“When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else.”
- Iyanla Vanzant
This project is a work of love. Pulling the stories together to give voice to the challenges of life, as well as the transformation, hope and healing that is ours to receive, is the dream birthed by Lisa Browning of One Thousand Trees.
Lisa values the profound gift of each person and their stories, and encourages people to step forward and share their own truth.
We all have a story. Everyone in this life has faced adversity and challenge, to one degree or another. It is only when we face our challenges, with an underlying faith that we will come through them stronger and more aligned with our authentic selves than ever before, that we give ourselves permission to shine.
Volume 1 of SHARING: our stories, our selves, our success was released in December 2013, in commemoration of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Volume 2, an anthology of men's stories, was published in November 2014, in commemoration of International Men's Day. Volume 3, the second anthology of women's stories, was published in December 2015, and Volume 4, our second anthology of men's stories, was published in December 2017. Volume 5, the third anthology of women's stories, was published in April 2019, and the official launch was on April 13. Volume 6 was our first gender-neutral volume, and was published in August 2020.
Care for the Caregiver, our first special edition anthology, was published in July 2020. We are currently working on two Special Edition anthologies, one about pets, and their positive effect on our health and wellbeing, and one about Guelph Little Theatre, and how it has enriched the lives of those in Guelph and beyond. Go to our Special Editions page for more details!