What’s my passion? This sort of question excites me because I get to talk about the things that I love, although I’m sure no one will be surprised by what I have to say.
Storytelling. I’m a writer, but first and foremost I call myself a storyteller, because I’ve been telling stories for as long as I can remember, even if I wasn’t always writing them down. I would make up stories as I played outside and I’m drawn to and inspired by other forms of storytelling as well, like art, dance, movies and TV, music… Stories are something that people can connect to and identify with, they can be healing and a source of comfort in hard times, they can provide someone with new insights and lessons, they provide joy and entertainment and can be interpreted differently by each person. I think that’s a beautiful, wonderful and important thing. So stories in all forms… I love them.
Writing. Of course, my number one passion and form of storytelling is through the written word. Writing isn’t always easy; in fact sometimes it’s really, really difficult, but it’s something that I’m driven to do. Even at its most frustrating, I have a sense that all is right with the world because that’s what I’m supposed to do. It’s fun and exciting and comforting and I love coming up with different characters and worlds and putting them on paper. It’s also the passion that can really shake my confidence and make me doubt myself, because sometimes it’s really, really hard. Sometimes I don’t think I’m very good at it and when that mindset hits it’s really hard. What does it mean that I’m not very good at what I’m driven to do? Luckily I have some wonderful writing buddies who can help me out of the writing woes when they hit.
Dogs. Little One is my #1, obvs, but dogs in general. They capture my heart. I’ve loved them for as long as I can remember. My first dog love was Mocha–a chocolate lab that my sister had when I was young–and I’ve fallen in love with each dog that I’ve met since. When I’m away from my sweet pup I notice them everywhere and I love visiting dog friendly towns (hello Whitefish, Montana!) even though they make me miss Little One when we’re apart. They’re so loyal and loving–all they want is their human (and food) and their joy when they see their people walk into a room… it’s the sweetest!
Water. Lakes, rivers, oceans. When I’m by water and can hear and see it I feel at peace. I could just sit and stare at the water for hours… and I have. On a different water-related note, it’s also my favorite beverage and clean water is the cause that’s near and dear to my heart, because it’s a necessity (everyone in the world needs access to clean water) but it’s not something that all people have access to.
Family. My family rocks. That’s all I have to say. But I guess I’ll continue. I was blessed with the most loving and supportive parents and I couldn’t have asked for a better ones (although there are probably times when I have). I also have awesome siblings who each have traits that I look up to and admire. And then there are my niece and nephews… I’ll stop now before I ramble too much about them, but let me just tell you that they are, hands down, The. Best.
Faith. Sometimes when it comes to the things that mean the most to me (like family and Little One) I have a hard time talking about it, because how do you convey just how important these are without sounding like a cliche, and my faith is one of those things. At the end of the day, my faith is the most important thing to me and my greatest source of comfort.
WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT?