My Soul’s Agenda: an addendum
This blog has chronicled my soul-searching over the past six months. When I retired in May, I knew I wanted to write – but what? I knew I had a passion to teach writing – but how? I firmly believe everyone has a story to tell – but why is it so difficult for me to start writing my own?
In an effort to answer these questions, I developed a series of Stepping Stones worksheets to help me identify what James Hollis calls, a soul’s agenda. This life purpose is composed of our Heart’s Desires, Core Values, Character Strengths, and Personal Experiences.
Ultimately this led me to draft my Writer’s Manifesto and declare myself a writer (gulp!)
Once I accepted writing as part of my life purpose, I needed to identify the message. While I have varied interests – travel writing, middle grade fiction, personal essays, etc – I continue to focus on the theme, Everyone has a story to tell. In fact my tagline reads: Connecting with others through story.
Ok… so I have identified the vehicle (writing) and the message (everyone has a story to tell). But I still needed to discover the HOW? I have no experience in memoir writing, and I am struggling to begin writing my own. I want to teach others to share their stories, but I have no credentials. I felt incomplete…adrift.
I attended the writing conference in the hopes of solidifying a direction. Instead, I left wondering if becoming a “published author” was my true calling. I wasn’t disappointed or dejected, just confused as to what next step to take.
But in God’s perfect timing, I now know that next step.
It combines my vision for one photograph (worth 1,000 words) plus one essay (about 500 words) for a thorough exploration of a topic. It allows me to use my creativity with color and design. It will help me tell my story, and will provide opportunity to teach others how to tell theirs. I have over ten years experience in the field and feel qualified to assist others in leaving a legacy.
It may not lead to a book contract. It may not provide publishing credits. But it will use my writing and teaching skills in a meaningful way.
Scrapbooking is my comfort place – it is my home – it is my soul’s agenda.
So while this blog will continue to provide posts on writing and travel and personal insights … it will also focus on scrapbooks and helping others tell their story for future generations.
I hope you will continue to explore this second half of life together with me.