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Finding Voice and Practicing

Welcome to my blog!  Currently I am in Wausau, WI searching for teaching jobs in Eastern Europe so I can move there and teach English.  Why Wausau?  One of my best friends just moved here and I needed a space where I could concentrate on the job search and my writing.  I got my CELTA teaching certificate in June while I was in Denver, CO.  I want to be an ESL teacher because I do enjoy it and get a great sense of accomplishment while teaching; however, what I really want is a guaranteed job anywhere in the world so that when I get the whim to move to another country, I have a job there.  My true passion though is not teaching – it is writing.  Besides journaling and writing academic papers, I have neglected the creative aspects of writing.  I’m taking this time to discover my voice and my style.  I’m just not exactly sure where to start – but I found A Writer’s Workbook written by Caroline Sharp with warm up and exercise ideas.  This is something I can do every day and helps me get into a routine and find my rhythm.  And you have the pleasure of seeing first-hand what I produce!  Some topics may be boring to read, but I am committed to give it all a try.  I’m guessing that this will be an all-over-the-place type blog so bare with me – it’ll be an adventure.  Let’s dive in.

TASK: Reviews: What do you think? Write a review about a book expressing your evaluation.  Did you like it?  Why/why not?  In what way did it succeed?  In what way did it not succeed?  Did it touch you/affect you and how?  Would you recommend it/repeat your experience of it?  What, if anything, would you have done differently?  Outline the plot.  Did it remind you of anything?

The benefits of this exercise is practicing observation/reporting skills, and noticing trends in your life (if you’re reading the same type of book or watching the same type of movie, etc).

Book: Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche By Bill Plotkin

This book is a guided journey through your soul and your life.  I found this book to be extremely useful and inspiring; however, you must read this at the right moment in your life.  You must be ready to answer the call.  Half of the time this means uprooting your life and changing (often) drastically.  When I started to read this book a few years ago I had to stop.  I had college to finish and too many obligations at home to just up and leave; however, when I was ready to leave and go on my call I picked up the book again and dove in.  It helped me transition into my adult life after college.  It also gave me great questions and suggestions for me to journal about to help sort out my thoughts and feelings and where I was in my life.  I also believe that this book can be read many times again and again as you are experiencing life transitions.

Soulcraft is broken into three parts: Severance, Pathways to Soul Encounter, and The Return.  Part one prepares you to separate from your familiar world (describes how the journey begins and how to loosen your attachment to your former self and limiting world views).  Part two explores many different ways to soul encounter (suggestions and specific methods on finding your pathway).  The third part prepares you to return to the everyday world with your newfound enlightenment/gifts/path.

I would suggest this book to anyone who has an open mind.  The poems, stories and quotes are encouraging, and I look to them often as a source of movement and inspiration.   Soulcraft gives you a chance to reevaluate your soul and life’s direction and an opportunity to organize and harness your beliefs and feelings.


I have circumnavigated the globe, I have lived overseas, and now I'm back in America about to marry my beautiful fiance, Renee. Follow our adventures in travel, getting healthier with Plexus and starting a brand new life.

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