You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you. – Maya Angelou
This quote by one of my favorite authors touches my heart. As a single parent from the time my kids were five and two years old, I did not feel that I could pursue what I loved: writing. Making money was my goal in order to survive and care for my family. I applaud anyone who can hold down a job (or two), care for a family, and do what they love in their spare time. As a retiree, I now have the time to follow my passion and write. I am excited about creating my own work. It is a luxury I had not claimed before.
For about fifteen years, while single-handedly raising two kids, I worked as a court reporter. Being knee deep in someone else’s words was not the same as creating my own work, but living on the fringes of my desired occupation seemed, at the time, to be second best. Certainly, I appreciate my time as a freelance court reporter. I made a good living for my kids and me; I was there when they needed me (and when they least expected me); and I learned a lot—not only words previously unfamiliar to me (usufruct), but also broad concepts, like construction trades, medical malpractice, and actuarial sciences. Random, I know! Still, an ongoing opportunity to learn.
In 2020, I published my first book, Parts, Pieces, & Particulars: A Primer for Single Moms Raising Boys and Single Dads Raising Girls. I also contributed chapters to, consulted on, and edited for two Best-Selling anthologies: Fearless and Fabulous: Finding Your Way Through Change and Beyond! and Bright Spots: Motivation and Inspiration to Light Your Path in a Changing World.
Now, when I am not editing or coaching, I am writing. And I’m excited about the possibilities of publishing my first novel by the end of 2021.
After a hiatus to clear my head, I am back! And I invite you to follow me on this journey to enjoy and commit to the craft of writing. Living through 2020’s hurricanes, fires, pandemic, social unrest, and now, in the first six days of 2021, a mob raid of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., there is plenty to write about! It might even dispel some stress and anxiety.
Now, let’s do what we love! Let’s get writing!