I've decided to start a blog…my first ever. 

So, true to the part of me that is blithe in spirit, that jumps in when inspired, I wrote what I thought was going to be my “first blog” (yes, I know, wrong terminology) the other day - a comical yet sober commentary on the Facebook “Like” button from the new independent artist’s perspective.  But then, faithful to my judiciousness, which always kicks in after the “spark,” I sent it to a few trusted souls for their discretionary input.  That’s when my expert friend graciously shared blog terminology and protocol with me…

It was then I discovered I hadn’t written a “blog,” I had written a “blog entry” – one of many that will make up my “Blog.”  I also learned that one should write an introductory “blog entry” to introduce oneself and identify what their “Blog” will be about (though, this seems painfully obvious now).    

I have to laugh a little because I really don’t like introductions with the formal “blah blah’s” and cursory “what do you do’s”… I like to jump straight to the “who are you? ’s” and “what do you think? ’s” and if we are so inspired, the “what can we do about it?’s”.  However, I also like to do things right.

So, here’s the scoop.  I was professionally (well, that’s an understatement – I was mind, body, heart, and soul) a musician and Worship & Arts Director for the church for most of my “adult” life.  I had found a very meaningful way to have a stable music career with a lifestyle that would be cohesive to a family life, and indeed, I felt called.  That was my story line – traditional upbringing, college, masters in music, employed, married, in the process of planning a family, offer in on a new home… and then – WHAM - my thirty year old husband died suddenly and … I was off book…

Maybe that’s why I don’t like introductions, or worse, outlines… They are labels and synopses that can change... and hopefully do.  Let’s all pray that there’s more to be discovered in this lifetime than what our minds can identify in a few words or pre-plan in an outline. 

So, can I do this introduction right without “telling” you who I am?  The best I can tell you is that I am… recreating.  I felt called to venture into the world, outside the walls of the church, to drop the salary, the pension, the insurance; to create a new narrative – one of an independent artist choosing to step out and share her voice.  I don’t know the play-by-play, or even the over-all plot, but I know this isn’t dress rehearsal.  I know I’ve jumped off the cliff, and some days I discover there’s something there to hold me and other days I find I’m flying.  Both are good practice.

Can I do this introduction right and not actually “identify” what this Blog will be about?   It will be full of snapshots and ponderings, and likely a lot of laughing at myself in this new narrative -- one artist in a sea of millions who feels called to share whatever small insights she might have along the way as she meets others, face-to-face in the midst of their own story, with a compassion gained from loss, a joy gained from healing, a wisdom that this isn’t dress rehearsal, and a humility gained from realizing she is not always in control.

Welcome to my new narrative… I hope you will be a part of it, as much, I hope to be a part of yours… Ultimately, I hope it will be a narrative human enough to be “ours.”


jim February 28, 2012 @08:56 am

Charley huge step for both of us. If this is a blog it is my first. Love ya JC

Kathy Woody February 24, 2012 @04:53 pm

Charlotte, Godspeed to you, my friend! This made me think of you today: http://ken-r-abell.hubpages.com/hub/Daring-Adventure-Or-Nothing

Jeremiah February 23, 2012 @11:18 am

Love you to pieces....glad you are doing well.

Jessica Shumway February 23, 2012 @09:19 am

Looking forward to following you on your journey :)

Deb February 22, 2012 @08:17 pm

Love it. You are full of surprises. Looks great. I'll pass it on.

Frank February 21, 2012 @08:53 pm

Hey Charlotte - Wow - this all feels like a breath of spirited fresh air. Great to see and hear how you are taking hold yet letting go at the same time toward discoveries. Thanks a ton for sharing and look forward to participate and hear what your steps find along the path. Wishing you the best - Frank

Nancy Roberts February 21, 2012 @04:01 pm

Congratulations on having the courage to follow your heart. It's so good to hear from you. Love and Best Wishes. Nancy

Mom February 20, 2012 @05:18 pm

This is great, Char....and it's so YOU! I'm sure you'll have lots of positive comments, and those blogees that read this and don't know you will wish they did...and will do everything to find a way. Excellent!

jon February 20, 2012 @01:14 pm


Uncle Dake February 20, 2012 @08:34 am

You've always been my favorite niece, you go girl, your beautiful.

Amy Hicks February 19, 2012 @09:40 pm

Delicious...seconds, please!

Bob February 19, 2012 @10:34 am

Hello Charlotte. it is so great to see you and hear from you again. I look forward to learning and watching your progress and from time to time, maybe even adding a pearl of insight or perspective on your journey. Best wishes for great success. bob

Allison McCready Melun February 18, 2012 @10:14 pm

Just wonderful!

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