Hey there! My name is Rena Mondragon. I’m in my 20s, working as an EMT, married to a wonderful guy, and I have no idea what I am doing! I hear about all these people who have their lives together, and I think, “How?”. Sometimes I think I finally have it all figured out, that I have a plan that I can stick to, and then I inevitably get reminded of the old Jewish Proverb, “Man plans, God laughs”.
The thing I have to remind myself in all of the chaos is that God has a plan for me, I am loved by him and my family and friends, and, with that, there’s nothing I can’t do (well, besides go on a fancy vacation to Europe, because an EMT’s salary is…well, that’s a discussion for another day).
That in mind, I have always loved writing. I love journaling my experiences, writing stories, putting poetry on paper whenever the inspiration hits, etc. It’s always been a far-fetched idea to me to ever get anything published or even get it out there for the world to see. But as I heard about how other people were doing it, and building from the ground up, I thought, “why not me?”. So here I am. With a blog. Staring wide-eyed at the screen because I realize I didn’t think very far ahead and don’t actually know what goes into doing something like this. I guess we’ll find out together, huh?
Ultimately, to start I think this will be a place I can put some real life stuff out there, and it can be a place for others who relate to come hang out. I like to work on my growth as a person and to work on my health, although you wouldn’t guess that if you saw me eat those four sugar cookies last night. I’m a Messianic Jew (or, as some would say, Judeo-Christian) just trying to pursue God, and doing so alongside two amazing groups of people. I recently married my best friend, and there are certainly ups and downs, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. These are those real life things that I write about in private, because sometimes these things are raw and emotional, but also they can be beautiful. If I put these things out there, maybe someone who is in a similar situation can find solace in knowing they aren’t alone.
I think this will also be a place I can put out some of my not-so-real stuff. I love fantasy. I love reading fantasy. I love writing fantasy. Honestly, I could go to town writing anything fictional. I am working on a novel right now, but if I have the inspiration, every now and then a short story will pop up. Also, poetry. Sometimes it is based off of experiences, sometimes based off of a feeling, and sometimes I take a random scene in my head that I couldn’t write in story form and poof! poem time.
Okay, that was cheesy, I know. I’ve got to work on that.
Anyway, if this blog is successful, I hope to have connected with fellow writers and authors who may have advice for me. Maybe I’ll catch someone’s eye and get a writing opportunity, who knows? I really hope to connect with others who can relate to my chaos, so that we may not only laugh together, but inspire each other. Really, I’ll just be happy about anyone who wants to be here and read what I come up with!
That’s all I’ve got in a nutshell. Please excuse my inexperience, I’m still learning and growing! Thank you so much for being here, and please come back!
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