Jaclyn Norton, WA
Jaclyn loves making things with words for a living. As a poet, writer, and artist she believes in the power of our stories to help us find understanding and activate social change. A graduate of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University, Jaclyn went on to work in editorial at Seattle Magazine and freelance for various publications like Marie Claire and Thrive. She also works in copywriting, publishing, and is a yoga instructor. Regardless of the medium, Jaclyn’s specialty is her ability to listen and lead, helping people find their truth and express from that place.
As a Story Terrace writer, Jaclyn interviews customers and turns their life stories into books. Get to know her better by reading her autobiographical anecdote below.
On the Edge
“I can do it, I can do it,” cycled through my mind on repeat as my feet skirted the rocky path and steep cliff of the Mt. Rainier range in the Pacific Northwest. On that August day, my mom’s hand wrapped around my left one as my dad’s arm hung down the mountain, pulling my brother Sean up to safety. I watched Sean slide off the cliff in a moment where my pulse froze and the memory took up permanent residence in my mind.
As I watched the moment of rescue, the phrases I heard Chuckie say when watching morning Rugrats cartoons found me. I started repeating them in my mind, remembering what he did every time he got scared. Although I was three and helpless in ways a child is, I found a moment of peace through the words in my mind.
Sometimes we put ourselves in danger, if not physically then in the trenches of our brains. The words offer a pathway out, a way back. They do not find us when we are searching for something to say, but when we are ready for something to hear. We’re constantly receiving messages specifically for us. Answers to keep us grounded, safe and sane come in the form of books, people, road signs and songs—and in this case, morning cartoons.
Often our most courageous acts are the silent ones. The decision to choose a different word, to talk to ourselves differently. To live a new story or to speak our own. The words we choose dictate the way we interpret experience, remember a moment, or pave a way forward. We design our lives through the words that leave our mouths and take up space in our minds. In the moments when we need them most, they’re always there for us, meeting us where we’re at, coming out of seemingly nowhere, illuminating the next best step we can take—even when we’re on the edge.
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