My passion for writing stems from a lifelong relationship with words; the earliest flames sparked by an intense love for reading. As a child, I spent hours curled up on a couch, deeply immersed in imagined worlds where the characters felt like home. Unwilling to let even my dreams interrupt a story, I often huddled under blankets with a flashlight, determined to read the final chapters before being overtaken by sleep. Absorbing thoughts and ideas from writers whose stories graced the pages of my favorite books made me feel...well, alive! When I realized that I, too, had the power to use words to express, define, and make connections between experiences and feelings, I was hooked!
I attended a small university in central Illinois, where I learned how to use words in a formal and informative way. As a journalism major, I discovered ways to write about factual information, but my career path veered into corporate settings and I quickly lost sight of the beauty and brilliance of creative writing. Much like the stuffy, irksome adults in “The Little Prince - Le Petit Prince,” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Shomei Yoh, I failed to see writing through the heart and eventually couldn’t see rightly at all.
Oh, but the revival! Becoming a homeschooler restored my passion for words and writing like a field of lavender, blossoming after a dormant winter. Homeschooling allowed me to revisit the childhood stories that carried me to faraway lands and remember that writing is an expression of feeling, of hope, and of love. Whether writing about a subject of interest or a whimsical fantasy, the writer’s expression is what creates a connection with the reader. This realization, and the glorious resuscitation of my passion, empowered me to apply my voice on every page.
My goal as a writing coach is to help the next generation of writers navigate the winding path from thought to paper (or screen), discover the power of their voice, and make connections through expression — while viewing the act and artistry of writing through the heart.