I’m Janelle Hardy.
I’ve been working as a trauma-informed bodyworker in the hands-on healing arts fields for 13+ years and as an artist (writing, painting + dance) for 17+ years. Throughout that time I’ve also taught adults out of my living room, arts centres, universities and community colleges.
For the past 4+ years I’ve integrated all of my expertise into supporting people in their creative healing work via the alchemy of transformational memoir-writing.
Through the Art of Personal Mythmaking I help passionate, curious, sensitive folks reconnect with their bodies (because our bodies are the only true home we have in this world, and contain universes of wisdom), tune in to their creative process (because it’s got a rhythm and timing that work great when we, well, pay attention instead of forcing our creations) and tap into their cultural inheritance via the wisdom contained in ancient tales (like fairytales, mythology, folktales and more.) All while getting the first draft of their memoirs written.
What I believe is this: transformation is possible, your lifestories are worthy of attention, and you deserve to feel good in your body, mind and spirit.
It just takes the right combination of skilled guidance (from me) committed devotion (from you) and right timing (which is a delicious mix of slowing down, getting gentle, trusting the process and then seeing your writing and your transformation take flight.)
Most people are raised to ‘push through’ and ‘man-up’ and ‘hustle hard’ and ‘be relentless.’ The truth is, these are recipes for overwhelm, burnout and despair. So let’s not approach our healing, our creativity or our life in these ways.
Let’s instead hold this paradox: that by slowing down, easing up and refusing to force anything, we actually create and grow with more ease and more speed.
We'll write, we’ll get curious, we’ll sift through memories, we’ll learn to tap into our bodies as the storehouses of memory, wisdom and connection that they are, and best of all, we’ll transform by knitting it all together into a meaning-making product: the first draft of your memoir.
Are you ready to become a Personal Mythmaker?