I’m Rachel Baker
I wrote my first poem in the second grade. If memory serves me right, I even entered it into my elementary school poetry contest. I don’t remember if I won or not, that’s not what’s important. What is important is that from a very young age I KNEW I was a writer.
My parents were writers. My grandfather was a writer. I even recently discovered poems that my grandmother wrote.
I was born to write.
In middle school I filled out book after book with poems and short stories. In high school I wrote for and edited the student newspaper. In college I declared a journalism major. After college I joined the editorial team of a lifestyle and automotive magazine.
My dreams of being a REAL writer, a paid writer, were all coming to fruition.
The economy tanked. I lost my job. And in one fell swoop my dreams were dashed. In a moment of defeat I told my husband that I was giving up on writing. I was throwing in the towel, or, um, typewriter. What was the point!?!
It took me years to realize how wrong I was. If you are a writer, you MUST, and I mean MUST write. If you are an artist you must create your art. To not create means you are relinquishing the gifts God has given you.
And so, after realizing the error of my ways, I repented and returned to my craft. Some writing days are glorious and productive and others… well, if you know anything about being a creative you know what I’m talking about.
Through the encouragement of my husband and some really awesome women I’ve been diligently taking strides. I can’t wait to share some of my current projects with you.
But equally as important, I want to encourage you towards your God-gifts. These are the talents and capabilities that God has uniquely gifted you with. I want to encourage you and push you towards those dreams! Hear this loud and clear friend, you’ve got what it takes to do what God is calling you to. You are so enough already.