This workbook has been two years in the making. I was driving by a stilled trained and noticed the graffiti art of a young girl with a yellow hat slouched down over her eyes. I immediately thought about her journey being an intuitive flight, she was looking inside of herself instead of out into the external world. I jotted down the notes in a hurry and didn’t think of it again until I was on a road trip in Massachusetts and an antique and used book store was named Tatnuck. For some reason, I knew that was to be her name. Well a version of that name. I wrote her name as Tat Nook. Her name and the idea of an intuitive flight were the foundation for this book.
I wanted to create a workbook for trauma and recovery for young adults. At the time, there was very little on the market for this age group about this topic. I wanted a book that an individual could work alongside Tat Nook in her journey of healing from trauma. I thought it would feel less like being alone if you walked alongside another person in the work.
I had a small version of it completed when I realized there were so many flaws in the writing and it did not feel like something I wanted to put out in the world. I thought about shelving the idea, but instead I showed a fellow clinician in the field of social work and she thought it was a basis for something good. We were hosting a conference together on art journaling when she asked if it was okay if she asked if anyone in the audience would be interested in collaborating on the book. It was that moment, that Cindi came forward and said she would be interested. Strangely enough, Cindi and I had worked together years ago at a residential home for teens. We had a history connected to young adults. Cindi was the ideal person for this project. Cindi is where Tat Nook found her voice. Cindi brought new life to Tat Nook and added artwork from her young adulthood that added more depth than I could have anticipated. We met several times and shared numerous emails back and forth and we spent countless hours of editing and revisions. I think I ordered upwards of 7 copies with editing that needed to occur each time. It was a project we created around our businesses and families, often in the late evening hours. We wanted to bring this book to life.
Our hope in creating this visual workbook is for you to work alongside Tat Nook and that it will reach the hands of a young adult that needs to know they are not alone, there is hope, and tools to guide them along this path. This is not to replace therapy. We hope as therapists, this will become part of the therapeutic process with your chosen therapist.
We want you to know we wrote this book for every trauma survivor. We discussed our level of vulnerability in the project and chose to write our bios in an unexpected way. We chose not to list our accomplishments, titles, and publications, but took a path of bravery and shared with you our truest selves. We hope this book finds you, if you find you need it. Wishing you well on your journey!