Note: Longer Post.
As part of a soft launch of the new writing project I’ve been revamping my website. As it says in the updated Welcome message
I’m really excited about this change as it is an opportunity to return to my roots as a writer while continuing to make a positive difference in the world.
Return to my roots as a writer.
What does that mean?
To fully understand I need to go back in time to what is – ironically – one of the more challenging time periods of my life.
I was working in a culture that was becoming more toxic in proportion to the strengthening of “secular headwinds.”
In the midst of this despair I found comfort in the company of some of the most creative individuals I’ve ever worked with; souls who shared the ways they channeled stress into their life’s passions.
Being part of a band, writing fiction, dancing, working on code to predict winning Lotto numbers among other interests.
Working with people who had dreams outside Corporate meant I was free to share mine with an audience that was receptive if not outright supportive of them.
A few even helped me fulfill some of them.
Though I eventually attained my dream of leaving corporate to pursue writing novels full time, reality was nothing like I imagined. Coming into the dream right as the publishing industry was undergoing one of the most significant transformations in history was turbulent to say the least.
The rise of ebooks via Smashwords and Amazon.
Somewhere along the way I lost sight of what the dream was all about.
Why did I want to be a writer?
Like with so many around the world the pandemic forced a total recalibration on every level so it’s no surprise that on the other side of the worst of it I took stock of where I was and looked to see what needed to change. In terms of my career, a lot.
Though I’d become highly prolific during the lockdown, turning out several books – fiction and non – I drove myself straight into the wall of burnout.
Eliminate the Source.
Though I would have gotten here eventually, a recent and revealing discussion with a caring friend accelerated the decision to turn my focus from writing books.
The source of the burnout.
What excited me most was the opportunity to take time to think about what it was I wanted to write. I came to see the answer was going back to what I used to do.
Writing in a way that reflected who I am.
Which brings me to…
Making a Positive Difference
I have a lifetime of service that began in childhood with volunteer work.
Read, walk, and skate-a-thons for organizations such as March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy, The American Juvenile Diabetes Association, to name a few.
This continued into adultood.
Working with food banks and other volunteer opportunities.
I channeled my love of helping others professionally by becoming a consultant.
I was always gratified by the smiles of customers who got what they wanted in a solution.
After earning a doctorate in holistic healthcare, I channeled the consulting into nonfiction work.
Books and websites.
Unfortunately, this led to a rather interesting conundrum. It became about them.
My motivation was in the right place.
I didn’t understand the toll it would take.
Fast Forward to Positive.
I’ve decided to focus on blogging as it allows me to write what I love for the reason I got into writing.
To Share Smiles.
I believe it’s best – for readers and this writer – to stick with what I have rather than go to a newsletter service and ask readers following me to add an additional service.
When I thought about who I was as a person I remembered countless stories of laughter shared with colleagues and customers.
Even and especially during difficult times.
I knew immediately I wanted to give that to a broader audience.
I changed the site banner to reflect this.
Sharing Perspective to Share Smiles.
I think the world can do with more opportunities to smile and look forward to doing my part.
Warmly and with good vibes,