The Writer

Why I write

I’m Tami, and I write because this is what God has called me to do. I first started writing a little more than ten years ago with a fitness blog, just for fun. I was in shape then.

No, really. I was.

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 as furiously as my scrawny fingers could type.

I had no earthly idea what I was getting myself into.

Except for a few brief dry spells, I stayed busy as a political activist, strategist, writer, editor, and podcaster for nearly ten years. I loved {mostly} every minute of it, learned a lifetime of lessons, and met some incredible people.

For the last couple of years, I felt very unsettled. I still loved the political arena and all the wonderful friends I made, but I knew God was prompting me to transition to something else. I started freelancing, writing primarily for a wonderful {now closed} website called Opportunity Lives where I focused solely on human interest stories. I loved it. I learned a lifetime of lessons interviewing and writing about some of the most wonderful people on the planet. During that period, I also began working as a digital media coordinator for several businesses and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.

2017 was a year of tremendous growth, both professionally and personally. The Lord sent incredible clients, amazing opportunities, and taught me far more than I deserve about the craft of writing.

I created this blog to have a place where I can be me–a space where I can share some of the old stuff and write the things God puts on my heart from time to time. There’s no specific theme – I’ll occasionally get back to my roots and write about politics, but writing, faith, and health are my latest passions.

If you’ve continued 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. I 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 topics, but I hope if I convey nothing 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 graduated from high school in 2016, and is currently a junior in college. { She’s an incredible artist } We live near Washington, DC.

The unimportant details

I speak sarcasm.

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. To date, he was my favorite interview, but it happened just before he passed away and I’ve never been able to bring myself to write about it.

I love the show Blue Bloods. I’m obsessed with Fixer Upper, really sad the show ended, 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 wouldn’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 my daughter and I fell in love with the people in little village called Gbentchal. I hope someday God will let me be a travel writer. I think I’d love that.

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’m also wife to a pretty incredible law enforcement officer.

We have a German Shepherd named Aspen who is spoiled rotten. We have a cat named Jynx that I occasionally adore. [insert dramatic eye roll]

I have Celiac Disease, so I eat gluten free, and because of that and my daughter’s intolerance to gluten and a hundred other things, our family has chosen to eat a mostly Paleo/Keto diet. I have successfully completed one round of the Whole 30 program.

The End

I’m sure I’ve told you more than you cared 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!