ONE THING I KNEW FOR SURE...
I always knew I wanted to write. Now this declaration is coming from an analytical introvert with a tendency to overthink my Starbucks drink order (what are the pros and cons of getting a Venti latte versus the tall chai tea...). However, writing is one of the few things I’ve always been 100 percent sure about my entire life, and I’ve never second guessed my career choice.
I had a vivid imagination as a child. One day, I picked up the pen and realized I could use my creativity to bring words to life. My mom noticed my gift and passion for writing and started nurturing it at a young age. We took trips to the local library frequently, and I spent countless hours reading books and writing stories.
I REALIZED I COULD REALLY DO THIS WHEN...
One day, my mom received a phone call from my elementary school about a story I wrote for class, “The Big Splatter.” My third-grade teacher submitted my short story for a contest (I had no clue!), and I won my first award for writing. In that moment I realized I could actually do this, and ever since I walked across that stage to accept my award, I’ve never wanted to pursue anything else.
I LOVE STORIES, WHETHER I AM READING THEM OR WRITING A SHORT STORY OR MAGAZINE ARTICLE TO ENTERTAIN, INSPIRE OR INFORM PEOPLE.
I WRITE STORIES TO SHOW HOW GOD CAN TAKE THE UGLINESS AND BROKENNESS IN LIFE AND TURN IT INTO SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL.
THE BIGGEST CHEERLEADER DURING MY WRITING JOURNEY...
My mom was my biggest supporter, always one to commend my talent or send me journals as a reminder to keep pursuing my writing goals. She read all of my articles and every short story I wrote from childhood up until the year she passed. My mom always believed I would become a writer. She often asked about my book projects and urged me to finish them. There was a moment after she passed when I wondered, what’s the point of continuing if she’s no longer around?
But eventually I realized my mother pushed me to use my gift, and it’s a huge reason I started writing and kept at it over the years. How could I not continue?? Although she’s no longer here, this blog is a way for me to honor her and uphold her legacy. She’d want me to keep writing to encourage others and to achieve the dreams I often shared with her. She’d be proud, and I believe she is still cheering me on.
I never wanted to start a blog. Even though I spend a lot of time writing, I had ZERO interest in creating an online platform to tell stories or express my thoughts.
But all that changed last fall during my weekly trip to the bookstore. While browsing the shelves for a new book, a vision of a blog popped into my head.Nope, I told myself internally, and I kept it moving. Or tried to at least. Shortly after that thought, I stumbled across a book about blogging (which I knew nothing about), so I found a chair and read a few chapters, becoming intrigued against my own personal stance against starting a blog.
So imagine my surprise when I found myself researching blogs and talking about the possibilities with my husband a few days later (I ended up buying the book, Blog Inc.). I felt led to do it, especially because it was something I never wanted to do. Because of what I had gone through last year after losing my mom, I believed God wanted me to share my experience to help someone else. Still, I wrestled with it for eight months until one day I decided to just do it. It's ironic that the one thing I never wanted to do sparked a new passion.
What I realized:
Transition can be hard—even when the change comes in the form of a joyous moment. Nine months after I walked down the aisle to marry my husband, I lost my mom. The two couldn’t be any further apart on the emotional spectrum. As I was adjusting to my life as a newlywed and living with someone after being independent for so long, I had to adjust to a loss that impacted my life deeply at such a pivotal point. I never thought or imagined I’d go through a change of this magnitude at thirty-something years old.
LIFE IN TRANSIT: WHAT YOU CAN FIND HERE
Maybe you've lost your passion to do the things you once loved or you forgot your potential. Life happened, and the transition has left you stuck, overwhelmed and not too hopeful about the vision you once had for your life. I know how hard it is to stay productive and on top of your game, pursue your dreams or return to work without any focus or excitement.
• The dreams/career you once envisioned for your life can alter as your life changes
• Your faith may be shaken up in the midst of your circumstances
• Self-care becomes a struggle because you are just trying to get through the basic day-to-day activities.
My struggles in these three areas inspired me to create a space for purpose-driven dreamers, creatives and millennial go-getters who are experiencing a transition. Whether you’re dealing with adversity, obstacles or a major life change (good, ugly or somewhere in between), you’ll find resources, content, stories and personal narratives here to encourage you in the process and inspire you to move forward, rediscover your potential, rekindle your lost passion and stay on top of your game as you pursue your purpose and cope with everyday life.
Self-care for the mind, body & soul (e.g., stress, Burnout work/life balance)
Creative inspiration and practical tips on developing your craft, pursuing your dream and staying productive
Visual storytelling: Writing fiction, especially short stories, is a huge passion of mine and my creative outlet. I share pieces of my fiction writing through photo stories on Piction!
Be sure to head over to the #Refresher section for freebies, resources and your shot of inspiration.
Maybe your life transition is similar to mine and comes in the form of grief, or maybe it’s something else.
EITHER WAY, IT IS MY PRAYER AND HOPE THAT THis site's CONTENT, RESOURCES AND my own story-in-progress will ENCOURAGE YOU WHEREVER YOU ARE IN LIFE RIGHT NOW.
I'm going through the process with you. I don’t know any shortcuts to get through the bumpy road or have the answers to “ why” things happen, but here’s what I am learning along the way:
There is hope in knowing that adversity and heartbreak are not the end of our story. God can revise the painful chapters in our lives to create something new inside of us so that we can use our stories to encourage others along the way. Thanks for reading and stopping by! I look forward to seeing more of you.