I wanted to announce a slew of life updates, and a new direction for my blog. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned my background is in journalism. I went to a school with the best journalism program in the country. I’ve trained in writing about human interest and current events. I’m bursting at the seams with all that’s going on in the world right now.
There is so much more I want to say than just all things writing. This blog is going to become a platform for me to use my voice. There are many things near and dear to my heart that’s affecting this country like race relations, poverty, police brutality and discrimination. I will also include some personal posts about my life. I will talk about things such as: losing my mother at a very young age, my experience with poverty and my divorce. I decided to take this new direction while visiting writersweekly.com. I’m a big fan, but strangely enough, I had never read the articles on the site. I would only visit to get information on paying markets and writing jobs. I’ve definitely been missing out. I searched the site for pitch ideas, and stumbled upon the article: “Writing to Help Others, Not to Make Money.” In the article, Angela Hoy (publisher of the site and author of the article) shares that she offers her book, The Emergency Divorce Handbook for Women, for free online. Her book helps women who find themselves in difficult situations due to divorce. I thought about how a book like that would have helped me during the ROCKY times during my divorce. I wish there were resources I could find to help me put the pieces of my life back together. Then, a bolt of lightening hit me just as I finished reading the article. I could help people too! I’ve been through a lot, and could use the power of my words to help others.
I’ve also decided to learn how to write a script. After careful consideration, I began looking at my writing goals, and being real with myself. My dream has always been to write a novel that eventually gets adapted into a script for a movie anyway. I’ve always been deathly afraid of the formatting in screenwriting. But I looked at myself one morning in the mirror, and asked: “What am I so afraid of?”If I wrote a script, and it sucked, oh well. At least I mastered something I’ve never done before.
Regarding my health, I am feeling much better. I’ve even gone down a whole pants size since I made a conscious choice to drink more water, eat more fruits and vegetables, and minimize my stress levels. I still don’t exercise at all, so I compensate by parking far away from my office to get my steps in.
And last, but not least…. I’m moving to Texas! Yes, you heard it right. I’ve been living in Tennessee for the past 3 years, and to be honest, it hasn’t really felt like home. I moved here to slow down. Texas is very fast paced, and there’s so much to do, but I wanted to slow down. I moved to Tennessee thinking it was this country area with long, lazy days. Huh! The area I live in has exploded with jobs and growth. But with any sudden growth, there are some growing pains. There are a lot of SLOW drivers here, and people who don’t know that a green light means go, or the person who stops first goes first at a 4-way stop. The traffic is insane, and the cost of living makes it difficult to make ends meet. The single people I’ve met normally work more than one job. Years ago, I lived in Texas, and the friends I made there are still my friends to this day. There are some places that just feel like home. As soon as you step one foot on the ground, there’s this instant connection. I miss that feeling, and I’m excited to have that feeling again. I miss the friendly people, the FOOD, and all the activities and organizations I was a part of.
There you have it. I have a lot going on right now, but it’s all good. I’m anxious, nervous, and a little overwhelmed, but life is not worth living if you don’t take risks.
I hope everyone is having a good hump day!