Once I decided to transition to this website and take down my original blog, The Lioness’ Den, I knew that a fresh format would allow me to play around with multiple ideas I had to achieve continued success in showcasing my writing. Just like every human being in this expansive universe, it’s always a work-in-progress.
For me, this website has never been just about putting up various articles I’ve written, it’s not just me expressing my thoughts, it’s not just showing the masses what I can do so that I can secure my next (and hopefully a permanent and full time) journalism job. It’s my desire to, as Pablo Picasso is said to have eloquently stated, give my gifts away.
In the last year alone, I’ve been lucky to have written for multiple media outfits, and continued to pen articles about the subjects that I know best and love. Along the way, I’ve gotten to know so many amazing people- all are equally creative and like me, are driven to share their opinions, observations, and in some cases, frustrations with the world around them through the almighty power of the word. Within these first seven months of 2019, tucked among a few life changes and life-changing decisions, I left several outfits I was writing for. I was at a crossroads and I knew in my heart that I needed to go in a different direction with my (currently) part-time journalism career. If I was to continue with this vocation that I love, something needed to change.
Correction, it wasn’t just my heart, but my gut.
The old adage says that you should always trust your instincts. I’ve tried to listen to what my head and heart would say, but for many of us, logic and emotion don’t always mesh. Each pull you in different directions, like the horses pictured on the Chariot tarot card. The rider in that chariot is struggling for control and direction and more often than not, one notion overrules the other. Somehow, by some overwhelming feat, those two stubborn organs of mine came to an understanding. I needed to rein it in. I knew what I had to do.
I’m not trying to create a half-assed image in anyone’s mind, but for lack of a better description, this website is my chariot. It’s something “tangible”to hold my creativity, and I can take it anywhere I choose to.
Today, a huge milestone has arrived, the one year anniversary since I launched it. Many words have graced these pages. I’m almost never at a loss for them, but I’m having a bit of trouble expressing what exactly heart and head have agreed to. Oh yeah, it’s time to put my money where my mouth is.
Raw energy, drive, desire and passion for writing and speaking are my gifts.
I have them and I’ve given them away over the years. I just need to find the right place to give them to.