One woman’s dream to help people using words is becoming a reality as she shares her poetry with friends and strangers across her community.
Michaela Burns, who is a member of Women Moving Forward writing group in Dalmuir Golden Friendship Club.
She has always used words as a way of expressing herself and coping with difficulties she has faced in her life.
She now wants to use her experience through writing poems to support others.
She said: “I want to help people see that they have a purpose, and that no matter what happens in life they can have a positive and successful future too.
“They shouldn’t allow what happens in their lives to limit them.”
The safe sanctuary that writing gives Michaela, allows her to freely express her feelings and emotions.
This has been paramount in her own recovery with mental health related issues.
Michaela said: “I have always loved to write. It helps me to express myself and share from a place of realness.
“Words really matter, and I like to use them to uplift people and also in the hope that people will relate and see they aren’t alone. Writing for me is my voice.”
As well as sharing her poems with her family and friends She has also sent them to random accounts on social media platforms.
Michaela eventually hopes to print off some of her work using her own resources and put them through people’s doors.
She said: ”I want to bring joy to others and try to help people who find themselves in dark days, emotionally and mentally.
“I think it is important to give people hope.”
A poem she wrote for Mental Health Awareness week is on sale and is raising funds for Women’s Aid.
You can visit Michaela’s page and see some of her work. https://www.facebook.com/LifeThroughWordsMB/