Brittany Stonestreet has done so many things in her life, though many of them are only somewhat good. She danced for six years, but no one knew she had any rhythm at all until she switched to singing at the age of ten. She got to play lead and supporting lead in three high school musicals, but her singing was far better than her acting! She used that singing talent to major in Music Education in college where she graduated with a 3.98 GPA, History being her downfall.
Besides singing, telling stories is Brittany’s favorite thing to do. Her imagination is only surpassed by her ability to talk way too much. Both her imagination and talking came in handy as a girl from ages eight to fourteen. Her father drove a tractor-trailer and, honestly, there wasn’t a whole lot to do riding in a big rig besides making up stories and sharing those stories with her dad, whether or not he wanted to hear them.
Creating stories, though, created issues for Brittany. Her journals were all made up stories containing real people from her life, such as friends at school, but with false story lines. She would carry these journals with her wherever she went. Because these were journals, anyone could open them and read them. Despite the fact that Brittany had poor handwriting, the worst incident occurred when a friend found these stories and got mad at her for “lying about her” in her journal. Misunderstandings were aplenty! Rather than learning to not make stories up, Brittany just stopped carrying her journals everywhere she went.
Brittany not only has a wild imagination, but that imagination carries over into her dreams as well. These dreams are some of the biggest bases for her fantasy stories. Once the basic storyline is set, it’s the details that need worked out. These details come to her in different ways and at different places. As a high school and college student, she discovered these as she rode on the back of her grandfather’s motorcycle. As a music teacher, the details of these stories came to her as she sat at the Leonardtown Wharf in Maryland in the evenings and on weekends. As a Minister of Worship and Connections at a church in California, she usually came up with the story details as she chased her cat Kota off of her keyboard. Her writing froze a little while she worked as a security guard for a casino/resort.
Now, as a graduate student in the MA for Publishing and Writing program at Emerson College, Brittany gets to spend all of her time writing, editing, and studying.
About My Vision
Where Hope Exists
We live in a hurting and broken world; there’s no doubt about that. However, that isn’t all there is in the world around us. Hope can be very difficult to find, but I believe if we work towards finding each of the following, hope will follow.
Peace is possible, even in the darkest of times. When you’re able to put space between your circumstances and your mind, you find peace. Whether you do that through using a ‘happy place’ or exercize or something else, if you’re seeking peace, you’ll find it.
Joy and Contentment
Joy and contentment are choices. Happiness is fleeting and depends on circumstances, but joy and contentment find their place in all moments if we allow ourselves to choose them.
Rather than looking only at where you’re going, stop and smell the roses. Our journeys are where we learn and grow. When we focus on the journey, we still make it to our goal, but we can catch the light too!
Anger, bitterness, and resentment will eat you from the inside out. These tend to come from a place of unforgiveness. Holding onto unforgiveness can actually lead to poor physical health. When you forgive people, you’re not forgetting what they’ve done. Instead, you’re allowing yourself to let go of the negative emotions. Forgiveness is for you.
Though I will write on other topics, I believe almost all of them will tie directly in with one (or more) of the main foundations listed above.
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