Christy Birmingham is an avid freelance writer and the author of Versions of the Self
. In British Columbia, Canada, she divides her time between writing, reading, the gym, and those people closest to her. She is the proud owner of When Women Inspire
, with a passion for showcasing women making positive contributions to the world and helping people live their best lives.
About The Book
Versions of the Self, by Christy Birmingham
Published: May 15, 2015
Official CTM Review
Poetry for me is hit and miss. I either love it, or I hate it. It either pulls me in and makes me think and feel deeply, or it puts me off completely. Not very often do I find middle ground. Oddly enough I was reluctant to read this book because I follow Christy’s work on When Women Inspire. I love her approach, as well as the unique and resounding subjects she often tackles. She’s inspiring and supportive, and honestly I was a little worried that reading a book of her poetry might disappoint, after I’ve become quite fond of her stuff up until this point. I’ve even had Versions of the Self downloaded on my Kindle for months, just waiting for me to buck up and face my lingering fearful curiosity.
Luckily for me, it didn’t disappoint! Not even close. It was far from disappointing, and I feel even more fond of Christy Birmingham and her writing because of it!
Versions of the Self is categorized by way of events and emotions. Each page tells a story of its own, in a very creative way. One thing that I love about this poetry is that it has sort of an abstract feel, yet the emotion poured in also gives it a traditional, old fashion type squeeze. For lack of better words I found it well-rounded, solid.
In this book, Christy reveals a side of herself that most people hide. The bravery it took to expose the level of vulnerability here is absolutely commendable. Her heart and soul was tossed around by relationships, both with a lover, herself, and family loss. The angle she took to describe these events and emotions was different than anything I’ve ever read.
Christy has a way of using words to describe physical objects in her own metaphors. It’s such a breath of fresh air to read page after page where every way of thinking is out of the box. This is no cookie cutter book of poetry, and I love it that much more because of this fact. Keep making magic with words, Christy! This is truly your gift!
Interview With Christy Birmingham:
CTM: Christy, here at The Conscious Talk we’re big fans of poetry, especially the type that inspires readers to connect with their own heart and souls. As I was turning the pages in Versions of the Self I was moved to reflect upon my own hardships in life. I found myself thankful to have healed and found self-love of my own despite the vulnerabilities I carry… such as yourself. What advice do you have for readers who find themselves in low places, be it relationships or otherwise, that may help them heal and move forward?
Christy: I wish there was a single strategy – a go-to solution. But each person is unique (beautifully so), and this means that each person has a different approach that is effective. Based on my own experiences, writing was very therapeutic as it enabled me to free my thoughts onto paper to then question them and slowly replace them with healthier mental statements. For another person, a more useful technique may be painting, walking, yoga, etc. I also found meeting a therapist regularly to be immensely useful. Today, if I feel low, I look to people who have overcome obstacles to motivate me and remind me of the ability to overcome.
CTM: As I mentioned in my review of your book, I’m also a big fan of your website When Women Inspire. I’m curious, how long have you been gracing women online with such helpful advice and inspiration for their day to day lives?
Christy: Thank you for the kind words. I began When Women Inspire in 2014. I publish posts regularly there and am blessed that readers continue to feel connections with what they read there.
CTM: Are you working on any other books for publication? Please share with us your plans for the future.
Christy: Absolutely! I’m working on my third book, which will be short stories. After that I plan to delve into full-length fiction. In the short story book, there are some dynamic female characters!
CTM: That sounds fantastic, I can’t wait to dive into your stories! Last question, if you could send one message to women who are struggling with independence and finding themselves what would it be?
Christy: You’re not alone. We’re all trying our best to get through this complicated life and even those women you most look up to are just trying to do the same. The reality is that we all have our flaws, our pasts, and – by the same token – the ability to have an amazing future! Let’s do our best each day and try to learn more about ourselves with each situation we experience, whether good or bad. In this way we can become more of the person we are truly meant to be and help others with our gifts.
CTM: Christy, thank you so much for taking the time to reach out to the readers here at The Conscious Talk. You’re truly an inspiration!