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Bring Me to Life

Evanescence at a concert. Showing Amy Lee.
The vocally talented Amy Lee Image via Wikipedia
There’s nothing like a little Amy Lee to bring a girl back to life, is there? Well, of course there is, but today, thinking of the lyrics of “Bring Me to Life” has gotten me excited. Why? Because this is exactly what I’ve been doing–bringing myself back to life, discovering what the something more is that I want to do with my life at this point.
 
One thing is obvious. I want to write. I’ve always wanted to write and to be published. Now, thanks to a challenge by a fellow blogger, I’m getting back into the habit of writing towards the goal of future publication world domination. Yay! I’ve been asked by one of my readers where they can find my published works. They were so convinced that I must have been published somewhere besides my blog. That made my day, and instantly brought my focus back to one day being able to point them to my published work.
 
The second thing is outreach to youth. I love kids. I’ve been a substitute teacher as well as a Sunday School teacher. I have a passion for teaching, one could say. Well, at church on Sunday, a junior in high school came up to me talking about college and trying to prepare herself, and standing there talking to her, I realized I should be doing this with many other young people there. There has to be someone they can go to, someone who can help them better prepare themselves than the people around me prepared me for the college application, admission, and financial aid processes. So, I approached the leadership at church about talking to the youth about college preparation. I’m beyond excited to put something together for them on this.
 
The thing is, I’m doing things I’ve never been comfortable doing. I’m preparing to speak to a roomful of teenagers. I’m preparing to have someone critique my writing for the first time in three years. Usually, all of this would be paralyzing for me, but at the moment I find it freeing, as if I’m moving forward and making progress.
 
I’ve been stumbling a bit with my financial goals, namely with paying my student loan and a one time bill from my old complex, but I’m determined to get back on track. I’m stretching myself and my limitations, and it feels good–like yoga.
 
2011 will be the year of 2blu2btru 😉