I started writing a blog on blogspot in 2010 called 'intentionally Amy'.
I posted on it weekly and through that routine I found a renewed passion for writing.
My writing and my voice was something that my education in ASL/English Interpreting took from me (I don't say that lightly). As a very young twenty-something I knew my voice mattered but I struggled to find it amidst the rules, the circumstances and the professional boundaries that I was now confined in.
I needed to find, at least, my written words again. Somehow.
Blogging became that way for me to to find my words and inadvertently, connect with living a more 'intentional' lifestyle, something I craved.
As the years progressed, I learned that not only my words mattered but my voice did too.
I made the scary realization that the profession I chose was one that overall, discouraged my young voice and where I often found myself in positions where the rights of others, including myself, were being not only ignored but pushed aside.
(that being said, I do want to add that towards the end of my short interpreting career I was developing a great relationship with my then, current boss & a few very wonderful mentors whom I know would have continued supporting my growth in the profession.)
Looking back, I can recognize that in certain circumstances, even as an individual providing a service, I deserved to know that I had autonomy and a voice in the situations I was in, despite being just 'a conduit for communication'.
It has been having a blog space that has allowed me to find my voice in a quiet and yet public manner.
It hasn't always and still won't always be as eloquent or as thought out as I would like, but blogs have a way of delivering the honest state of a person and I am empowered by that. To read the honest states' of others and to have a moment to discover my own place in this world.
It's a privilege.
It's a privilege to have had that tiny little blog which turned into this website format where I can explore my creative and performance projects in a public and yet collected manner.
I continue to blog as a consistent way for me to conintue my output and growth. Consistency is important even when we don't feel like it, even when it sucks.
I will always be maintaining a blog because it is a habit that continues my work, my creativity and also in honouring my own unique voice.