Written by Joy Holland in collaboration with various women authors, presented to you by Facets of Joy this book is for you: all women and men who have a voice.
This ebook was conceived in my heart as a gift to celebrate International Women’s Day. As happens with heart whispers, the original whispers were heard, then magnified.
There are times that you were full of doubt and were not sure you even had a voice. There are times you knew with great conviction what you wished to say and you shared your voice confidently. And there are many, many times that you felt somewhere in between.
As I created this book, I realized the words were as much for me as for anyone else. Each contribution touched my heart in exactly the “right” spot, affirming to me that alone my voice is powerful; yet within community each voice combined to make this beautiful symphony that fills my heart with wonder, awe, and gratitude.
Thank you for accepting the beautiful gift of your voice and for being present to the idea of cultivating it and sharing it with World.
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It is my pleasure to share this complimentary gift with you, no subscription or sign-up form required. It is my genuine wish that something within inspires you to honor stillness and silence so that you may hear your voice; to honor transparency and excellence as you hone your voice; to honor your own path as you share your voice.
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The truth of the creation of this book is that I conceived the idea and created this book within one week. My heart said,”yes, please!”, my mind said a lot of things that would have kept this book from being created. I had no idea “how” to do this, especially without help from a “techie”–this is my first ebook, my first collaborative effort on such a large-scale, and from the moment I titled the book “Cultivating Your Voice” I literally had laryngitis (yes, I see the symbolism). On the eve of this launch, my computer crashed, my friend’s computer wouldn’t allow me to sign onto my site, and my laryngitis had turned to bronchitis. I forwarded this link to another friend to upload for me, and this friend commented something like the book looked fine considering I only had a few days to put it together.
I was going to delay the launch.
I see a pattern within mainstream (and many of my clients)–they get so close to their dream, then they literally walk away. They self-sabotage, they quit, they allow external to distract them from the experience they truly want, fear sets in and they become paralyzed. In my life, I allow the impossible to be truly possible–I dream big then allow magic beyond what I could ask for to be perfectly placed. I embrace my dream, not walk away from it.
So, I went outside and looked at the almost-full moon of tomorrow and I allowed gratitude for the process to fill my being. Then, I re-read the book.
In the book, I write about “Exploring the Concept of Voice”. I gave this project one million per cent (within the practice of honoring unfolding and flow). That means that although I do care about being “technically correct” I might not create in the technically correct way, but that my essence is in each word. The women who contributed to this book did so because they believed in my dream. If I held out for perfection (as in aesthetics) I might not have published. The words are beautiful, the message is powerful, and as I re-read it right before I almost delayed, I couldn’t help but hear the message loud and clear. In my own words, and the words of women whom I respect and inspire me greatly within my own journey, I heard the strength of our combined voices resisting the fear of “not enough” and proclaiming loudly: let your heart whispers roam free.
My last words in this book: When every ounce of your being *believes* that everything is possible, it is.
So, I published. As is.
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Support the Contributors
My heart whispered and was answered by these wonderful women who so generously chose to share their time, energy, and talents (their magnificent voices) to create the beautiful symphony that is this ebook. Please visit their sites and support their work. They are living proof that when you create from your heart space, everything truly is possible!
Adrienne Jurado – Experience Life Fully
Danielle LaPorte – Danielle LaPorte.com
Elle – Reflecting a Life
Evita Ochel – Evolving Beings
Jess Morrow – Invincible Summer
Jamie Ridler – Jamie Ridler Studios
Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo – Threads of Awakening
Lisa Rough – Sacred Circle Creative Life
Lynn Fang – Upcycled Love
Melissa Reyes – Miz Meliz
Pema Teeter – Story Charmer
Sandra Pawula – Always Well Within
Tara Sophia Mohr – Wise Living
Vidya Sury – Going A-Musing
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Articles Featuring This Book
Listed below is the list of sites featuring articles on this book. This list includes the name of the website, the name of the article, and a sentence from the article.
Thank you to each site for sharing our book (and its message of empowerment) with their readers!
Upcycled Love: Cultivating Your Voice : “In choosing authentic self-expression, we get a step closer to peace and understanding.”
Miz Meliz : International Women’s Day : “I am proud to be a part of it and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.”
Always Well Within : Inspiration for Cultivating Your Voice : “The process illustrates how love and clarity have the power to carry us through the inevitable obstacles that arise when we attempt to do something new, different, and significant.”
Going A-Musing : Cultivating Your Voice: “When you open your heart, everything is possible”.
Musings of Magick : Passing the Pleasure Stick “Definitely worth a read, especially if you’re having a hard time communicating with yourself. ”
Invincible Summer: Bliss All Around : “It is a sweet, yet empowering, medley of voices joining together in a chorus that will guide you toward your personal authenticity.”
Vidya Sury: Paradise Found
by Peggy Nolan
How much I have to
learn, unlearn, relearn
cover, uncover, discover
How little I understand
always striving to be more
be better than
shine brighter than 1,000 stars
When I already do
because I AM
don’t know it
don’t trust it
can’t fathom it
A constant struggle
Am I enough?
Inside this moment
the unknown, the unnamed
free from past
free from future
free from fear
free from worry
Scary this freedom
the pit in my belly
looking to be filled
I keep seeking
to feed the fire
I thought I had this licked
I thought I made peace
A constant new lesson