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.

My Story

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.

photo me

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 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.