The Writer

Why I write

I’m Tami, and I write because that is what I believe God has called me to do. I started writing about ten years ago. At the time, I had a fitness blog just for fun. I was in shape then.

No, really.

Blogging was new to me, and for the most part, so was writing. Then, one day it just happened. Almost overnight, I became extremely passionate about politics, so naturally, I started writing about it, furiously. {as in, as fast as my scrawny fingers could type} I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Except for a few dry spells, I’ve been busy as a political activist, strategist, writer, editor and more recently, even a podcaster ever since. I loved {mostly} every minute of it, learned a lifetime of lessons, and met some incredible people along the way.

For the last couple of years, I’ve been very unsettled in my spirit. I still loved the political arena and all the wonderful friends I’ve made, but I knew God was prompting me to move to something else. I began to freelance, writing primarily for a wonderful website called Opportunity Lives and focusing solely on human interest stories. I love it, and continue to be amazed by the wonderful people I’ve had the privilege of writing about. I also began helping a few people run their social media pages and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. While I continue to love doing both those things, that urge for something more just wasn’t being fulfilled.

Last summer, I was sitting in a missions conference listening to a dear man of God tell the story about the ministry God called him to more than forty years ago. As I listened, the question dawned on me…has anyone put his story in writing? If they haven’t, they really should. I’ve known this man for most of my life, and the more I pondered the question, the more strongly I felt that someone should get right on that. In fact, I thought, somebody should write the story of every missionary here! Yes!!  

After the service, I went home and tried to brush the thought aside, but when God puts something on your heart…well, He’s persistent, isn’t He? He kept nagging me about it, so I texted General Director of the mission board and gave him my suggestion. Want to guess how he responded? Yeah, I thought so…he said, would YOU do it?

Well, then. That is not at all what I had in mind.

I told him I’d pray about it. Thing is, I didn’t want to admit it, but I already knew the answer. The next evening I agreed, and we put our heads together quickly and decided we’d work together on the project. We interviewed our first missionary, and I am currently working on the first of what will be many stories he and I will write as a labor of love over what will probably be the next few years. I’ve been so slow on this first one…as in, 6 months slow. It’s taking me forever. Until a few days ago, I couldn’t figure out why, and then it dawned on me. I am struggling with feeling worthy of writing these stories. These are, in my opinion, some of the finest men and women of God on the planet…and instead of realizing what God is truly calling me to do, I’ve been over here scared I’m not capable.

I’m working on that. Isn’t it silly how we put up so many roadblocks for ourselves? I’m the very best at doing that. What I mean is, if I’m a professional at anything, it’s that.

What I really need, besides the obvious, is a place just to be me. So this blog is that space. If you have endured reading this long introduction, God bless you, you deserve a medal. Really, though, I just want to be a blessing and an encouragement to those who are prompted to read these pages, and I so hope that if you don’t know Jesus, you’ll come to know Him through scrolling here. This blog won’t always be about faith-related things, but I hope that if I don’t convey anything else here, you’ll leave knowing this girl loves Jesus, and wants you to know Him too.

The important details

I grew up in the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley and attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC after high school. I majored in business and got a certificate in cosmetology, so, naturally, I write. I’m married to my best friend, John, and together we have a beautiful daughter named Anna, who graduates from high school in May. { and is an incredible artist } We live in a little town called Linden, out west of Washington, DC.

The unimportant details

I speak sarcasm, in case you haven’t noticed.

I love to read, but unless a book is riveting, it takes me forever to get to the end of one because I read so many at once. My favorite: anything by the late Vince Flynn. I almost always read those in one { very long } sitting.

I love Gilmore girls and Blue Bloods. I know, totally opposite. I’m obsessed with Fixer Upper, and hope I can one day interview Chip and Joanna Gaines for a story. I’ll pay for my own trip to Waco, because interviewing them over the phone just won’t do.

I love to travel. In 2016, we had the blessing of visiting my dad on New Zealand’s north island and spending Christmas in Hawaii. The two years prior, two trips to Africa, where Anna and I fell in love with the people in little village called Gbentchal.

I love to shoot guns, and I’m not terrible at it. I don’t shoot nearly often enough, much to my husband’s disliking. I do have a concealed carry permit.

I have a yorkie named Duke that I adore. I have a cat named Jinx that I do not adore.

I have celiac, so I eat gluten free, and because of that and my daughter’s intolerance to gluten, our family has chosen to eat Paleo most of the time. I have completed one successful Whole 30 program.

The end

I’m sure I’ve told you more than you care to know, but that’s pretty much me in a nutshell. God is so good, and for some reason, He’s given me this crazy love for words…so I’m really so grateful you stopped by. I hope you’ll stick around for awhile. Please feel free to comment, or connect with me here or on social media. I’d love to hear from you!