Sharing Her Life Lessons One Laugh At A Time

Sharing Her Life Lessons One Laugh At A Time

ELAINE WILLIAMS: Sharing Her Life Lessons One Laugh At A Time Conversations Magazine by Cyrus Webb Elaine Williams If you are looking for someone to learn from their example when it comes to dealing with the past and moving forward with a vengeance then the story of Elaine Williams is for you. She is one of those individuals who has learned how to use her own life experiences to help others through laughter and her book STOP THE MADNESS. As someone who grew up performing she shared with me during our radio discussion on Conversations LIVE that dealing with her dysfunctional family and her own issues with alcohol helped pave the way for finding her voice using comedy. “Comedy has really helped me to lighten up and not take myself so seriously,” Williams says. Having dealt with issues of bulimia and sexual assault in her past, she has seen firsthand how by discussing them in a more light-hearted way has opened the door for others to step up and share as well. One experience she shared during the interview was about discussing some of the things she has been through and having some of those in attendance come up to her afterward and discuss how they had gone through similar situations. “Laughter is so healing and equalizing,” she shares, and that is why she works so hard to use her gift to help others. Part of what has helped Elaine along her journey has been writing. “It has been a lifesaver,” she says. She shares that her current book was in the works for about eight years. After a...
Elaine Williams – Campus Activities Magazine

Elaine Williams – Campus Activities Magazine

Elaine Williams is a comedienne, speaker and all around inspiration. She struggled for years with addiction issues and now years clean and sober, she speaks to students on campus about her experiences, some of the perils of a reckless lifestyle and tools for students to use. Important to note, Elaine’s tools are not all preaching prevention and a “stay away” message surrounding drugs and alcohol, but one of practicing general good health, both mentally and physically. Her book, “Stop The Madness! How To Identify Addiction Warning Signs in your Friends…and What to do About It” is a great precursor for those interested in booking her show. “My goal is that this book ends up on everyone’s toilet. To explain, I think there is a lot of misinformation about addiction and what is or is not a drinking problem, eating problem or drug problem. My goal is to help educate students and administrators about this.” Elaine says of all those affected by addiction, sometimes those we least expect to have problems are the ones most seriously in need simply because of their subtlety. It’s easy to spot the falling-down drunk or the see-through anorexic, but those who struggle in silence can very often be the same people who have unexpected catastrophic meltdowns or go on miserable for years unbeknownst to those who care about them. There are a lot of highly functioning people in society who have addictions and are suffering quietly. Elaine isn’t all gloom-and-doom however. The other half of her message is about hope and healing. “Part of my message is that laughter is healing. A lot of...