Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths
Since I was young, I loved to write and “play school,” and in the 10th grade I met my favorite English teacher who later became my “Mom.” Jane Ellen Wilson was and is such an inspiration to me as a woman, teacher, mother and friend, and it is because of her that I later became an English (and journalism) teacher.
I felt called to teach, just as a preacher is called to preach, and I honored that calling in the traditional sense for 11 years before leaving the classroom to become a yearbook sales representative. For 9-years as a rep the career strengthened my love of teaching, writing, design, and journalism.
However, in October of 2015, with the support of my family, I turned in the 800-1000 miles of travel per week for the unknown. I attended networking events and applied and interviewed for everything from insurance sales to marketing coordinator. I even renewed my teaching license.
One morning, though, I took a break from the full-time job of finding a job, and I pulled my laptop into bed with me to start cleaning up files, and there it was–the folder titled “Personal.” This folder is filled with my writings–from poetry to essays to chapters of books and beginnings of short stories.
I began devouring my own words, and God reminded me of the dream, the talent, He put in my heart all those years ago. I am a writer, and my dream is to use my words to make a difference in this world.
So, whether I am teaching, advising, designing, or selling, I am, at my core, a writer–a creator of written and visual content that generates awareness and promotes growth.