Truly Humbled

I was surprised and truly humbled by just how many friends reached out to get my email address and follow me on here when I made the announcement that I was leaving all social media platforms.

You may say this is still a form of social media. Maybe it is. WordPress is more of a blog format, though. More like a diary or journal, if you will. I feel calmer expressing myself here.

I’m not bashing social media at all. I met many wonderful people through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It’s just that my journey with those platforms has come to an end.

There is so much negativity and toxicity on those sites, and after much prayer and reflection, I felt like this was the best decision for me.

Nothing in particular happened. In fact, I’ve been debating doing this for months. It was only my dear readers and friends who kept me on as long as I was.

I haven’t been active on this blog much lately. However, now this will become my new safe haven from the drama and angst of social media.

Of course, I’ll have my traditional blog-type posts, but I’m also starting this category entitled A Day in the Life.

A day in the life of what, you might say? A day in the life of me…a day in the life of a humble Christian…author…editor…friend. One who still wants to share a piece of herself with the world without being dragged down with the hustle and bustle of big social media.

Here, in this category, is where I’ll occasionally share pics, random thoughts and pieces of my life.

If you’re also looking for a peaceful reprieve from what’s become the new norm in the frantic world of social media, feel free to join me here. Comment, message me—even if just for a simple chat.

If we aren’t already acquainted, feel free to reach out and introduce yourself. Follow me, and I’ll follow you back. Let’s communicate in peace and love. 💗

It's National Handwriting Day: What Will You Write?

With January 23 being National Handwriting Day, I thought it’d be appropriate to start off this blog talking about that.

How many of us really write anything by hand anymore? I’m not talking about jotting down little lists to take with us to the grocery store, but really writing–putting thoughts down on paper.

When people find out I’m a writer, they just assume that I have notebooks and journals filled with writing, and while that might have been the typical case for a writer a little over a decade ago, today it’s not. I know I don’t have very many (if any).

In fact, if you’re like me, most of your day to day writing is done online with a computer. I spend pretty much my whole day typing on a laptop, no matter whether I’m writing articles for a client or creating my own content for an upcoming book or blog, which brings me to my next thought:

Are we, as writers, losing a part of the writing experience by forgoing the traditional pen and paper method of writing?

For me, the answer is yes. While it’s easier and much quicker for me to simply type my thoughts up on a computer, there is something to be said about grasping a pen in your hand and watching as the ink flows from the tip onto a piece of paper. It’s a powerful feeling to know that as you create a series of letters, you’re forming words. To me, handwriting is a form of artistry. (Seeing as how I have absolutely no artistic skill when it comes to drawing or painting, I’ll grasp onto any other way to be an artist that I can. Haha.)

When you write by hand, you put more of your blood, sweat, and tears into what you’re writing. I say this because if you write for any length of time, your hand begins to cramp or tire, and yet (if you’re like me) you trudge on, not content until your thoughts are painstakingly conveyed onto that sheet of paper. If you make a mistake, you must pay the consequences of it. You can’t simply backspace or delete it with ease; instead, you must cross out the mistake, erase it, white it out, or even leave it. You’re forced to deal with it.

I like handwriting. I always have. Even as a child in school, I relished when the teacher gave us an assignment that required us to handwrite definitions of terms. I get a weird sense of pleasure from clutching a pen or pencil between my fingers and feeling a smooth sheet of paper under the side of my hand as I neatly form the letters that I envision in my mind’s eye.

However, in this digital age, I have gotten away from the practice of handwriting. Working online keeps me typing on the computer, and even when I create my own content for publication, I create it for publication online so that I might reach a larger audience. Until the beginning of this new year, I hadn’t kept a journal, diary, or whatever you want to call it since I was a child. One of my new year’s resolutions was to take some time each couple days (if I can’t get around to it every day) to write something by hand in a little journal that I bought. Not only does it give me a sense of accomplishment, but I think it’s been a healthy writing exercise.

Whether or not you keep a handwritten notebook or journal or you choose to do all your writing digitally, take a moment today to handwrite something. You might find that it proves to be an activity that you want to incorporate into your daily writing habits.