Welcome to Bonnie’s Healing through Writing and Creativity blog site! If you are looking for Bonnie’s private practice website please go here: Bonnie McKeegan, LCSW Psychotherapy
I started this blog to explore healing through writing while honing my writing skills. Fictional stories and touches of poetry poured forth as I began the creative writing chapter of my life.
When I started this blog, I could not write directly about what was happening in my life. My mother was dying of breast cancer and out of respect for her privacy I did not speak of or write about it publicly.
At the same time, I was reconciling myself to the realities Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and other significant losses have played in my life. Through grief and trauma, I have found, lost, and regained my self-identity. Each situation, each leg of the journey has been fraught with grief, and growth if I so chose.
My mother died in February 2018. The fictional stories still live within me and in the files, and get attention when the muse insists, however, now, it is memoir that pours forth.
As of January 2019, I am “re-branding” slightly to help focus attention on my primary project. My social work career memoir.
Flight: Drama to Trauma – A Social Worker’s Flight to Identity (working title) is about how my social work career is interwoven with my personal life and how I’ve survived heartache and trauma. We are supposed to keep these things separate but, as a social worker, as a human-being, each part of me has effected the other. I am not one or the other. I am both and.
Flight is about how grief and trauma have propelled my life and career decisions. What I thought to be dramatic setbacks were indeed heartbreaking losses filled with emotional and psychological pain. These experiences proved to be opportunities for growth. My story is about mistakes and successes, death and migraines, love and priorities, and ultimately the shattering of self-identity, both personally and professionally, and how putting myself back together has led me through a successful career.
I started this blog to support my creative writing interest, and it is indeed an adventure. As the days roll by, I never know where it’ll take me. Here you will find:
- *Quotes of Wisdom – a Friday at 9am (Pacific Time Zone) series offering Wisdom, Feel Good, Inspirational and Thought-provoking Quotes. Sometimes with links and most likely, with too many thoughts of my own included.
- Excerpts from Flight. In 1998, I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. But, my story as a social worker begins in high school in the early 80s and brings to light the phases of personal and professional growth through loss, migraines, personal and work-related trauma, infertility and parenting twins, the death of my brother, and through the recent death of my mother from breast cancer. The flight was often turbulent and layovers were critical for healing and growth as I progressed through my career. I look back with gratitude for all of the lessons and opportunities for growth despite the grief and pain that is always present. My journey continues as a private practice psychotherapist – the last goal on my career bucket list attained 15 years ahead of “schedule.” Believe it or not, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder played a key role in my success.
- 5 Things to Expect When Your Mother Dies series
- “Why I Write” series When I started my blog I looked back at different types of writing I’ve done.
- some of my poetry, short stories, and origins of a few of my stories.
My newly liberated creative muse perhaps has some catching up to do! It’s just like me to work on small projects (a short poem or story – completion satisfaction!) while slowly making progress on bigger projects (Flight). Regardless, whatever she’s inspired to work on, well, that’s what “we” work on ;-).
The “author” in my URL expresses intention, and when created was not intended to represent myself as having published a book, as the definition of “author” is frequently described. I followed a recommendation in blogville somewhere (to my annoyance I can’t remember where) to start out with a URL that expresses your future.
I learned later that it could be perceived as misleading or bad etiquette but I chose to keep going with my intention to achieve “author status” rather than start over with a new URL. If you are a published author please understand I am the author of my own story and that is really what it’s about for me. No disrespect intended.
- Writer? Check.
- Blogger? Check.
- Author of my life? Check.
- Author of a published book? #futureauthor
I believe engaging in creativity of all sorts supports healing processes.
I have always been up to some sort of creative project e.g. learning to watercolor and acrylic paint, creating handmade “Steiner dolls” – last count was 24 of the lovely little dolls (each custom made for specific children), knitting and crocheting projects, various DIY home and furniture projects, remodeling portions of our home, gardening, envisioning projects for my husband and dad to get busy on, etc.
My mom’s creative spirit and my dad’s ability to manifest my visions for projects that were out of my skill/comfort zone have supported my creative urges for years. I am writing in part for my parents.
Writing is a natural phase at this time in my life. Carving out time for it, well, let’s just say it is not easy. If you are a writer or creative person with a day job and other life responsibilities you know what I am talking about.
I do not have a degree in writing. I do have a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Social Work.
My professional life as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a full-time private psychotherapy practice is a large part of the purpose of my life: To ease the suffering of others.
My family and children give profound meaning to my life.
I believe the challenges I am writing about have made it possible for me to be of support to others.
If my writing touches your “truth” in some way, well then, I will have accomplished something meaningful, outside of myself, on my Healing Through Writing & Creativity journey.
Thank you for visiting and I hope you feel compelled to come back soon. Oh, and I am the type that craves kudos. So, if you are entertained or informed please let me know ;-). If not, that’s okay, tell me that too. It’ll help me grow.
Until next time! Namaste