Our 3 most popular 1 Minute Stories for March 2018. 1 Minute Stories is a series of snapshot stories from the many and varied extraordinary people that I meet in my daily life whilst working on Journal's TeaTalks & Community Conversations Big Lottery funded project. I meet so many people who inspire me in different ways so I decided to document these people in a notebook snapshot form. Some will become bigger stories others will appear later again in 1 Minute stories and some will work alongside us in times to come.
Sam Simpson, is an artist and a lover of dancing. Not just dancing but the transformative power that it can have for individuals and communities alike. You will find her across Lancashire and in her native habitat of Blackpool, you won't miss her considering she takes to the streets like the pide-piper of Hamlin carrying a big "we love dancing come join us" sign over her shoulder, dragging a portable sound system and an eclectic mix of ubercool sounds. She is encouraging people to drop everything and dance right now, right here. To be in the moment.
It is fun, infecting and a little bit bananas. But it has more power than that, it brings people into the moment away from worry, it brings communities together and it helps build social soul. But this isn't all she does, she takes her art and her dancing to some of the most vulnerable and often forgotten people in town helping them to feel valued, included and alive.
It is often the simplest of things that produce the greatest impacts for change that our communities need today, to grow and flourish. It is a pleasure to know Sam and hear her passion for healing communities through her art.
Paul is a man who is inspiring and open to discourse about his experiences of I'll health and mental health. After an extremely difficult childhood & trauma, subsequent lack of consistent quality of care from traditional mental health services, Paul discovered mindfulness & meditation. For Paul this worked, he took control of his mind and his life. Now living in Blackpool, he is the founder of GoGetYou (registered charity) delivering mindfulness, meditation and other health based workshops. He is focusing this year on the mental health and well-being of older adults. I admire people lie Paul who give back there time, skills or knowledge to help those in their community.
Joanna Wagstaff is quite an amazing and courageous young woman. We met for coffee as she told me all about her new found love of public speaking. Indeed, she had just delivered a public speech the same morning we met.
Now public speaking takes courage. It is daunting, sometimes terrifying especially when you are just starting out, it takes courage. Lots of courage. For Joanna, born with a stammer, more courage was needed than most. Joanna spent all of her life having her voice represented by other people. Trusted family and friends would speak on her behalf.
Three years ago Joanna set out on a courageous voyage of self-discovery to take back control and responsibility of owning her own voice. With the help and support of the McGuire Program. Today, Joanna owns with confidence her own powerful voice and has embarked on her next adventure public speaking and sharing her story with strangers and friends alike.
Joanna's story illustrates two points about life, beautifully.
1. Courage is born from facing fear
2. What we think are our weaknesses can be turned into our strengths
1 Minute Stories are part of the TeaTalks & Community Conversations Project delivered by Kane Dodgson on behalf of Journal. to find out more about Journal, the project please visit our website. If you wish to contribute a 1 minute story as an individual or as a group please contact Kane Dodgson via social media or through our website contact page.
In the near future we will also be providing 1 Minute Story workshops. Organisations and Individuals in Lancashire may wish to attend upcoming future 1 minute story workshops or alternatively or for those further afield we are presently designing online workshops