Amazing, beautiful things that have nothing to do with the usual measures of success, like selling a book proposal or making a million dollars.
It led me to mentor other writers, something I love with a passion, more than a decade after I thought I’d closed the door on teaching (in a former life I taught elementary school).
My writing has had a ripple effect, inspiring other writers to honour their work and share it, enabling more heart connections in a world that desperately needs it.
At the end of every reading, someone comes up to me to tell me their own story. That exchange of gifts is precious and demonstrates to me the power of art.
The writers I’ve mentored now support each other via our online community—just one among many, many gifts that followed me following my heart.
Here are a few treasured wondrous happenings after I said yes to my writing.
Surprises in the mail
Yolande holds the record for taking my Outliers course three times to date! She calls my course “addictive”.
Invitations to write for publications.
Being a part of a warm, encouraging, supportive online writing community (that meets up at conferences!).
This year I was a feature reader at Read Out Loud here on the Sunshine Coast. Organizers even did a lovely spread about me in their gorgeous Pride Guide (thanks Andrea!)
Exciting updates from fellow Outliers:
Surprise honours, like being included on the list of Best American Essay Notables in 2017.
New friends that are kindred spirits.
Art inspired by my words.
Meeting writers I’ve long admired, like Fiona Tinwei-Lam and Dinty W. Moore
BOTTOM L to R: Dawn Hurley Chapman, Rowan McCandless, me, Dinty W. Moore
Opportunities to confront fears around vulnerability.
Like many introverts and artists I needed a lot of time and practice to feel confident enough to embrace “writer” as simply who I am.
As long as I remember that my purpose is to empower and support writers and readers, I imagine more magical things will continue to happen.
I believe this rule applies to all creators and teachers, including you.