“Do well in school, so you can go to college and get a job with a decent salary.” That’s what my dad told me when I was a little girl. My mom, on the other hand, advised me to always look for the good in people. Those two principals have guided the evolution of my career.
School was easy for me, even difficult subjects like math and science. So it wasn’t hard for me to follow my dad’s advice, which made getting into college pretty straightforward. My great love for nature led me to choose biology as a major. A few years after graduation, I began to realize that the “nature” business would probably require moving to a remote area, away from friends and family. My friend and future husband, who was now my most avid career advisor, suggested healthcare as an alternative profession. Two weeks later, I found myself working at the local hospital.
For the next several years, I worked in a wide variety of capacities, from phlebotomist, to clinical lab scientist, to laboratory manager. My contributions included research, teaching and technical writing for publication. During that time, I learned that technical writing requires a knack for describing intricate concepts concisely. I also learned to follow publishers’ guidelines and to value editors’ comments. My reputation as an exceptional communicator began to flourish.
During the next slice of my life, I learned that there’s more to writing than the “nuts and bolts” components. Writing is an art, and like dancing, singing, or painting, artistic writing should express emotion. Luckily for me, this was also the time in my life when I began to raise my family. There was no better time to learn about emotions, than witnessing new lives unfold. I felt a strong need to put words to the mix of emotions I was experiencing, so I wrote. Over time, I learned that I had a gift for bringing a fusion of intangible feelings to life. My mother’s words, to “look for the good in people”, were never more important than they were now, and they guided my everyday interactions. I began to view my world differently. It was now the world my children would have to navigate. I had to teach them how to see the good. This is when I became a storyteller. My stories helped them understand complex concepts like compassion, patience and forgiveness. I seemed to have a story for every life lesson.
Most recently, I have expanded my flair for storytelling to other passions, such as the arts. Focusing on the notion that artists are actual people, I began to look for ways to express their talents simply, without pretense. My down to earth nature creates a sense of trust that allows the artists to express their visions on a very human level.
Now, I write to educate, inspire, and find a voice for elusive emotions. I have publications in medical journals, art reviews in newspapers, and am currently working on two books. I am an eager participant in life, which provides the endless supply of stories that need to be told.