The dirty secret about all that I do, what I do, is there are people that think that what I do has been easy, sort of nebulous, and that ‘anyone’ should be able to do. Yet, the great thing about all that I am doing is that no one that I know is doing it on such a scale. My brother’s nickname for me is Shonda Rimes.
Great compliment. Fantastic comparison.
And with quiet reflection, I examined the last decade of my life, with a professional lens. With full candor. With disclosure. With the desire and happiness for the future. It is with the complete childlike happiness that I anticipate what is to come–and what is already in the works.
At the beginning of the last decade, I was a 28-year-old single mom, whose ex-husband was aloof at best and narcissistic at worst. At the end of the decade, I am a locally known indie author; blogger; started a podcast; creating a working professional network which consists of college professors and 1 mentor, Dr. Kimberly Welch.
Come walk down memory lane with me:
2010-first marriage left me destitute with 2 children under 3.
2011-Went back to school; divorce final
2012-not writing, trying to be a nurse
2013-lost ￼my grandmother, a 3-year relationship; left school because I couldn’t pay for it
2014-Murder of Michael Brown, Jr; activism galvanized. Writing begins as a career. 3 books published.
2015-more writing; forgoing nursing as career; met Marissa Southards (now the founder of The Awakenings Project-STL) via Twitter.
2016-The Ideal Firestarter created more writing; sat for The Awakenings Project; met Winnie Elizabeth as a blogging mentor
2017- first novel done; writing is now a career; started editing professionally through JBHarris Writing Services ;writing mentorship starts; first company started.
2018-RUBY published; professional network grows; writing workshops begin; book count stands at 10; started I Breathe Fire, met Amanda Wells, founder of FLOW STL.
2019-The Writers’ Block podcast begins; The Ideal Firestarter staff is at 4; 2 companies started; graduated college. Three professional mentors, with plans for grad school. Writing Mentorship starts 1.15.2020.
I am not playing with this next decade.