Friday, June 8, 2012

Special Post: The Art of Living Your Life

There was a time in my life when chaos was piled so high around me, I could barely see the good stuff on the other side. But I had one thing, aside from my music, that prevented the pile from ever getting too high: my writing.

My music gave me a safe, positive way to channel my emotions through. It actually takes a tremendous amount of energy and concentration to play the breath life into the pieces composers created centuries ago. And when I put my heart, soul and feelings into each note, I felt as though I'd gone through the toughest workout by the end. But writing? Writing was how I worked through the tough stuff.

I could create characters who played out something I'd gone through, or others around me had, and I can make the ending different...better. It gave me a voice when no one was listening or paying attention. It offered me a way to reach out to others through my own experiences--the good, bad and ugly. It gave me a way to heal, teach, vent, brag, learn, grow and forgive. Most importantly, writing offered me a way to see out beyond that wall of chaos and finally see the beauty on the other side so I could live my life the way I was meant to.

Creative gifts such as writing, art, dance, singing or others aren't just ways for us to express a talent. These gifts give us a way to express the core of who we matter where we live, what we've gone through or what our culture or social status is. And that's so powerful.

So, tune into your creative gift. Nuture it and help it grow and be all you're meant to be.

I wrote today’s post as part of the WOW-Women on Writing’s “The Art of Loving Your Life” Blanket Tour celebrating the release of Chique Secrets of Dolce Amore by Barbara Conelli (

Barbara Conelli is an internationally published bestselling author, seasoned travel writer specializing in Italy. In her charming, delightful and humorous Chique Books filled with Italian passion, Barb invites women to explore Italy from the comfort of their home with elegance, grace and style, encouraging them to live their own Dolce Vita no matter where they are in the world.

Her latest book, Chique Secrets of Dolce Amore offers an intimate view into the unpredictable and extravagant city of Milan, its glamorous feminine secrets, the everyday magic of its dreamy streets, the passionate romance of its elegant hideaways, and the sweet Italian art of delightfully falling in love with your life wherever you go.

If you comment on today’s post on this blog or any of the others participating in The Art of Loving Your Life tour, you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of Chique Secrets of Dolce Amore!

To read Barbara’s post about loving life and view a list of other blogs participating in The Art of Loving Your Life tour please visit The Muffin.

For those of you on Twitter, the Hashtag for the tour is #ChiqueBook. And if you'd like to sneak a peek at the book trailer for Chique Secrets of Dolce Amore, you can check it out on YouTube HERE.
If you comment on today's post, you have a chance to win a copy of Barbara's book, Chique Secrets of Dolce Amore. You can comment on my post, ask a question or talk about how you practice the art of living your life from today until June 25th (the winner will be announced on June 29th). And I'm sure that Barbara will drop by to respond to any questions or comments. =)

1 comment:

  1. Chynna, thank you very much for participating in my blog tour and for your beautiful words. Yes, creativity is a gift, and it's a great way to appreciate the beauty of life!


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