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Featured Artist: IF Writes Poetry Blog

I believe my passion for writing stems from my obsession with reading. I've been reading since I was 7, for the pure joy of it. I loved being called a nerd even at that young age, I knew it made me different and I liked being different. For years, I've commended writers for their talent and skills, it enthralled me that a single person could create such wonder with words. I honestly didn't believe I had what it takes to be a writer.  

Now many years later from being that proud 7 year old nerd I took my chances at writing. 

It's been about 3 years now that I've been struggling with life as a whole, and I needed an outlet. I needed motivation. 

I used to write my own motivation on whatever piece of paper I could find at the time.  My words came out with more of a poetic fantasy feel to it, and when I'd finish I would sit back and wonder at which part of my heart did that pour out of. It made me happy, so I continued. 

Since than it has evolved somewhat. I still don't think I have what it takes to create a world as an author would, but I feel I'm pretty good at enhancing this world as a poet. 

What does poetry mean to you?

Poetry... words as a whole is my means of processing grief, accepting life for all its curve balls and that in itself is kind of an escape.

  I'm not expensive as a person and I know I'm not the only one. I write for those of us who have so much to say with no way to say it, for those who grieve in silence because their roles need them to be strong, to those who are to practical to accept that even they need motivation.  What inspires your poetry? Many simple things in life that I personally love, my happy places if you can call it that. I want to share how I view those places and appreciate the simple magic that people generally overlook, because life is pulling them at so many different directions.

  Sometimes I draw inspiration from the people around me, how they react in certain situations.

Other times, from the books I've read . I think that once you start looking for inspiration, you can find it anywhere.  Which are most important to you: (1) joy, (2) peace, (3) patience, (4) kindness, (5) self-control, (6) faithfulness, (7) gentleness, (8) love, or (9) goodness? If you can, explain why.

Peace... Hands down, peace, because you crave the necessities of life when you are deprived of such.

I do value my happiness, love and faithfulness, but ultimately for me in this chaotic life of a thousand voices with no construct, peace is the most important, and I tend to treasure it above all else. 

What sort of things are you looking forward to improving this year?

Well not exactly this year, this year for me has been fruitful in some ways, but next year!

Next year I'm going to be all selfish and work on improving me, because how am I going to inspire, if I don't have a game plan?

So, I want to better my writing, I want to better my mental health and I want to better my outlook on life.  

I've heard working on oneself is the hardest, most satisfying job, because we don't want to accept our own flaws but when we do, we will be better because of it. 

What is one big dream you have?

To make it a little easier for someone, anyone... even if its just one.

I have people in my life that never gave up on me or my weirdness. They have made my life beautiful. 

Most people I find don't have that kind of emotional support, I know what it's like not having someone to root for you. So yeah, that is the one dream I will hold on to until it's accomplished. Whoever is reading this, I'm rooting for you 100%. You are capable of such greatness! 

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