A Composite Career
My career has been a dance among three passions: Writing, Painting, and Teaching. Sometimes this has translated into very traditional job titles like Middle School Art teacher or College Creative Writing Instructor. But I find that I'm most true to myself when I pull these three loves together into something that doesn't fit so well into a pigeon hole, often leaving me a little flustered when people ask at parties, "So what do you do?"
The simple answer has always been: I write, I paint, and I teach.
But there's more to it. I tell stories, and help others tell their stories, in the languages I know best: word and image. I have been a mural artist, a humanities instructor, a freelance art and education writer, a bad poet, a better fictionist, a faith and gallery artist, an art coach, a memoir essayist, a resume writer, the co-founder of a private school, and a creative retreat coordinator. And other things, too. This is the dance.
Sometimes the dance wears me out. There is no apprenticeship for this kind of life. But that's part of why it's so satisfying.
It's about my story, your story, our story. It's about our unwhispered secrets and idiosyncrasies and universal truths. The dance is about knowing that we'll make mistakes when learning new steps, and that these mistakes are beautiful because they help us decide how we will move from that point forward. And then, it's moving forward.