Since my last post was written a year ago on International Women’s Day, I’ve decided to revisit this blog of mine and reintroduce myself as the writer who, in 2018, pursued professional writing more than creative, but never lost the vision for fiction. I’d like to summarize my past year with the following highlights that include my literary and romantic achievements:
-I met my boyfriend, a 35-year-old Ecolab IT Specialist with a Master’s in Public Health, first on OKCupid and then in Uptown, Minneapolis. Out of all other men I’ve met from church, school, or online dating, he is my first relationship because he has what I want in a man: higher education; love for classical music, nature, and dogs; frequent church attendance; and respect for God and his family. He is a joy to me, and I to him.
-My parents and I adopted our whippet, Ella, from Oklahoma in April. As a year-old pup now, she has more energy than our late greyhound. We’ve been training her through puppy class in Burnsville and at home.
-I am entering my third year as Communication Specialist at CenterPoint Energy. This spring, I acted as Project Manager for CenterPoint’s Call Before You Clear campaign, in which I sent letters to 7,000 plumbers and sewer cleaning contractors in Minnesota. Although many of my other duties remain the same, my co-workers tell me they see a rise in my confidence as an employee and individual.
-I joined a Bible study for 20-year-olds at River Valley Church. Since its inception a year ago, it’s gained up to 70 members. Some have left but new members join frequently. I feel at home here. The discussions are neither shallow nor argumentative as we read a chapter of the Bible at a time.
-I met my literary idol, Kate DiCamillo, for the second time in my life. The University of Minnesota was hosting a Q&A session with four young adult and middle grade authors, who talked about the writing process for children’s books and the need for diversity in characters.
In this year I grew more settled and at peace with God. I understand this verse more clearly now: “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (Ps. 37:4). I learned to not only maintain my religious activities such as church attendance, prayer, YouTube sermons, and Bible study fellowship, but also to maintain my outside-the-church joys with my best friends, family, literary pursuits, and now my relationship.