Beverley participated in Flourish Australia’s PreEmploy Program in 2016. She’s also been working behind the scenes with Panorama. Here, Beverley shares something about her recovery journey…
BEVERLEY: It’s nearly been a year since I completed my work experience with Flourish Australia as a contributor to Panorama magazine. It was a very fruitful time where I was able to re-discover my love for writing. Creating articles and poems is something I find very relaxing, and this creative outlet allows me to use one of my strengths: journalling. Keeping a journal is something that anyone can start, and it can be very therapeutic for the mind, body and soul. I also enjoy writing because it’s a way to share your knowledge and experiences, and it helps others to deal with their own challenges and stresses in life. Writing is a strength because I’ve found that when I express myself through the written word, people tend to sit up and listen more.
It’s good for all of us to practice our strengths as often as possible, as this can help to boost our mental and physical wellbeing.
Writing a Blog
Many years ago I started a blog called “Bev’s New World”. Here, I wrote articles about my own life and how my Christian faith has helped me overcome the many challenges and stresses that came my way on a daily basis. I also shared my hobbies and interests, as well as promoting important social justice issues. However, the main goal of my blog was to help increase the quality of life of other people in this modern age.
In re-discovering my love for writing, it’s my hope that one day I’ll be able to continue writing my blog. Perhaps I might even upload some of the pieces I wrote during my time at PreEmploy. The main challenge with this is that I’m rather “time poor” due to some projects of a musical nature I’m working on (more about that in a moment). Another concern I have is having to deal with a lot of dissenting or hostile messages, even though I write in a diplomatic and non-threatening manner!
A creative process I’ve always enjoyed is making pop-rock music. I’ve had an interest in developing my singing skills for a long time now. It’s always an amazing feeling when you finish a song, creating “something out of nothing”. God has given me some musical gifts, but it’s still something that I’ve had to spend a lot of time practicing and developing.
When I was much younger I recorded a professional CD of 12 songs. This was a huge step for me, and I did my best to promote it via live playing. However, this proved to be a very difficult process on my own.
Music Recording Software
This did not deter me from writing songs. Over the years, I have been able to write and record demo CDs for about 8 albums altogether. The only problem is that I don’t have the means or funds by which to record them in a professional way for distribution. One day, I talked about this to Peter Tos, our “coach” from PreEmploy. He suggested that I learn how to use music recording software so I could record them myself. This would also allow me to create my own backing arrangements according to how I believe the song should be. This turned out to be a great idea, and for the past few months I’ve been learning music software tutorials online. I’m now ready to tackle the recording process “hands-on”. This has taken a lot of time and brain work, though, which is why I need to work on the recording process full-time. Hence, this leaves little time for writing.
I have always felt that music is my calling. Since God has given me these musical gifts, I feel responsible to use them to help and benefit others. Music is a powerful communication tool that can really “cut through” and reach into the depths of our hearts. It is my aim to write gospel songs that offer people hope, comfort and strength through whatever trials or struggles they are going through. Even if I can help just one other person, it will all be worthwhile.
If you want a copy of Beverley’s CD for $15 (includes postage) or if you would like to help with troubleshooting when Beverley uses her Cubase Pro 9 music recording software, please email her at: