Lately I have been thinking about career moves and while I can’t abandon teaching to pursue full-time writing, I can devote some time to creating my future. I am a perfectionist to an extent and I take my life endeavors very seriously. I’m not a full week from having graduated and I’m already on to the next conquest. Writing…Writing…and more Writing.
Yesterday I posed a question on my Twitter (@TilyaRealEyes)…If I’m aspiring to do it (write), what advice do they (famous authors) have? I listed a few of my favorite AA authors and Bernice McFadden replied by simply saying, “Just write.”
So this morning I was researching blogs, self-publishing tools, and writing trends and stumbled upon an awesome read by Cara Alwill Leyba, The Art of Inclusion and I felt inspired to answer the questions in the middle. Not all of them, but the majority so here goes, I’m about to pour myself into it.
- What do I do? I am a teacher that is always on the search to find various answers and responses to social interactions. Why are some opinions more valued than others and why is there constant rejection of ideas that are outside of the box? I ask the big question, why is it so hard to agree to disagree, especially within the AA community?
- Why do I do it? I do it because I defy the stereotype that was placed on me growing up in a single parent home, straight from the housing projects. I never had a silver spoon in my mouth, and I want to inspire AA youth so that they understand they are more than statistics. I want to make an impact with my voice that empowers love and marriage, uplifts family and children, informs us about self, and build relationships across generations. I’m passionate about guiding AA youth towards success.
- How am I currently nurturing my tribe? I need to do a better job at nurturing. After seeing back to back deaths of students I taught, I’ve not invested as much of myself as I used to when I first started teaching. Kids reject guidance, but that doesn’t mean I should give up. In my tribe of friends the personalities are enough to drive you crazy, but I would love to see us embrace our differences and be more vocal in the community. Perhaps acting on leadership is needed versus waiting on someone to jump start the efforts. My friend said once, “WE may all be different but we are a part of the same tribe.”
- What do I want to know from my audience? I’d like for my voice to reach enough people so that they tell me what they’d like to hear from me. I’m finding my niche, and I want to be clear in my message that is all love as well a little thought-provoking.
I have some work to do before I establish my brand and gain a customer base. But today is the start of the best of my life.
Think like a writer! Establish my voice! Pour myself into it!
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