Tuesday, July 24, 2012

2012 Summer Literary Showcase: Jen Busfield

J. A. Busfield is the author of the Love Letters series:Love Letters, Volume 1: Moving On, Growing Up, Love Letters, Volume 2: Being Adult and Love Letters, Volume 3: Steady As She Goes. 

She’s been writing love letters since her adolescent days. At first, they were full of hope and dreams. The kinds of thoughts a young woman can’t help but have in a world that dramatizes romantic love as real love.

It’s an easy package to deliver: finding “the one” that will fulfill all the longings of your heart and be the person you’ll life partner with as you travel through life’s experiences. Everyone tells you that hard times will come, even the dramas tell you that hard times may come; but it is no matter, because “Love conquers all.” But she learned that romantic love doesn’t have the stamina to weather hard times; it is the choice to Love, the choice to trust Love, that really makes getting through to the other side of storms in life in one piece possible. And that kind of love, real love, isn’t easy at all.

After surviving a few of those storms and looking back to review the experiences, she realized that there is beauty to be found even in the midst of the dark, scary times. Love’s light, though covered by black clouds, can be seen in the silver-lined moments of faith and trust.  The choice to love yourself and to love others, no matter what circumstances arise, is a commitment unlike any other. And it dawned on her, that these moments should be recorded as well, as Love Letters.

She wanted to remember moments of choosing real love, whether it was in the happy times or in the storms, so she starting writing a blog. In this blog, she recorded moments of appreciation for other people who shared the path of life with her. She wrote about the heat of passion, searing her soul with desire. She honored the memory of what had been, what could have been. And, of course, she said “I love you” in a dozen ways, all with their own specific essence.
In the summer of 2011, she decided to pursue her writing career with more fervor. In the time that she had been posting directly to the blog, readers had mentioned how much courage they took away from the words that were written, so she decided her first publication would be a compilation of Love Letters.

As the process of compiling and editing (and more editing) came to a close, she considered how wonderful it would be to share this with the world. She had written in the preface that people should claim more opportunities to share love and appreciation with each other. And somewhere along the way, the idea to host a website for just that opportunity came to fruition. And, so she finds herself the editor of an amazing project; and can’t be happier about that fact.

Love Letters, Volume 1: Moving On, Growing Up 

Based on the real-life journey of a woman who wanted to grab every opportunity to express love and appreciation for the people who added value to her life: family, friends, lovers...no one is excluded.

This collection of love letters helps us realize that many different people help shape the course of our life; and we should treasure every person, every moment that brings us to this exact spot within our development. Face your love!

The Love Letters collection has inspired the Love and Appreciation movement, encouraging each person to acknowledge the special people in their lives by writing their own love letter. It isn't hard and doesn't require eloquence, only sincerity.

*Currently available as a free download from the site: http://jabsloveletters.com/free-promo

Love Letters, Volume 2: Being Adult

The Love and Appreciation Movement, inspired by the Love Letters series, continues forward encompassing a new category: tribulation. Life isn't perfect, neither is love. Our experiences are multifaceted and perfect only because of their imperfections. Love Letters, Volume 2: Being Adult explores the idea of love with a deeper, more complex analysis. Each letter expresses love - as it is, raging with honesty.

The author continues her journey detailing a commitment to a. love herself and b. love others. She transforms her passion into the kinds of words that grab hearts and inspire change. Her perspective challenges each person to acknowledge the love that resides in their heart; and share it with the understanding that shared-love will ripple outward, like lake water disturbed by a pebble. 

Jen can be reached online at: http://jabsplethora.com, Love Letters Project -http://jabsloveletters.com and http://about.me/jenbusfield.

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