Editor's note: Each month we'll be featuring a member of the H&L Writes community so that we can all get to know our writers better. We're excited to "meet" all of you and cheer you on with your writing goals. Give a warm welcome to Christine, our featured member this month.
Who I am:
Hello. My name is Christine. I am a daughter, sister, mother, auntie, Nonna, and loyal friend. I have been an accountant, teacher, and elementary school principal. These days, I proudly call myself a writer. No matter the role I play in life there has been one consistent thread: I am a determined dreamer.
I grew up at the beach in beautiful Southern California. A year and a half ago, I quit a job I loved, sold everything I owned, and moved to Italy for a year to explore my heart and soul, and to write my memoir. I returned this summer with my completed first draft and have spent the last few months editing and working on next steps toward publication! I'm surprised every day as the impact of this life-changing journey continues to unfold. I see people, the world, and myself with fresh eyes and perspective.
Like all of you, my life has been full of ups and downs, twists and turns. I made a significant change in my life when I decided to stop believing life happened to me. Today I make life happen for me, making conscious decisions about my path and responding to life's curve balls with grace. It's not easy and I'm not always successful but I keep the bar raised high.
When I'm not buried in the editing process, I write a blog and am a regular contributor to Holl and Lane Magazine. Sarah and Mia's belief in me as a writer encouraged me to write an entire book. I do my best to pay it forward by encouraging all the writers in my life. Keep on writing!!! Your story is powerful.
What I write about:
I write about life and love, the beauty and the heartache, and the parts that are hard to talk about. I tell the truth even when it hurts. I believe sharing our stories makes us see how much more we are alike than different. We belong to each other.
My favorite piece of writing by me:
Here is an excerpt from "Endings and Beginnings…" (click here to read the whole post):
I chose not to write about him, us, our relationship, during my time in Italy. A bit of my life I kept to myself, private, pure and sweet. We had an understanding, or so I thought. For me, a year of writing and adventure,. For him, life would continue in Los Angeles with a huge career change, an adventure of another kind. He told me he would visit me, perhaps in springtime. I burned up cyberspace with text messages, photographs and videos of the beautiful sights and sounds I experienced. Not every day, once a week or so, secure in the days between. I loved him from far away, ending my days in small cafes, writing postcards filled with dreams and clear intentions.
He didn’t make it to Italy. His first year heading up a company in a new industry, it was impossible to get away. No worries, I’d be home soon. As my return grew nearer, he seemed farther away. He texted less frequently, really only responding to what I had sent him. I chalked it up to his incredibly hectic work schedule, the time difference and my own insecurity. I shook off the doubts. On my birthday I was reassured, “Happy birthday, my love . . .” He loved me. Why had I worried?
Where you can find me online:
-My blog, Bare Naked in Public: https://barenakedinpublic.com/
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