You Are A Writer: Guest Post by Karen Hanrahan

29 August, 2008 Posted by Joanna As Guest Authors

When my attempts to write were squelched in high school, I let twenty plus years go by before I utilized writing as a tool of expression.

When I began again it was to affirm goals, vision and success and the humble beginning of my nutritional consulting practice

A psychic in the dry years said to me …you are a writer! I of course at the time wasn’t.

When journaling got me to the top of my game, I thought maybe that’s what he meant.

As my business grew I found myself wanting to simplify nutrition information, educate my consumers and of course keep in touch.

Two efforts; my monthly newsletter and product of the week emails were a great success.

Hmmmmm there goes that writing thing again.

One year ago with the intent of driving traffic to my nutrition website I began to apply the writing I was already doing to a blog format.

Best of Mother Earth was born.

I met Robert Hruzek of Middle Zone Musings in the comment section of Liz Strauss’s Blog. I found him to be a funny and gentle spirit.

He did this thing - this writing project thing called What I Learned From… and I started to participate.

What I learned from WILF ( ha!) is how thought provoking an assigned topic can be.

I found that my writing had form to it vs the ramblings of a blog post.

I also learned that my stories were often enjoyed by others — who knew!!

WILF also had me think about deadlines. Oh! You want something cohesive by a certain date?

I write every day for my blog but I never feel pressure to perform. I write because I have something to say. Does that make sense?

WILF stretched me.

In May I met a lovely lady who traveled very far to be with all of us at SOBCon 08, the dear Joanna Young. I knew her from the writing project over at Middle Zone Musings.

She is a talented witty, thoughtful, pretty red head who asked me the most wonderful questions.

Because of her I found myself wondering what it might be like to be a writer.

In July I said it out loud, declared it - I am a writer - and landed a paid writing gig, and a contributing column in the local paper!!

I feel like I should pinch myself

Playfully and recently I put my big toe into a few like minded writing arenas. I have begun to blog with a green moms carnival, an affluent people living sustainably group and a green BlogHer group. I find myself really jazzed to participate and write about a topic that I am well versed in with others who are equally as passionate, some even more than I. My circles are beginning to broaden

I never would have ventured into any of these lofty writing arenas if it wasn’t for Joanna. I am not saying this because I am guest posting either.

She started it - she had me wonder.

What would it be like to be a writer?

An issue of The Sun somehow landed in my mailbox, I had never seen nor heard of it before. It’s a magazine devoted to the personal, political and the provocative through words and imagery. No Ads. How refreshing.

I read it from cover to cover.

There is a section in The Sun called Readers Write devoted to a specific topic - the next topic was the dinner table and I found I had to write about my childhood dinner table - I just had to.

A bloggy friend and brilliant poet Nadine Sellers, proofed, edited, and coached me - a cover letter? Oh yeah! My entry was postmarked yesterday. I will know in March if my entry was picked. March?!?

I asked Nadine to consider writing an entry for next months topic and said I’ll enter if you will! She agreed!

It occurred to me that maybe others might want to join us ? The topic is Faith and it’s due October 1st.

Writing projects they stretch me. Perhaps they will stretch you too. If anything writing projects connect you to the most wonderful people.


sunflower flickr image credit


Let me introduce you to Karen Hanrahan - also known as Mother Earth.

I ‘met’ Karen in various places around the blogosphere, including Liz Strauss’s Open Mic nights, before meeting her in person, as she describes, in Chicago in May.

You can find more of Karen’s work at these sites: Karen Hanrahan ~ Wellness Educator/Nutritional Consultant/Blog Author 708.482.0678 ~ Websites: Nutrition, Weight Loss and Green Clean and read her blog at Best of Mother Earth

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Comments
Mother EarthNo Gravatar August 29, 2008

I like it over here!

Brad ShorrNo Gravatar August 29, 2008

Hi Karen, Great to see you at Confident Writing! It’s great to hear about how your dreams became a reality!

Brad Shorrs last blog post..A Guide to Confusing Business Words and Phrases

Mother EarthNo Gravatar August 29, 2008

Now if only I was really over here in Scotland, eh? Good to hear from you and Thank you!

JoannaNo Gravatar August 29, 2008

Karen, sorry to be late in saying welcome! I’ve been out and about all day. Thanks so much for sharing your writing journey with us. I was very moved by what you wrote, and very proud of what you’ve achieved (and will go on to achieve) with your writing.

Come back any time - and don’t forget to call in if you’re ever in Scotland!

Joanna

Robert HruzekNo Gravatar August 29, 2008

Good to see you over here at Confident Writing, Karen! You’re in great company.

It’s been wonderful watching you grow over the last year. Keep writin’!

