ONE YEAR AGO TODAY, I published my very first story for Townies. I was in an in-between season of my life so I chose to follow my intuition. I wanted to connect with others and write for a living. However, up until that point I had done a very fine job of building up a great big wall of excuses as to why it wouldn’t work (or more specifically, why my writing wasn’t good enough.) But your spirit has a funny way of pulling you forward if you let it.
I remember sitting there holding my baby boy and feeling an undeniable urge to lead by example. I wanted him to grow up with the peace of mind knowing that he can do anything and be anyone he wants to be. I wanted him to know that this world needed that special gift that only he had. I knew that before I could instill that in him I had to believe it wholeheartedly myself.
So one year ago today I hit publish on my very first profile. My subject was my dear friend, Nick Bragg. You can read my words on him here. It seems silly now that I had been so nervous that my story wouldn’t be “right”. I mean, who made the rules anyway?
And who the heck really knows how to use a semicolon properly? Not me.
I assumed my parents would be my only readers but was pleasantly surprised when more and more people began to follow along. So I kept on connecting and writing and found a home where I least expected it.
This morning as I sat in Nick Bragg’s studio again sipping coffee while my son made a mess with markers I smiled thinking of what a difference a year can make. Take Nick and I for example. Last year we were strangers and today we are dear friends and I consider him a mentor.
Over the past year, I went from confused to (on most days) content. I have found a confidence in following my own imperfect flow. I’m now working full-time as a writer – something I never thought was possible for me. I have worked on multiple brand strategy projects where I have helped others find their authentic voice. I have had the pleasure of penning regular articles like this one. I started facilitating messaging workshops to help non-profits and startups focus their message towards those who need it most. And this month, I’m over the moon to share that this little space on the world wide web has received investments from these phenomenal organizations which allows me to share more of the personal stories that make up the fabric of our town.
I have also had the honor of getting to know so many of you, fellow Townies here in Winston-Salem, who are carving your own unconventional path to create a life you love. Your drive continues to energize and inspire me. I firmly believe that together our passion will continue to make this community exceptional as long as we keep showing up and doing what we love to do best.
Admittedly, a year later things are still not easy and I still have bouts with insecurity. But you know what? I’m doing it. And I firmly believe you can, too. Whatever “it” is. In this moment I challenge you to ask yourself this simple yet powerful question…
“What will MY life look like one year from today?”