Happy Monday everyone! Some of you might have noticed some subtle changes happening over here. For the past month I have been taking Kristen Lamb’s workshop on Blogging to Build Your Brand. Through lessons and lots of group discussions, I have developed a blogging plan that is uniquely suited to me (or so I hope). Observe the new log line. *Vanna White the above* (Yes, I’ve turned a person into a verb. Actually, it wasn’t me, I got that from interpreter training…)
I’ve also worked out themes for my regular blog postings. Today is Move Me Monday. At the start of the week, you can look forward to posts that focus on moving the heart, spirit, and soul, along with posts talking about moving in your life–motivation, action, life changes, etc. I hope it works for me, and I hope it works for you. 🙂
Hindsight is twenty-twenty. We often hear that when looking back on mistakes or situations where we felt helpless and consumed by worry, only later to see it work out in the end. How often do we look back at the twists and turns that brought us to a positive place? Do we ignore them because they didn’t cause us emotional pain? Do they seem like random casting of the dice, or the falling of dominoes? Yet even dominoes aren’t random.
How did I get here, to this moment, on this blog? I signed up for Kristen’s workshop after hearing about it through #MyWANA. I joined #MyWANA after stumbling upon Kristen Lamb’s blog (I believe from a Google search). I was looking up information on Twitter. You see, I had recently published a novel on Smashwords, and their marketing guide recommended I join Twitter and start a blog. As it turned out, Kristen’s site had helpful info on the blogging part too!
How did I get to Smashwords? Another Google search. I had announced on Facebook my intentions to self-publish on Amazon and one of my friends asked about other e-reader compatibilities besides Kindle. I had had no idea I could publish an e-book on Amazon until someone in the critique group I had just joined told me about it.
I found this critique group through one of its members who happened to be one of my mentors at my interpreting internship. I hadn’t even spoken to her about writing. She had been listening in on my conversation with *another* interpreter, whose name I mistakenly mixed up with a literary agent’s. I was relaying the story of how I had made this mistake when trying to talk to her former teacher (my current one at the time), and the interpreter with the writer group jumped in with, “You look for literary agents? Are you a writer?”
Of course, I wouldn’t have found this group had I not been at that internship, which leads back to the fact that I was accepted into this highly competitive educational program to begin with. Wow. Dominoes.
Can you see how the dominoes fell in your life? Can you see God’s hand moving you along the path He has for you? It’s not always a straight path with clear turn signals and a pre-outlined road map. But then, I think that makes the journey all that more incredible. What’s your journey been like? How did you get to where you are now? I love hearing from you!
You can also find me over on Mistress Susan’s blog for my Monday flash fiction episode of The Adventures of Teagan.