What’s Your Story?

We all have a story to tell … big, small, funny, heart-breaking, courageous … stories of our biggest achievements, most crushing blows, strangest encounters, of our families, friends, of the love we have found and lost, of survival … of who we really are.

We are life’s adventurers, discovering and exploring the magnificent fruits and wonders of the world every day, uncovering the buried treasure within with every breath we take. Even if you think nothing special has ever happened to you; you’re wrong.

Your story is unique …

I’m Hayley, by the way. Come in. Pull up a chair. Take off your shoes. There’s tea in the pot.

I’m a ghostwriter and creative writing teacher working to fill the world with stories of real people: the struggles and triumphs, achievements and catastrophes, the smallest, most private, cherished moments and those that explode for the whole world to see.

I’m glad you’ve come because I have so much to share … about me, about you, but most of all about these stories: how we can tell them honestly … healing, growing and knowing that others are benefitting from our shared voices. Because telling our truths is sending a gift of hope into the world.

I write two blog posts per week. One focuses on an aspect of writing, storytelling or simply living truthfully. It is here that I also blog about my ghostwriting work and occasionally share the writing and stories of others. The other is more personal, sharing gratitude from my week … my way of telling my own unique story.

I absolutely love writing these posts and I hope you enjoy reading them. Feel free to explore. I hope you find something that resonates.

@hayleystories





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Two Walnut Whips in the Library: An Unexpected Encounter Among the Bookshelves

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