Growing up in the South, I developed a love for stories– from the travel accounts of cousins in the military to the gossip of girls as we worked alongside the women ‘barning tobacco’ in our rural community.
In sixth grade, I crafted my stories into plays and later I found that journaling was my outlet for dealing with personal challenges.
In mid-life, I wrote short stories and a novel. But when life pressed in with a toxic job and then a breast cancer diagnosis, I coped by writing journal entries that evolved into personal essays.
Through a serendipitous trip to Sedona, I discovered renewal in taking solo journeys that became Spirit-led pilgrimages. As I wrote about my experiences of those yearly journeys they formed into a memoir.
Through my blog, it’s my hope that we’ll have conversations that encourage us all to step forward to live the lives we are intended to live.
Connie Rosser Riddle is a Breast Cancer Survivor and certified Life Coach. She’s the author of the upcoming memoir, He Heard My Voice: A Midlife Mom’s Journey Through Cancer and Stress and Her Unexpected Arrival at Healing and Wholeness. She’s had essays and articles published in anthologies and magazines, including Chicken Soup for the Soul, A Cup of Comfort, Survivors’ Review, Sasee, and Reminisce. She’s contributed guest posts on cancer blogs. Connie and her husband, David, live in Durham, North Carolina. They have two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson.