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{Guiding Word} Courage

The concept of a guiding word was first introduced to me by Amy of Mama Scout. It resonated with me. The first guiding word I ever selected was compassion, which I've realized it is my guiding word for life. Right now, my guiding word is (drum roll, please): 


Recently, I realized that so many of the best things in my life came when I stepped out of my comfort zone and took a leap of faith, attempting something I wasn't quite sure that I could do. So, I'm drawing strength from my past as I move forward and focus on living more courageously. Lately, this meant traveling to Rwanda. I spent 2 weeks there and was away from my children/family for 18 days. (I have two kids: Wild Thing, age 8, and Caterpillar, age 6). This was the longest I've ever been away from them. 

It was both wonderful and difficult and much of my writing moving forward on the blog will be about my experience in Rwanda and poems and reflections I wrote while there doing researching for my forthcoming novel, "The Leeches." When I began blogging actively, Wild Thing and Caterpillar were little (not walking, not talking). I wrote about the activities I did with my children and my experiences as a parent, who, at the time, was at home all the time (working from home) in a rather rural community where I did not know many people and shared one car with my husband who often worked relatively far away. In short, I was extremely isolated. Connecting to others through this blog made a world of difference.

Now, though, I'm in a different place. I've built a strong and vibrant community around me of other mothers that I can connect with and who have children my sons love. I found a way to bolster and move my production company forward through work that I can do at home and have circled back to my first artistic love: music. My husband's work outside of the home is much closer to home now, so I have access to our car more frequently. My children are older now, as well, and in school all day, five days a week. All of these things shift, dramatically, what is possible for me. They make living courageously feel more possible.

What that means for me right now is committing to writing everyday, to publishing on this blog regularly again, and claiming that I am a writer. I am writing a novel, which is actually the first big in a series of three. I am boldly proclaiming this and inviting you to join in this process with me. 

So, let's begin. Tell me what your guiding word is, what your creative goals are and how I can support those goals.  


  1. It takes courage and bravery to do what is really right for your creative self and your family. I applaud you for taking stock and making hard decisions.

  2. I think it is wonderful that you are doing what is best for you and your family. I appreciate that we have connected through your writing. The Good Long Road is an open book that you can return to if you feel the inspiration and have the time. I love that you are leaving it up so that everyone can benefit from the wealth of your archives.

  3. I spoke with a blogger today that due to a then misfortune turn of events, she had to take a new road which fortunately, offered her more than she could have ever imagined. Onward Jen!


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