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I have always loved the word Together; into or in Union.

Which speaks to the core of healing, as I know it;

Union, a Sisterhood, Brotherhood, Partnership, Kinship.

It is within these circles, as we show up, perhaps out of our comfort zones, allowing ourselves to let down our defenses, slow our minds, and bare our humanness.

As a person in long term recovery, it is my passion, purpose, calling, and gift to CONNECT.

During my 25 year career I showed up at Emerson House women's treatment center, day by day, to learn, grow, lead, and build a program that both challenged and supported those seeking a way.

A way to a new way of living.

We were in it together, walking the walk, dealing with life on life's terms, together.

The natural up's and down's of facing oneself at a most challenging, often painful time, with no buffers, but a supportive community.

Another wonderful word, community: a group of people sharing a common understanding who reveal themselves by using the same language. The language of honesty, vulnerability, openness, desperation, courage, and love.

Since embarking on my own healing business Shamballa Healing Center and publishing my narrative nonfiction novel, As She Recovers, I have had the honor of sharing my message of Hope at many community events including; treatment programs, libraries, a book launch, and Recovery Court.

As I sat listening to others share their struggles and success today at an event, I was deeply inspired by the courage and resilience it takes to show up and open up. I wondered, do these humble souls have any idea of their strength, their power?

Power; the ability to effect change.

Yes, young man, sharing your struggles and how you faced them this week, baring your humans, we see you, hear you, understand and support you. Your honesty inspires and assures mine.

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”. This simple statement has been a calling for all these years to understand that no one is alone. (prov. 27)

I may not know your specific struggles, but I know you've had them, it is a condition of our humanity. My joy is in the moment, in the mess as it is, and in the challenge of getting back up, rising up, together. You are not alone, we are in it, together.

An invisible energy of Union, a Kinship, a Partnership of sorts, Humanhood

After my speaking event today, I received a text from one of the event organizers:

"Angela, thank you so so much for sharing your time with us today. You are everything beautiful and divine in this world. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it/you. Thank you."

What this woman saw in me, was her own beauty and divinity, a mirror of strength, vunerability, and connection.

The healing energy of showing up, opening up, and connecting.

It is with deepest gratitude that I commit to Show Up, show up with words, show in person, and show up in genuine love and light:


Spiritual energy that propels the life force of goodness and love to all creation, a conduit of consciousness. Light is one of the most universal and fundamental symbols. It is the spiritual and the divine, it is illumination and intelligence. Light is the source of goodness and the ultimate reality.

Stay tuned for updates and excerpts from the sequel to As She Recovers

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Wow! Tears flowing right now. I can hear your voice and passion behind everything you just wrote. You are one of those people that are etched into my soul forever .

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Thank you Danielle, please know that your courage, grace, and heart inspire me every day😍


Love you, super woman! So happy I get to have you in my life ♥️♥️

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Thank you Jojo! Love you, blessed beyond measure to have your sparkling light in my life🌟


Richard Martin
Richard Martin
14 окт. 2023 г.

So awesome. You are making such a difference for so many. Great work!

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Thank you Sweetest Rick💓

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