When last I left you, I was going to school full-time, which was taking up all of my spare time but I’m proud to say that I finally graduated with my Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies this past June! What was a surprise to me was that this last year of education was probably the most intense of my long (very long as it turns out) undergrad career AND I dare say, it was the most enjoyable! In fact, I am considering continuing my education, perhaps a Master’s program is in my future………but not just yet.
Shortly after graduation, I wondered if I should start up this blog again and decided against it. Although creative writing is one of my passions, I had done enough research and analysis for all of my school assignments and frankly, I was tired of writing. Additionally, I thought I had said all I needed, and lastly, I figured no one really cared to read what I had to say anymore and it was here that I was apparently wrong. Within a few weeks after I stopped producing submissions, women would ask me why. Using school as my legitimate excuse, I expected that by the time a few months had passed no one else would even remember what I had contributed to the vast internet blog world.
That was until a few weeks ago, when 3 of my high school “bestie’s” and I went for our annual “Girl’s Weekend Out”. One friend, whom I’ve known since we were 5 years old paid me a high compliment by stating that what I have to say frequently gives her a more positive perspective and my other friends agreed. By the time the weekend had come to its end, I had promised my girls that I’d start up the blog again. And so……………I’m baaaack!!
The point is this: You may never know how your words will affect someone else. Knowing that my friend is very sparing with her praise, I took her sentiments quite sincerely. And apparently, I didn’t know that what I had to say made much of a difference as well. I am blessed to be surrounded by amazing, encouraging friends near and far and I’m glad to be able to use their example to use my words to encourage others.
-Tessa L. Charles
"Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit - you choose." Prov. 18:21 MSG