Connie Robillard, MAAs I write this note about my life, I realize that I cannot separate my writing from my art or from my life as a therapist. Each is a part of me that inspires all aspects of my work. I have a need to be creative. It is not a want, It is truly a need. My creative parts are protected under the umbrella of introversion. For years I tried to be an extrovert and it didn’t fit me. To function as an extrovert, all of my energy has to fuel that outgoing part of my personality, leaving my creative bucket empty. Being a creative introvert brings me happiness.

Marriage: I got it right on the second try. The first marriage was to an extravert. He didn’t understand my need for quiet space. My second marriage is to an introvert like me and our life is peaceful with lots of room to be who we are, as individuals and as partners.

Reflections are my passion. Whether its images of trees reflected in water, shadows on a sidewalk, rocks mirrored in a tide pool or life reflected in memories.

I am the mother of many children who are now grown, with families of their own. They came to me in every way children can arrive. At last count they totaled six. I have twelve grandchildren ranging in age from 10 to 25.

Because of so much living and loving, I continue to feel young.

Kayaking is my meditation. I live on a pond in Southern New Hampshire surrounded by wildlife, woods and in the summer honeysuckle. The sound of peepers and laughing children is about as loud as it gets at my house. I am never bored and I must admit people who complain of boredom mystify me.

Life, is an amazing journey.

Connie Robillard is a licensed clinical mental Health Counselor, a graduate of NH Technical College, Concord, UNH Manchester and Rivier College, Nashua NH. Post graduate trained, certified Internal Family Systems Therapist. She is the co-author with Marcel A. Duclos, M.Ed., M.Th. of Common Threads: Stories of Life After Trauma, 2007, Cultivating Hope With Abuse Survivors, Necessary Illusions: Reflections of a Man and a Woman, 2012.   Co- creator of the documentary, Common Threads: Stories of Life After Trauma, 2009. She authored a children’s book; Did You Ever Cry For A Dinosaur, 2012 and a collaborative book, The Eyes Have It: Ocular Melanoma, 2013. Workshop leader, educator and therapist at Eventide Counseling Services, Londonderry, NH. www.eventidecounseling.com