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Well, here goes (gulp). My first official blog post, on my first official blog. Who’da thunk it?

It seems that with my book coming out soon – my publisher and writer friends tell me that I need to be more active on social media. Hence, the blog. And let’s face it – this blogging thing is quite the hit nowadays. So, here I am!

But it never fails that about a second after I have a thought about actually writing this blog, the anxiety explodes like fireworks on the fourth of July. Ok, well maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it IS a feeling of dread. Of cold fear. And that is no exaggeration!

Truth: I grapple with fears about my writing. I am a former hermit, who has valued privacy and solitude above all else for the majority of my 50+ years and today I’m pulling back the drapes, throwing open the windows and letting you see who I really am. So yeah, today is really significant for me.

Today I am ready to own the message and tell you I have something really important I need to say.

I invite you to listen in because I believe its something really important you need to hear.

This moment has been a long time coming, and I admit I have been  guilty of fighting against it for the majority of the last four years of my life.

The Pointer Sisters said it better and with more soul than I ever could, but today I am officially coming out. I am coming out of hiding.

If you don’t personally know me already, allow me to leave you with a little picture of who I am:

  •  Above all, I am a Christ follower. When I say that, I mean I have an on-going daily conversation with Jesus (God), and that pretty much every decision I make happens only after I’ve spoken – then listened – to God. From cover to cover, I believe what the Bible says, even the parts I don’t like.
  • I’m honored to be the daughter of some of the best people I know -amazing parents. They made me the very grateful eldest sibling to eight of the most amazing humans walking the planet. My nieces and nephews (over 20 of them now) have taught me so many things over the years – but mostly how to love like I never knew I could.
  • Grandparents. One of God’s biggest blessings is the relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren. I had THE best grandfathers EVER, and my grandmother is still a beautiful, sweet woman who is finally letting people wait on her a little bit now that she is 90. I want to be like her when I grow up –  to have her grace and her energy would be awesome!

So, that’s it for now. Today I’m inviting YOU, the reader, to join me on my journey. I want to share some life-changing (and at times, fun) things with you, and I’m excited to learn valuable things from you too!

Before you go, please respond in the comment section to this question:

As I mentioned earlier, I struggle with fear around my writing (and other things too). What’s one thing you find yourself struggling with? And what are you doing REALLY well?

Thanks for your patience as this blog takes shape, and thanks for stopping by!

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