Jean experienced a form of anxiety known as agoraphobia. This was a case of the fear of open space. She had strong feelings of anxiety whenever she was away from the security of her home. She believed the world was not a safe place and would not try new activities or travel to entertaining events on her own.
It created a dependency nature since she had to be with someone to go somewhere. Self-protection was a priority, so she could not grow emotionally. She lost her sense of who she was, thought of herself as helpless, and experienced the well-known “identity crisis.” She could not express her anger, and with limited choices, her life became a trap.
After several years, a neighbor introduced her to a self-help group where she was able to discuss the problem with others. She searched for ways to improve her feelings toward herself, and when she finally faced the fear within her, she could begin to heal. She saw that old excuses were not the truth, and if she clung to them, they would keep her stuck in her current existence.
Her willingness to learn gave her a new direction that helped her set new goals and acquire the courage to accomplish them. For example, she was introduced to a ski club, and although she felt rather anxious at first, she pushed forward against the feelings.
In time, she learned to manage the anxiety she felt to the point where, not only did she ski yearly, she experienced it as a kind of therapy.
Elaine M. Edwards Triumph Over Fear New Release
I’m happy to be participating in author Elaine M. Edward’s Book Blast today for her latest release, TRIUMPH OVER FEAR, A Psychological and Spiritual Journey.
The author is offering a giveaway at each tour stop. More information on the giveaway is listed below.
* Paperback: 177 pages * Publisher: Independently published * Language: English * ISBN-10: 1795460911 * ISBN-13: 978-1795460910
Triumph Over Fears offers hope and insight for anyone held back by difficult emotions that prevent them from living up to their potential and experiencing joy. Part memoir, part psychology lesson, and part metaphysical wisdom, it is an eclectic, inspiring personal story of someone who went from agoraphobic, afraid to go out in public, to a real adventurer and world traveler.
The 84-year-old author draws from her personal experience as well as the many people she has known, worked with and helped over the years, including decades of working with students, colleagues, family, and friends, and most of all herself. She delves deeply into the sense of existential guilt that pervades the human condition and offers guidance on how to overcome this.
Her journey is unique, but much of what she has learned is universal. At its core, it is a story of hope. At its core, it is a story of hope and a testament that transformation truly is possible. Because of its eclectic mix of the psychological and the spiritual most anyone will find some nugget of gold or gem of truth that speaks to them. Some of the concepts might seem very familiar, and other ones might be completely new to readers.
The author encourages those who are seeking freedom from fear to walk with her on her journey and let her share with you how she went from being very frightened and very limited in her life, to very confident and very brave.
For those who aren’t familiar with the author, here’s a bit of background on her.
Elaine M. Edwards graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. degree in Primary Education, taught primary grades for eight years, and spent 18 years as a high school Learning Disabilities teacher.
During her career as a teacher, she earned two Master’s degrees, in Learning Handicapped Education and in Counseling Psychology, from Santa Clara University.
She has been dedicated to understanding human behavior and discovering how deep transformation can occur. She has studied the Twelve Steps, Christianity, Science of Mind, and many other sources of psychological and spiritual wisdom.
Author Elaine M. Edwards is giving away a copy of TRIUMPH OVER FEAR at each stop on her Book Blast.
To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. If the widget doesn’t show up, just click HERE and you’ll be directed to the widget.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to follow Elaine on her three day Book Blast HERE. You never know what you might find out. By visiting all the stops, you have more chances to win. Can you imagine writing a book at age 84?
1. Fun fact. I like potato chips dipped in ketchup accompanied by a cold glass of chocolate milk. 2. Fun fact. I kicked up my heels as a hobo from Hooverville in the chorus line of the community players’ production of Annie. So much fun and a dream fulfilled. 3. Fun fact. I helped to build the ark. No, not THAT ark, silly. The ark is the centerpiece of the Ark Park, a playground for the community. 4. Fun fact. In my bio photo, the red Mustang convertible was a surprise birthday gift from my hubby in 1995. Still drives like it’s new. 5. Fun fact. My older brothers and I all played cornet/trumpet in the school band. They made sure to stand out on the front porch when I practiced at home so the neighbors could see they were not the ones tooting out those sour notes.
Your Words, Your Life Story: A Journal for Sharing Memories
Is the idea of telling your life story swirling in your brain, but the project is too overwhelming to consider? Life story teacher and published author, J.Q. Rose, can help.
Your Words, Your Life Story: A Journal for Sharing Memories by J.Q. Rose is a journal and a guide for capturing the moments that impacted your life–the happy, sad, funny and crazy times that shaped a generation. Family and friends want to relive your experience through your words.
Not into writing?
Discover audio and video programs to bring your authentic voice to listeners.
Silly questions that have nothing to do with your life are not in the book. Instead, the guide prompts you to remember details to develop a rich tapestry to share in single vignettes or in a collection. Take the opportunity to tell the familiar stories you have told around the family table, then organize and keep them just for your family and/or publish them.
Your Words, Your Life Story will help ignite and share your memories. You won’t be alone on your journey down memory lane. Receive support through the private Facebook group, TellingYour Life Story and Memoir Circle. You’re invited to join in to share stories, resources, tips, experiences, and memories.
Preserving the experiences of the past for future generations is important.
As they peruse the stories, they will wonder how you lived without a TV, a computer or microwave. The story of your life, the struggles, the joys, the accomplishments will be what the next generations understand. Your account will be a guide to help them through their own lives.
Start now to put together the vignettes that make up your life story and create a treasured family keepsake.
The workshops presented by J.Q. Rose have inspired students to tell their stories and realize how rich and full their lives have been. Review Snippets: —A lot of useful information—Yvonne –This class helped me to realize I haven’t wasted much of my life.—Sylvia –It gave me a chance to go through my life again and relive it.—Helen –I have some of the knowledge and encouragement to begin.–Carolyn
Within the pages of Your Words, Your Life Story you will find:
No silly questions
An easy way to begin
Ways to spark memories
Exercises for you to recall your life stories
Inspiring quotations to motivate you to keep going
Lined journal pages to jot down memories
Information on storytelling
Links to sites for submitting your story
Links to sites for telling your story via writing, audio and/or video
Order your book now to preserve your legacy and pass your life stories to the next generations.
Your Words, Your Life Story: A Journal for Sharing Memories
About J. Q. Rose
Non-fiction Bio J.Q. Rose, published author of mysteries and romance, enjoys offering tips and support to writers. She invites you to visit the Focused on Story blog at http://www.JQRose.com and discover inspiring and informative guest authors and information on writing, marketing, and publishing. Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing is a compilation of writing tips plus from fifteen talented authors. Quick Tips on Vegetable Gardening: Starting Your Garden, co-authored with her husband, Gardener Ted, was an Amazon best-seller.
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