ages, of feeling less-than, or terrified, or emotionally powerless.
I hope you will all join me on this journey of discovery and I look forward to seeing you again soon.