The #LinkYourLife Community Roundup Dec 16 Edition

I’m excited to be hosting this week’s #LinkYourLife Community Roundup! This roundup was born of a challenge posed to the #LinkYourLife community through our Facebook group several weeks ago. The idea is to highlight the amazing voices within the group through an elective share thread. This has been wonderful because our Twitter share community has grown so large it is a very difficult to pull every share into a roundup.  A smaller pool of shares allows for deeper reading of each piece. This, in turn, allows for deeper connection.

Now for the amazing selection of #LinkYourLife shares from this week.


Christmas has been a time of pain for Thomas Ives for many years. It is only recently that he has begun to open up about why and to allow himself to release the emotions he’s been holding back. In this beautiful piece of self reflection, Thomas shares the reason for his pain and, in true keeping with his inspirational message, lifts us all by allowing us to join him on his journey.

Jeanine Lebsack uses a look at past acting experience to uncover the ways she is pretending rather than engaging the hurt she feels when wronged by others. In this piece, she examines the way we fool ourselves via personal experience.

If you are looking for some excellent, quick reads, this collection of 99 word writings based off the prompt “to gander” will make your day. This collection features fiction and poetry and is hosted by Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch. Every week, Charli puts out a new prompt for public participation. Every week, what comes back is mind-boggling in its beauty. Have a gander.

Raymond Baxter takes an experimental second person approach in looking at the ways we sow the seeds of toxicity into our relationships. This is a very interesting read that moves us inside the minds of both parties we speak to each other and through the course of a admiration, love, resentment and friendship.

Nancy Ruminski discovered her son during a suicide attempt. She has shared with love and compassion her fears as a mother to a mentally ill child, what “fortunate” means to her, and the ways she relies on her faith to keep going when the future is very uncertain. This is a hard read, but a deeply rewarding one because Nancy always writes to the light rather than the darkness.

Do you want to host a #LinkYourLife roundup?

Group or not, anyone can host a #LinkYourLife roundup. Join in anytime. After all, #LinkYourLife is about noncompetitive support. You get to choose how you interact.

And while being a #LinkYourLife Connection member isn’t required, it can make the process easier. What is special about our Facebook connection is that we are able to engage one another in deeper conversation and have more regular, community-based interaction. Within, we have weekly support and engagement threads, daily link shares and lots of fun. The group is not exclusive (although your public profile will be reviewed and you will be contacted by private message prior to admittance to make sure you are not a bot). If you would like to join, you can find the group here.

Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

4 Discussion to this post

  1. Charli Mills says:

    Thank you for the Round Up, Shawna. Many moving and thoughtful reads this week.

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  2. Jsackmom says:

    Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of this talented group. I look forward to reading everyone’s posts over the weekend while I’m cozy under a blanket.

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