When I was fourteen, a friend of mine told me she writes her prayers in a journal and has conversations with God. I had never heard of anyone doing that before and was so intrigued! So, my first "conversation" with God was in my little burgundy bible and I wrote it all in red ink. I'll never forget how free and alive it made me feel to write what I was feeling in my heart!
That's where my journey in writing began! Little did I know that I would love writing so much that I would have boxes and boxes of journals filled cover-to-cover years later! And the journals have never stopped. It's literally one of my most favorite things to do.
My family knows this about me so much that my daughter handmade me a journal for my birthday. Of course, it's one of my most cherished journals now and I still haven't written in it yet! xoxoxo
Writing has been more than a hobby for me, it has been extremely instrumental in the healing process on my personal journey.
I'd like to share with you three reasons why I write.
When my kids were toddlers, I thought a lot about the generations of my family. I feel so strongly about leaving behind a legacy for the coming generations, to know my heart, that this is my number one reason.
Not only do I want to make a positive impact on my kids and grandchildren, but I want generations to know from our example how to live an abundant and free life! A life of truth, authenticity, and love.
I want them to know our struggles and our triumphs. I want them to know our entire journey toward living the life of our dreams so, by example, they can follow! I want them to see the beauty of life and the gut-wrenching tough times of life.
I want them to grow knowing that they're not alone. They're loved and thought of way before they existed on planet Earth. They already exist in my heart. I write to them.
I write to heal! There are many that talk with a friend, pastor, or therapist in order to make sense of trauma and pain. I write! My journal has become my therapy sessions. Not only do I write to heal, but I write to heal others! Whether it's here on my blog or a quick post on Facebook, I know what it feels like to be searching for answers. For someone to tell you you're not alone and you're not crazy. I write encouraging things to help others with their healing process.
3. To Help Create Change
I want to make a positive, lasting impact on the world. I'm mostly a positive person, but I know what it feels like to have anxiety about the time we're living in. I know the feelings of uncertainty and unrest like what's happening in our country this year. So it's important for there to be powerful voices of encouragement and hope building each other in love and peace!
It seems these days you'll find many people ready to tear each other down. I want to be someone who builds up and gives hope. This doesn't make me naïve or blind to the world's problems. I just realize that people need nourishment, kindness, and care.
It takes courage these days to be kind and to love people without judgment. I have always been the person who tries to see things from all perspectives. I know it may be a tad annoying to people close to me, but it's how I'm wired. I couldn't change this about me if I tried!
So, this makes me super sensitive to see the pain in others. I look at the world today that is so easily influenced by fear and anger, that compassion is far from us. I hope to be one of those who is a light in the darkness.
4. To Create Art With Words
I love words and how they can artfully paint a beautiful picture within the mind. An empty page for me is like a canvas waiting to be filled. I love poetry! The mystery and discovery of what the poet wants to convey is such a beautiful process. I also dabble in writing my own poetry. Which is also so fulfilling to me!
Well, there you have it! These are the reasons why I write!
I love you all and thank you for being here with me! I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow!
Love and hugs to you!