I am often asked my age and when I boldly say that I am 36 years old I am then told that I don’t look my age and I have accomplished a lot to be so young. Now when I think about being four years shy of 40 I feel like that I need to have more of my life in order. That’s a lot of pressure I put on myself after already having two self-published books and a doctorates degree in the field of education.
Yes I know that I should chill out but I can’t!
I have also been told that there is no way they (individuals) could do what I have managed to do over the past 10 years. I birthed the idea in me that writing is my purpose and I plan to pursue writing fiercely and fearlessly.
I have candid conversations with my friends about life, relationships, children, and my self-published books I still find it rather amazing that those that inquire the most have never peeked at my blog or downloaded a book, but I digress. I wholeheartedly believe everyone has a story to tell, but I share my story with hopes to inspire.
All of my life I have written things down. I have notebooks and old journals full of ideas that I keep telling myself I’m going to turn into books. However right now I’m honing my writing skills to write with more emotions and not so scholastically. Quite frankly I want to be a bestseller and one post at a time is going to get me there.
My first book which I playfully refer to as my baby is about my teaching journey. I highlight in detail in my recollection of how my teachers treated minority students in the classroom. They were unfair and outright disrespectful at times. Going to school in the mid 1990s versus now is very different, but let’s just say my brown face in a merged school system was not kindly welcomed with all of the questions I posed on a regular basis.
I write to share my story because when I stepped into the field of teaching I was all the way GREEN! I had no idea what I was getting myself into and found out very quickly at my inner-city middle school. So here is the story that I want to tell!
Ironically, my stream of consciousness when it comes to writing in to unveil my truth, my background, my passion, and my drive. I share my own life experiences and as a certified teacher this is my approach because I want people to learn from my risks and mistakes. I feel that every lesson that I have learned over the years from my career, divorce, and relationships are teachable moments.
My blog serves as an extension of my mind as I search myself and relive the many places that I have been and recall some of my most painful truths. It is no secret that I have been married twice and each one shaped a different part of my continued existence. It’s no secret that my sons are the absolute loves of life and there is nothing that I won’t do for them. But a lot of times the journey that my life has taken has opened my eyes, made me extremely happy at times, and reclusive in some of my darkest moments.
My writing process is a self-healing process that takes me back to my feelings of the exact moments that I choose to write about. Some days when I’m recalling love I feel so vulnerable, uncomfortable and exposed. I often ask myself am I sharing too much? Am I being as transparent as I proclaim to be?
I have had the idea about a new book, and I read and reread my work often to channel my likeness and flow of my chapters. I have a black and white striped journal notebook that I jot down my many thoughts and ideas then revisit those jots and plan my attack to my project. My sole purpose is to share my experiences and offer encouragement.
My newest project I want to launch without a hitch and really step my game up as this will be my third book. I write nonfiction and I feel that the thought-provoking inspiration and realness that I’m serving will be around for a long time.
I find the most time to write while I’m in school. Being an English teacher, when my students write, I write too. I am really taking my time with this next project because the content that I choosing to put into this book is the back story to who I am, my thought process and why I want to continuously share my story and my life. I’m real life thinking beyond the books and want to be center stage encouraging, inspiring, and motivating.
Now my first book My Fourth Year in Middle School: The Truth About Teaching went live by mistake and from that point forward I want to be more intentional with my products/books/minibooks/ultimate guides/etc. Creating the the superb writing environment requires a little bit of white noise and spiral notebooks everywhere. I write when the urge hits me and lot of times I save notes in my phone and refer back back to them when my ideas begin to connect.
I do not have a set time to write because I write part-time while teaching full-time. I find myself admiring the writers with bigger audiences. I’m not comparing my work to theirs, I just know that in due time it will be my turn.
I have a lot of stories to tell and whether I’m balled in the corner sitting on my feet at the end of my couch, sitting upright on the chaise lounge in my bedroom, or sitting in a meeting at school typing away; I’m moved by my thoughts and the words that are burning to get out at the moment.
Writing is one of my favorite things to do. I can be as candid with my words as I choose and dare someone to hold my words against me. I’m having fun on my writing journey. I am discovering my voice. I am developing my flow. Most importantly I’m taking my time and I am having fun.
I’m doing my personal best even with the amount of pressure I put on my shoulders to be a great writer. I feel like I am getting better each day and I know for those that follow me they can see my growth.
Whenever I’m asked what is my dream job, I say to sit on someone island writing books because I want to be a well known author. I’m continuing my journey to writing greatness.
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