Facebook Live is my New Voice!

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In a couple of hours I will be going live for the first in the series on Telling Your Story on my Facebook Page. I’d love to speak with you there!

If you had asked me a year ago how I felt about being on camera, I would have baulked. Actually, a few months ago I would have said the same thing. I HATE myself on camera and I hate the sound of my own voice. I still do, let me tell you!

But with so many talks and interviews lately and before I knew it I’d said yes to doing a Facebook Live for The Mighty. I’ve no idea what’s come over me but I’m loving it. I still hate looking at myself on camera or hearing my own voice, but even with my brain fog and nerves and all the rest of it, I am finding that the live interaction on Facebook Live is right up my alley. I even tried to do one that wasn’t live (as in a podcast / Youtube video) and I just froze through the whole thing.

I think that talking to a live, interactive audience changes everything for me as I quickly forget the camera and simply talk to people. I share my story and my heart and simply answer questions and the next thing I know I’ve run over time. So thank you all for your support in these. Please feel free to watch past streams and sign on for new ones HERE.

I write memoir, and I speak and write on chronic illness, abuse, EDS and more, but finding my voice has been the overarching theme through everything as I have spent my life so far struggling with being squashed and bullied and silenced. Finding my voice has been one of the most liberating things in my life but it has also been the hardest. It wasn’t overnight, it wasn’t even over months. It was a long and painful journey that I am still walking. This adds such a richness to that story.

Nothing will replace the full books where I can speak about things that are too hard to say out loud, or are too long for a single sitting, but speaking live with people brings my story to life in a whole new way!

Just scroll down on the right here to Categories and click on “Facebook Live” to see other posts on this amazing platform.

To book a talk with me and discuss my schedule you can contact me on JPeaSmith@KingsRoadChronicles.com

Where you can find and follow Jennifer: 

@JPeaSmith

What is Empowerment?

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Today we did the very first in the series on Empowerment. What is Empowerment, how it differs from Power, and what is Disempowerment? It was such an easy one to talk about because I already have so many discussions with people in this regard. You can watch it HERE. I would love it if you could watch, share, comment and so on 🙂

Don’t forget I’ll be back doing the next Facebook Live on Monday (May 8th) with The Mighty! See you there!

 

Beating Anxiety!

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Following on from THIS post a few days ago, I am going to be hanging out on Facebook Live a lot over the next few months and “Beating Anxiety” is going to be a regular feature. I get asked a lot about how I conquered my own anxiety, and the details of my anxiety journey, so especially if you have read my book “The Lion and the Peacock”, you will be interested in asking lots more I’m sure!

Once every two weeks, I will also be doing a Facebook Live under the heading of “BEATING ANXIETY!. Topics for discussion and Q&A will include medications, how to choose a therapist, self help books, safe places, safe people, and cropping your world.

Here is the schedule for the next few months ( I will update it regularly with new links and updated information as we go!) :

  • Monday, May 8th – | New York: 2pm | London: 7pm | Johannesburg: 8pm |Sydney 4am |I will be doing a short Facebook Live to remind you all that an hour later I will be speaking on “Anxiety and Chronic Illness” Live from The Mighty Facebook Page at the following times: (so tune in for both if you can!) | New York: 3pm | London: 8pm | Johannesburg: 9pm |Sydney 5am |

 

  • Thursday, May 18th – | New York: 5am | London: 10am | Johannesburg: 11am |Sydney 7pm |

 

  • Monday, May 29th – | New York: 3pm | London: 8pm | Johannesburg: 9pm |Sydney 4am |

 

  • Thursday, June 5th – | New York: 5am | London: 10am | Johannesburg: 11am |Sydney 7pm |

 

  • Monday, June 22th – | New York: 3pm | London: 8pm | Johannesburg: 9pm |Sydney 4am |

 

  • Thursday, July 3th – | New York: 5am | London: 10am | Johannesburg: 11am |Sydney 7pm |

 

  • Monday, July 20th – | New York: 3pm | London: 8pm | Johannesburg: 9pm |Sydney 4am |

 

  • Thursday, July 31st – | New York: 5am | London: 10am | Johannesburg: 11am |Sydney 7pm |

 

  • Monday, August 17th – | New York: 3pm | London: 8pm | Johannesburg: 9pm |Sydney 4am |

 

  • Thursday, August 28th – | New York: 5am | London: 10am | Johannesburg: 11am |Sydney 7pm |

 

So pop those in your diaries or go HERE to watch this short introductory Facebook Live. At the very end, it will give you the opportunity to turn on notifications for my future Facebook Lives. You can also simply “Like” and Follow my Facebook Page and the following places to get updates and changes. Please remember to share any of my Posts across my social media platforms.

@JPeaSmith
 
“Here she comes, running, out of prison and off the pedestal: chains off, crown off, halo off, just a live woman.”  ― Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Telling Your Story!

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Following on from THIS post a day or so ago, I am going to be hanging out on Facebook Live a lot over the next few months and “Telling Your Story” is going to be a regular feature. I believe that we all have a story to tell, whether it is a few words to the closest of friends only, a private Facebook profile, a small blog, or even a book, we are all unique and we are wired to share our journeys. Many of the questions that I get asked about life are about where, how, and to whom we should share, and the answers are both simple and complicated. So hopefully these open Q&A sessions will answer some of them for you.

Once every two weeks, I will be doing a Facebook Live under the heading of “TELLING YOUR STORY!. Topics for discussion and Q&A will include: “How much is too much to share?”, “Can I write about people who have hurt me?” and “Who should or shouldn’t see my Facebook?”. It will also include issues like “How to tell our deepest secrets safely” and “Should we even share at all?”.

