Hello! My name is Barbara Lawrence. I reside in New England with my rescue cat named Zeke. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art, though I haven’t sculpted or carved in years because Zeke kept jumping onto my sculpting stand and once I caught him with a wood chip in his mouth.
I’ve never been married and I have no children. I’m currently not in a romantic relationship by choice – I love being on my own. I’ve had several poems published and self-published a collection of poetry entitled, The Bogeyman is Real. I’m currently working on a collection of personal stories, musings, and poems for publication.
I’m drawn to visual and performing arts and I love to read. I have no religious affiliation, but I’m deeply spiritual. I’ve been a dancer, actress, model, associate producer, casino dealer, administrative assistant, office manager, and recreation director. I’m an alcoholic in recovery; my sobriety date is June 22, 2005.
I enjoy being of service to others. I’ve facilitated a Journaling as a Transformative Tool group at our local senior center since 2014. I’ve also volunteered at our local food shelf, cancer center, and for the American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better program, which helps women with the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.
I’ve given presentations on the effects of trauma related to sexual abuse and family violence, as well as the stigma of mental illness. I work with other trauma survivors to help them navigate the myriad of challenges they face, as well as offer tools I’ve learned to help me cope with the effects of trauma and PTSD.
My favorite things to do include: visiting with family and friends, writing, journaling, dancing, reading, listening to music, watching movies, coloring, and sitting in my backyard on my patio watching squirrels at play.