It’s been a few weeks since my last post so I thought I would check in with you. I’m writing to you from the back porch of a beautiful lake house in North Carolina. Boats are zooming by and every once in a while, a calm, light breeze will grace me. Life is good. Here’s what’s been keeping me busy over the last few weeks:
So, I got accepted into a writing program! This makes me extremely happy and proud because for the first time in my life, I’m investing my time (and money) into writing. This is a big deal for me because for months I’ve been toying with the idea of going back to school and just wasn’t sure what I should do. I have a lot of interests. Writing has always been a passion for me, but I deferred from investing in writing in the past because being a writer was only a dream and a hobby. I felt that writing wouldn’t help support my family, and earning money was my priority while I was studying in college. I didn’t feel like I had the luxury of exploring my hobby. I shouldn’t have thought of it that way back then, but that’s what I did. My world felt limited and so, I kept writing poems to myself while pursuing other interests that I felt were worthy of my time. While trying to decide what I should go back to school for, I asked myself, “what would I do if I had unlimited resources?” What am I truly passionate about right now? My passion will lead to my purpose. There’s a lot I would like to do, but writing has always taken precedence among my interests. It has always made me happy so I decided to apply to an apprentice-writing program that would develop my writing, blogging, social media, journalism ethics, and editing skills. And I got in! The media company’s mission is all about mindfulness which I’m super into right now and I believe a part of the journey I need to be on. I woke up at 4:30 am yesterday to get started on my first coursework. I was thrilled to soak up all the knowledge. I know I made the right choice.
I have a good friend who recommended meditation to me last year. I tried it for a couple of weeks off and on but it didn’t stick. In fact, I started writing a blog post for you all on it last year, but I decided not to publish the post since I didn’t keep at it. Although I enjoyed exploring my meditation experience last year, I didn’t get into it. At the time, I wasn’t ready for it. On April 8th, the same friend asked me to join her in a mindful triathlon. It consisted of a 5k race, followed by a 75- minute yoga session, and 25 minutes of mediation. I joined 1000 people in the heart of Charlotte, N.C. in this day of mindfulness and I enjoyed every bit of it. The entire experience was beautiful. The way that the community came together and literally embraced one another in exercises that promoted unity literally made me shed a tear. I was ready to try meditation again. My friend recommended I join her in a 21- day meditation challenge a few weeks later and I embraced it completely this time. When the 21 days were over, I craved it. I needed to start my day with the positive energy and mental place that meditation put me in. The meditation theme throughout the 3 weeks was all about HOPE which ties in very closely with my word of the year: FAITH. I felt I needed the messages I heard daily and I’m still meditating and plan to continue. Do you meditate?? If so, I want to hear all about it!
For those of you that don’t know, I wrote a book. It’s a fictional novel that took me seven years to write and I poured my heart and soul into it to say the very least. I began seeking publishing over the past few months after a lot of thinking and soul searching on whether the story was worthy enough to share with the public. Great feedback and support from my husband, family, friends, my writing group, and my beta readers encouraged me tremendously. I decided to ignore doubts, be gutsy, and have faith and went for it after all. Querying to find the right publishing route took a lot of time and research. I’m beyond thrilled to announce that I found a publishing company that I trust and that believes in my book just as much as I do. Currently, I’m working on fine tuning edits, and marketing research work. I’ll keep you posted on when the book will be released. I’m beyond excited and can’t wait to share my book with the world!
Sending you love wherever you are,