"I firmly believe that telling our stories and speaking our truth is the most effective and efficient path to empowerment." ~Lisa Browning
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A lot has happened since I first launched One Thousand Trees back in 2010. Since that time (and especially during the last two years, in response to the Covid-induced chaos and confusion), I have spent a lot of time and energy trying to fine-tune my focus ... trying not to be and do absolutely everything (a difficult task as both an empath and a perfectionist!). One of my favourite quotes is printed below. I have always felt most at home with those who have struggled ... with the "broken" and "imperfect" people. I am one of them.
I have always been passionate about mental health awareness and advocacy, having struggled with mental health issues myself in the past. Creativity is also a passion of mine, because I believe that we all need an outlet for self-expression. And as a grandmother of three adorable grandchildren, empowering children to be the best they can be is also important to me.
And so, in addition to providing writing, editing, publishing and mentoring services, I have chosen to focus on two specific branches of One Thousand Trees: Saplings (children's book publishing), and Sharing (anthologies of empowerment stories).
I also continue to publish Stories magazine (a monthly online magazine of the poetry, prose and personal reflections of local, and not-so-local, writers).
Please take time to visit the One Thousand Trees bookstore - Here you will find information about the books published by One Thousand Trees and Saplings, as well as a resource room, and all issues of Stories magazine.
There is a crack in everything.
It's how the light gets in.
Photo Credit: Margreet Kuypers