When her husband, at 55, decided he was burned out at work and wanted to go overseas to work for Peace Corps, Joyce chose to join him on his placements abroad as a “trailing spouse.” She recounts her struggle with uprooting her home and career in midlife, not to mention her change in identity, in her new book: Outside My Skin: My Midlife Detour as a Trailing Spouse in Ghana.
One of your areas of expertise is journaling. What are the benefits of journal writing?
I learned about the benefits of journal writing early on. I credit journal writing for helping me through a difficult childhood because it let me voice my inner-most thoughts and emotions at times when I rarely felt heard. My journal continually served as trusted friend, always there to let me express myself confidentially and without judgment. Writing down my frustrations felt cathartic and enabled me to organize my thoughts.
You have just released your newest book, Are You Still Kidding Me? What was the inspiration for this collection of 45 stories?
My family is my biggest inspiration for writing Are You Still Kidding Me? It’s my heartwarming sequel to #1 Amazon bestseller Are You Kidding Me? My Life with an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives. It tackles the foibles of modern family life—from toddlers and teens to empty nesters—with wry wit and plenty of humor.
As my kids started to grow up and out, I filled the void with writing. I bundled up all my frustrations and oozed them out onto paper, one pain-in-the-ass problem at a time, and it felt good. When I share my work, people laugh and can relate to my humorous take on kids, husbands, parents, and everything in between.
The tragic loss of her young son, and a renewal of her faith, combined to launch Fran’s next act as the author of Christian inspirational books.
The desire to be fully present with and for her children was the catalyst for Darby Bonomi, PhD to close her psychology practice of over 20 years and embark on a new path. Now, as her kids are older and more independent, Darby has combined her passion for horses and the equestrian sports with her background in psychology to become a performance consultant to equestrians and their families.