Use Your Voice

As we enter Spring in the Northern hemisphere, it is a time of new growth – a time when things begin to unfurl and bloom.  One way we can blossom is through expressing ourselves and using our voices.

With new growth showing up in nature, we can bring the newness within too.  When you know what you want and need, you also know what you don’t want and what no longer serves you.  This allows you to recognize when things need to change, and what that change will be.  The knowing is the first step.  The next step is to move into expressing this, first to yourself, then to others.

We generally don’t spend much time thinking about our voices.  By voice, I refer not to the words you use or the act of speaking, but rather to the ability of articulating yourself in whatever way you are able. 

Express what you need: 

We often go through our day following the same routines, taking the same route to work and running errands in the same way because this routine seems to work for us and is efficient.  The trap is that we are doing the same things in the same way without really looking at whether they still serve us.  What do you need more of in your life? Use Your voice - express yourself. In the background trees stand tall painted in the colors of the rainbow and a large lake in the front Admitting that things need to change or that you are seeking something more, opens up opportunities to bring this forth.  Simply telling yourself aloud what sort of day you want, can create a shift in your life.

Releasing the old: 

Are you holding onto past hurts or habits that are hindering you? Releasing the hurts can make room for new opportunities instead of living in the past. These past hurts or stuck habits teach you what you do not want.  Write down a list of things you are holding onto that no longer serve you.  It could be grudges, fears, anger, resentment, or anything that is keeping you stuck.  Then fold up the page and safely burn it, with the intention of setting yourself free from the old.

Voicing the new:

Sometimes saying out loud to yourself or others what your dream life would be, can feel too daunting.  The belief is not quite there so you cannot bring yourself to express it.  A good way to get a clear picture of what your dream life would look like is to write it down in your personal journal.   You can safely go wild and dream, writing everything and anything you have ever wanted.  When you read what you have written, a clear picture will form of what you really want and what matters most to you.   Now write a letter to yourself, describing this dream life and how it feels.  Start by telling yourself – when it feels real, and when the belief is there, you can tell everyone else.

Birth newness in your life in this month of Spring by choosing to express yourself in whatever way you can.  Your voice matters.  You matter.  Share yourself with the world and the world will embrace the beautiful being you are.

What do you wish to say to yourself today?  Stand in front of a mirror and set your intention for what you wish today to be. 

Many Blessings,



This debut memoir chronicles a woman’s spiritual exploration and growth as she overcame a disturbing childhood and helped others heal.

Brought to America from the Dominican Republic as a youngster, Molina-Marshall should have led a happy life. Her father was a diligent worker, and his large family wanted for nothing. But the author recounts that her dad had a drinking problem and was a serial philanderer. Molina-Marshall’s long-suffering mother left him for a woman. Then it was all downhill for the bright, 12-year-old girl, who was shuttled between foster care and relatives. According to the author, she was sexually abused by the husband of one of her siblings. This resulted in Molina-Marshall becoming alienated and moody. By 15, she simply tried to survive. In her favor were grit and a restless intelligence. She quit school, rented a room, and found a factory job. Time went by, and for a while she was happily married. Yet when her husband left her, her life truly began. She turned to religion for answers but decided that blaming God for her woes was a cop-out. 

In this absorbing and moving memoir, Molina-Marshall’s vivid storytelling is fearless. She frankly discusses the truths she discovered and the indignities she suffered. These admissions are disclosed with a touch of resignation and plenty of bite. However painful, everything she experienced was a lesson, and she bravely realized that she was part of the problem: “The fear of being hurt, rejected, or abused often led to me feeling lonely and misunderstood. No one knew the agonizing pain I felt being trapped in my thoughts and anger. I was becoming my biggest threat.” 

The author skillfully recounts her intricate spiritual journey. To deal with her psychic wounds, she searched for an inspirational system. Her open-mindedness led her to the interfaith concept—cherry-picking from various religions and spiritual movements, yoga, and Indigenous beliefs as a way of finding peace. Along with her female partner, she built a therapy practice, making use of every spiritual element that aided her and others. The road was bumpy, and she found that women of color in same-sex relationships were not welcomed everywhere. To do good works—and finally live on her own terms—she effectively overcame bigotry.

An engrossing, cathartic account of empathy and success through determination and confidence.

Pub Date: May 3, 2022   |    ISBN: 978-0-578-38315-6  |   Page Count: 264    | Publisher: From Trauma to Triumph  |   Review Posted Online: June 13, 2022