Here is the schedule for the next few months ( I will update it regularly with new links and updated information as we go!) :

  • Thursday, May 11th – “Telling My Story”| New York: 5am | London: 10am | Johannesburg: 11am |Sydney 7pm |

 

  • Monday, May 22nd – | New York: 3pm | London: 8pm | Johannesburg: 9pm |Sydney 4am |

 

  • Thursday, June 8th – | New York: 5am | London: 10am | Johannesburg: 11am |Sydney 7pm |

 

  • Monday, June 19th – | New York: 3pm | London: 8pm | Johannesburg: 9pm |Sydney 4am |

 

  • Thursday, July 6th – | New York: 5am | London: 10am | Johannesburg: 11am |Sydney 7pm |

 

  • Monday, July 17th – | New York: 3pm | London: 8pm | Johannesburg: 9pm |Sydney 4am |

 

  • Thursday, August 3rd – | New York: 5am | London: 10am | Johannesburg: 11am |Sydney 7pm |

 

  • Monday, August 14th – | New York: 3pm | London: 8pm | Johannesburg: 9pm |Sydney 4am |

 

  • Thursday, August 31st – | New York: 5am | London: 10am | Johannesburg: 11am |Sydney 7pm |

So pop those in your diaries or go HERE to watch this short introductory Facebook Live. At the very end, it will give you the opportunity to turn on notifications for my future Facebook Lives. You can also simply “Like” and Follow my Facebook Page and the following places to get updates and changes. Please remember to share any of my Posts across my social media platforms.

@JPeaSmith
 
“Here she comes, running, out of prison and off the pedestal: chains off, crown off, halo off, just a live woman.”  ― Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Running on Empty!

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Facebook Live. I’m lovin’ it. I started a couple of days ago with the testing which was awkward and weird but I am finding my space there slowly, and really enjoying it. I asked for questions for the next few weeks of “shows” and as I been asked a lot of questions before, through my blog and Facebook stories, as well as my Mighty Stories, I suddenly have quite a long list to keep me going for a while.

I want to do this well, so I spent a few days mulling over the list of questions and today we realised that most of the questions fall under one of four categories which are not surprisingly, quite relevant to anyone, even those without a chronic illness at all. People who could benefit from these Q&A sessions will be those who are struggling (or who know someone struggling) with a difficult season in their lives. This will include those dealing with bad health, grief, loss, or any other life change such as divorce or moving far away.

Once every two weeks, I will be doing a Facebook Live under the heading of “RUNNING ON EMPTY”. Topics for discussion will cover general topics like managing medications, getting help from those around you, negotiating specialists, and understanding your life changes. But May just happens to be EDS Awareness Month so the sessions in May will include (but be limited to) things like “What is EDS?”, “A Day in My Life”, “An EDS First Aid Kit” and so on.

Here is the schedule for the next few months ( I will update it regularly with new links and updated information as we go!) :

  • Monday, May 1st – I will be focusing on EDS because May is EDS Awareness Month and what a better way to start than that!  | New York: 2pm | London: 7pm | Johannesburg: 8pm |Sydney 4am |

 

  • Thursday, May 18th – “A Day in My Life”| New York: 5am | London: 10am | Johannesburg: 11am |Sydney 7pm |

 

  • Monday, May 29th – | New York: 3pm | London: 8pm | Johannesburg: 9pm |Sydney 4am |

 

  • Thursday, June 15th – | New York: 5am | London: 10am | Johannesburg: 11am |Sydney 7pm |

 

  • Monday, June 26th – | New York: 3pm | London: 8pm | Johannesburg: 9pm |Sydney 4am |

 

  • Thursday, July 13th – | New York: 5am | London: 10am | Johannesburg: 11am |Sydney 7pm |

 

  • Monday, July 24th – | New York: 3pm | London: 8pm | Johannesburg: 9pm |Sydney 4am |

 

  • Thursday, August 10th – | New York: 5am | London: 10am | Johannesburg: 11am |Sydney 7pm |

 

  • Monday, August 21st – | New York: 3pm | London: 8pm | Johannesburg: 9pm |Sydney 4am |

 

So pop those in your diaries or go HERE to watch this short introductory Facebook Live. At the very end, it will give you the opportunity to turn on notifications for my future Facebook Lives. You can also simply “Like” and Follow my Facebook Page and the following places to get updates and changes. Please remember to share any of my Posts across my social media platforms.

@JPeaSmith
 
“Here she comes, running, out of prison and off the pedestal: chains off, crown off, halo off, just a live woman.”  ― Charlotte Perkins Gilman

May is EDS Awareness Month!!

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This is it people, this is our month! We love being a part of rare disease day and the other groups we get to be a part of, but May is our month, our time in the sun and we get to shout it out and let everyone know about us, and Zebras and all there is to know about Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. We can’t make anyone listen, but in May we have permission to shout about it 🙂

So I am going to kick off EDS Awareness month by going live! Just like and follow my Facebook Page HERE then tune there this coming Monday, May 1st at the following time for my first ever Facebook Live (if nothing else than to laugh at me and all the mistakes I make LOL).

PST 10:30am EST 1:30pm London 6:30pm – Johannesburg 7:30pm

You can ask me anything EDS, chronic illness, anxiety, or book related and I will try and answer as best I can. If you have EDS yourself then get your friends and family to join in as well, as they can ask questions too! Looking forward to seeing you then!

For a direct link to the Event go HERE, and share the link around, tell me you are coming, and best of all, ask as many questions as you’d like ahead of time but putting them in the comments. On the night, these will be the first ones I answer but you will be able to ask more in the comments of the live event. I’d so appreciate your support! Don’t forget, it’s this coming Monday!

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To book a talk with me and discuss my schedule you can contact me on JPeaSmith@KingsRoadChronicles.com

Where you can find and follow Jennifer: 

@JPeaSmith