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January 2015

Taking a Break from a Passion…

Page BreakThere is a first for everything. Well actually there are sometimes a second or even a third for everything. For me, the past several months have been the second time in my life that I haven’t had any major goals towards my writing. The first time was back around 2006 when my father passed away and I went through a transitional, dark period in my life. It was a very trying and distracting period in my life. Writing became the last thing on my mind. Fast forward to 2010 and I got my writing groove back and decided I’d really work towards completing my first novel, Enough Time, and starting my first blog, Is It Real?. After that, what seemed like long block of not writing, in 2010, I really went hard on writing and writing as much as I could. I was able to get articles published in some magazines and online blogs. I guess you can say I was really feeling myself when it came to writing.

So here I am in 2015 and I feel the block has begun again. My last literary piece, The Rock, was published in Southern Soul Magazine back in November, but since then I haven’t done much of anything when it comes to writing. Back in mid-2014, I was adamant about publishing my second book this year, but I’ve had a change of heart when it comes to that. Just all of a sudden from out of nowhere, my thought process on working to publish my second book has changed. I’ve decided to just step back completely from my writing. There hasn’t been anything traumatic like a death as I experienced in 2006, but I do believe I’m going through some transitional period in my life. I’m riding a tide. While I ride it though, I can’t help but to feel some type of void because of the break I’m taking. On the upside, I know from past experience that the break won’t last always and eventually I’ll get back to it. The last break actually gave me more strength and perspective than I had before that I was able to expound on throughout my writing. It was something like a rebirth period for me. Until the break is over, I’m remaining positive and not allowing the break to leave me feeling unfulfilled, yet encouraged that this time will allow me to have a burst of new literary works to share in the future.

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Chances…

DressIt’s been a minute since I last blogged.*inserts shameful face here*. I guess I was looking for some sort of inspiration. Well a few days ago I was infused with some over due inspiration. I’ve spent most of the beginning of 2015 reorganizing and revamping my life. With that, I’ve been purging things I no longer need; that are making my living space cluttered. I’m convinced it was something of a requirement for me to move forward. While I was doing so, I ran across the dress you see in the picture. It’s a very elegant grey dress with spaghetti straps threaded with faux diamonds. It’s about 16 years old, but speaks volume to my past.

To you this dress may be just that – a dress. To me it represents a blossoming period in my life. Up until the age of 17 I was very tomboyish and never really cared for dressing “girlie”. For whatever reason I decided I’d attempt to run for the Miss East High pageant in my 12th grade year. The idea was far-fetched at the time. Why I even concocted the thought, remains unknown. It was uncharted waters for me; completely out of my character. I was willing however, to step outside of my comfort zone and do something different. Surprisingly, I went into the pageant resting in my cocoon and when I won I’d metamorphosed into a butterfly. I still have the dress I was awarded the title of Miss East High School 1999. I don’t think I’ll ever let it go.

I tell this story because it exemplifies the point that life is all amount evolving moments. Life is a field of transitions. Making changes. Embracing them. Take those chances that seem abnormal for you. Do something that you never thought you’d do and see where it may take you. Sixteen years ago, I took a step towards the unknown and came out with more than I expected. That moment became a foundation for the many other moments that have shaped me into who I am today. And quite frankly, I’m pleased with who I am and who I will continue to grow into. Now you do the same!

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