I’ve always loved writing…journals, letters, love notes, prayers. There is something very therapeutic about putting my thoughts and feelings in ink. Sometimes, when I am stressed, I even jot down a prayer on a post it note, just to see the words formed on the paper before throwing it away. Sure, I could pray aloud or silently, but there is something comforting and official about seeing my thoughts and prayers expressed openly and honestly on a piece of paper.
Also, I have some form of ADD. I am not hyperactive, just a bit scattered in my thoughts. Luckily, I am also fairly disciplined so I taught myself to function without medication, but I still feel my thoughts come out a bit jumbled at times. I think this encourages me to write. When writing, I can cross out, erase, edit until my words express what I really mean. I think this is why research and writing was my favorite part of law school (and work). It might take longer than speaking, but it gave me time to put my best thoughts forward in the most concise, convincing way.
BUT, I mainly love writing because it’s a way to encourage. Almost everyone has a treasured note from a friend hanging on her bulletin board or tucked between the pages of a Bible. I have received exactly 2 love notes from Dave (he doesn’t share my same love of writing, obviously, although he is great about sending sweet short emails and texts) and I treasure them both, saving and rereading each one. I’ll even reread encouraging texts from family and friends filled with Bible verses, encouraging wishes or quotes. That’s what is so special about words and writing. Written words can be experienced over and over. Writing enables us to form our words in a way that can uplift another-- not just at the moment, but in moments to come. That's what I want my words to be-- a spring of hope and understanding that the reader can return to when discouraged. In fact, that’s why I started blogging after law school. I’m so encouraged by the kind words and honesty of others, so I wanted to attempt to use words to encourage and relate to other young professional women. And since then, it has become quite a hobby!