They say that you write from what you know.

For many, many years I struggled to find my voice. I journalled. I journalled with a topic. I went spiritual. I tried fiction. Yet, nothing ever fit. I never had much of a passion. And if I did have a passion, I was always guarded with what I wrote. What was wrong? When I was younger, I could grab on to a topic and it would just flow. What happened?

Then, I realized that some unfortunate events molded my life. While I refused to be defined by those events, they influenced every aspect of me.

Victim. I hated that word. And despite what I thought, that was what I was.

I decided to redefine “victim”. I didn’t feel like a victim and did not want to be associated as a victim. I was a Survivor.

I have finally found my voice writing from what I know. Fiction influence by truth. Truth influenced by fiction.


10 Comments Add yours

  1. camary1996 says:

    Girl you don’t need any makeup…you are beautiful!!! But more than you beauty on the outside…you sound like a beautiful person on the inside…you have God in your life and……any person who loves to garden and see’s the beauty in God’s creation has to have a good heart. God bless you!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    1. akateacher says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words! That inner beauty is so much more important than the outer beauty. Something I try to work on everyday.

      1 Peter 3:3-5
      Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.

      Thanks for visiting!

  2. Thanks for all the attention you have lavished on my site! 😉 I find reading here a wonderful trip to a place where “they” think like I do. Am signing up! We are so-o-o alike: no makeup, tanned, dirt under the nails, drought — in fact, I wondered if you live near me, by your description of your weather. I’m from southern Arkansas. Although I think we’ve had more heat, as in 105 before the index adjustment. Ah well, we also got the rain.

    1. akateacher says:

      I’m actually from Pennsylvania, but it seems this weather is plaguing most of the country. So sad!

      Always happy to find others that are “like-minded”! Makes me feel a bit more at home when I begin to wonder if I’m the crazy one (homeschooling, gardening in the heat, loving the dirt under my nails, etc.) 🙂 !

      1. No. We are the real ones. Everyone should dig in the dirt, even if just to plant a petunia! 😐
        Oh, I forgot to mention (I think I noticed) we have herbs in common?

      2. akateacher says:

        I do have some herbs. . . lavender, sage, wooly thyme, mint and echinecea. I haven’t had the courage to use any of them in my cooking. I guess it’s a bit of a fear that I’ll poison my family!

      3. I put about 1 Tbsp. of dried lavender flower buds into a 5-dozen batch of Amish sugar cookies all the time. Just blend with a cup of the flour to pulverize the dried buds a bit. For special occasions, I also sprinkle with purple or blue sugar, but for ourselves, we just EAT them. Mmm! My son in college got all A’s one semester for the promise of an entire batch to take back the second semester! When a big guy needs mommy’s cookies, you know you have something! 😉
        A bit of mint is wonderful in limeade!

  3. I can’t wait to start my garden. I think I’ll try planting some fall-friendly seeds if we ever get rain.

  4. amygking says:

    Gardening is my middle name too! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! Your words are encouraging! Blessings!

  5. pacwp says:

    I wish I could be as enthusiastic about Gardening but alas I am not blessed with a planting desire 😦

    Thank you so much for stopping by the Blog for Spiritual Lives Of Women.
    If you feel so called, would love to have you like the Facebook Page for S.L.O.W:

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