Choosing the Path or Allowing the Path to Choose You

English: "The two main cloud types are St...
English: “The two main cloud types are Stratocumulus mixing with Cumulus in the foreground with Cumulus beyond” ~ Identified by http://www.cloudappreciationsociety.org/ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The change of seasons is a great time to take inventory of where you are in your personal and professional life.  We live in a world whereby the media makes everything available, everyone’s ups and downs.  If you are not careful you can get caught in the trap of comparison. When I was younger I saw my adult life through a lens that did not project where I am today.  I have pondered the paths I did not travel for whatever reason and realized I am right where I am intended to be.

I do not give stock to things happening accidentally.  Positive perception is important to staying focused on possibilities that can shower your life.  I have discovered whatever the situation, no matter how it feels, look for the strength you need to continue making a difference in the lives of others.  As I ponder my journey in life, the opportunities, opened and closed doors, it is important for me to start at the beginning.

The anniversary of my birth is August 24th.  This is a special day. Not just because I was born, but because I lived.    God showed his grace and blessed my mother and father with me. My mother lost two boys, my brothers, before she had me.  My birth was grace and as I reflect on the past 45 years, I know that grace and mercy have accompanied me along this journey. Grace has protected me from bad relationships, bad decisions and mercy was there to lift me up when I stumbled along the way.

To be true to myself and the mission of Celebrating Life Anew Writing Professionals, I decided to operate out of faith and trust my internal compass as it led me away from comfort, familiarity and a false security. On the surface my career and accomplishments looked solid but what I truly wanted was to celebrate life and not be bound by what the world tells me I should do, but operate more out of the gifts and talents that I’ve been given.  You see, I truly believe that God is my provider.  He has provided for and protected me for 45 years.  There have been uncomfortable times in my life, but I have been of good cheer because I believe that God is much larger than what I see or can comprehend.  I am doing the things that I enjoy in life.  I choose to no longer allow someone else’s agenda to determine my future.

While the world is focused on how terrible the economy is, what are you doing to celebrate life?  Is your joy tied to the economy?  I hope not.  There is so much beauty, joy and harmony all around us.  I hope you take time to celebrate you. Celebrate all that you have to give to make the world a better place.

Celebrating Life,

Radiant Renee Truitt

A Simple Way to Find Your Voice

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Words (Photo credit: sirwiseowl)

I sat at my desk and decided to take the words out of my head and transfer them to paper.  As a writer I knew that was the beginning.  What would I write about?   Better yet, what do I have to say that would be of interest to anyone but me? I read somewhere (more words) that if I am interested in something, more than likely someone else is too.  That thought helped me find my voice.  As I began my journey to become a writer, I realized that the world is made up of words.  Everything around us is connected to a word.  I began to hear the words in music. I began to see the words in sales papers. I began to see my words on the computer monitor.

I’m currently reading “Writing to Change the Word” by Mary Pipher.  According to Ms. Pipher, “words are the most powerful tools at our disposal.  With them, writers have saved lives and taken them, brought justice and confounded it, raised armies, started wars and ended them.  Writers can change minds, alter the way people think, transform our definitions of right and wrong.”

The power in words is amazing.  The more we read and write, the closer we’ll come to finding our voice, and perhaps changing the world. What are you passionate about?  What concerns you in your everyday walk through life?

The passion I have to share with other parents about life with my son who has Autism is driving one of my voices.  Did you know that April is Autism Awareness month?  There is so much for the world to discover and understand about the spectrum of Autism. Even children who do not have the disease need to be aware of how to socialize with their peers who do.   Better informed students will help teachers have better managed classrooms. Please visit http://www.autismspeaks.org/ to learn more.

As I continue to toss words around and observe the world around me, I look forward to stretching my voice.  How did you find your voice? Are you on the journey to discovering your passions? Please share with us, we would love to know.

Renee Truitt

 

Why Do You Choose to Write?

Pencil
Pencil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a story to be told.  It has been building over the last few months . . . the characters are coming to life and the plot is unfolding.

I have a wonderful recipe for dinner rolls to share.  It was handed down by my grandmother.  Perhaps a book of recipes is in my future.

My writers’ group met last Saturday and wow what a session it was.  The opportunity to build relationships with other writers is so important because of the support received.  I never feel alone being a part of this community.

When my son was diagnosed with autism, I decided to learn all I can.  I wrote an article, “Autism and Animation:  3 Tips to Engage Your Child” (http://voices.yahoo.com/autism-animation-3-tips-engage-10192509.html?cat=70 .)  A writer must be willing to learn.

Reading and writing in a quiet space . . . with jazz softly streaming through the room . . . releases stress, makes me happy, and fulfills my creative need.   Every day I strive toward my goal of healthy living.  It is important to develop a ritual, something that makes a writer feel comfortable or safe while writing.

Why do I choose to write?  I choose to write to tell stories, share information, build relationships, acquire new knowledge, and to meet my goal of health living!

Why do you choose to write?  Please leave a comment.

To Write or Not To Write. There is Only One Answer.

An array of colored pencils, these pencils are...
An array of colored pencils, these pencils are made by Crayola. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The stories are vivid in our minds.  The words dance around in no particular order.  The desire to string the images and words together continues to nag at us.  The only thing left to do is write, write, and write some more.  If you are anything like I was initially, I was not sure how to actually begin writing; how to officially call myself a writer.

The first thing I discovered was the need to systematically write in my journal. That was easier said than done until I discovered a wonderful book by Bryan Cohen called, 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts that kicked my journey off. The writing prompts are very detailed and inspire creativity.

After spending time creatively writing and discovering your voice, every writer wants an opportunity to share their stories.   There are various online content writing opportunities that provide a platform, specifically:

  • Consider joining Yahoo! Contributor’s Network https://contributor.yahoo.com/account/.
  • Members of the Network become a part of a supportive community of writers.
  • The biggest thrill is having your articles published for the world to read!
  • Did I mention that you can get paid to write?

Mawell Perkins (1884-1947), editor to Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, suggested that we, “just get it down on paper, and then we’ll see what to do with it”. That must be the answer.  Now pick up those pens, pencils, journals, tablets and laptops and write!

Renee Truitt