Five years ago, I left the traditional work force to care for my son, as well as pursue writing and speaking. Although I had been speaking professionally for several years, I had no clue what it meant to write professionally, let alone what it meant to get paid to write something.
It’s not that I’ve arrived – because really, will any of us ever arrive? – but with 2017 came nineteen (paid) online and print articles, numerous giveaway pieces (as in I gave my writing away for free), more than a dozen speaking engagements, and, of course, a book contract.
The irony is that I miss blog writing. I miss interacting with all of you. I miss letting my fingers do the talking just because they have something to say, not because a deadline says I have something to say. This year, Author Tuesdays will decrease in intensity and consistency, and who knows – you might even see my random musings a little bit more.
Rather ironically as well, even though my book is a memoir about my own journey into issues of race, I wrote very little (publicly) about the subject. Almost all of my energy went into the 67,908 words of the manuscript, but knowing that many of you want to read more and learn more about it, I can’t wait to explore and discuss some of these thoughts with you.
For those of you who’ve been around here for awhile, you may have noticed that I also stopped linking to outside articles. You can always find published pieces on the Publications page, or you can connect with me on Facebook or Twitter, where they always get highlighted and pushed out.
But I’d also love to point you to ten of my favorite published pieces from this last year. You may have read some of them, so if you find a favorite, would you mind sharing it (and tagging me in it) again? I’d be so grateful.
Check it out:
Reaching a New Generation With the Bible (CT Pastors): I loved interviewing four pastors from around the U.S. who are all successfully reaching the younger generation with the Bible. And, spoiler alert, Millennials love authentic relationships.
Why It Took 39 Years to get Justice for these Four Murdered Girls from Birmingham (For Every Mom): As you can probably imagine, I love delving into history, especially when it involves the Civil Rights Movement. And I’ll be honest: I had a lot to learn about these four girls.
Break Your Day Into Thirds (Women Leaders): Of the many articles I wrote for Women Leaders, I think this one was my favorite – both because I got to interview and think about two of my favorite people, but also because this is both best practice and advice.
Talk With My Kids About Death (CT Women): Opening up the honesty can here: I’m a Seven on the Enneagram, and we Sevens don’t necessarily love talking about pain and death. Pass, please. But when I do enter into the subjects I tend to want to run from, I emerge stronger on the other side.
7 Things that Will Keep Me from Coming Back to Your Church (iBelieve): Now, I’m not always a fan of list articles, but they’re a quick and dirty way to quickly make a point. Truly, this one came from the heart and made me realize that I’m not alone.
A Conductor of Community (Women Leaders): The extrovert in me loves getting to connect with other people, so interviewing, featuring and learning from Gail Song Bantum proved a true highlight.
Circle Only One (She Loves Magazine): You know I loved writing about being asked to circle only one ethnicity for my mixed-race sons. Yeah, I had some thoughts.
An Afternoon of Lectio Divina (The Mudroom): Sometimes the words just flow out of you – such was the case here, likely because it came straight from the heart and involved some of the dearest people of my heart.
The Power and Privilege of White Women (Red Letter Christians): If I’m honest, I don’t think I was ready to write this piece – but I really, really loved entering into writing this piece, even if I’m still figuring out my own power and privilege as a white woman.
Bookending Change (in)courage): Y’all know that it’s been a year of change and transition, to say the least. This article, written in the midst of moving upheaval, more so reflected what I hoped would happen in the end.
So, there you go. I have a handful of writing deadlines in front of me now, but if I can speak one dream into reality, I’d love to broaden my audience (and therefore expand my publishing horizons) in the coming year. But for now, I’m doing what I need to do, which means sitting down and giving this to you.
So, what was it for you? Was there an article I wrote that spoke to you? When it comes to the blog, what topics would YOU like to see me put to (Internet) paper?0