Finding Your Path: Once a Writer, Always a Writer

When I started this business, I spent the first year or two explaining to people that, while I work primarily in public relations, I’m really a writer. I’ve been in the business of public relations for seven years now, running a growing company that is succeeding in building business for our clients through storytelling, relationships and higher purpose.

Except that writer in me just won’t go away.

Lately, I’ve been noticing a lot of messages from the universe directing me back to writing. A man calls in May to see if I can edit and revise his book to help get it published. I tell him I’m too busy and besides, that’s not really the work I do, and refer him to someone else. He keeps calling until finally, mid-July, he says, “Do you have time now?”

A writer-friend meets a local writer at a Montana retreat and gives her my number. She comes to my office to ask me how to succeed as a writer. I find myself planning a writers workshop for my home to start in the fall. Weekly. To bring my writing (do I have any currently in process?) for others to critique.

I’ve written two novels – one finished, one about 60 pages in; I have a nonfiction book on work ready to go.

There’s still room to join us!

I decide after India that it would be great fun to lead a writing and yoga retreat with my friend Katherine Austin. So we create a flier, put it up on the website, and boom, 11 people sign up in the blink of an eye. We’re going Up North next week for three days of immersion in writing and yoga, to help people find their voices.

I’ve always said that my dream career at this point in life is to be an interfaith minister. To write sermons every week and inspire others to find spirituality and higher purpose and realize that we are all the same. To write sermons every week…not work but joy.

Write. Write. Write. Write. Write.

When I was in college, my parents encouraged me to go to law school. Who makes money as a writer? I chose to do my master’s in fine arts in writing at Goddard College. Who makes money as a poet?

My first book, published in time for MFA graduation, 1996

My first book came out when I was 25, and seven more have followed. I have several in the works, in the wings, waiting to be published. I have always loved to write. And I have always written very well, descriptively, tug-at-the-heartstrings, you-really-get-me kind of writing.

But somewhere along the way I stopped doing what I love, living my passion, and instead focused on the money. How would I support my kids? There’s a recession going on, dummy! Earn, earn, earn.

Except, that writer part of me never went away.

Although I love public relations and especially love my clients and the work I do for them, I am finding more and more that the universe is pushing me to return to writing.

flavors-faithI’m working on an expanded edition of The Flavors of Faith: Holy Breadsmy latest book, to be re-released with additional content next spring, with an invigorated marketing campaign. I’m speaking several times each month to bigger and bigger audiences.

Perhaps my dharma, my life’s work, my calling is to inspire others through word, spoken and written. Perhaps that’s the path ahead.

I’m open to anything and I sure do think it’s exciting to be able to do what you love and what you are called to do. My friend Katherine says that when you follow your path and are in touch with Source and Right, you will always be taken care of. Abundant. There will be enough money.

I sure hope so. You have to be willing to jump off the cliff, she said. And trust that something Bigger will catch you, keep you afloat.

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