Welcome to My Blog
Hi there. Thanks for stopping by.
I’m Michele, an American writer, living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
I’m also an INFJ, a highly sensitive person (HSP), and an introvert – a square peg, living my truth in a round peg world, and learning to be at peace about it.
I write essays about life, writing, and my journey to live more authentically here, on my personal blog.
The picture below was taken seven years ago, while I was in Germany visiting a dear friend. We were in Heidelberg.
My story is about that Michele.
You can’t tell from the picture, but at that time, I was emotionally and physically worn out after spending 15 months taking care of my husband, who was dying of a malignant brain tumor.
He died about a month before this picture was taken. I escaped to Germany for a few weeks to take a much needed break from the harsh realities of life.
That Michele had just experienced a terrible loss. But she came out of it a changed woman.
Seven years ago, I embarked on a journey that went through many phases: grieving, loss, self-discovery, and ultimately, transformation.
In the beginning, I focused on the external changes I wanted to make in my life. It took me a long time to realize that I needed to go inward. I had to be real and honest with myself to take ownership of my life, to heal, and to move forward.
I learned two major lessons:
- The inner journey is the key to living a more authentic life.
- I had the power in me all along to live the life I wanted to live.
The person I am today is far removed from the Michele of a few years ago. What I want out of life, how I want to live, what is important to me, and who I want to be — it’s all changed.
I strive to live a more meaningful and authentic life. I want to be true to myself and to who I am.
That’s the life journey I’ve been on: an inner journey to authenticity.
A few things about me
I’m a recovering history geek. It’s one of my life-long passions. I earned a bachelor’s and a master’s in American history. And I’ve been an adjunct history instructor.
For seven years, I worked as non-partisan fiscal research staff for two state legislatures. My job was to help legislators with the state budget process.
I was an expatriate for three years, living in the countryside, in one of Germany’s beautiful wine-making regions.
What I write about
The unexamined life is not worth living. ~ Socrates
My writing is very much connected to my life and to my story. Basically, I write about my journey through life.
At the deepest level, I write to understand my experiences. To make sense of what has happened in my life. I also write to put my story out there, and share it with others.
To read more about why I write, check out the essay: Why I Write: The My Writing Process Blog Tour.
Connect with me
I enjoy connecting with readers. If you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi, you’re welcome to drop me a line anytime.
Email me at: michele [at] writingalife [dot] net.