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Can I Do This?

I'm sitting here typing and wondering - can I do this? 

My journal is named "Stepping Outside of My Box". I like to stay safe, stay within my comfort zone, follow the rules, and move through life without taking too many chances. Deep down inside of me is a person who wants to be adventurous, who wants to be creative, who wants to be a lot of things. Within the last couple years, I have started to step out of that safety zone. I shared something that I had written with a friend. She encouraged me to submit it to an annual publication at work. It was not easy to do. I felt like people would read it, think I was weird and wonder why I would think anything that I could write would be interesting to anyone. Okay, not just interesting, but would anything that I wrote be good enough?  It was published and some co-workers didn't get it, but others were wondering where it came from and why I didn't do this before.

Throughout these few years, I began writing a newsletter at work, been named to an edit/write team putting together a document, pursued my love of photography, and continue crafting - scrapbooking and knitting mostly, but I dabble in other things as well. I have received so much support from my co-workers and friends that some have been urging me to start a blog. I keep thinking that I want to do that, but don't quite know where to go with my ideas. So, this came along. Perhaps this is a way to get my feet wet without going the official blog route. I decided to give this a try.

Of course, the next thought is what do I write about, what do I share without being boring or over the top. I'll start by saying a little bit about myself. I work as a nurse in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I am a wife of one, mother of two, daughter, sister, and friend. I have always enjoyed photography and recently have challenged myself to taking daily photos, sharing them on facebook. I am a musician, currently playing piano in church one or two Sunday's a month. I am a woman of faith and my church family is very important to me. I am a writer - having a couple poems published, writing a monthly newsletter at work, and last year was a member of an edit/write team working on a particular document at work. I love to create and have enjoyed crafting and needle work for many years. My current passions are knitting and scrapbooking. I've recently become addicted to knitting lace and don't have enough hours in the day for it. Scrapbooking and paper crafting combines the creative process with my photography. I love the outdoors and beauty of nature. Likewise, I love finding a book that pulls me in and I can't put it down, a great movie, or attending theater and concerts.

I didn't expect the "about me" to be that long. I don't know that my life is that interesting to anyone, but I'm stepping out in faith as I share a bit of my life with you.

Shared by Cindy Keller on February 28, 2012
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Thanks for sharing! Keep up the writing and sharing and photography and scrapbooking and other crafts! Sharing with others, especially about ourselves, IS not easy to do...but can be quite rewarding...keep it up!!
Posted By: Barbara London  |  September 14, 2012 at 3:37 am   
Thank you for sharing and for opening yourself to us! Keep dreaming those dreams!
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  February 29, 2012 at 10:32 pm   
Cindy - you go girl!
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  February 29, 2012 at 12:54 am   
Dream Big. Reach High. Don't Look Back. Enjoy encouragement from others, but don't let the Naysayers discourage you. Keep moving forward. Enjoy what you do! Share what you really love! Glad to have you join us here at Journella.com!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  February 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm   
Cindy - thank you for stepping out of your box! It's a big goal that I can very much relate to. Love that you are sharing your journey with us. :)
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  February 28, 2012 at 4:19 pm   
     

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