When we got the assignment to introduce ourselves, I was thrilled. I thought this is going to be a cinch, but then I really started thinking about what was being asked of us and I was actually stumped. This assignment is much deeper for me than I could have ever imagined. I’ve never been asked, point blank, who I am and why I’m here. I thought about the simple answers of being a daughter, sister, aunt, partner, friend, and etc. until I reread the instructions and realized that I needed to dig a bit deeper than this. I struggled over and over just to get started so instead of driving myself up a wall trying to be ‘perfect’; I have a major problem with perfection, I decided to just jump in and put it all out there.
My name is Kelli-Lynn and I started my blog, Showcasing She, because I am an artist and I wanted to find a platform to share my work. As a painter I’m still learning and growing. What I create is mostly abstract or still-life and I’m ok with that for now. I am also a poet and I absolutely adore when the Muses visit me and I create some pretty cool stuff. I like sharing what I create and I like looking back over my creations in amazement every time because I truly believe I go to another state of consciousness when my works take on their life. I am also a writer of short stories and erotica. Some people may judge the fact that I write erotica but I see this as just another form of artistic expression. This leads into the name of my blog.
I chose Showcasing She because I wanted to highlight my work as a woman with all my different elements. My blog gives me the freedom to be me and do me on my own terms. Although I am unable to post my racier works, I am still able to use my blog to enlighten, entertain, inform and invite readers into my multi-faceted world with all its imperfections and silly quirks. Initially I thought I would just use my blog as an artistic outlet but the more I checked out other blogs in the community I found that I could do even more good by opening my life to other people and telling my life stories. I have recently been writing about being a recovering addict and living with bipolar disorder. I look forward to writing more on these subjects and many others that affect me such as my journey to find my place in the world, how it feels to have a multi-racial background and how it affects how people treat me and what the creative process is for me. I guess I don’t have just one thing to blog about, I just want to write and create and welcome other people to go with me down this road of writing and sharing.
I started a blog some years ago before my current one but I was not consistent with it at all. I eventually deactivated it and put blogging out of my mind until a few years back however it wasn’t until recently that I became more consistent with Showcasing She. I hope that by doing these assignments and networking with other people I can grow as a person and, hopefully, something that I share will help someone or give them hope or even make them laugh or smile a bit. I guess it’s on now. Let’s get this party started.