I am a freelance copy editor and Web content writer. I’ve assumed this role for both corporate and nonprofit worlds for many years, writing under the guise of those who bankrolled my efforts. It’s been roughly a decade, in fact, since I enjoyed the vanity byline given to most authors. I’m not ashamed of any of my writing and editing, but I do hate that I let my voice die somewhere along the way. There’s something ab out a byline that seems to keep an author authentic.
So this blog is just going to be me rediscovering my voice and sharing with you, if you’ll join me. It was initially intended to be just for me, kind of a self-healing tool to apply to this new phase of life I’ve just entered. But I have a feeling what I feel and experience and eventually share might just resonate with others, at least one or two of you; and with that possibility ever so vivid, I hope to be as true with my words as possible and to help guide others along in a helpful, meaningful way.
I will write about a few topics:
Fibromyalgia and my constant quest for healing. No, this will not be me whining and telling you how crappy I feel. But more about the latest health remedies and healing alternatives I come across. Of course I can’t promise I won’t brag here and there if I lose a few pounds, push an extra hour on my bicycle ride or cut my 6-mile walk time by any significant number!
I’ll write about old fears and new personal growth. I’ll share some of my failures from the past 30 years and how I plan to overcome them as I enter my 50’s.
This is a big one for me, because it will be the most difficult; I plan to write about grace and include apologies to all sorts of people groups whom I’ve unwittingly discriminated against in my 35 years of being a Southern Baptist Evangelical Christian. I’ve decided that God really is love. He’s only love. He loves us ALL, not just the ones who pray the right prayer or go to the right church, in the right denomination, etc. The church-forced rules of Christianity are chains that make God’s freedom gift ever illusive. God is so much easier than we make Him! So in no way will I ever preach to you, telling you what is right and wrong. I will simply share what confuses me and frustrates me, what God speaks to me, and where I see God on any given day (hint: it’s not with my nose planted in the scripture trying my best to memorize it and do everything it says to do, but rather in the picturesque sunset or the crowded, smelly line at the soup kitchen or at the animal rescue shelter). God’s essence is easily recognizable; Jesus even tells us that eternal life can be found when we look not to the scripture but to Him! (John 5:39-40)
I might, eventually, add a section on home renovation projects, big and small. But here’s the deal: I am the world’s worst at finishing a project! Even when I’m finished, I don’t feel like I’m finished, because there might be a piece of trim still missing and needed to finish off the project, but I can’t get to it because I’ve already moved on to a new project! Am I the only one who does this?
And then I will include a “random crap” category; because let’s face it, life is never orderly, and there’s no way that everything I have to say is going to fit in my nice, neat pre-constructed categories!
So thank you ever so much for spending your precious time with me. I value that tremendously and will honor and respect you and give you an authentic experience each time you visit. I would love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with me as well. Your opinions are safe here.