Barbara Bartocci

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Occupation Author, Motivational Speaker, Editor
Location Overland Park, KS, United States
Introduction In my twenties, I was happily married to a Navy fighter pilot; a stay-at-home mom of three small children. When John’s plane went down, my life--and my children’s lives–changed forever. Widowed at 29, I went back to college, earned an M.A. in Creative Writing, and moved my little family from San Diego to Kansas City to work for Hallmark. Frankly, those were difficult years. But even in dark moments, I discovered that God provides grace. I began writing and speaking about how to stay faith-filled in the face of life-altering change. I have experienced death of loved ones, divorce, children’s special needs, losing a job, providing care to older parents, and a serious personal illness (which, thankfully, healed) so I feel a deep empathy for others’ life transitions. Yet I have had as many joys as sorrows. One is long-distance bicycling. Another is grandchildren. What a thrill when my grandson Jake wrote an essay for his sixth grade class and titled it, “My seminar-giving, spiritual-writing, bicycle-riding, super-Grammy." Now Who could ask for a better endorsement than that?
Interests Giving motivational talks to women's organizations, Leading retreats and workshops for church adult formation groups.