The art and poetry presented in the book was inspired in a time of Julie Vincent’s own personal crucible where she was hard pressed on every side. She was escaping domestic violence, and struggling over housing and her children. She felt isolated, despairing and suicidal. And yet, she was passionately committed to and excited by the research she was conducting and the opportunity it presented. It was in this context that the art and poetry exploded onto the page.
“Travels Within” (published by Xlibris AU) explores Vincent’s intimate journey of completing her doctoral degree while escaping domestic violence. This involved a monumental struggle for her existence. She considered it as a very dark time, but as Vincent was researching the journeys of people who were in or who had been through their own dark times, it was also a time of exploration of her own and others’ internal turmoil.
This book captures the effect of domestic violence and a history of child sexual abuse on mental health. It travels through the emotional pain of grief, loss, depression, suicide, despair and hopelessness to discover in the face of these difficulties, treasures like strength, hope and light.
“What I hope people find in “Travels Within” is inspiration for their own journey; to not be afraid of the dark times. Even in the dark times, though you may not yet see it, there is a hope, and a future,” says the author.