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Hello and Welcome to Traces of the Soul where I try to Whisper Insights. This is a place to let ideas, thoughts, reflections and insights flow. Some posts may be my sharing events in my life and other times just reflections…an idea stirring and has to get out. I use a pseudonym here so I can freely write whatever crosses my mind. I have another blog where I am the “public me” but that comes with restrictions that do not bind me at Traces of the Soul.
I love to talk and since I can`t talk all day long…I do have to work for a living…I write because the thoughts and words take up too much space in my brain some of the times.
Here I can write whatever comes to mind…sometimes it can be a bit raw, other times serious and pensive and many times, I hope, just being able to laugh at myself when I get into situations that may not be fun but that no one can change…so may as well laugh about it.I`m a woman, a person, a mom, a nana…a youth counsellor, a family life educator, life skills facilitator, a daughter (mom is still alive) ,a sister, a lover sometimes, a loyal friend, compassionate volunteer and lifelong student. I am not religious but I am spiritual. I believe in the Golden Rule…you can`t go wrong there if everyone just abided by that.
I am from Montreal where we have long winters and I love snow up to December 26th ONLY thank you very much. It is pretty if you do not have to get to work and are sitting in a cottage up in the mountains and like to snow shoe or ski…I do neither. I lived here all my life except for a 10 year leap to Toronto which certainly changed my life…there IS life outside of Quebec. If you are not a Québécois, you may not understand that…we tend to stay close to home a lot.
I find myself following many young adults whose blogs are interesting, entertaining, enlightening and amusing. I am quite impressed by the talent I see on these blogs!
Here is my brewing area where I share some raw thoughts, ideas and feelings…hope some of you do enjoy some posts here + there. Whispering Insights. Some topics may not be popular to a reader…so must mosey on along if it offends you…I started this blog to express myself, get things off my chest and hopefully also improve in writing which I love to do.
I have briefly described some of the categories on this blog. I keep adding more and more…so bear with me.
Abuse is a section about…um, well, abuse, violence, domestic violence, child abuse and even sexual assault which may not be a popular read…so if you don’t like to read horrors of the reality of some people…skip over this category. I hear it daily and am old enough to have seen and heard from friends and family. I have experienced some as many have but nothing compared to the misery I hear. Such is life…unfortunately. I don’t believe in secrets of this type…it just perpetuates abusers to continue, for society to minimize it and it prevents victims of any such abuse to stay stuck in their living hell.
Whispering Insights was my very first section on this blog. It was created to utter insights, reflections and thoughts simmering in the wee hours of the morning. I am a night owl, work late shifts, so sometimes I may get an idea at 3 a.m. and I write until dawn. Well, actually, when I start hearing those birds chirping, I try to wrap it up before the sun comes up…I’m not Dracula but I do need dimness to fall asleep.
Dating was added because I can’t really share all my thoughts and experiences with everyone. After a 10 year pause, I decided to start dating again December 2012. This is poking fun at the on-line dating experience and where I can vent, reflect and have a good chuckle at myself from time to time. Okay, I can wallow in my pity at times too but the good thing is that is has inspired a lot of my poetry too. There is no gain without pain…so true.
Dear Emma, is my only bestest EVER listener and BFF. Listening is a huge part of my life, at work anyways, and sometimes I too, need to have a listening ear. Emma provides that in a non-judgmental way…as counselling should be, right? Many times it helps to sort out my thoughts.
Narratives is a combination of my feeble attempts at writing short essays, fictional, muses, and poetry. I have not written poems since my teen years as well as fictional essays. It is my way to exercise what I loved to do so much in the past. I have started an intro to 3 books and realize why I can’t get further…I need to write, write, write, to get the juices rolling and if I don’t get to write a book…I will at least try to write short stories. I would love to write, someday, the memoirs of my maternal grandmother’s life but until then…I’m practicing and enjoying every minute.
Poetry & Erotica I have separated these from Narratives as I found I had accumulated many and in the mix of reflections and essays it may have been a bit confusing. I hope you enjoy my poems as much as my muse tickled my fancy writing them.
Haiku, Tanka, Haiga, Haibun…well, I am discovering and learning Japanese versions of poetry I never knew existed…how wonderful is that! Now I have added Shadorma as well as other forms I have a go at…just for fun. The masters here make it look easy…but it’s not. I guess that’s why they are masters.
Photography and videos – Just sharing and the photographs are mostly my humble Samsung Note shots, occasionally my Canon digital as well. Very amateur for sure but I see so many stories in photos that I do take a lot to stimulate ideas in writing.
Prompted writings These are writing exercises with prompts and other ideas to stimulate writing. I have added more as I discover many amazing blogs that offer prompts for stories, free flow writing,poetry and photography. There is, in fact, something for every talent and taste…Wordpress offers so many opportunities to explore and expand in creativity.
My Voice is a new section I have added to my blog because as you will see, it is hardly “whispering” and it may or may not be “reflective” or “insightful”. But it is a place for me to vent at times and I just did not feel this was fitting to yell at Dear Emma about this. So it is NOT to insult or criticize certain beliefs and values in the world but to express my opinion on some things that really irk me. If anyone feels provoked, oooops, that was not my intention. Some things fester and this is my healthy way to diffuse. Thank you for understanding. Tech are tips I want to share after I have tried to figure out a few technical hurdles. If this can help save another blogger time…then grrreat!
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Whispering Insights
© Oliana Kim, I love chasing sunsets 2013