Five short years ago, I faced a seemingly simple course requirement: form and write a blog about something you’re passionate about. Having always been a quiet, compliant student, I quickly got to work on my first blog, Chippin’ Off the Block. It didn’t take long until writing a blog became far more than just an assignment for a journalism class.
In fact, it took me much longer to realize that I didn’t want to write newspaper articles or feature stories. It took me much longer to realize my dream of being a journalist died. It took me even longer to realize that just because I didn’t want to write those sorts of things – didn’t mean that I wasn’t a writer or that I didn’t love writing anymore.
It took me much longer to realize that managing social media or running public relations campaigns wouldn’t satisfy my desire to write – at least not full-time.
It took me much longer to realize that just writing technical proposals for more than 40 hours a week wasn’t the perfect answer either. It took me much longer to realize that I’ll always need more creative outlets.
Throughout the years, my blog has taught me that no matter what I’m writing – a proposal for an engineering firm, my novel, a marketing plan for a medical society, or a blog post – what matters most to me is using my written words to inspire and encourage those around me.
What I’m still figuring out is how to best use my blog to accomplish those loves.
It took me awhile, but I’ve realized that it’s time to turn the page – quite literally – on Chippin’ Off the Block. I hope you’ll continue to join me at Weast of Eden as I write the next chapter in my life.