Not long ago, I found myself in a state of what I would simply call, unrest. It wasn’t a bad place to be necessarily, but it can be one of flux and uncertainty, especially for a woman. Especially for this woman – now in my early forties, married almost 25 years to a wonderful man and the Army (they always go together), a great career in banking, a son who has already left the nest, another son close behind him, and two children under 12 still at home. I think that pretty much sums up the word ‘unrest’, don’t you? So how did I move past this state? Well, it wasn’t easy, and honestly it’s still a day-to-day challenge. But, reading and writing definitely helped!
The Mamas and the Papas wrote a song about it, and the Bible mentions it in Ecclesiastes – that there is a season and time for everything. A time to laugh and a time to cry, a time to grieve and a time to dance. For me, I fall into the “a time to read – a time to write” category. I loved reading when I was young, but somewhere along the way I lost the desire. Writing poetry and keeping journals were a lifeline during the more dramatic dating years of life, but once I married and started a family, it too became nonexistent once the busyness of life took hold. My family and career were great, but after my oldest son moved forward in life, I found myself looking back and longed for something new. You might call that longing a ‘mid-life crisis’, and maybe it was on some level. I’m not really sure. But I was certain of one thing – I wanted to inspire and ignite a change in not only myself, but others around me!
Then in 2012, my husband deployed to Afghanistan and my time to write came rushing back – fueled with a magnitude of passion and emotions that I had kept bottled up for years. It completely caught me by surprise, but I was changing my world with pen and paper! And twelve months later, I had finished writing my first faith-based romance novel. Being a newly published author has turned my once predictable world upside down, and I am loving it! To make it even more fun, my whole family has become inspired right along with me. It’s allowed us to dream beyond where we were, to a place we want to be. My three youngest kids are even writing their own stories now and reading more every day. It’s such a blessing to see their passion and imagine where that passion might take them someday.
Wherever you are in life, I hope that reading brings you joy, and a sense of wonder and excitement that can sometimes be hard to find in this crazy world we live in, especially for us women. Reading and writing can fill a void and in turn, fill your soul. If you’re not reading, then I highly encourage you to find a book and make the time to read. Or, maybe it’s your time to write. We all have a story to tell…what’s yours?
Thank you, Gilda, for giving me this opportunity to be a guest blogger on your site. It was my sincere honor.
– Sandy Sinnett, Author of ‘Hope in the Rain’
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