Gather round, my friends. I want to share something with you.
This month I am participating in a writing challenge to write one blog post or article each day. This is something I want – no need – to do for myself. I have fallen out of a writing routine recently, and I need this to help get me back on track.
Writing was my dream. IS my dream. What I have always wanted to do. And the fact that almost 3 years ago I found my way back to it after quitting my day job tells me it is meant to be.
My first idea as a child of what I wanted to be when I grew up was an author.
Yep. You heard that correctly. Never an astronaut. Never a doctor. Nope. An author. I held on to that dream for many years until college major discussions became a reality and thinking about a “reliable” career path became a necessity.
My dream drifted away and my path diverted, and I found myself in a good, solid career after college which I stayed in for 14+ years until after the birth of my second child. It was then that I resigned to become a stay-at-home mom. Little did I know at that time (how could I have?) that I would find writing again accidentally and come literally full circle back to where I started.
Over the last 2 years and 8 months, writing has made feel productive and relevant. It has made me feel like what I have to say actually means something to others. It has made me feel like I am reaching people with my words and, doggone it, I think some people really do want to read them. I feel like writing is helping me to become the person I was always meant to be. It has changed my life.
So, yes. I am going to do this challenge this month. I want to and I need to. And I am putting this out there for two reasons.
First, well, I need your help. Accountability, amiright?
Second, I hope that my story inspires just one of you out there who is reading this (and I truly thank you for that, by the way). I hope it inspires you to not become complacent with where you are in life if it is not truly where you want to be. If you have a dream, you can still find your way back to it.
I am beyond grateful my life found its way back to writing. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
There is a quote from a Taylor Swift song (sure, go ahead and laugh. I’ll wait…) that I love and it seems particularly appropriate to this situation. It’s about coming back to what you need.
I need writing, friends. Thank you for joining me on this journey.