Before I began writing a book, I though that I knew all about writing.  I didn’t.

Before I had kids I thought that I knew all about parenting.  I was very, very wrong.

Before I met my husband I thought that I might never be married.  He straightened me out pretty quickly.

Life has brought me gray hair far too soon, but I have learned that there are far more important things to stress about.  One example: my jiggly arms.

I have long believed that faith in oneself – belief, as it were, in your own abilities – is inextricably tied to that oft-scorned word, “arrogance”.  Any person who has gone on to success in their chosen field, had to begin with a firm belief that what they had to say/do/show/sell was worth someone else’s time to listen/watch/look at/buy.  They were willing to risk everything, in some cases, so strong was their faith in themselves.

But is that all success is?  Of course not.  It’s hard work.  It’s ambition.  It’s timing.  Sometimes, it’s even compulsion…an inability to NOT do whatever it is you set out to do.  You are compelled.  You can’t help yourself.  It’s a part of you.

And so I come to me…no longer the non-specific “you”…but me.  Gretchen O’Donnell.  The compelled one.  Compelled to write.  Compelled to voice my opinions.  Compelled to attempt my dreams because I’ve lived with them for so long that it’s ridiculous to shy away from them any longer.

What is that dream?  To write.  To write and have someone read it.  More than one someone, if possible.   Am I arrogant enough to think that anyone will want to read what I write?  Apparently I am because here I am, beginning a blog.  I am fearful, yes, yet I have enough faith in myself to think that you might value what I have to say.  Might want to join in the conversation, even.  Might think that it’s been time well spent.

I’ll write about the process I’m beginning: that of getting my book published.  I’ll write about being a mom…because that’s who I am.  I’ll write about God…because He’s too much a part of my life to separate Him from anything I do. I’ll write about traveling and I’ll write about staying put.

Pretty much I’ll write about whatever strikes me. Which may make me hard to categorize, but is hopefully going to at least make the mundane entertaining.

Thanks for stopping by.  Please come back!!



50 Responses to “About”

  1. alison May 24, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    Oh I like it very much! You write it,I will read it.

  2. Joey Wasson May 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    Gretchen, Your first post reminded me of my first (well second I guess) post when I blogged. The narcissism of blogging/writing… I rarely blog… but when I do it is cathartic and an outlet for some semblance of creative expression. enjoy! I look forward to following.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell May 24, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

      Thanks, Joey! I’m excited about it…narcissism or not! Watch for pictures from Orcas Island!

  3. Rita "Gretchen Fan" Vander Kooi May 24, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Go, Gretchen, Go!! So looking forward to this.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell May 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

      You’re so great, Rita. Thanks for your encouragement! (It wouldn’t let me use an apostrophe in the title…hence the O’Ccurred idea being secondary!)

  4. Rose May 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    Fun, Gretchen! Here goes the adventure!
    Shine, Gretchen! :o)

  5. Tami S. May 24, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    Way to go Gretchen…I am proud of you and excited to hear your epiphanies. You might even hear the seagulls calling if you listen real close! Okay, I am having a brain freeze…I don’t remember where that came from, enlighten me. Was it a poem you wrote?

    • Gretchen O'Donnell May 24, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

      Ha ha! Yes. A very bad one which you teased me about! I’m still hurt. Okay, not really. THANKS for showing up here!

  6. Nancy May 24, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    Gretchen, you make me smile and even emit a giggle or two! I love how you write so am looking forward to your journey. I love how God is so much a part of everything you are and do – to Him be the glory!

  7. Jenny May 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    I had forgotten about Trudy Myra. She was a bit of a pest!
    I’m proud of you for finally jumping into the deep end, not a place most Bunnies want to go!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell May 25, 2011 at 7:58 am #

      It’s a good thing that all Trudies (would that be the plural?!) grow up!

  8. Paula C. May 25, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    Gretchen….LOVE LOVE LOVE to read what you WRITE WRITE WRITE!!!! Looking forward to the next Tuesday.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell May 25, 2011 at 7:59 am #

      Thanks, Paula! We’ll look forward to it togther! Here’s to the upcoming journey!

  9. Shelly May 25, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    Love the “O’Ccurr!” Reading a blog once a week on a Tuesday sounds just about do-able for me. I’m looking forward to your ephiphanies!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell May 25, 2011 at 8:05 am #

      Thanks, Shelly! I’m glad you got my message. And yes, I’d thought about calling it “It Just O’Ccurred to Me”…but couldnt’ use an apostrophe in the title! But I get a kick out of it, too…and yes, I think once a week is just about right for me, too!

  10. maureen mcquerry May 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    How fun to see you following that compulsion. I’d love to follow the journey!

