In her new memoir RAW, Bella Mahaya Carter’s memoir navigates her journey from agony to inner peace. This book examines her relationships with family, friends, and career, but most of all, her relationship with herself. She lays bare complex thought processes while attempting to heal her body, mind and spirit, creating an energetic flow that has each page turning itself.
Bella began her journey by reading extensively about healthy eating, and eventually settled on a raw-food diet. The notion that eating live food—her studies revealed that cooking food actually killed it—appealed to her and she hoped the change would lead to a healthier, more energetic life. Making this shift wasn’t easy—she details challenges big and small—but this nourishing lifestyle gradually healed her body.
After receiving an MA in spiritual psychology from USM, Bella was awarded an alumnae residency at Scripps, and began coaching students in creative writing, while having a writing and life coach herself. She continued to explore holistic healing opportunities so that she could heal others, as well as herself.
After a ten-year quest for health and happiness, Bella found what she’d been searching for and experienced relief, along with an awakening into what she calls “spiritual adulthood.”
Bella Mahaya Carter is the author of Secrets of My Sex. Her poems, essays, articles, and short fiction have appeared in The Sun, mindbodygreen, Lilith, Literary Mama, and elsewhere. Her work has been anthologized in The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey; Grandmothers’ Necklace; and Writing Our Way Out of the Dark: An Anthology of Literary Acts of Bravery. Carter, who studied dance at The Juilliard School, practices creative movement and writing as vehicles for personal transformation and spiritual connection. She is a writing teacher, developmental editor, and empowerment coach, with a lifelong passion for creativity, health, and healing. She is a featured columnist on SheWrites.com. Her new book is Raw: My Journey from Anxiety to Joy. You can connect with Bella on Facebook and Instagram and learn more about her at www.bellamahayacarter.com.