Good Morning, or Good Night – depending on where you are in this great big world of ours.
Welcome to my latest blog. I’ve had a difficulty over the years finding something to write about and stick with it. But now that I’m writing again and self-publishing, I find that I have a lot more to say and am excited to share my thoughts and ideas with you.
This first post will serve as a basic introductory post. Let me start off by telling you who I am, what my background is – and why I’m here on Word Press.
Got your cup of morning coffee? This might be a long read. But not too long – because it’s after midnight here, and my middle-aged self needs to get to bed soon. Very soon!
So, to start – J.W. Christensen is a pen name. It’s a twist on my own name in combination with a family name. I don’t think my ancestors would mind too much given the topics that I write about. Yes, I am Danish (well – half-Danish) and am proud of my heritage.
I really wish that I could write under my real name. It isn’t that I’m afraid to use my own voice and empower others. It’s more that I use a pen name because – well, I’m sure you know that there are those in your life who are close to you who can be extremely critical of what you do. I’m not going to name names. Or point fingers. That’s not the point of my writings.
Writing for me has always been a passion. It’s mostly a selfish thing. I find writing about my personal experiences and daily struggles to be extremely cathartic. Writing is a cheaper form of therapy for those of us who can’t afford to hire a professional therapist.
In these crazy times, we have to look out for ourselves. And do things that we enjoy when we can. I’m trying to keep a positive outlook if you can’t tell. Where I live, in Canada, we have faced tough economical times, and now a very shaky political climate. Life is tough.
It’s damn tough for many out there.
One of the joys I get in life is to help others. I often find that by sharing my experiences, I am able to help others learn from my mistakes. And that is what writing is for me. A way to help myself overcome personal tragedies when life seems too tough to deal with. And it’s a way of helping others overcome those challenges that I too have faced.
They say that with age comes wisdom.
Sometimes I think that’s true. Sometimes I think I am even more lost and clueless about life the older I get. But some things do get easier. I’ve learned a great deal about myself along the way.
A bit about my background.
I am a musician, digital artist, sometimes jewelry designer, I have a day job that I don’t like talking about too much. I struggle with chronic migraines. I’m an avid movie fan – horror, supernatural, fantasy, crime. I love to cook. I love to travel. And I enjoy photography. I also like long walks on the beach enjoying a stunning sunset (yes this is starting to sound like a personal ad).
And – most of all – I’m single and have been for many years (by choice) much to the detriment of my family.
In my professional training, I have taken advantage of courses that teach things like Coping with Difficult People or Situations, Critical Thinking, and Crucial Conversations. These courses have helped me so much in my personal life that I am ever so grateful to have had the opportunity to take them. I am currently concentrating on courses to further advance my writing, proof reading and editing skills.
I’ve also worked in the health field in program administration with focuses on reducing the stigma of addiction and mental health. I too have struggled with addictions over the years. Not the kind that you think of like booze or drugs. I’ve learned to cope with eating addictions – I stress eat. Food is comfort.
God, I love food. Who doesn’t? Food is a social thing for me.
I have an addictive personality but I’ve learned over the years to gain some control over that. Except for when it comes to hobbies. I throw my focus into learning new things and become totally obsessed with it. Things like abstract painting, digital art, jewelry making, and I even had a food blog at one point. I would do these things so much and live that eventually I got tired of it and moved onto the next hobby.
I get that from my mother. She was the same way. It’s scary how much I am like my mother now.
Music was a main focus in my life – well, for most of my life. It still is but not in the same way. I volunteer as a musician at a church on Sundays. I’ve recently cut back on my volunteer work so I can dedicate more time to writing and develop a home business.
Music is still fun and I still love it. But people don’t seem to be interested in buying music anymore. It’s very difficult to make a living on music. Which is why so many artists are quitting the scene and suffering from burn out. Most of us need two or three jobs just to pay the rent. And with a failing economy, job losses, and cost of living constantly rising – I’ve had to make some sacrifices along the way.
Music is no longer the focus or passion that drives me. What is driving me now is writing. I can’t wait to share what I have learned with you. Please think about following this blog. I will follow those I find interesting in return.
I’m also pretty active on Twitter @mostlysingle and will have a new profile on Good Reads soon. I have decided to get back into reading and hope to take part in the reading challenges.
I think what makes a writer a good writer – is someone who reads a lot. I spent most of my youth locked up in my room with a good book. The Library was my hangout most weekends. I was a loner in many ways and still am to this day.
Well, I think that is long enough for the first post. Thanks for reading – and I hope you come back soon.