Happy Birthday.


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Happy Birthday to me and Happy Birthday to Withywindle.

I just so happened to start Withywindle on my birthday last year.

You see, I’ve always been a writer.


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I wrote short stories as a kid. I didn’t want to be a princess. I didn’t want to be a ballerina, or a marine biologist or a movie star. I wanted to write and illustrate books. In kindergarten we had to draw a picture of what we wanted to be when we grew up. I drew a lady holding a book with the word “authir” next to it.

(Although, a year later, according to the first grade yearbook, I had changed my mind and wanted to become a Mary Kay.)

I was the Features Editor of my high school newspaper and the Editor-in-Chief of my college newspaper. I have a degree in writing. My first job was at a magazine. And, as you may know, I read like a fiend. The concept of Word is inescapable to me.


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After I graduated from college, I followed my passion for graphic design and that is where my professional life has taken me.

A little over a year ago I ran into an old newspaper friend at the library (the social scene for logophiles).

“What are you writing these days?” he asked. Surprised at myself, I had to tell him I was writing nothing. In fact, I couldn’t remember writing anything notable in the two years since my senior thesis paper.

He shook his head. “That’s not good,” he said, “You have to keep with your writing.” I agreed.

That night I went home and started Withywindle. Something I never really intended to do, but I can’t journal consistently. I’ll journal every day for three months and then I won’t pick it up again for a year.

I published my first post on my 25th birthday. Since then I’ve been so blessed with support, encouragement and readers. If you are reading this – thank you!

Now if only it were socially acceptable for me to dress like this on my birthday….


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Happy Birthday Withywindle. And Happy Birthday to me.

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2 comments

  1. gracehepburn says:

    I already said Happy Birthday to you but now I want to say Happy Birthday to WITHYWINDLE! Yay I’m so proud of you and so thankful for the fun, entertaining blog you provide as well as visual updates of the things I can not see over the phone! Love you both 😉

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