Hope your Thursday is going well. I just got home from work and I’m about to head to the Sonoma County Fair. I’ve never been a huge fair person (I despise roller coasters with every cell in my body), but the worship band from church is putting on a big concert there tonight so I’m meeting some friends for that. And maybe a sliver of fried dough. There’s no way to know.
This morning I had a big pancake topped with almond butter, yogurt and maple syrup for a brunch before work:
I just gave in my two week notice to Kendall-Jackson.
Sad, I know, because I Kendall-Jackson has been such a huge part of my life for the past year (Almanzo works for the company as well), but since I now can classify myself as a real live writer I need to better focus my professional efforts on this blog, the book and my future books. It’s taken awhile and the road hasn’t always been easy, but I feel like I can finally stand on my own two feet as a writer and mold my career in that way. I know I only worked there three times a week, but I need every hour of those extra three days to finish these edits. Writing a book is not for the faint of heart. I promise you that.
What makes one a writer, anyways? We used to debate this in my writing workshops when I was an undergrad. Does seeing your name in print make you a writer? Does writing short stories in your spare time? I think I started to officially call myself a writer after I got my book deal last year. Since I was about seven years old, I’ve always dreamt of becoming an author and my dreams are finally coming true! I can’t even imagine the day when I can walk into Barnes and Noble and see it on the shelf. I’ve always thought that THAT day would be the best day of my life. Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps.
Thinking about that question though made me think of an even bigger question and that is what defines you? For me, it’s definitely my faith, my family and those I love, my morals and values, and my passion for writing, cooking and traveling. What about you?
More than anything, I just feel so incredibly blessed and excited to be doing something that I love so much full time. I have big plans for this blog in the upcoming days so stay tuned!