Pop Diaries: Declaration of a Writer

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I started blogging at Pop Parables primarily out of self-preservation.

My third born son was 6 months old, and a sense of urgency had befallen me. I had to rescue my ever dwindling brain, the best of which was slipping away with each diaper change.

Somehow, I got the idea to start a blog.  I knew as much about blogging as I knew about living in the Arctic.  My knowledge was so severely lacking that I didn’t even have a Twitter account.  {GASP}

During my first year of blogging, I came to realize something about myself that God had not specifically revealed to me before:


Post after post, the desire to write intensified.  I attempted to quiet those thoughts.  I tried to tell myself that I wasn’t qualified to write anything worth reading.  I recounted the ways in which I was not particularly skilled in the art of writing.  I reminded myself that none of my ancestors are writers.

Heck, I only took a singular composition class in high school because it was required.  In university, I took NO writing or English classes at all because I actually tested out of them. In grad school, I wrote constantly since that’s pretty much the only way you can prove your worth in academia.

In all those years of school, I failed to realize there might actually be a joy and satisfaction in the writing process.  For me, writing had simply become a vehicle to move along my degree path, a task I had to complete in order to get what I wanted out of life.

Yet, the longer I blogged and the more writers I connected with, the more I realized that


He has created within me a desire and an ability to express my thoughts, ideas, experiences, and opinions about life, faith, and culture through the written word.

I know that I want to continue to write, but I’m not even quite sure what my writing voice sounds like.  I’m learning how to express the real me, the real Keri, in word.  It’s not because I think so highly of myself {it’s actually quite the opposite}.  But, rather because I fully believe that God has created every single person with a unique destiny.  And, that destiny is intimately intertwined within their spirit and who He has created them to be: strengths, weaknessess, good, bad and ugly.  God has an undeniable plan for my life.  Becoming my fullest self is what allows me to give the most to those around me.  He has the same thing for you, too, in case you’re wondering.

So, I’m going to be searching out my writing voice by, well, writing.  I’m in the process of developing a personal blog to create a space to write about whatever helps me to become a better writer.  If people read it, engage with it, and interact, that would make me crazy happy and also help me to become better at the craft.

I’m also trying to work out the SAHM dilemma.  How do I carve out time to write while all of my waking {and many of my sleeping} hours are spent with 3 little humans who suck the brains out of me?  It’s tough.  For me, it just means a slower path from good to great.  Which also means I have to put forth a very concerted effort with the limited time that I do have.

This is my declaration that I am a writer. I didn’t think I should insult you with trying to create a pop parable out of it.  I figure the community that gathers here has a great enough mutual respect to allow me a post to share my heart.  And, realistically, this all will affect the future of Pop Parables.  I just don’t know how…yet.


What things have you discovered about yourself later in life?

Is there a truth about yourself that you need to embrace?

If you have a family, how does that affect your time to devote to writing?

I’m sharing this declaration as a part of Jeff Goins “15 Habits of Great Writers“.  If you’d like to read other declarations or make one yourself, join in on the fun here.

17 thoughts on “Pop Diaries: Declaration of a Writer

  1. Keri,
    You are a writer and the way God wired you and your ability to do this blog speaks to your giftings.
    Since I have hit 40 God has just been opening my eyes to so many things about myself that those are things requiring blog posts. Needless to say there is so much more work to be done in my life and where and what God is going to do I can only imagine, but I know that I am ready to partner with him in the journey.
    I love writing, sharing my thoughts, ideas and life with those who care to read it. I know that I am creative with writing and photography and that was something I have begun to embrace later in life.
    In regards to family and blogging, mine is usually done early in the morning or late at night. It’s the only time I can fit it in.

    1. Chris, you are such an encourager and I really appreciate that about you.

      Funny that you mention hitting 40, because I edited a line in this post about hitting 30. It seemed a little obnoxious since by most counts 30 is pretty young. ;)

      What do you think made you realize that you were creative at this stage in the game? Side note: is your wife creative in those ways at all?

      #WCNINJA unite {just felt the need to include that}

      1. 30 is young and in my experience when things begin to change. I spent a lot of my 30′s being rebellious, lost and trying to figure out who I was and what I really wanted from life. Thankfully around 37 or so that all began changing, or I should say God began changing me. You are much smarter and wiser than I was at 30. It took some time and some serious adjustments in my life to finally fully understand who God created me to be and what giftings I have that he placed in me.

        My wife is creative in the form of cooking and baking, mostly baking. Her #1 gift is hospitality and she excels at that.

        #WCNINJA yeah I can’t wait until we can all get together again. Looking forward to that.

