New beginnings are fun, in my opinion. I could also be saying that because I adapt well to change. State of Liberation has come to an end, but an exciting new journey has launched with the Collective Voice Magazine. I’ve learned so much about myself and my writing with this amazing group over the last six months.
In life, we all have several new beginnings. When I saw “new beginnings” as the writing prompt on my Facebook writing group, I instantly thought about the song, “Closing Time” by Semisonic. The lyrics, “where every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end,” hits me every time.
The majority of my new beginnings have occurred during motherhood. I became a mom at 20, then again at 22, 25, and 27. I’ve had several career changes which led me to becoming a work-at-home mom. My next new beginning will occur when my youngest starts kindergarten in two years. That’s when I will become the daytime empty-nester (as I like to call it).
My new beginning with writing began with State of Liberation. I was in a few blogging groups last summer when I came across a post from Jordan wanting writers to contribute to an online magazine. It was late in the evening, insomnia played nasty games with me, so I threw my name out there just to see what would happen. A week later, I was writing a couple of articles prior to the launch of State of Liberation.
I gained motivation to start my own blog shortly after State of Liberation’s launch. Though I’ve been blogging off and on for four years, it seemed like it was the right time for me to begin on a serious note. I continued writing for SOL, and began planning for my blog, BoyMom Blessed. By September, I had launched my blog and it was the most amazing feeling ever.
As I’m writing this post, I’m still in awe that I’ve taken my writing seriously in the last six months. I’ve taught myself to form a writing habit, and have improved my writing because of it. I’m also glad to have a fine network of writers for accountability and brainstorming. If it wasn’t for them, I probably would not be writing as much, or at all.
State of Liberation will always be close to me, as that’s where I met a bunch of awesome writers. We are a close-knit community full of talent. I’m thrilled to be moving on with these writers as we continue our journey with The Collective Voice Magazine. Who else is excited about this new beginning?