I’m a writer. Or, I have been.

When I went back to college to finish my degree from 2007 to 2011, after nine years of aimless jobs, I discovered my passion…

Writing.

More specifically, I found out that reporting, informing the public, and helping people tell their stories was the creative release and personal fulfillment that I had been craving throughout my life.

All my life I had a hole that I could not fill. Even when I had meaningful jobs that paid the bills and seemed to fulfill all my coworkers around me, I was never satisfied. I needed to be doing something different. I needed to feel like I was helping others, and in some of my jobs I was. Yet still, it wasn’t enough for me. It was the combination of helping others AND creating that I was missing.

The act of writing is creation and, for many, an art form. I am not the best writer out there – not by half. But the act of writing brings me a sense of accomplishment and peace that fulfills me as an individual. Writing is where I am best able to form my thoughts and express myself – much to my husband’s frustration when I text him entire paragraphs!

In recent years I have had to put writing on the back burner as I was unable to fully provide for my family on a reporter’s salary. At first, I was caught up in learning my new trade (marketing), and didn’t realize that the hole was growing again. Soon though, I was feeling empty again and for the last year in particular I have searched for other ways to fulfill that need. Freelance work for previous journalism contacts has helped some, but it hasn’t been the full answer.

And that, friends, is why I’m blogging again. I have a lot to get out on paper, and although I may be the only one who ever reads any of it, the simple act of writing, of being intentional in setting time aside for the important act of writing, matters to me.

So, I’ve already created 55 writing prompts to get the blog rolling on every topic imaginable. Between this, my freelance work, my health goals, and some art projects I have in the pipes I should be able to finish out the year on a high note. Oh, and I got married! … But that’s for the next blog!