The Inspiration

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths

Since I was young, I loved to write and “play school,” and in the 10th grade I met my favorite English teacher who later became my “Mom.” Jane Ellen Wilson was and is such an inspiration to me as a woman, teacher, mother and friend, and it is because of her that I later became an English (and journalism) teacher myself.

I felt called to teach, just as a preacher is called to preach, and I honored that calling in the traditional sense for 11 years before leaving the classroom to become a yearbook sales representative. For 9-years this career strengthened my love of teaching, writing, design, and journalism.

However, in October of 2015, with the support of my family, I turned in the 800-1000 miles of travel per week for the unknown. I attended networking events and applied and interviewed for everything from insurance sales to marketing coordinator. I even renewed my teaching license.

One morning, though, I took a break from the full-time job of finding a job, and I pulled my laptop into bed with me to start cleaning up files, and there it was–the folder titled “Personal.” This folder is filled with my writings–from poetry to essays to chapters of books and beginnings of short stories.

I began devouring my own words, and God reminded me of the dream, the talent, He put in my heart all those years ago. I am a writer, and my dream is to use my words to make a difference in this world.

So, with my dream reignited, and my chance meeting with a naturopathic doctor who was looking for a part-time sales and marketing coordinator, I began combining my writing skills with my sales and journalism skills to produce newsletters, blogs, marketing plans, social media posts, etc.

The experience of this part-time position fueled my desire to do more, to offer my creative services to others, all the while developing my own writing and entering my own work for publication and competition.

Thus the creation of AS You Like It, writing and marketing services.

One may ask, though, why my website address ends with 356. When I went to set up my website, “As You Like It” was not available. When the computer screen popped up other suggestions for website names, I just turned and looked at my wall in my office, the wall that has stenciled Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

I smiled and said, “Thank you, God, for the reminder,” and I added 356 to the end of my web address so that I will always be reminded to acknowledge God and praise Him for directing my path.