Ever since I was a little girl I have loved words and dreamed of being an author, but never took myself seriously enough to pursue that dream; so the dream died.
I remember what it felt like to win the weekly spelling bee in grade 4; the word was ‘tennis’. There were only three of us left standing and I knew how to spell that word. My heart beat wildly in my chest as the first person didn’t spell it correctly. I could hardly contain the excitement that was building within me as I listened to the next person spell. My attention was on each letter as it was uttered, and secretly, I hoped they would not spell it right either. “Tennis: t – e – n – i – s: Tennis.” My heart was pounding so hard I could hardly breathe; I knew that was incorrect. Now it was up to me. “Tennis: t – e – n – n – i – s: Tennis.” I was so proud of myself, and it felt really, really good to know I had won!
My love of words, and language, grew with me as ‘real’ life took over, but my writing was relegated to personal release, case notes and report writing, with the occasional inspirationally worded gifts for friends. Like all of us, I have had my fair share of disappointments, difficult circumstances, and even trauma; some have said far more than the average person, and call me a ‘survivor’. My experiences have been the gateway to a path of learning I probably would not otherwise have pursued, finding out what makes people ‘tick’.
So, who am I?
I’m just like you; a person on a journey, making the most of what has been, and is handed me, each day. In a nutshell my passion is seeing people empowered to have the courage to make their dreams come true, and live a life that has meaning for them; a life that is transformed from the inside out. My faith is pivotal to who I am and I believe that all of us are teachers and students in the university of life. I have things that I can teach you, and you have things that you can teach me. I celebrate differences!
I worked with ‘disadvantaged’ young people for a couple of decades and delighted in seeing some of them begin their own journey of transformation. Youth work is a pretty thankless, high stress, low pay career, so you have to be in it for the right reasons to last. It was a car accident that took me out of that and into teaching youth work; which was short lived but equipped me with additional skills to take on the next part of my journey in life; as a writer. So it is, I have picked up the dream to write again. I am a writer! I write every day whether here or elsewhere, and I will continue to do so for the rest of my life. You may, or may not, glean from my ramblings, but I will share them anyway ?
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