        1. Wow. I’d love to hear more about your journey someday, friend. Or, maybe I can read it on your bloggity?

          Thanks for your kind words. I def can’t wait for another #WCNINJA in full effect. ;)

  2. As always, you inspire me Keri. The truths you shared here are powerful; not only for yourself, but for those of us who are struggling with our identity as writers along with you. Declaring the truth of who we are and how God has made us is powerful, and it will bear fruit in your life as you open up your mind & heart to what the Spirit is doing. This is like your public declaration of “Here am I, send me.” I’m praying that this is the beginning of God bolstering you in a new way as a writer, mother, wife and all the other roles you play.

    My writing has suffered much in the last year with the move and the changes God has brought me through. I’m definitely struggling to find my voice and tribe. However, God is showing me that this part of my life is not finished, and that He is in control of what it looks like.

    1. Well, you almost darn well made me cry right there. God has gifted you with an ability to cut to the truth. Today I’ve been thinking of the Tenth Ave North song entitled “Empty My Hands” that really coincides with this idea of fighting the lies and laying hold of His best for me.

      I’m super excited to hear that God has shown you that Melissa the writer is still in full effect! ;) We should co-op some childcare over the summer to work on our writing.

  3. I know exactly what you mean.
    I started a 2nd blot for creative writing. Ive done a mini noval and currently have 2 stories going. Click on my name link to go. Looking forward to your other writing!

  4. Love the structure and flow of this post.

    You are a writer.

    Glad to see you back in the swing of blogging and am excited for your new personal blog. Keep up the good work. Godspeed on the 15 habits project.

    1. Thanks for always being so encouraging, my ninja neighbor. I don’t know if I’ll ever be as crazy dedicated as you are, but I sure can try!

      #WCNINJA Unite!

  5. You are a talented writer. From an outside look, your voice is fresh, fun, convicting, and inspiring. While I’m not a frequent Commenter, I am a frequent Reader and always look forward to new posts! I’m a blessed beneficiary of this Gift you’ve discovered and nutured so “late” in your life. ;-)

    Two things I’ve discovered later in my life is that 1) I’m NOT a Writer (although never really hoped to be, or certainly claimed to be!), and 2) that God didn’t create me to be a stay at home Mom. It’s been tough (internally) wrestling with myself (and God, at times) about reconciling this fact – feeling pressures from all sides of the fence – but I feel that I’m in a place right now where I’m ok with that.

    Please, keep listening to God, growing, and sharing!

    1. I really appreciate your kind words. It’s amazing how a friend pointing out something they’ve recognized in me can help me to more fully understand myself. As my own greatest critic, it can be hard to see the good. So, thank you for taking time to write these thoughtful words. :)

      I actually enjoy the writing on your blog, too! Doesn’t mean you have to be a writer, but you come across very genuine and I like that! :)

      Oooh, that darn mommy guilt. I think so many women struggle with these things and aren’t fully honest with themselves about it. I think we would help each other out so much if we did express that we grapple with these things and maybe aren’t completely satisfied with our situation.

  6. Hi Keri,

    I loved your post. You are a WRITER! I always thought of myself as a speaker – not a writer. I did well in speech classes and not so well in comp class. Then by God’s grace I was invited to write for the TJX CO. HomeGoods Stores and that’s when I decided to start my own blog. I have been a blogging machine ever since.

    I’m looking forward to getting to know you and hearing more about the ways the Lord is working in your life. Blessings!

    1. Hi Deb…thank you so much for reading and stopping by Pop Parables.

      And, hold up, you write for Home Goods?! How awesome is that!!! I’m so excited that a Home Goods store is about to open just 2 miles from my house! Holla! I’m hoping I can make it to the sneak preview event that is 2 days before the official opening. :)

      So nice to “meet” you in the blogosphere. :)

      1. I can’t wait to hear all about your new store. I have been an HG superfan for years! Someday I’ll fill you in on the launch of the blog. It is a fantastic company, and I owe my blogging passion to them. Have fun treasure hunting!!

  7. Keri, this well written piece is a testament that you are writer.
    I have discovered in my life, that money doesn’t matter. Materials things don’t matter. I want to live a life of service to others no matter how big or small. I have also discovered how liberating and rewarding it is to love others, and be merciful. The only truth that I need to embrace is that my journey will be one that will last until I go to heaven. I will not achieve perfection here on earth. I do have a family and it does affect my writing quite a bit. I can’t sit and write while everyone is up so I have to write early in the morning so as to not cut into family time. In addition I need to spend 8 hours at work, 8 hours sleeping, chores, etc….

    1. Juan…thanks so much for being a faithful reader and commenter on Pop Parables. I really appreciate that from you.

      As you read, I also struggle with the juggling my family commitments along with my writing time. I’ve been trying to get up at least an hour before the kids, sometimes 2 hours to focus on my writing. It’s a dramatic change, but I really feel that it is the only time that will allow me uninterrupted writing time. Now, I have to train the boys to stay in their own beds even if they wake up a little early. ;)

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