Students at SW MN State Inspired Me to Keep Going

Students at SW MN State Inspired Me to Keep Going

I just had the privilege of speaking about Sexual Violence Prevention at SW Minnesota State in Marshall tonight. I told my story of my addictions, shame and assaults. I still get nervous before going out on stage. I feel really vulnerable… still… after all this time… when I share my story. Sometimes, I get crazy thoughts when I’m waiting to go on like “No one wants to hear this stuff.” “No one cares about this.” or “This is just a bad idea.” I go out there anyway, and usually, I am pleasantly surprised. Tonight I was moved by the students and they inspired me to keep going. We talked about consent, what is NOT consent, active bystanders, undetected rapists. It’s heavy stuff. And when people stopped breathing, I surprised them with a joke or I made fun of myself to get some air back in the room. People can’t learn when they’re holding their breath. If it’s too heavy for too long, they leave the room. Not physically, but mentally, they leave. So I engage them with laughter and we continue our conversation. Tonight I these students inspired me withntheir willingness to stay in the conversation. They were informed and determined. They were eager and wise at the same time. After the performance, there were lots of students who came up to talk with me and take pictures. I try to make sure to connect with all of them. Every time I visit a school there’s at least a few who wait to talk with me and share their stories. When almost everyone else has left the room, they...
Sharing Her Life Lessons One Laugh At A Time

Sharing Her Life Lessons One Laugh At A Time

ELAINE WILLIAMS: Sharing Her Life Lessons One Laugh At A Time Conversations Magazine by Cyrus Webb Elaine Williams If you are looking for someone to learn from their example when it comes to dealing with the past and moving forward with a vengeance then the story of Elaine Williams is for you. She is one of those individuals who has learned how to use her own life experiences to help others through laughter and her book STOP THE MADNESS. As someone who grew up performing she shared with me during our radio discussion on Conversations LIVE that dealing with her dysfunctional family and her own issues with alcohol helped pave the way for finding her voice using comedy. “Comedy has really helped me to lighten up and not take myself so seriously,” Williams says. Having dealt with issues of bulimia and sexual assault in her past, she has seen firsthand how by discussing them in a more light-hearted way has opened the door for others to step up and share as well. One experience she shared during the interview was about discussing some of the things she has been through and having some of those in attendance come up to her afterward and discuss how they had gone through similar situations. “Laughter is so healing and equalizing,” she shares, and that is why she works so hard to use her gift to help others. Part of what has helped Elaine along her journey has been writing. “It has been a lifesaver,” she says. She shares that her current book was in the works for about eight years. After a...
Elaine Williams – Huffington Post

Elaine Williams – Huffington Post

Elaine Williams, “girl next door”, had it all: the brains, and the talent to be drill team captain, on the dean’s list, and president of the student council, choir, and the national honor society. What she hid was she was also a victim of sexual assault, and physical and emotional abuse, which led her to abuse her body with food, laxatives, drugs, and alcohol. She put herself at risk as she delved further into addictions and dangerous behavior. With the support of friends and mentors, Elaine realized she could heal herself and didn’t have to let her past mistakes define her future. Today as a stand up comic and certified life coach, Elaine uses her comedic talents to engage audiences, and discover that the way to your heart is NOT through your stomach; and that happiness is not found in a bottle. With humor, she addresses why so many students struggle with stress eating and binge drinking; and offers tools and solutions for dealing with stress and breaking bad habits now before it’s too...
How Elaine Williams Is Feeding Her Love Of Life

How Elaine Williams Is Feeding Her Love Of Life

How Elaine Williams Is Feeding Her Love Of Life Conversations Magazine “Having struggled with food, drug and alcohol addictions since age 12, I personally know the pain and hurt in can cause in oneself and in family and friends. I am 11 years sober!! And my personal mission in life is to help break down barriers between classes and cultures through thought-provoking, enlightening, and transforming theatre, writing, and comedy. “My projects deal with people embracing their humanity, questioning their beliefs, and broadening their own perspectives and horizons, and therefore causing audiences to engage in this process as well. “I have just published my first book, Stop the Madness: How to Identify Addiction Warning Signs in your Friends… and What to do About It, in hopes to help people recognize the dangers of abuse, but also open a dialogue where people can get help and realize they are not alone. I’ve also released a Meditation CD and workbook to accompany the book and really help people take those first steps in healing. “My commitment is to be a part of the global shift of raising the world’s consciousness. By constantly embracing my own creativity and compassion, I am giving others the permission to raise their own spirit and engage in higher frequencies of thought, energy, light, and...
Elaine Williams – Campus Activities Magazine

Elaine Williams – Campus Activities Magazine

Elaine Williams is a comedienne, speaker and all around inspiration. She struggled for years with addiction issues and now years clean and sober, she speaks to students on campus about her experiences, some of the perils of a reckless lifestyle and tools for students to use. Important to note, Elaine’s tools are not all preaching prevention and a “stay away” message surrounding drugs and alcohol, but one of practicing general good health, both mentally and physically. Her book, “Stop The Madness! How To Identify Addiction Warning Signs in your Friends…and What to do About It” is a great precursor for those interested in booking her show. “My goal is that this book ends up on everyone’s toilet. To explain, I think there is a lot of misinformation about addiction and what is or is not a drinking problem, eating problem or drug problem. My goal is to help educate students and administrators about this.” Elaine says of all those affected by addiction, sometimes those we least expect to have problems are the ones most seriously in need simply because of their subtlety. It’s easy to spot the falling-down drunk or the see-through anorexic, but those who struggle in silence can very often be the same people who have unexpected catastrophic meltdowns or go on miserable for years unbeknownst to those who care about them. There are a lot of highly functioning people in society who have addictions and are suffering quietly. Elaine isn’t all gloom-and-doom however. The other half of her message is about hope and healing. “Part of my message is that laughter is healing. A lot of...

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