Cindy Benko | TELL(h)ER

Simcoe, Ontario

Words by Cindy Benko | What if...

What does being part of the Teller Community mean to you?

Firstly, there's nothing quite like a group of like-minded, kind, supportive women who hold space for each other. Secondly, because of this amazing support, I'm learning (always learning) how to tell my story...I'm becoming more confident in my writing and my sharing. What I've learned is that the more I share...authentically...the more confident I get and people reach out who I've inspired, which is the most heartwarming feedback I could ever get.

Why did you submit this particular message? There's always a story behind our writing, what is yours?

What if... I can't tell you how many times a day these words go through my head. "Hmm, this isn't perfect in my mind, but what if I share it anyway? What if I said no to that invitation? What if I just take a break and rest instead of cleaning the house? What if I go on this bucket list trip that will cost me way more than I thought it would?" The answer to all of these questions, has always been...everything will work itself out if everything in my the core says YES. That intuition. Listen to it.

Who would benefit from receiving this message?

Everyone! I have so many stories in my head about people who are buying the card and what they would write.

Are you an aspiring writer, poet, or artist?

Aspiring...for all of the above.

If you had to leave me with something about you, that makes you different, unique, special, what would it be? 

Kind, caring, supportive, thoughtful. A bit of an introvert.

How do you want to beknown?

I want to beknown as all the ways I described myself. I want to beknown as creative and artistic and clever and I want my stories to resonate with people whether they are through writing or painting. I want to inspire people. I think that's on the top of the list. I hope what I do or what I say inspires people to find their voice.

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