Though I have enjoyed writing in a diary since I was a child, putting my thoughts into words and sentences has become more cathartic as of late for me. With the arrival of our first of two daughters with significant, life-altering needs, I was often at a loss for how to sort through the myriad of emotions. Writing, both in a journal and on the computer, became therapeutic, allowing my busy mind an outlet that brought some peace. I also write a column called Joy and Grace for an independent newspaper Christian Courier. Here's a link to my first column: which was recently nominated for a Word Guild 2017 award in the category of column-series. From time to time, I have the opportunity to submit writing elsewhere, and in April 2017, I had a piece published on the BLOOM blog:

Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something—anything—down on paper. What I’ve learned to do when I sit down to work on a shitty first draft is to quiet the voices in my head. - Anne Lamott