Monday, August 25, 2008


How do you know when you are on the cusp of a life change? How can you find your way though all the assorted thoughts that flutter through your mind to snatch up those which are true? It's trying to find God's will for your life. What signs are from God and what is wishful thinking?

Several months ago, I shocked my best friend of many years by telling her that I wanted to change the world. She didn't laugh. She just knows me like that.

Why would a 43-year-old, self educated woman suddenly want to change the world? Mid-life crisis? I don't think so. Honestly, except for an on again off again addiction to nicotine, I am one of the sanest people I know. (And no, that isn't denial! HA!)

Perhaps I'm finally at a place in my life where all the good and bad parts have finally worked together to sharpen my focus. To give me more to offer.

I know my fiction is a part of it. I know teens are a part of it. Though I have considered writing for adults and actually tried it a couple of times, teens are where my heart is. After a great talk with my agent, I went to the hotel room and wrote out a mission statement. It's been evolving ever since.

To write entertaining fiction that encourages and inspires today's teen to live authentic lives filled with determination, vision and joy.

But that isn't enough. I think I need to work with teens in the real world, as well. But how is a woman with no "academic" qualifications going to do that? I could volunteer of course, and perhaps if I were at a different point in my writing career that would be a viable option, but I'm not there yet. Making money is not an option.

I know myself well enough to know that I can't write fiction, write nonfiction, and work with teens at the same time- not and keep up with the working out which has become a necessity for me. Oh, and clean the house and be there for my own teens, not to mention my husband.

So what to do? My nonfiction seems to be drying up a bit... is that a sign? I just applied for a really cool part time job working with teens and they seems open to all my diverse experience... if I get the job, is that a sign? My agent just wrote to tell me she adored my proposal and is sending it out... is that a sign?

How do you know when it's time to make some changes in your life? When you are on the right path? I am absolutely sure about my fiction... it's just everything else that's up in the air!


Anonymous said...

Good luck with everything, Teri. When I get to feeling like this I go with the saying, "Let Go, Let God." Then I watch what happens and figure the right path will reveal itself. Keep me posted on what that is. Hugs, Terri

PJ Hoover said...

Inspired action. The universe presents you with the signs and it's up to you to act on them! And only you will know what they really are.
Best of luck!

Jessica Burkhart said...

This sounds great, Teri! :) I hope you find much fulfillment in it!

Heather Harper said...

I am so glad she loved your proposal. :-)

You must email the loop and let me know which one you are talking about, though!

Lexi said...

Whoa! The fact that you're questioning all these things is a SURE sign that times are a-changin'. Good luck and don't be afraid to run with the changes! We only get one life. Why not take risks? You never know how much you can accomplish if you don't try.

Kerry Blaisdell said...

I hate the "Is God giving me a sign TO do something, or is He testing me to see if I'll sway from the 'right' path?" quandary. If you find the magic formula, do share.

Jane Porter said...

Teri, I always believe when I get comfortable its time to shake things up. Change is scary but its also the way we grow. I don't believe we can fail if we're doing our best so don't be afraid to set the bar high, and start opening the door in your heart and mind so opportunity will find you. I'm excited for you. Good things will happen and challenging times are just part of the process!

Shannon McKelden said...

Way to go, Teri! I think you are just the right person to take this path. May the journey be everything you dream it will be!