I’ve read somewhere that most people know what their life passion—and purpose—is by age seven or eight. When I was eight years old, I discovered the pleasures of reading and writing and wrote my first book, “Suzie the Wild Dog”. It was a story about a dog who runs away from home, had a baby (Buttons), and lived happily in the forest with a small group of friendly wild animals. Funny, 38 years later it actually sounds like how my life turned out (so far).
In my life’s chain of events nothing was accidental. Everything happened according to an inner need. ~Hannah Sesesh
Since then I’ve known I wanted to be a writer but took the long, winding, scenic route to finally get here. I’ve worked as a waitress, cashier, chambermaid at a fly-in-fishing camp in northern Manitoba—as well as in Banff, tree planter in Ontario, cleaner and dog sledding assistant in the Arctic, telemarketer, cook and machine transporter at a logging camp, landscaper, organic gardener, laboratory assistant, bagel baker, assistant cabinetmaker at a fine furniture shop, cook at a ski lodge, docent at both a museum and a major art gallery, book seller, tutor, teaching assistant, research assistant, graduate student, teacher, program coordinator, program manager, and government intern.
Throughout this time I have been writing in one way or another. Journaling, personal letters, essays, plays, poetry, prose, and other works filled my childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. In my career as an educator, I have written articles, published a monthly newsletter, developed resources and curricula, and shared my short stories with my students.
My dream—always—was to be a full-time writer. In my mid-to-late thirties, after a ‘wake-up call’ with my health, I knew I couldn’t wait any longer. I ‘ran away from home’, moved back to the country, finished my Masters thesis, and had a child (at 42 years of age). When Chayton turned four, I knew it was finally time to get back to work, this time for myself, for fun.
For each of us there is a deeply personal dream waiting to be discovered and fulfilled. When we cherish our dream and then invest love, creative energy, perseverance and passion in ourselves, we will achieve an authentic success. ~Breathnach
This is the first time in my life that I have given my writing the driver’s seat. As a lover of nature, and now a homeschooling mother, there are so many wondrous things to explore, learn, and share with you. I look forward to this next chapter in my life, and I look forward to the dialogue with you, dear reader.