Your story is important and unique – just like you.
LELA (Life, Education, Literacy, Arts) House offers virtual life writing coaching for women educators ready to write their life stories.
Who isn’t moved by a good story?
Stories are how we understand the world and make meaning. Stories are powerful and world changing. They transform us when we write them, and they change the world when we share them.
Katherine Johnson, whose story is told in the book and movie, Hidden Figures, was an everyday woman doing extraordinary things every day, and the world had no idea until her story was written. Now, however, people know about Katherine Johnson and her contemporaries, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughn, and we are the better for it. We have record of the lived experiences of these women as they fought racism and misogyny. And knowing their stories is changing the future. Today even more little girls can envision themselves in STEM fields, and little boys won’t think it’s strange to see them there. Now we can investigate the inequities that underlie our scientific infrastructure, because we’ve seen that it’s cracked. The stories told in Hidden Figures made this possible.
The world didn’t know we needed Katherine Johnson’s story, but our lives became so enriched once we had it.
Your story is the same. The world won’t know what it’s missing until you write and share your story.
Does this sound like you? Have people asked how you’ve done it?
- How have you navigated being the only woman in leadership in your workplace?
- How did you turn around test scores in your district?
- How have you, as a black woman, had the courage to make the personal and professional strides you have?
- How have you, as a mom, been able to pursue graduate work and start your own educational consulting business?
- What challenges did you face when you broke a glass ceiling and became a university president?
- Where did you find the patience and wisdom to help one student to change trajectory from the prison pipeline to earning a college degree?
You’ve wondered about other women’s stories, too – both personally and professionally.
Haven’t you wondered about your grandmother’s story? How did she raise 5 kids all by herself during the 1950s? Or where did she get the strength to defy her father and marry the love of her life?
Maybe you’ve wondered about your mother’s story. How did a little black girl from the projects of Chicago grow into a woman who danced professionally and graduated college at 19 while fulfilling all the requirements for not one, but two degrees?
Haven’t you looked at a woman who is where you want to be and wondered how she got there?
Everyday women do extraordinary things every day, but where are our stories?
People are asking you how you’ve gotten where you are in life, because your stories help them understand the world and how they can operate in it.
You know people have told you you need to write a book about your experiences. You’ve demurred, however, most likely because society teaches women to downplay our accomplishments, to attribute our successes to luck and to men. But your stories are how we will change the world.
You, yes, you, have an important story to share. God has worked in your life in myriad ways to get you to where you are right now, and He didn’t do that just for you. He did it so you can share your story with the world. Maybe you feel like your story isn’t important, that it’s too small, or that it’s not worth sharing. Maybe you don’t feel like you’re a good writer. Maybe you feel like you can’t make the time to tell your story, because you’re so busy doing the work of education you don’t have the time to write about it.
Well, to that I say:
- You don’t have to be famous or feel special to have a story to share. You just need to be yourself, because your experiences are worthwhile and enough.
- You don’t have to be a good writer to share your story. You just need a life experience to share. Writing is a skill that you can learn and improve.
- You don’t have time not to tell your story. How did you gain all of your knowledge? At least in part, you read the accounts and thoughts of others, because they made the time to write their stories. Stories are one of the quickest ways to capture attention and change hearts. Time invested in honing your stories is an investment in shortening the time to get from where you are to your transformation goal.
As an educator…
you can write and share your stories as a way to transform our educational system. If women educators, like you, write about your own education journeys and innovations and visions for the future, we will produce a body of work that can be transformational! The longer your stories go untold, the longer the education system will continue to crumble. People don’t know your stories yet, but if the general public and if legislators and decision-makers could find the human side of education through your stories and experiences, they would act differently.
Stories have been around forever, so they’re not new, but using them as tools to effect change isn’t always applied in our modern, data-driven lives. Our education system collects and shares a lot of data, but it doesn’t always share stories. And stories are where we share our humanity and reach each other’s hearts. That’s where change takes place. Once we’ve reached people’s hearts, their actions will follow. Stories transform the world, one reader at a time.
Tell your story. Transform your community.
I serve women educators, just like you, by helping you write the stories that often go unrecognized and offering the LELA publication as a place for you to share your stories with the world. You retain all rights to your stories; I’m just providing support to write your stories and a platform to share them. You can and should share your stories widely and even collect your stories into your own books.
You will find freedom in writing your stories. Through writing your stories, you can wrest back control of things that have made you feel powerless, frame your own narratives in your own voice, and create a future for yourself by (re)writing your past. This is transformative work – both for you and your readers.
How are you feeling right now? Scared? Inadequate? Excited? Curious? Convicted?
Did you know what you’re feeling is perfectly normal?
Writing is hard, and writing about your life is even harder. Writing about yourself feels like baring your naked soul to the world. When we start feeling like that in our writing, we often stop, because we’re not ready to do the heart work to release the pain and shame associated with sharing our written work. We feel like our stories are small and unimportant, but that’s simply not true. Just because you aren’t famous (yet!) doesn’t mean you don’t have a worthwhile story to tell. We grow when we tell our stories, and we help people coming after us learn from our experiences. Oftentimes we assume no one will be interested in what we write, but we won’t know that until we write. The world needs you, and the world needs your stories. Through LELA House I offer life writing coaching to support women educators like you tell your stories and change the world.
