this is my brave



What a special evening last night at the Coralville Performing Arts Center where 17 people shared their stories about lives affected by mental illness. There was such talent and tenderness filling the auditorium. My heart went on a bit of a roller coaster ride, visiting the darkest of places and the most hopeful places. You can meet some of the cast and read about their stories HERE.

I was part of the event – supporting my friend Diane with her brave. She shared her story via an exhibit of her art. To close her act, she asked me to read Filling Petals with Sunshine, which I wrote for her back in September.


Reading Filling Petals with Sunshine on stage with Diane


Celebrating Diane’s courage

Other posts about my friendship with Diane:


About Vicki Flaherty

I feel most alive when I am creating, whether through my writing and poetry, gardening and photography, or simply living my life each day. Running and yoga enrich my being. Travel opens me to new possibilities and greater awareness. I am happiest when I’m with my husband Jim. I share my gratitude for all the gifts in my life on my This Abundantly Delicious Life blog. I find a special joy in helping people succeed. I’ve done something valuable when I’ve helped a colleague or friend see their brilliance and express their full potential. I have awesome opportunities to do this as an industrial/organizational psychologist through leadership, mentoring, coaching, career and other talent programs. I try to encourage Leading with Intention at my blog of this name. As a breast cancer survivor, I found comfort and hope in writing. Poetry flowed through me like a river of healing during my diagnosis and treatment, which I share on my Mostly My Heart Sings blog, that I might offer encouragement and a place of grace and heart for those seeking comfort and hope along their journey.

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