Hello! My name is Barbara Lawrence. I was born in November of 1961 and currently 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 jumped onto my sculpting stand and once I caught him with a wood chip in his mouth.
I have never been married and I have no children. I am 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 am currently working on a collection of personal stories, essays, and poems.
I’m drawn to visual and performing arts and I love to read. I have no religious affiliation, but I am deeply spiritual. I am a vegan at heart. I would love to live cruelty-free, but I have not yet found a way to get enough protein in my diet without eating some dairy, meat, or fish. I don’t like soy products. I’m not even that fond of vegetables.
I’ve been a dancer, actress, model, associate producer, casino dealer, administrative assistant, office manager, and recreation director. I am an alcoholic in recovery; my sobriety date is June 22, 2005.
I enjoy being of service to others. I have facilitated a Journaling as a Transformative Tool group at the local senior center since 2014, and work as a volunteer for the local cancer center and for the Look Good. Feel Better. program through the American Cancer Society. This program helps women with the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.
I have given presentations on 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 offering tools I have learned to cope with the effects of trauma.
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.