How Do You Live A Life Worth Writing About?
How are you supposed to go to work, attend school, take care of other responsibilities—and still have time to pursue your creative passions and hobbies?
Growing Up. Moving Out.
A few months ago, I looked in the mirror and realized just how crazy my life is.
In the summer of 2021, I moved from my childhood home in Maryland, to my own apartment in Ohio—all so I could learn how to become a full-time writer and author.
It probably wouldn’t be so crazy if it wasn’t for the fact that becoming a writer was never in my plans.
When I was younger, I wanted to be an actress, singer, ballet dancer, party planner, zookeeper, veterinarian, scientist, or archeologist.
Writing wasn’t even on the list.
But a few years ago, I was sitting in a conference room pretending to listen to what the speaker was saying when I suddenly had an idea for the plot of a fantasy novel. From there, the idea grew into an entire fantasy world—with different creatures, cultures, and places.
What Dreams Require
The floodgates opened, and from that moment on, I wrote whenever I could—not just for my fantasy novel, but for other stories I came up with.
it’s only been about four years since I started writing, but here I am pursuing it as if it’s always been my life’s dream.
But writing isn’t a dream. It requires real work, and balancing my work with everything else in my life has been really difficult.
I love writing, and I definitely don’t regret my decision to leave my comfort zone and step out into the life God has called me to.
That said, sometimes I still feel like I’m walking the line between faith and insanity.
But maybe that’s okay.
Let's Walk The Line
Maybe I don’t need to be sure of myself or my decisions. Maybe I can just do the best I can with what’s in front of me. Maybe I can continue to put in the work and keep going even when it’s uncomfortable. Maybe I can keep learning and growing in the writing community. Maybe I can stop being so afraid of making mistakes.
Maybe I can live a life worth writing about.
And maybe you can too.
The word “Unconventional” would be the best way to sum up my life so far. I was born in the Netherlands, to an American mother and Dutch father, but moved to America not long after, growing up in Southern Maryland.
I was homeschooled by my mother and experienced a lot of amazing stuff. I got to visit a real European castle, visit all sorts of museums, and go on road trips all around the USA. I also tried a lot of things out, from soccer, robotics, and ballet, to baking, choir and acting.
Flash forward to today, I’m nineteen years old and I’m currently in the process of answering God’s call on my life to write. I also own a jewelry business.
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