May 15 #LinkYourLife Roundup (and #WeekendCoffeeShare)

If we were having coffee, I’d wink at you and smile. Why? Another Friday and more lives linked. Yesterday’s linkup was particularly powerful.

I am a life blogger. I am also a writing coach with a passion for understanding what makes people tick. I don’t believe any person is two-dimensional, but social media makes us seem that way. We share only the extra-good or extra-bad creating a flat digital impression of ourselves.

Here, friend, let me refill your cup. Stay awhile. What I want to say is people are complicated. It would be simple to write off parents like mine. They were abusive. In some ways that abuse remains active. But the truth is they have overcome an enormous amount to change who they were into who they are. They are overwhelmingly MORE and BETTER in supportive, nonviolent ways. Not everyone gets the chance to see their parents change. Not everyone would take the chance (nor do I think everyone should). But I had that chance. They are complicated; I am complicated; our relationships are complicated.

And YOU. YOU are complicated. I know this, too, because I requested you take a minute and link your life with mine. Show me something deeper than the initial social media scratchings. And you did it. Thank you. The world feels like a better place because we are showing up and sharing our loves, fears, ugly and beautiful moments that define us as more than blogger, mother, nephew, dude. It feels like we are about to rise up. Read on. See why.

I hope you enjoy these pieces as much as I have. Be sure to join us next Friday. Find out more about #LinkYourLife here. Participants, feel free to link your social media below. Comments with more than two links get held for approval. I’ll catch and approve those for you!

@Ruebi_LHB got us started with a cringing and LOL-worthy relation of her attendance at a wedding. 

My addition (@shawnamawna) was this post on the complications of my relationship with my mother.

@ShareenM shared her mission statement, and the news that she is seeking submissions to link lives on her site!

@allisonmaruska linked us up with her personality type and how it affects her writing (as well as her characters).

@parttimemonster wrote a beautiful post for #1000Speak on choosing body compassion every day. Don’t know what #1000Speak is? Go here. She also shared her 2014 story.

@cunninghamb103 shared a #WeekendCoffeeShare post, another amazing series you can participate in and get to know other writers. Bill’s post is a moving tribute to his recently departed uncle, a Vietnam war veteran who lent stability to his family throughout his life.

@writeswrongs was an undocumented immigrant who was later squeezed into too small clothes and a friendship filled with Cheetos and trouble. You don’t want to miss her voice. It will change you.

@tdudleypdx reminds the world of “double jeopardy for double-dutch girls” in a heart-rending post she wrote four months post-Ferguson.

@Forrie1 wrote a thought-provoking poem about his father and their different relationships with faith

@rksteg shares the physical and mental trials of a seemingly undiagnosable chronic illness.

@KimGANEPossible was a single mother who was saved by her daughter, but not in the expected way.

@JennBerney shares an installment of her #memoirmondays memoir-in-progress in which she learns what “gay” means.

@Charli_Mills learns a life lesson from dandelions, one that strikes deep in the heart.

@thecowation shares an interview she did for StoryCorps on activism, anti-violence and healing

@campfiresally wrote her life in a memoir, Leaving Tinkertown, and it won the 2015 Zia Book Award for nonfiction!

@aaminahshakur talks about the frustration of generational differences in parenting and safety and adapting to a new culture of needs. As usual, she pulls no punches.

@karrihiggins is undergoing a tattoo project. People try to explain her tattoos to her, but she persists in her endeavor to immortalize words spoken by her brother to his last victim.

Finally, my site has a Facebook page. If, like me, you are there more than Twitter, click here and “Like” the THQ page for Thursday reminders of our Friday linkups as well as weekly roundup posts.

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.

9 Discussion to this post

  1. wccunningham says:

    You know Shawna, the more I read the “why” and your thoughts behind this idea, the more brilliant I think it is. A heartfelt thank you from me 🙂

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  2. Angie Mc says:

    Shawna, I hope to integrate #LinkYourLife into my social media routine. Thanks for the opportunity and connections! Happy weekend <3

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    It’s like seeing a garden unfold new flowers here. Great posts to share and read. Thank you for going deeper, and honoring those who write at that depth.

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  4. Ruebi @ LHB says:

    Wow…So many brilliant bloggers here this week! Loving #LinkYourLife and the community it is becoming.

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