Robert Hruzeks last blog post..The Straight Poop

Mother EarthNo Gravatar August 29, 2008

Goodness - This place is like a group hug, what a warm, lovely reception and championing you all provide. Thank you!

A house is on the market in a very small town in Maine. Seriously folks it’s available for 49,000. I am a year away from an empty nest and yet I
“see” my laundry on the clothes line, pumpkins on the porch…I obviously can’t uproot my daughter’s last year of HS. It just reminds me that there are always possibilities.

Visiting Scotland falls in that category too!

Ulla HennigNo Gravatar August 30, 2008

Karen,
just a few minutes ago I discovered your guest post, read it and: I am fascinated! Your post is a big encouragement to me. Since July this year I can also say “I am a writer” - participating in Robert Hruzek’s WILf projects and writing the first guest post in my life at Joyful Jubilant Learning. You are showing me what is possible. Thanks for that!
Ulla

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Cath LawsonNo Gravatar August 31, 2008

Hi Karen - I loved your story. It’s great that Joanna’s words encouraged you to forge ahead with your writing. Keep up the good work.

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JoannaNo Gravatar August 31, 2008

Robert, I just wanted to echo Karen’s thanks to you for the role WILF has played in her writing. Me too. And Ulla I see! I hope you’re proud of what WILF has done / is doing.

Karen, I’m glad you’re enjoying the company :-)
Ulla, it’s great to see you stretching and growing through your blogging activities. I wonder where you’ll end up writing next?

Cath, it’s an uplifting story isn’t it? Made me feel very good to read it:-)

rummuserNo Gravatar August 31, 2008

Joanna, I am from India. Here we need to learn at least two languages other than one’s own, what we call, mother tongue! This is particularly true for sales persons, which I was before I retired. Our supervisors used to impress on us the need to speak the local language to establish good rapport with customers. The emphasis was always on speaking, not diction. The idea was to communicate, and give the message that one was trying to communicate in a language acceptable to the listener, and it is amazing how many doors open when one attempts this. I used to say, in jest, that I would speak the local language, and it was upto the locals to understand!

Writing, I think is like that. One has to attempt it. That is the biggest obstacle. I found, and I blog regularly, that once I start, I can write. I also believe that if the desire is to communicate, rather than convey something, the output comes up to that expectation.

One of course, keeps getting better at it by practice and learning from other writers who are only too eager to share. That is what brings me here and I am glad that I found you and now Mother Earth!

rummusers last blog post..The Internet,Senior Citizens and Relationships.

JoannaNo Gravatar August 31, 2008

Rummuser, thank you for sharing that perspective and experience. You make a very important point: that intention can drive our writing and overcome many obstacles. If you set an intention to communicate with another human being I believe you will find the words, that the writing, the communication and the shared understanding will follow.

I’m very glad you’ve found us too!

Joanna

Robyn McMasterNo Gravatar September 1, 2008

Karen, it’s interesting that you didn’t think of yourself as a writer. You truly help us see the journey of the changes that made you a writer today.

Hey, when will your book be published?

Robyn McMasters last blog post..Blue Light Revvs Up Your Working Memory!

JoannaNo Gravatar September 1, 2008

Robyn, the way we label ourselves or let others label us affects us in so many ways - don’t you think?

Joanna

Karen SwimNo Gravatar September 1, 2008

Karen, congratulations on all the wonderful writing successes! Reading your story lifted me up and inspired me. As I read your declaration “I am a writer,” my heart beat with the thrill of saying it out loud. Thank you so much for this incredible post. Joanna and Robert have had a tremendous impact on me as well.

wilsonNo Gravatar September 1, 2008

Hi Karen, you’re truly talented and also a very good writer, although you didn’t think you’re a writer…lol

Thanks for the introduced such a good and provoking writer to us, Joanna :)
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Mother EarthNo Gravatar September 3, 2008

I took the holiday weekend off and missed these comments.

Joanna how exciting to see all these kind words and praise.

Ulla - we writers have to stick together.

Cath - thank you ever so much for enjoying my work

Rummuser- It continues to amaze me how the internet “finds” us. Never stop writing what needs to be said

Robyn - I actually have a bit of a book noodling around in my head!

Karen - Thank you for sharing that heart beat with the thrill of saying it outloud, I felt it exactly like that too

Wilson - Thank you!

Lynn Jordan--Authors Tools September 4, 2008

Karen, I enjoyed readying your story. You definitely ARE a writer, even if you took your time to realize it.

There are those of us who have to write, no matter what else we do in life.

Lynn Jordan-Authors Toolss last blog post..Why do you write?

JoannaNo Gravatar September 4, 2008

Lynn, hello and welcome! I love the point about having to write, no matter what else we do. Ideas that need to be expressed and truths that need to be told. Powerful stuff huh?

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