Mom, This One’s for You

Written By: Kim - Jan• 01•11

New Year’s Resolutions come and go. We’ve all said we would commit but failed somewhere during the year to reach the goal. I have made three resolutions for 2011 which I will discuss this week. Failure is not an option.

Marie Wickline and me, Savannah, GA, 1970

My first resolution is why this blog exists: to write more. When journalism chose me as a profession in college, I discovered a passion that I still love to this day. While editing is how I get paid, writing releases something that I have ignored for quite some time. I need another outlet for my creativity.

Thanks to two former colleagues pushed who me to write an editor in chief blog post when the ACC Docket launches monthly, I have rediscovered why I ended up in this profession. I could easily ignore the first colleague who suggested this, but when the second said the same thing in less than two years, I knew it was time to act. Just like the story about the man on the roof during a flood, God only sent rescuers three times. I wasn’t going to wait for the the third sign.

My Mom used to ask me, as my husband @HowardFactor has done on numerous occasions, when I would write a book. I told them both, “when I have enough to say that fills a book and hasn’t already been said before.” It’s not that I am not interested in writing a book, but I have yet to discover something that I could focus on completely for months, perhaps years, before anything would come of it. I am not suggesting that there are not plenty of interesting topics, but writing a book is not speed dating: You don’t move to another subject when the one you are with is boring. My short-term solution was to create this blog.

This blog will be about a myriad of topics. We are all multi-faceted people with at least 10 God-given talents. Why should my blog focus solely on one? I know that the blogging experts will hang me out to dry on this. But just as my Twitter stream is varied, so should my blog topics be. Many folks believe what they do defines them as a person. What I do for a living is not who I am. Discovering what my 10 talents are is up to me and so is sharing them with my community.

What are you doing with the talents God gave you? So, here’s to 2011 and acting on our resolutions. Carpe Diem.

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