“There’s always a sunrise and always a sunset and it’s up to you to choose to be there for it,’ said my mother. 'Put yourself in the way of beauty.”
― Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
I have the words “In the way of beauty” in a frame on my office wall. They remind me to not just exist but to look around myself for the beauty that’s already there. In the sunlight streaming through my window. In the squeeze of a welcome hug. In the warmth of a hand and the cold sting of a winter wind. It reminds me to find the beauty in the ordinary. As a writer, a common piece of advice you hear is to write what you know. For the longest time I struggled with what that meant. What was I supposed to write about? Was I meant to write a novel about being a mom? Or should my heroine be a nurse? Can I even write a book where my heroine is the mother of daughters? Eventually I gave up trying to figure out what I was meant to write and just wrote what I felt. Somewhere along the way it began to make sense that what I want to write about is love, family, forgiveness, struggle and beauty even in pain. The more I wrote about those things the more I found them around me. I hope my words help you see some of the beauty that I felt when writing them.
Along with using words to make sense of her boy crazy world on her blog, Confessions of a Daughterless Mother, Lara works as a registered nurse as part of a care management team taking care of elderly patients. She is a former teacher and figure skating coach who loves to walk with her husband and Labrador Lulu, read, write, go to the beach and travel. She is Momma to three boys and has been happily married for nearly 22 years. Contact her for book club discussion availability.