"Don't be pushed by your problems,
be led by your dreams."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have always had a dream to write, and I am following the path of that dream.
My life started normal. I had four older siblings. I was the baby, and life was good - until it wasn't. After my mother's series of bad choices, my family was split up. That's when the cult swooped in. They showed her love and gave her a purpose and passion in life.
So at the age of six, I found myself part of a doomsday cult who called themselves The Truth, you know them as the Jehovah's Witnesses. I lived in constant fear of never being good enough. I was told that Jehovah would kill me during Armageddon if I failed to please him. That meant no sports, no art, no music, no friends outside of the cult, no school dances. No asking questions, no thinking for myself. Just follow the rules, and you will live, maybe.
At age sixteen, I was asked to leave. There were many reasons, but mostly it started when I would no longer conform. I was angry. I was continually corrected for my clothing and laziness (I didn't want to go door to door on a cold Saturday). Everything I did seemed never to be good enough or was wrong.
On top of being in a cult, I am also dyslexic, have ADHD, and am deaf in one ear. Imagine going through childhood like this and being called dumb. If I can survive and thrive - anyone can.
I hid growing up in a cult and the rest of my secrets for a long time until they ate away at me, making me sick. Then as part of therapy, I was asked to write. And then I remembered my path, I wanted to be a writer.
Along with my creative spirit, I also have a desire to give back, to help others.
That's why I am here – to help you with your path whether it's as a writers or a small business owner.
The pictures below are bits and pieces of my journey. I keep them close to remember where I started and where I am headed. I suggest you do the same. Find a picture of yourself, where you started, and keep it close by to remember your path, your dream, your passion.