Author: Mary Chang Story Writer: Inspiration, Creativity, Self-Empowerment
I'm an award-winning short story writer, published memoir article writer and lifelong "work in progress" towards becoming a better writer. Writing self-empowers me to share my voice and may inspire you to create your own stories or reflect about your own life journey.
I capture life's moments that make me self-reflect, laugh, cry, scream, be curious, draw me into the past or somewhere new that scares me. Sometimes I tell a story in six words, sometimes in thousands. Someday, a novel.
People who read my stories sometimes laugh, cry, nod, reflect or ask for more. Sometimes they don't. I hope that you do.
I continue to self-reflect, take time for self-care and transition. Six word stories tell my truth.
Cherish the basics – sleep, water, sunshine.
Be true, give freely to others.
Take pleasure in moments for you.
Discovering something new about old friends.
Accepting, embracing change, transitions, the unknown.
Finding vibrant life in unexpected places.
Eat chocolate cake, not every day.
Make way for love, play, laughter.
Play outside – rain, shine, snow, thunder.
February Meaning & Symbolism
“Coming just after January, the month of new beginnings, is February. From the Latin word Februarius, meaning “to purify“, February was known as the “Month of Purification” during ancient Roman times. It is a transitional time, finding itself just after a month of reflection and new year’s resolutions.”
This is a story of how I reconnected with my 1979 elementary school teacher after four decades. It describes the emotional connection that transpires between a student and teacher and how it empowers a child to believe in herself, nurture her creativity and follow her dreams into adulthood.
“Reconnecting with my 1979 Grade 3 Teacher, Lindsay Watson”is now published in Teacher Magazine, Jan/Feb 2020 issue. It’s dedicated to L.W. with a nod to the students of Ms Watson’s classroom.
If you would like to make a comment about the story “Reconnecting with my Grade 3 Teacher, Lindsay Watson”, please submit it under the “About the Writer” page. You may also send a Letter to the Editor at Teacher Magazine at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For 2020, I promise myself to take time to contemplate what matters most to me. Managing the precarious balancing act of parenting, relationships, fitness, work and the chaos that comes with everyday living is a constant challenge.
Keeping it simple puts my life into perspective. Six word stories tell my truth.
Exercise:Activity requiring physical effort, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness.
Since January 2019, I’ve been challenging myself to train harder to exceed my usual limits in the realm of exercise.
For me this means, attempting exercises that fall out of my comfort zone, setting monthly fitness challenges that force me to persevere or signing up for races that scare the hell out of me. “Six Word Stories” tell my truth.