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I am ashamed of my creative journey.

Or at least I have been. Until now.

For as far back as I can remember I have felt ashamed of who I am. About the things that make me who I am. For the things I want- to travel the world and write- or don’t want- to study, establish a career, settle down. What I want and don’t want has felt like it doesn’t fit the mold of what is acceptable in mainstream society. My life’s purpose lives outside the realms of the traditional paths of study & career. I’m not opposed to a having a day job, but I’ve never identified a long-term vocation that remotely appealed to me to deserve the investment of my time, money and energy. As a result, I am ‘uneducated’ in the traditional sense. I didn’t graduate high school and I have not attended college or university. I have studied writing, in the form of attending many workshops and masterclasses. In this method, I am also a highly skilled circus performer, specializing in advanced level hula hooping.

My doubt isn’t associated with my ability to write or the importance of my stories. My doubt stems from my perceived inability to survive in the mainstream world without a mainstream vocation.

Until now I’ve seen my creative passions and interests as not viable in the ‘real’ world. I questioned how I was supposed to live in the ‘real’ world. I have never believed and trusted that I could survive doing what I do. Not because I doubted that my passions could be monetized. It wasn’t a matter of whether I could do it. It was a matter of whether I should. Whether it was a responsible choice for my life, and as that of a contributing member of society. I have never believed and trusted that I could get by in the world being what I am and doing what I do.

I have spent years trying to put myself in a box into which I do not fit. Ultimately in order to be approved of and accepted by others, whether it be parents, family members, romantic partners or friends.

Today I felt as if I was finally able to start letting go of the shame around my preoccupation with my life’s purpose of being a storyteller.  To start letting go of the fear and guilt around my lack of interest in a ‘traditional’ life path of study and career.

I no longer believe that the pursuit of my passions is irresponsible.

I no longer believe that I am being naive to believe that I will be supported in this pursuit of my life purpose, whether directly or indirectly.

As a creative, as a storyteller, I am worthy of love and connection.

This self-realization- this permission– has brought me to a whole new phase of my creative journey.

Watch this space.

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Thank-you For Joining Me On This Writing Journey!

✒I am a storyteller✒

Feeling a bit under the weather today, but while I physically rest up, my mind is still churning with ideas for the release of my upcoming book, and in general moving forward with writing and publishing.

My recent author event at Book Face Pacific Fair really lit the fire under me. My vision has become clearer once again. I am passionate about sharing people’s stories and experiences through storytelling, whether it be through fiction or nonfiction, historical, suspense, crime, whatever. I want to explore the human experience from all perspectives, good and evil.

Whether it is the story of a family struggling with mental illness in the 1960s & 70s, or a child who uncovers a criminal in his neighbourhood, or women who have worked as exotic dancers, I want to give a voice to these stories.

I want to give YOU, beloved readers, rich, educational and insightful experiences through my books.
I am so excited for the stories I will be sharing with you in the next few weeks, months and years. I want to THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU for coming along on this journey, and I hope you’ll stick around for the ride!!