Getting Started

It’s been months since my first All Write Conference when I met dozens of wonderful new people all telling me, “All you need is a blog name.”

I’m not going to lie, I initially thought they were crazy.  I couldn’t imagine what I’d have to write about.  Sure, I consider myself a writer.  I have a writer’s notebook I carry with me everywhere so I can jot down a quote I want to remember or an idea I want to save for later.  But, the idea of blogging seemed too out there, too public.  I couldn’t imagine I could write anything online others would want to read.

However, after I got home, I had this burning itch to write.  Ideas started flooding toward me. Inspiration was coming from everywhere, and I yearned to become a part of this community.  I felt like a little sister watching her older sister and all of her friends going out and wishing I could tag along.

My first block came with not thinking of that “name” they all said I needed.  I reached out to Ruth, who sent me to Tam, and I still couldn’t quite get that perfect title.  So, I stepped away.

Last week my friend from Italy came and visited.  As were were visiting and talking about life and fate, she said, “It’s like that flipping a coin quote.”

I love quotes, so I was intrigued, but I had no idea what she meant.  She stumbled to explain and keep the meaning intact from Italian to English.  I immediately went to Google, and I fell in love with this quote that has inspired my new blog name:

“When you have to make a hard decision, flip a coin.  Why?  Because when that coin is in the air, you suddenly know what you’re hoping for.” -me n.n

I’m in love with this quote.  It is so me.  I struggle to make decisions and have felt stuck wanting to move forward.  I ask people all the time what I should do about big things and trivial things, only to squirm when they say what I don’t like.

As I get older, I’m learning to be gentle with myself and give myself permission to make my own choices and be okay with them, especially if they are not what I think everyone else thinks I should do.

So, here I am.  I’m ready to flip a coin and ready to move forward with life and my new blog.


9 thoughts on “Getting Started

  1. It’s about time! I’ve been waiting for you to jump into this public writing world. I love the name! I’m looking forward to reading more of your thoughts. Planning on going back to All- Write? I am. 🙂

    • Thanks, Elsie. Yes, I’d love to go back this year. I need to check the dates. I’m signing up to teach in China this summer, so I want to make sure it doesn’t overlap. Let’s keep in touch.

  2. Welcome to the blogging world. Like Ruth, I love the quote! I collect quotes too, and this one is definitely a keeper! Hope you will join us at Ruth Ayres Writes for her Celebration Saturday or for Slice of Life on Tuesdays (

  3. Welcome, Jen! Like Elsie, I’ve been waiting and watching for you. It was delightful to meet you at All-Write last summer. I, too, lurked in the wings for some time before an incredible group of students encouraged me to join my blogging friends. I’m so glad they did!

    • Ramona, I’m so glad you found me. I am glad I joined too. Still have no idea what I’m doing :). I can’t even get my page to look how I want it to. I think I put myself out there before I was ready, but I guess that will force me to keep it going.

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