I didn’t set out to be a writer.
I had grand plans to teach curious 3rd graders, but a small voice inside said, You’ll despise your future children if you teach. So I listened deeper and pursued my dream of Event Management until we had our first son. And then like many new parents, I started blogging. A way to record and process the unchartered territory of transition and new life and all that fun identity-stripping stuff accompanied with the unexpected and faith. It all mushed together there on the computer in our first home, with our first boy. So many firsts I shared and asked about into the abyss of cyber space.
And when Tanner was two and Ty joined our family, I remember writing in our tiny kitchen, pushing publish, and a sensation like I’d never before experienced jolted through me. I felt alive. Looking back, that was a defining moment in recognizing my created self coming to light.
I tell you this because eight years later that blog has evolved through many names and journeys and a book and open doors to share my story at retreats and conferences to which I joyfully pray through and respond yes or no. I’m still the same person sitting behind the computer, now with gray hair and more life experiences and louder and bigger children, but still learning and asking God how He’s bringing beauty from average moments, and then sharing those stories with you in hopes you connect and view real life as an invitation for more.
And along the way, I’m noticing a thread of questions. I see your eyes. I read your emails. I hear your voice on the other end of the phone and the passion remains the same:
“I’ve always wanted to write. Where do I start?”
“I have a book idea simmering; how do I create a proposal?”
“I’m going to a writer’s conference. What do I need?”
And my favorite question of all: “I feel like I have something I need to get out, but don’t know what to do with it.”
To which I bounce on my couch and shout, Yes! You are not alone. I asked the same questions. I’m still asking those questions. I am you, and you are me, and we are in this together.
So I’m starting where I am with what I have; as an author with a second book idea simmering, eight years of blogging experience, and 5+ years of speaking, and I’m realizing all these steps bring me to you. To offer a safe space to ask and listen, and in return encourage and coach you through this writing journey.
Do you want to start a blog but have no idea where? Great!
Do you want to write a book? Great!
Do you have a book proposal that needs another pair of eyes and a compassionate voice who will ask you the hard questions and push you to create the most focused, unique version of your story?
Nothing makes my heart happier.
So if you are like me and see a book on the bookshelf and wonder, How did that happen? What’s the story behind the story? Where do I begin? Am I alone? Is there someone I can ideate and dream and talk through the tiny steps in putting my story out there?
And here’s what I’ll tell you before we begin. You don’t need a publishing house or a giant platform or a well-known writer to tell you what that stirring is already telling you. You are already a writer. Now go pull beauty from inside and share your story with all of us. Our world is voracious for experience and wisdom and fresh perspective and I have a feeling you’re tired of ignoring that desire and wondering, What would it look if I took a risk?
Risk, friend. Because life is short and I for one would be sad if your words go unread simply because you didn’t know where to start.
For the last year I’ve offered informal writing coaching to dozens and know this is the time to make an official declaration.
So here it is: I’m offering writing coaching. I’m talking simple, intentional, down-home, one-on-one, per session writing coaching.
If your chest is hammering while you’re reading this and you’re thinking, I just want someone to talk to in this process, a writing coach is your next step.
And I’m pulling out a chair and inviting you to take a seat. All are welcome. Let’s begin.
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