I write. Encouragement to follow your passion.

I write.

I write as surely as I breathe.

I write as a form of expression, as a way to work through things. I write as a prayer.

I fill volumes of journals. I write in the margins of every book I own; I write on scraps of paper and the backs of envelopes. It is how I process and think, it is who I am.

Words, whether written or read (for I love reading nearly as much as writing), allow me to experience a richer, more interesting world. I understand things more clearly, I see new perspectives, I gain wisdom from others. I am encouraged, as this new decade is nearly upon us, to write and read more – to follow my passion for the deeper meaning available to me through words.

There is nothing better than a fresh, new journal, ready to be filled with words, thoughts and prayers. On the morning this picture was taken several years ago, a dear friend met me on the grounds of the former Ball Brothers Estate (creators of the Ball Jar, for those unfamiliar with Muncie, Indiana’s famous forefathers). Now a community gathering place, its lush gardens and beautiful grounds were the perfect backdrop on a late summer day. I was just launching my blog and my sweet friend Katie agreed to help me with photos for that purpose. Out of habit, I grabbed my journal and began writing – it felt much more natural than smiling for the camera. Katie is a soul sister, one who knows me well, she captured me in that shot – writing, allowing my pen to dance across the paper with the rays of the sun falling over my shoulder. I always write everything out longhand first. I must feel the pen on the paper, see the words pouring out and, if possible, I love nothing more than to do so outdoors with birds chirping and fresh air all around me. I am grateful for this photo (and to Katie for taking it). There have been moments in the past few years in which I was so busy, so distracted, I nearly lost my voice and the joy of writing.

Maybe the written word isn’t your passion, but whatever it is that sets your soul on fire – I encourage you to do more of that in this coming year. Make time for it. No matter if it seems useless or silly, I promise you, it’s not. This world is big and wide and abundant – it takes us all with our unique gifts to make it interesting.

For me, it’s writing, at my core, I am a storyteller.

There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.

– Beatrix Potter

And much like the delicious start of a new story, so is the opportunity of a new year – fresh and ready to go where your passion and creativity will take you.




I’m so glad you are here.

Join me in cultivating joy, living with intention and celebrating the everyday miracles all around us.