Storytelling at The Yard: How I Learned Resilience
The Yard is a second home for me.
Not just my coworking space; but a safe haven for work, creativity, and friendship. I've been fortunate enough to meet and connect with many of the Yard internal team since becoming a member. Being a former Community Manager myself at Spacecubed, in Perth - Western Australia, helped me find the right spot here in New York.
I knew the minute I walked into level 2 at the Flatiron South location, for my tour with Kim, that I had found what I was looking for. The perfect mix of features, price, location, etc. Plus those huge windows! The sunlight is crucial.
Recently I was invited to speak at the first Live Storytelling event, hosted by Dawn J. Fraser: a fellow Yardigan herself and storytelling coach. Together with 3 other speakers, we workshopped our stories for a total of 6 hours over 2 days. Thorough, to be sure; but absolutely essential to help us understand the narrative arc and to plot our ramblings with style.
It turned out to be a cathartic practice; as I delved into the painful memory of my story, and went over it again and again to the helpful and supportive scrutiny of the team. Thank you all for helping me with this personal journey. I've come to terms with those events in a new light.
If you didn't know the story: I was denied entry into the US and consequently detained for 26 hours at Miami International Airport. I was separated from Leah, my partner, and ended up back in Perth 3 days later, with nothing but the clothes on my back.
This is the story of how I learned resilience.