April 10th, 2015
Ten years ago from this month I started my journey with writing my column. I still remember meeting my editor, Cynthia Simison for the first time. I was excited to begin my new journey in my writing career. Over the years, Cynthia has always given me support and guidance in my work, which I am eternally grateful for.
Through the years, I have learned many new things and become familiar with the disability issues facing Western Massachusetts. Through my column, I have gained experiences, met many people and hopefully made a difference. I have also gained experience in motivational speaking, where I talk about self-advocacy, disability issues and my life experiences. I have also made many contacts with organizations such as Stavros Center for Independent Living and Sunshine Village.
My number one goal with my column has always been to bring awareness to disability issues while empowering people to live their best life. Writing has fulfilled my purpose as an activist to bring positive change to people with disabilities. It has always been my intention to share my own personal experiences to inspire and teach others.
My column has also given me the opportunity to share my other passion, my yoga practice. Yoga has always been such a big part of my life, from creating my purpose and intent in my work. It helps keep me focused and empowers me every day to live my best life. For me, there is a connection between my three passions, yoga, activism and writing. I am proud of the work I do and look forward to continuing it.