I had the pleasure of meeting Patricia Phillippe when I attended Celebrating the Voices of Haitian Women Writers presented by The New School Office of Intercultural Support. We have kept in touch via social media and when she emailed me about her upcoming trip to Africa, I was more than happy to lend her Cakeandeggs to use as a platform. Please read below and any way you can support Patricia would be greatly appreciated.
As a child, family members said I was too sensitive and as I grew into adulthood, this statement would be repeated many times by others. At some point, I must have internalized the message that something was terribly wrong with being sensitive. With being me. I shut off that part of myself and became cold, distant, and focused on being a superstar to compensate. I went to a prestigious university and excelled in my career. But a light switch turned on shortly after my 40th birthday. My life felt empty and in spite of all my accomplishments, something was missing. I felt like I did not have a voice nor a space to put the real me.
In 2010, I started a journey of healing in my life and started exploring the ways I could show up authentically and push past my internal roadblocks. Writing turned out to be an incredibly powerful tool for healing. I allowed myself to be vulnerable and blogged about the journey of showing up in my life. I experimented with poetry and other forms of creative writing by taking workshops and engaging in encouraging and uplifting writing communities. This enabled me to connect with the deep well of emotions bottled up. I volunteered as Managing Editor of Kalyani Magazine to provide opportunities for other women of color to discover and share their own strong, powerful voices through writing. All of these experiences showed me that there was indeed a space for me in the world. That I am a kind-hearted, loving, and compassionate woman with a great deal of light and love to share.
In September, I will spend three weeks in Malawi, Africa facilitating writing groups with VoiceFlame for local teachers, orphaned girls and village women to help them discover the light within themselves through writing. You can be part of this empowering mission to transform and heal lives by supporting the I HAVE A VOICE campaign and sharing it with everyone in your network. Your support, encouragement and radiant energy are greatly appreciated.
Patricia Phillippe is an honest, powerful, courageous and intuitive woman. She is a life-long learner with many personal passions including travel, music, film, reading, writing, volunteering and exploring. You can find her on twitter as: @writehealteach or on her Tumblr