As I grew older, my life seemed to be leading me away from stories and into a different direction. After college, I taught high school English for 7 years. It was a great experience, but I knew there was something more for me to accomplish. So, I quit. I wish I could say that the sky opened up and the universe granted me divine clarity with a blueprint for the next steps, but that wasn't the case.
But somehow, my life came full circle back to stories. My childhood was filled with stories, and now my adulthood mirrors that. In 2014, I self-published a book and was able to personally experience the power of my own story. It changed my life. I wanted to help other people have that same experience. Writing is therapy. It is prayer. It is a deep expression of the soul. Whether you are writing a blog, a book, an email, website copy - whatever - you have an opportunity to share a part of yourself with your audience, and that is an unmatched feeling.
On another note, I moved to South Florida to escape the oppressive midwest winters. Reading books is still one of my favorite downtime activities. I love the beach, conversations, CrossFit workouts, and anything with the word, "cake" in it.