  11. Mel January 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    Hi Gretchen, I followed a link on Celi’s blog and found myself reading one of the most beautiful “About” pages I have ever read. I am inspired! I like your blog title and your writing! I will subscribe to your blog now…

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

      Thank you so much, Mel! You are so kind and you have put a smile on my face. It was very nice of Celi to post my link – she herself is so inspiring. Thanks for coming over to check things out here and thanks for being a part of…dare I say a “team”? It kind of feels that way – like we all are a part of each other’s blogging teams. And now I, too, am heading over to your tree house kitchen!

      • Mel February 1, 2012 at 4:59 am #

        Yes, let’s go with “team”!

  12. Zen and Genki May 8, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    Very nice to “meet” you, Gretchen – what a pleasure (and such a pretty blog, too!)

    • Gretchen O'Donnell May 9, 2012 at 7:13 am #

      Thank you again! I’m having a great time doing this blog. Now I shall definitely head over to check out yours!

  13. einefeistyberg September 20, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    Nice looking and nice reading blog.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell September 20, 2012 at 9:15 am #

      Thanks so much! And thanks for stopping by – I’m glad it was worth your time!

  14. debdundas December 14, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    Hello. I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Please stop by and check it out here: http://debdundas.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/very-inspiring-blogger-nomination/

    • Gretchen O'Donnell December 14, 2012 at 9:18 am #

      Oh, you’re so nice! Thank you! 🙂 I will totally check that out…

  15. debdundas January 26, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award – great blog, Gretchen!
    Go to my site (http://debdundas.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/liebster-award-nomination-woo-hoo/) and check it out.

    • Gretchen O'Donnell January 28, 2013 at 9:25 am #

      Oh, my, aren’t you nice?! Thank you!

      • debdundas January 29, 2013 at 10:20 am #

        My pleasure … it’s deserved, you’re a lovely writer.

        • Gretchen O'Donnell January 29, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

          Thank you so much. I began this blog to give myself more chances to write – and be read – and so that means a lot to me! We’ve had sickness in our house and craziness in our lives, but I WILL respond to your lovely award on my blog as soon as I can!

        • debdundas January 29, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

          You take care …

  16. Gwen March 17, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    Gretchen, I’m nominating you for the Very Inspiring Blogger recognition. Look for a post during the week of 25th March!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell March 18, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

      OH, goodness, aren’t you kind?! Thank you! I’ll be posting about a different nomination on Tuesday! How lovely!

  17. The Water Bearer April 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    You make some great points here that we can all relate to. I like what you say about having dreams and being unable to resist them any longer, & My dream is to write also. Yet my self-belief has been lacking so much of the time over the past few years. It took my 2 years to have the courage to publish my first post and the novel I am writing has been a work in progress for over 12 years because I do not always feel the confidence that I can write anything of value or quality, so I just don’t even try. Then I get some inspiration from above, an epiphany and I am off an running, trying to capture as much of the inspiration as possible and get it down before it’s gone, or before I am interrupted by life once again. I enjoyed reading the couple of articles of yours, blessings to you!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell April 9, 2013 at 7:39 am #

      Thanks so much for your comments and for stopping by! Yes, I think that self-confidence is a huge factor for new/beginning writers – it’s scary to put yourself out there, isn’t it? But if we don’t…we never grow and we never have the change to see what might happen! There are discouraging moments…but don’t give up! But yes…life can definitely get in the way, can’t it?!! So glad to have “met” you!

      • The Water Bearer April 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

        You speak truth, Life definitely gets in the way! Thank you for the encouragement. Glad to have ‘met’ you too. 😉

  18. thewritesteph.com April 26, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Congratulations, Gretchen! Someone in Alabama is reading your stuff! That’s what I feel like when I look at my own blog stats. I found your site from http://www.mnprairieroots.com‘s link. I’m a new blogger…just started in March ’13. “Epiphany” is one of my favorite words. Your first few sentences, I can totally relate to. I’ve said them myself. I was a family studies/elementary ed major at the University of AL, and I thought that I knew all about kids and marriage b/f it happened to me. Would love for you to come visit me at http://www.thewritesteph.com. I’m trying to meet new friends who are bloggers…esp people who live far from me. Looking at your snow pictures, I’m like, “Wow!” We wish that we could see some more of that where I live. Blessings, Stephanie

    • Gretchen O'Donnell April 27, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

      Well, I’m so glad that you found me – and I always love hearing how people did. Audrey’s blog is definitely one of my favorites. I love “epiphany” as a word, too – gotta love a good “ph” word. Welcome to the blogging world! One thing that I love about blogging is finding people who think like I do – I mean, the opposite is great, too, but the like-minded ones are especially fun to connect with. I’ll definitely check out your blog!

  19. R4radhika November 16, 2014 at 12:07 am #

    Epiphany, the title really made me to stop by n have a look. And guess what, am not disappointed. You write wonderfully. Looking forward 🙂

  20. Lynz Real Cooking August 5, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

    Very interesting blog! love the area where you live!

  21. Gretchen O'Donnell February 19, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    Oh, goodness, thank you!


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