Greetings From Brooke, Blog Update, Tips, Events
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Greetings Storytellers!

This first BBT Creative Storytelling Chronicle has been a long in the making, but I'm so glad to be able to connect with you who want to find purpose in their experiences. Trust me when I say EVERYTHING that happens in life can be turned into a story which will encourage others in some way, even in the workplace. But, why is it so important to share those stories? Storytelling is a truly universal language that promotes hope, emotional healing, acceptance, and mutual understanding while also cultivating new opportunities by reducing stigma. 
A good social example from my own life is the "Mind Your Tongue" video my partners and I made in a Digital Storytelling class. It reveals what I'm actually thinking when people make assumptions about my intelligence after hearing my speech impairment. Watch it here.
Playing this video during my various workshops and presentations always breaks the ice with laughter and helps the audience reevaluate their views on the abilities of people with disabilities. Every story should be told with a specific intention because every circumstance we encounter is meant to spur our growth.
Do you know your message? I'd really like to see this newsletter become a community building tool, so if you've attended a workshop, worked with me privately or just used my workbook on your own and have a story to share, please send it to me! I want to start featuring them in the next newsletter and on the BBT blog.



In Autumn and on the Blogs

This past holiday season was extremely trying for me as I found myself in the hospital twice for different emergencies. It was the first time I've ever truly feared for my life, but God used both situations to remind me of His presence and reaffirm my trust in Him. You can read more about those struggles in the current (February) issue of Autumn Magazine.
As a reward for my endurance through my recovery, The Lord blessed me with a new adventure– A week of adaptive downhill skiing with Higher Ground in Sun Valley, Idaho. I wrote all about the healing powers of the mountains on my personal blog.
And in between it all, I've had the privilege of leading two workshops at the S.T.A.R. Centers, helping members discover how to share their recovery stories. It's extremely humbling. See the lessons we've learned together so far on the Brooke's Butterfly Touch blog.
Do you need a speaker at your next event or group meeting? I've presented on many disability/life challenges and independent living related topics at a wide variety of events. All my workshops and presentations can be tailored to your specific needs. My mission is to inspire hope and eliminate stigma, especially for those with limitations in our communities. 
Fees are negotiable depending on length and location. See the blog for more details. I'm happy to come to your church, school, conference, business or other organizations!
Upcoming Events
  • Sat, 3/4: Transforming the Heart of YOUR Story Workshop - Tickets Here
  • Fri., 3/31: Ms. Wheelchair Arizona 2017 Pageant (Co-State Coordinator) - Info. Here
  • Fri. & Sat., 4/28-4/29: 8th Annual Health & Wellness Fair @ Ability360 (will have a vendor table)
Storytelling Tip: Don't linger on the trauma. Focus on the healing tools you can pass onto others.
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