Discovering My Voice
Hi, I'm Annalee. I am 24 years old and unable to define my voice.
I have heard countless times throughout my life the coming-of-age moment that entails finding your voice. At a really young age, I wrote short stories galore that centered around Tamagotchi babies and the adventures of Candy Land; I thought I had found my voice!
Obviously my imaginative children's stories weren't enough to sustain the self-discovery of my voice. However, it was through those exploits that I realized that writing was pretty neat.
While growing up, I have sought personal meaning through titles. But come on, who hasn't? Most of our lives we are asked the dreaded question what do you want to be when you grow up? It is typically expected that you answer with a job title or a degree of sorts. This question becomes even more dreaded in the early 20's, after most graduate college or begin searching for their careers. Stop asking me "what will I be doing after graduation"!!!
What I am can be defined in a few simple words: follower of Christ, wife of Michael, employee of SEU, a college graduate, and other titles.
Who I am is a bit more difficult to describe. I can tell you my history and story, my joys and my fears, what makes me laugh and what makes me cry. But I don't feel that all of it truly captures who I am...who we are.
I've wanted to start a blog for a long time, but have held on to too many fickle fears. I thought I needed to come up with a theme, develop a specific audience, and other items that I was probably taught to focus on in one of my public relations classes. I would have conversations with myself asking what if no one reads it? what if I am a horrible writer? But in all honesty, it is only when I write that I feel like I am one step closer to that true moment of discovering my voice. So until then, here I am... entering into the unknown, yet all too predictable realm of blogging.
Wish me luck!