Author Notes

Hey y’all!

My name is Carol and I’m the creator/sole contributor of Writeful Mind.

My passion for writing has been burning for 40 years and it’s been interesting to look back on how my writing has evolved through the ages. My younger self had dreams of being a best-selling novelist; for “her” it was about the fame and recognition, based on writing fiction. My older self realized, many years ago, that it was never about {only} me and always about helping others, even if that meant baring my soul to share details of my darkest moments. Dramatic? Maybe, but there’s something to be said about “writing what you know”; it’s more “real” when the writing comes from a place of vulnerability.

I’m a native New Orleanian who left the city back when I was far too young to appreciate the importance of “home”. My inner nomad took me to Texas, Mississippi, and, eventually, abroad to the United Kingdom. When the “pull” to come back home became too strong, I succumbed. My 2 kiddos are grown and, shortly before the beautiful grandkidlet arrived, I reconnected with my high school sweetheart through a mutual friend on Facebook. He also lived away from the city for many years, but returned home to be with me. Our family of 3 quickly became 5 {7, if you include my daughter’s BFF’s who call me “Mom”} and our life together is pretty cool, for the most part. We’re really just silly, gamer geeks who quote relevant movie lines and meaningful song lyrics, take pictures of interesting things, go on the occasional adventure, laugh 90% of the time, frequently visit our local café, and occasionally indulge in the food our city is famous for. Above all else, we’re glad to be home, where we belong, facing life’s challenges together.


What I Do

  • I’m co-owner of an outreach program for abused women, regardless of where {in the U.S.} they live and I’m currently co-writing a book about all aspects of abuse. As an abuse survivor, I’m a strong advocate for the empowerment of those who endure abuse; I feel that my understanding and experience enhance the sort of support people in such situations need.
  • Multi-blog contributor, sharing my experiences with all aspects of abuse, grief, self-harm, starting over, anxiety, depression, life with an alcoholic parent, life abroad.
  • Full-time carer. Chris has kidney failure; my son has a language disability.
  • Aspiring photographer
  • Part-time adventurer

Recognition

Writeful Mind Awards
Interview on DIY Adulation


Always Learning

When it comes to “education”, I have this to say:

  1.  {Attending college} is irrelevant to one’s intelligence or success. Don’t ever let anyone tell you differently. Sitting in class listening to boring lectures, studying notes to regurgitate hours of cramming information onto a test paper is not learning, if you don’t retain what you’ve learned. I attended college. It wasn’t for me. But that didn’t mean I would ever stop learning. We learn the things we need to know for the purpose we fulfill in our time on God’s Earth. College is not a “one-size-fits-all” education. Don’t ever let anyone dictate where or how you should learn. That’s up to you, as long as you keep learning…and fiercely reserve your right to think for yourself.
  2. Education comes in all different packages ~ college, trade school, life experience. Determine your purpose and then outline your path. Don’t succumb to pressure. Be you. Walk your path and, by the same token, allow others to walk theirs.
  3. Never judge. An Ivy League education does not outshine a high school education or a life experience education. Many people in previous generations had to quit school at grammar school level because doing so was required for the family’s post-depression area or post WW2 survival. That sort of education is what we affectionately refer to as the School of Hard Knocks. In another word ~ LIFE.
  4. Each of us has a special skill that many others do not, but it’s contingent upon many factors, including how {or if} the individual cultivates their skillset{s}. An inherently gifted violinist isn’t a musician unless s/he: 1/ realizes s/he has a gift; and 2/ chooses to be a musician.
  5. One of the most important lessons of adulthood is the sobering realization that we do not, nor will we ever know everything there is to know. We learn until our last day on Earth.
  6. I have taken several courses to learn how to be a better blogger and learner, through WordPress and Coursera. I highly recommend both sites for their array of excellently formatted courses.

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