Life was great in the USA for me, but life is absolutely fantastic as an expat in Mexico! It has been 10 years since I purchased my first home in Chapala. While living here full time over the past 5 years, my relationship with the people of Mexico has blossomed with much respect and adoration. My life travels had me sampling cultures in Korea at the 1988 Olympics for 30 days, in Germany with my mother in 1978 for 2 weeks, and within the Cajun/French culture of New Iberia, Louisiana for a year, and as a Texan in Houston for 3 years. Working as an outside sales person, a life coach in the network marketing arena, and in various jobs – the hearts and motivations of all classes of PEOPLE has been the main source of my inspiration to write.
In 2001 – BOOM – the blogging bug got me! The ease and art of self-publishing is fabulous! I am encouraged to post deeper thoughts than I post for family and friends on Facebook. Most social media is …well, socially acceptable, not deep. On WordPress the interaction from other bloggers is thrilling. Germany, India, Australia, Spain, China, and all over the globe – making comments that the whole world is not notified of…that in itself is gratifying. Exchanging thoughts with other wordy warriors is fun! I love exchanging comments with people I will probably never meet. I genuinely do not give a rip about exposure, fame or fortune. The amazing comments from the ordinary person to the published author float in. Initially I am stunned, then I quickly reply with glee.
Cheers to all who wake up with thoughts to pen such beautiful tales, poems and audacious truths! Your gift to write, your bold ‘blogger’ spirit definitely lifts mine. WordPress is a safe place to spill out anonymously, while reading the wonderful works of an international group of people who enjoy blogging! Bottom line — does it really matter if we get read by friends? NOPE, as a writer, we blog because we MUST, and readers, or followers are not essential to be a satisfied blogger. Writing to me is a release of that creative spark that was given unto us all. Photographers capture passing scenes of joy, war, love, and the glory of God. Bloggers stretch our imaginations with shocking, witty and profound communications that inspire us to have a voice in what is, and what may come. It is also great to be immediately published and liked by so many kindred spirits. I extend my blessing to all those who express what they must. Blog on boldly and know your effort makes a difference! After getting married in 2012, retiring in December 2013, and moving to Mexico in January 2014 – I am in my bliss to use the gifts that I have been given along the shores of an 800 year old fishing village. During my career life I held many positions, none of which had anything to do with publishing. Now is the time to release my passion for writing whatever enters my mind without worrying about what family or friends might think.
I read non-fiction books and magazine articles and remain inspired by all who have ever published their fascinations, discoveries and mysteries. I am a proud female who has experienced many delights, places, tragedy and adventures. At the age of seven I typed my first book on an Underwood typewriter in my dad’s insurance office. Seams stapled, I self published a yarn about a ribbon. It is my belief that to be speechless is to be found silenced, devoid of hope for expression. The world marvels us, it devastates, manipulates and causes all to imagine. Song writers spin magic with their lyrics while bloggers speak substance into those who may have otherwise remained silent. My faith has been challenged many times, and if one does not ever doubt, well the scriptures says “your heart is deceitful above all else”. What is the Truth? Curious about my story – both of the links below include the long and the short version of my testimony. For a long while I DENIED that I needed to be saved, or if I could ever be loved. Denial Defined and the poetic short “truth” I am His girl – Dead or Alive
Writing is indeed a retreat from reality. A time to lodge scattering thoughts, a place to ponder what was, what is and what may come. I am a mother, wife and a humbled writer of “what is” true for me. My views, my ramblings, my penned words are often what I might say IF asked. The truth about this blogger is that she knows better than to speak all these words to anyone. At the seasoned age of 65 – I was able to move into my country dream home in Mexico. Many of my musings are logged here in order for me to return to when I am truly old! I shall marvel at my wit, nonsense and poetic views. Thanks for clicking in and for liking whatever post may tickle your fancy. My sincere encouragement to you today “Boldly Blog whatever is in your heart” It will be read, and not judged by me.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight. Oh Lord my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 — Reading the Psalms will connect you with the center of all life. It will give you an appreciation of pain, hope, morality, service, the adoration of God and the history of all that He created. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” Psalm 19 — watch the documentary in which scientists give glory to God Thunderstorm Season
Curious about Mexico? The Colorful Architecture of Mexico
Life in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico Living in Mexico
Barbara Alley Hoyle – WordPress blogger since April 2017