Laura G. Owens. Writer.
Speak Your Truth
Never apologize for how you feel. No one can control how they feel. The sun doesn’t apologize for being the sun. The rain doesn’t say sorry for falling. Feelings just are – Iain S. Thomas
I graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and minor in Marketing from Rollins College and University of Florida. Before I had my daughter I was involved with market research, advertising and marketing.
Weeks after my daughter was born I suffered from severe postpartum depression. As a frustrated, overwhelmed, anxious, bored (albeit grateful) stay-at-home mother I started unraveling and writing my feelings. I read a number of emerging books about real motherhood. (My favorite, Susan Maushart’s The Mask of Motherhood).
Raw, unfiltered, sometimes unsettling, but always wildly human.
Not those glossy magazine parents where mom and baby are inevitably airbrushed as living a life of smiling, shiny perfection where no emotion is allowed to be broadcast except: “grateful and overjoyed.”
Never a hair or emotion out of place, as if on cue to perform a rendition of the Stepford Wives.
Yes, I was without question, madly in love with my daughter and deeply grateful, especially after going through infertility. I was also depressed, anxious, overhwhelmed, bored at home and, and and….The constrasting spectrum of human emotion.
From that place of stark candor about mothering, came a compulsion to write what I felt, learned, loved and loathed about the experience of being human.
How do we find balance and wellness in our mind, body and spirit? There is I’ve found, no single correct answer. No one size fits all. No panacea.
But to begin with truth.
In truth we find healing. In truth we help others.
- Huffington Post
- Columnist – Contributor: Whole Life Times Magazine
- Purple Clover
- Psych Central
- Motherwell Magazine
- Lipstick & Politics
- Grown and Flown
- Scary Mommy
- Motherly -Parent.co
- Feminine Collective – poetry
- Natural Muscle Magazine
- AKA Mom Magazine
- AKA Mom Magazine Essay: “Fifty Shades of Denial?”
- Susan Liddy International – Emotional Intelligence for Women
- Playground Magazine
- Mothers Movement Online
- The First Step Magazine (U.K.)
- Natural Mothering online
- The Orlando Sentinel
- Local Orlando publications.
- Stress-related disorders – Institute for Brain Potential
- Understanding the Gut Brain: Stress, Appetite, Digestion and Mood – Institute for Brain Potential
- Food for Thought: How Nutrients Affect Mental Health and the Brain – Institute for Brain Potential
- Theory & Practice of Creative Writing
- A Writer’s Guide to Descriptive Settings
- Focus on Writing the Personal Essay
Laura is an exceptional writer who comes up with innovative spins on any topic she tackles. She is a go-getter and always meets her editorial deadlines. She is a pleasure to work with as an editor. ~ Sabrina James, former editor, Playground Magazine.
I ran across Laura Owens one day as I was researching data for healthy living. I was ASTOUNDED by the depth of knowledge and VALUE that Laura offered on her websites. So, invited her to guest blog and she said “YES!” ~ Susan Liddy, Life, Biz & Body Benevolence Coach, Author, Speaker. , MA, PCC, CCC
I just wanted to take a minute and tell you how impressed I was with your latest article on autism — genetics and environmental triggers. I read every article on autism that gets published in the Health & Wellness or Parenting sections, and this rates far above the rest I’ve seen lately. I absolutely love how you handled it. The insights were good, and your article was very well written. ~ Vickie Ewell, Feature Writer Suite101: Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome.
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