Good morning, Trench Sisters!
What did you think of our month long meet and greet with our new Content Authors? Missy, Jess, Amelia and myself each shared part of our souls with you. We look forward to interacting and connecting with you through our monthly stories, Facebook page and the Trench Community (see below for your invite into our new private group). You can also head to the website to read our shared stories or click on the links below.
This week begins our February series - Best Friend Therapy. Kathleen shares about the women who supported her during the most painful of days while Missy shares about being the supporter to her friend. Both stories will have you reaching to make that call to your best friend to thank them for their support. Feel free to read their stories and leave them a comment.
Our next Facebook Live will be on Sunday, February 18th at 8:00 pm central time. Join me as chat about why best friends make the best therapists.
NEEDS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Our February story submissions are now closed but we are accepting stories for our next series - Blended Tales. Just like our previous series, Mosaic, this series will be a beautiful mixup of stories from all topics. You can submit your story at www.storiesfromthetrenches.org/stories or email me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW FACEBOOK GROUP
It's ready - our new Trench Community Facebook Group where you can engage, connect and interact with Trench Sisters. This group will be replacing our previous website forums but will continue to be a private group. Currently this group is for email subscribers only so be sure to sign up for our emails if you would like to be included!
I am so excited about this month's stories theme. Throughout the month, you will meet my best friends, my Unicorn Posse. Each one unique, amazing and has a piece of my heart. I could not have gotten on the grief road, let alone travel it well without them. These women are my inspiration, my strength and definitely the humor in my life. They even came up with their own version of "10 Things You Should Know About Jen" that will be shared this month. I hope you join in the conversation this month about friendship, best friends and why they are so important in our lives.
The Test and the Triumph
“God doesn’t bring you to any situation that you can’t handle.”
I’ve heard this quote a thousand times over again. It’s shared in times you feel weak or alone, scared or afraid. We try to encourage one another that we can DO IT, that we are strong and that we are fighters.
Letter to Grief
You first snuck quietly into my life when I was a teenager. You brought confusion and sadness—but inevitability, too, as I had long understood that older people died. That death was a part of life.
Like many writers, “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” Douglas Adams really hit the nail on the head with this one, at least for me. I know I’ve raised plenty of hell for others with my tendency to leave some things to the last minute, but often it’s that sense of urgency that serves as the catalyst for producing my best work.
I used to feel strong, invincible. Like I could take on the world at any moment. I was confident, bold, and mostly uncaring. My feelings were tucked away safe in a vault, and anger guarded it well—so well that I could make myself big and scary to make others back away. I never knew or felt anxiety, unease, or true uncomfortableness.