I have such a sense of gratitude for the last thirty-one days, for this writing community and for a writing workshop that led me to this community.
A lot of people believe in fate or being in the right place at the right time. I believe in a God who has orchestrated my every step, my every decision.
I wasn’t going to go to the writing workshop that Saturday back in February. I had excuses. I didn’t know anyone.
I went anyways. It was awkward at first. I sat at a round table with a few others. We grabbed some snacks and the workshop began. We looked at pictures of food, talked about our memories connected with food, we wrote, we shared our writing. It was such a connective experience, listening and writing and sharing our memories with each other.
After this writing workshop, Dr. Carla Brown sat beside me and we talked. We talked about writing, teaching, food as a connection for all people groups. She told me about the Two Writing Teachers blog and this Slice of Life Challenge.
She looked straight into my eyes and said words I’ll never forget. “You have a book inside of you and you need to write it.” I had been questioning that call to write. She had no clue. She was my confirmation that day.
So here I am at the end of this March challenge. I’m proud of myself but more than that, I’m grateful for this community and the writing workshop I almost didn’t attend. I am grateful for your stories that opened my eyes to new perspectives. Let’s keep up the hard work of baring our hearts and souls in ways that so many will never understand. Let’s keep up this precious art. Let’s keep writing.