So what is life writing? And what is life writing coaching?
Life writing is any writing that tells the true story of a life. Life writing includes biography, autobiography, memoir, personal essay, and more. Life writing is a lot like journaling and often begins as journaling, but the intent of life writing is for an audience (other than yourself) to read what you’ve written. Your ambitions, however, are your own. Maybe you want to publish your memoir as a hardback book. Perhaps you want to include your stories in a persuasive presentation. Maybe you want to blog your individual stories as a series of essays. Perhaps you use your written story as the foundation for your TED Talk. They’re your stories. You get to chose how you tell them and how you share them.
I began life writing when my children were preschoolers, and they’re teenagers now! I started life writing to preserve some of my memories of their younger years. I realized if I didn’t write them down, the stories would disappear forever. So I wrote. I told stories of myself through the lens of my children for years. (Click HERE and HERE for a couple of examples.) Then I started telling my own stories, and that was a little scary, but the more I did it, the more I learned about myself, and the more people learned from me. (Click HERE and HERE and HERE for a few examples.)
As a life writing coach, I help you do both the heart work and writing work to tell your stories. I’ll help you think about what to write, create ways to move beyond what’s blocking your writing, and help you make your story shine. Through your stories, you’ll become more yourself, and your words will change the hearts and minds of your readers.
What are the benefits of life writing?
- Get to know yourself better
- Reduce stress
- Clarify your thoughts and feelings
- Track personal development
- Create a written record not just of your chronology, but of your life as you experience it
- Leave a legacy
- Inspire someone else
- Change the world
God created you with a purpose; He has a plan for you that is beyond what you can ask or think. At LELA House, you can become who God created you to be through coaching & courses designed to help you discover your unique design, become critically engaged, and transform community.
Everyone does not fit into a mold, so LELA House does not offer one-size-fits-all systems and solutions. Instead, I offer courses and personalized life writing coaching that embraces the deep work of discerning your unique design to become critically engaged in practices and habits that serve your call to write, which transforms you and your community.
What people are saying about working with Roshaunda.
Upon my first coaching session with Dr. Roshaunda Cade, my confidence and my attitude were positively altered, and God gave me peace during my coaching sessions with her. She has a way of inspiring, highlighting and thought-provokingly guiding you to recognize your writing strengths and weaknesses simultaneously.RaShawn Johnson – Reading Specialist
Roshaunda was a ray of light. She treated everyone as if they were the most important person on the team and and considered problems as opportunities for growth and development. She led from the front, never considering any task too menial for her to complete. She is the type of leader I aspire to become, both professionally and personally.Robin Evans – Writing Center Faculty
I was trying to figure out the career that’s right for me. Through Dr. Roshaunda Cade’s coaching, I was able to determine the career I would like to pursue. Dr. Cade is highly-knowledgable, upbeat, supportive, and always has some words of encouragement. I am forever grateful for the coaching/guidance she provided me.Auriel C. – Health and Wellness Coach
But who is Roshaunda?
I’m Roshaunda D. Cade, Ph.D. – a life writing coach for women educators ready to write their life stories!
I’ve learned from 20+ years of teaching writing that writers need coaches who can help them navigate their lives, habits, and limited beliefs as much as they need help with the technical aspects of writing. So now I provide wrap-around support to my clients through life writing coaching.
I hold a bachelors, masters, and doctorate in English. I’ve worked in many aspects of education including residential life, multicultural affairs, student affairs, writing centers, academic resources, faculty development, instruction, and as a plagiarism czar and high school teacher. I’m a certified life coach and a writing coach. I love stories and helping people discover and tell theirs, and I believe God created every individual with a unique design to transform the world.
And why would you want to work with me?
- I am you – I’ve struggled with writing; I’ve struggled with answering a call; I’ve struggled with baring my soul to the world.
- I believe in your message.
- I believe in your ability.
- I recognize writing issues go way beyond writing and into belief.
- I am credentialed and experienced in both writing and coaching.
- I can demonstrate how to fit writing into your busy life.
- I believe your authentic voice can and should shine in your writing.
- I believe the world needs what you have to say.
- I believe there is space for you and and your writing, even if you must carve it out for yourself.
- I believe writing is transformational work, both for the writer and for the readers, and has the power to reshape individuals and entire societies.
- I believe people desire to understand and feel understood, and writing is a powerful way to do that.
- I help you recognize what’s great about your writing as well as your unique writing challenges.
- I help you learn the skills, mindsets, and habits to blast through your writing challenges and gain confidence and courage in your writing.
- I’m committed to supporting you as you discover your unique design, become critically engaged in your craft of writing, and transform yourself and the world through your God-given message.
- I offer a unique framework for idea generation and organization.
- I understand you navigate through the writing process in your own unique way.
- I’m excited to celebrate you on each part of your journey.
- I will pray with you and for you.
- I believe you are worthy of support.
- I believe God called you to this work for such a time as this.
- I believe in divine appointments, not coincidence. God brought you to this place at this time for His purpose.
Want to learn a little more about me? Check out the videos below!
If this transformational possibility resonates with your spirit, then you’re ready to make LELA House home and discover how I can serve you.
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Ephesians 2:10 (CEV)
10 God planned for us to do good things and to live as he has always wanted us to live. That’s why he sent Christ to make us what we are.