About Me

"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live." 
~Henry David Thoreau, Journal, 19 August 1851

I am convinced that the first fifty years of my life were in preparation for where I am today: perched on the precipice of the next fifty years, laptop in hand pounding keys. I understand this now. The signs that eluded me parade across my mind, no longer allowing me to look away.
  • I was precocious
  • Talked in sentences before I could pronounce the words
  • Read voraciously by age seven (second grade)
  • Was at the head of the class in vocabulary and reading comprehension
  • Loved and aced English classes
  • Last one standing in spelling bees
  • Words fascinate and excite me 
  • Learning thrills me
  • Research sates me
  • I am 'highly sensitive' and feel too deeply
  • I know things, often before you do
  • I am fated to ponder
  • And compelled to share the resultant aha's
  • The more well-read I am, the less able I am to read
  • Stories find me and whisper in my ear
  • Characters clamor, vying to be heard
  • To not write is now unthinkable
Some might call me a late bloomer. That's okay. I have amassed 20+ years of schooling concurrent with 37 years of various and sundry jobs, two careers and 55 years of living. By Thoreau's reckoning, my season is now. I have paid my dues.

I am a writer. It is my one true calling, the answer to the search that began nineteen years ago after reading Emmet Fox's treatise "Your Heart's Desire".
"God has a plan for everyman, and he has one for you."
"Already in your past life from time to time, God Himself has whispered into your heart just that very wonderful thing, whatever it is, that He is wishing you to be, and to do, and to have...The most secret, sacred wish that lies deep down at the bottom of your heart, the wonderful thing that you hardly dare to look at, or to think about...Your Heart's Desire..."

Words have my heart. I am a writer. It's who I am. It's what I must do.

Roam with me here, on the pages of my blog. Let my journey help you along your own sacred path to your heart's desire, whatever that may be.

*Excerpt from "Your Heart's Desire" found in "Power Through Constructive Thinking" by Emmet Fox

~ Olivia J. Herrell

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