More often than not, I can be found with a book in my hand. I have always been an avid reader and began writing stories at a young age. There’s just something about losing yourself in a book. I have laughed and cried as I flipped through the pages and wondered what the characters would do next. I’ve always wanted to share the joy I’ve experienced with others and being able to do so is the greatest adventure of all. Reading opens up a world of adventure. My goal is to share my love of reading with children of all ages.
Although the written word is my passion, writing has not been my only career. In high school I was convinced I wanted to be a nurse. The idea of helping others is wonderful but the actual nursing experience is a different story. Luckily I had other dreams… In college, when I finally switched my major from nursing to English, it was like meeting my first love a second time. But I soon found out that writing is one thing; publishing is a whole other beast.
I self-published my first children’s book in 2015 and self-published my second children’s e-book in 2019. In between writing, I have taught Middle School Language Arts, worked as a bank teller, on an assembly line, performed a variety of temp clerical jobs and worked as an administrative assistant. During all those jobs, writing has been a constant in my life and as I continue to write and share my stories with others, I hope my joy rings loudly through every page.
I can’t believe it is already May. The end of March seemed unreal and I sort of passed through April in a daze. 2020 started with a bang! COVID, shelter-in place mandates, confusion, chaos, and unprecented death. I have toggled between periods of reading/watching the news non-stop and then taking multiple day breaks.
I know many people are dealing with the loss of loved ones, the loss of jobs and are wondering how they are going to make it. I know this has not been an easy time for you and I’m hoping and praying things will get better soon. I know it is hard but please do not give up hope. Times like these should bring us together, not tear us apart. It is sad how some people are unconcerned about others. Of course this is an ongoing issue that has been seen when people are confronted about/try to discuss/try to enact change/or demand justice re racial profiling by police, hate crimes or gun regulations. Yet I still thought when it came to this type of situation, it would be different.
I think if everyone would just try to treat others how they want to be treated and realize that you are not the only important person in the world, things would improve. I mean, I may not know you but that doesn’t mean that your life doesn’t have value. I am grateful and blessed to be healthy today. I am grateful and blessed that my family and friends are healthy today. But I still wear a mask when I go out because I don’t know if I’m carrying anything that will make someone else sick. I care enough about the clerk checking me out, the stranger standing in front of and behind me to use precauations. When I have extra money, I give to help others. If I don’t have extra money, I give time. It doesn’t hurt me to do it.
Sometimes we are so concerned about our own needs, wants and comforts that we step on and over others as we seek them. I suggest we try caring. It’s really not that hard. Goodness, it may even make us all feel good, less miserable, less unhappy. Yep, I think that’s a good idea. Let’s all give caring a try.