Monday, November 8, 2010

Today Starts My Writing....

For those of you who know me, you know that I left a career in construction this past January. I worked for a great company that supported my desires to try different things and learn different disciplines. I was there for 12-1/2 years! It was a wonderful, stressful, and fun place to work... I  miss my coworker/friends there, and I miss other things as well. Like having a regular income, ha ha. The place really was like my second home, after all.

I have been searching, since leaving there, for my Self. I've wanted to reinvent myself. I need to risk things, and to push my self-drawn boundaries. I decided back in January, that if I were to leave construction, and all the money that came with my job, I wasn't going to go out and get the same thing again, though I could. I had already decided that what I wanted was to live in a much more creative and exciting world of artists, writers, Bohemians, Beatniks, and most of all, Happy People. I had already worked with the intelligent, hard-working, stressed out group of jocks and heavy-drinkers. I really wanted to try something different. 

I moved from California (land that I love) to Pennsylvania (land that I'm starting to love,) to be with my boyfriend/soul-mate, and I set out to search for what would work for me.... as a continuation of my productive life. I started out by making art journals. I even sold some in LA, though I haven't sold many since. I made jewelry and ornaments, and sold some of that, from my etsy shop. I have had some freedom to try to sell the things that I enjoy making, and to soul-search for "what next?" I think I found my answer, but I'm not one hundred percent sure. But without risking something of yourself, you can not expect to gain anything fantastic, and so, I step out of my comfort zone, and I begin something new. A story book. 

I have always loved children's books, as well as adult books.... I ALWAYS have my nose in a book, as a matter of fact, if not two or three at once. I've never directed myself to write anything, though. Well, that's a lie. I actually started several stories when I was young, but they were terribly dramatic stories steeped in the world of fantasy, as that's what I was reading at the time. My best friend and I would work on our stories, and share the pages, and it was wonderful, hilarious, and embarrassing! I think our lack of general life experiences made the stories a bit flat and juvenile. Ha ha. Though, I still believe there was something there. I don't think we were devoid of talent. We just never really took ourselves too seriously, is all.

So.... I've started several stories, as well as an article or two. I am making this my next big effort, along with my other creative outlets. It's hard for me to stop all completely, so I won't bother. I need to have my hand in many different things at any given time, or I get antsy. I think that this is the training I received at my last job as a project manager for our Small Projects Department! I was always running many projects at once, and had to know what the stages and issues were for each of my projects at any given time. It is a learned skill that I use in my daily life. It seems that I actually need to have several things going on... I feel good that way!

I will still be blogging, though possibly not as often. I don't know yet. Being at the computer keyboard too much tends to wreak havoc on my tendonitis. (Which is why I've cut back a bit of late.) But I will post updates, and photos of things around me that inspire. I will possibly put more recipes on my blog, also. I've been cooking & baking like crazy in this cold weather! I'll be asking for advice from all of you in the blogging community, as well as my readers.... so please stay tuned! Wish me luck on my next escapade!! I'm hoping that I can nurse into existence a new career as an author of many stories and books. I would so love a profession where I dictate my schedule and have loads of money coming in so I can shower my family & friends with gifts and travel with my boyfriend, and really excel at being a human being. I will be journaling, as well, and will try to post the best pages here.

Peace and good will to all.... I'll be back! (Probably sooner than I think because it's hard to stay away. I NEED human connections!) 



Terriaw said...

Wow, this is BIG news! Congratulations on your decision. I think this sounds so exciting. I know what it's like to want to do something completely different from what you were doing before. Good luck with your new endeavor - you will rock it! and keep in touch.

shari said...

Thank you, Terri! I'll definitely be posting here and there.... I don't think anything could stop me for long! I appreciate your good will... we'll see how this goes, right? (Fingers crossed!!)

Orion Designs said...

This sounds truly exciting and scary -- all at the same time. I'll be following your every move!

BTW, I signed up for a class at Volcano next April. It's been too long since I took any classes and I crave some new inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Wow Shari this sounds fabulous - I sincerely wish you lots of luck in your new endeavours and hope your path is paved with magic.

Do let us know now and then how things are going - I understand what you mean about needing a break from the keyboard when you have been tapping away all day.

Moonbeams and Sparkles on your journey.
Love Shell

Brandi said...

Good for you, Shari! Can't want to hear how things go for you.

Shannon of ** Happiness Is...** said...

Oh good for you girl! I'm very proud of you for taking such a needed risk by leaving your job and following your passions. Writing childrens books has always been a dream of mine too. I know you will succeed - just stick with it!! :) xo

shari said...

Vicky, if I can make it to Volcano, I will! I'd love to be your next door neighbor again!

Shell, thanks so much! I'll take all the moonbeams & sparkles I can get on this journey...

Thank you, Brandi! I'll keep you all posted!

Shannon, thank you! I've always loved children's books... I just hope that I can do the genre justice! I'm willing to give it a shot, anyway!

You all ROCK!! Thank you for your love & support!!


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