Hello, and welcome to my first post! I’m glad you’re here! So, let’s address the elephant in the room, namely, Why in the name of Super Chicken am I writing a blog? The answer is simple: why wouldn’t I? Just like many people, I have distinct and severe sections of my life. Childhood (eek!), young adulthood (ugh!), mature adulting (yay!). The thing about my experiences, is that I have been able to keep coming back, meaning, I get knocked down. But I get up again. You know, you’re never gonna keep me down. Sorry, it will be in my head all day now too (it’s a ’90’s song that was pretty epic if you don’t get it). Seriously, though. At one point in my life, I weighed 265 lbs, smoked, drank until I was drunk every night, and completely hopeless. I was on all kinds of medications for depression, mania, and insomnia. I was fired from my job. On my second marriage. No friends. No Prospects. No life. But then I changed. People often ask me for help. “What’s the easiest way to lose weight?” “How can I quit Drinking/Smoking/Eating?” “How can I do what you did?” <— This. This is why I decided to write a blog.
There is so much more than that though. Years ago, just before I quit drinking, I started writing a novel. I mean, I decided I was going to do it, and wrote it in 2 weeks. Not a novella, an actual novel. I wrote it, and then put it in a drawer, and there it has been for 10 years. I actually carry around an electronic copy on an old thumb drive in my purse. I don’t know why. I forgot it was even there until this morning. So, my husband (third time is a charm, for anyone who is counting) got me an iPad for my 40th birthday, solely for the purpose of editing and submitting my novel. I think it was a ‘no more excuses’ move on his part. It was amazing…and terrifying.
I am not big on putting myself out there. I am the person that you work with that isn’t flamboyant or loud, but is a work horse. I’m quiet, a chameleon. I like to blend in. The prospect of taking characters that formed in my head, that talked to me and took on their own life, being rejected countless times by faceless people makes me want to hide behind a rock. Writers have all of my respect. Who else can just say, “Here are my deepest thoughts! Please critique me!” Although, I will say that I really enjoy my annual performance reviews at work, but that’s just because I know I do a great job, and I like to see if my boss can get creative whilst basically saying the same thing every year.
So, I’m sitting at the kitchen table this morning, and I decide to run the idea of a blog by Wave (my husband…heretofore known as ‘Wave’). I expected him to say, “Why in the name of Super Chicken would you write a blog?” but instead, he said “Why wouldn’t you?”
My intention is to write a weekly article and post it up on Monday for your consideration. Of course I will talk about the things people ask me most about, but I will also talk about other things…like being a child of divorce, and surviving 2 of my own, losing my boyfriend to Hodgkin’s Disease at the age of 16, becoming a medical mystery for most of my adult life, and finding true love after trying so many times.
What I can tell you for sure, is that you’re probably not crazy…