This is an introduction about the Girl behind Thoughts from a French Girl; Christina.
Before there was Thoughts From a French Gil there was a little girl named Christina. The girl was from a small town right outside of Houston, Texas. She was the youngest of three children and used her imagination to help her fill her days. When she was ten, she became incredibly lonely, and something inside of her decided that it was time to emerge. So she began writing.
The writing was more than just a hobby for Christina, it was a way of life.
The year she started high school she was twisted and pulled into many directions. Until one day she met her Advanced English Teacher. It was here that she learned more about her potential.
Then came a field trip to a writing college. That was when the girl started to dream. Her first dream was to become a journalist.
Like Rory Gilmore, she had dreams to tackle the hard-hitting news. Of being on the front lines, but behind the scenes and writing about what she saw. But there was a snag in her dream. You see Christina was a bit of an introvert with a bit of an undiagnosed anxiety problem. She retreated into the shadows.
Whenever something positive would happen to her, or when it appeared her dreams were about to come true she pulled back, pumped the breaks.
Then for some reason, everything went away.
It was around her mid-twenties when she realized that she needed to purge pent-up stories that were bubbling inside of her. That was when she would sit in the living room long after the family went to bed, and wrote by hand in a small hardbound floral journal. The sound of the keys being slapped by her fingertips brought a renewed excitement about writing.
After moving to Portland, Oregon, and making a home there, the surroundings were inspiring. The trees, moss, rain, and the dark green surroundings fed her soul. She would spend time writing, at the most inconvenient times. But it was wonderful!
Finally, her husband said to her, “You should start a blog.”
So she did, but then the knowledge that someone might actually read her ideas and think negatively about her sprang its ugly head. She felt horrible when someone she knew would mention they had been on her blog, so she changed the name of the blog or closed it altogether.
You see writing is a very intimate form of art, just like painting or acting. You not only put your soul on display but you show your vulnerability. And for many, Christina included, this was a scary thought.
One summer, after purging and writing like crazy she wrote an entire book called “Alice’s Man of Mystery.” Despite not having help with editing, and it being self-published she pushed it on Amazon. Much to her delight the book was well received. (Though she had to pull it in order to correct some issues with converting the document into an e-book.)
This made the fear move deep down, somewhere in the dark, and allowed Christina to push forward and continue with her dream of writing. The fear of someone actually liking what she was writing was gone, as was the fear that someone might criticize her.
That is bound to happen, something she writes is either going to bother someone or they just get their rocks off from belittling another human.
Now, Christina is working hard on her blog Thoughts From a French Girl, she is writing her book and searching for the dream farmhouse.
Thanks to your support, I; Christina, am able to push through the stress, the fear, and the pain of my anxiety and create what I was always meant to create.
I thank you for joining me on this ride!
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