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Truth be Told at Creative Mornings

Kathleen Littlepage Today’s post is by Kathleen Littlepage,
Executive Director of Truth Be Told.

At Truth Be Told, we often talk about the powerful impact our programs have on the incarcerated women who participate in them. Many of us who describe the transformational experiences that happen in our classes are longtime volunteer facilitators.

What we don’t often talk about is the effect our programs have on us.

The truth is that walking alongside participants as they embark on a journey of self-discovery is life-changing for us as well. How can I present a class on forgiveness without coming face-to-face with my own forgiveness issues? How can I witness a brave woman overcoming her debilitating fear of speaking her truth without wondering how fear holds me back?

In May, volunteer facilitator Katie Ford went public with our secret when she shared with a large audience of strangers her growing awareness of what imprisons her, and how that awareness is changing her life. Fortunately, her revelation happened on a beautiful spring morning at TOMS Café, a wonderful new community space on South Congress, to a friendly group of creative types at the Creative Mornings monthly event. The spirit of that morning is conveyed so well in the video of her talk, and an audience member even contributed an illustration of what he heard. Click here to see both.

Watch Katie’s Creative Mornings talk about Truth Be Told:

Truth Be Told is grateful to Katie for faithfully teaching a writing class, Talk To Me–Circle, at the Lockhart prison since 2010. Since Austin is the “City of Ideas,” it is perfect that we have a chapter of Creative Mornings, a monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community that started in New York and has spread around the world. Volunteer hosts and their team members organize local chapters that not only celebrate a city’s creative talent, but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded individuals. Attendance is free and there is always fresh coffee, breakfast food, and friendly faces.

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About Shelley Seale

I'm Shelley, a journeyer and learner of the world, freelance journalist and author, yoga chick and dog lover. I pound the keyboard from home barefoot every day, and while my boss is demanding she also occasionally lets me have the early afternoon cocktail. I think not going into an office or collecting corporate paychecks are very good ideas, though not always profitable. I have written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, Texas Monthly and CNN, among others. Neither the New York Times nor Johnny Depp have answered my letters yet. I love yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. I believe in karma. Mean people suck. If I could have any dream job I would like to be a superhero. I have performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, I don't know how to whistle. My mantra is "travel with a purpose."

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