Yikes! Just the thought of writing an “About me” promo-type text, makes me want to sort socks and scrub bathroom grout.
You see, I grew up in a family where talking about yourself, especially tootin’ your own horn was frowned upon and even considered “undignified”. That’s a real contradiction when you grow up in the US, where self-promotion is said to come naturally.
What’s a bona fide introverted American of Japanese descent to do? Well, this one learned to stretch in other ways. When I die, I want “She stepped and danced outside her comfort zone” engraved on my urn.
Each of my jobs from researcher, news writer, PR manager to ESL teacher and curriculum developer, HR analyst, corporate consultant and trainer, co-founder of an educational NGO, and then for the last 15-ish years, writer, writing coach, and editor required that I develop different skill sets every step of the way.
That, combined with moves from Maryland to Boston, DC, S. Florida, and NY, then across the ocean to Paris, Hamburg, Vienna, rural South Africa, Oregon, and now Northern Spain made me most comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Through it all, self-promotion remains beyond my uncomfortable zone. But I believe that it’s made me work that much harder to BE what I was so I wouldn’t have to SELL what I was.
I know that my zig-zagged career path and multi-continental lifestyle appear to have no tie. But there has been: My writing! Through most of my jobs and personal struggles, writing has woven through and grounded me. Writing is my friend — except when it’s not. But no lasting relationship goes without strife.
And that’s how I’ve arrived where I am today. As a lifelong lover of writing, I want to share what I’ve learned and learn about you.