I know I already posted this picture when I got hired by Answers.com, but it's just so hilariously appropriate I had to post it again. I mean...just look at me! With my "Save The Whales" t-shirt, the dangle earrings I borrowed from my mother, and the crimped hair, holding a notebook and a pen! I'm twelve and when I grow up I'm going to be a writer!
I'm laughing at myself because it turns out twelve-year-old me wasn't far from the truth. I may not be writing the fantasy novels I imagined in sixth grade, but I've already used my hard-earned law degree and masters in environmental policy to co-author two books. (In case you're interested: International Environmental Law in a Nutshell, 4th Edition, where my name only appears on the title page, and Hydrocarbon Hucksters: Lessons from Louisiana on Oil, Politics, and Environmental Justice, which comes out in February). I also write articles about arthritis for Arthritis.Answers.com.
And now I'm excited to announce that I have a new blogging position at RheumatoidArthritis.net, an RA community that just launched last week. Check out their launch press release and like their Facebook page to get connected to an amazing community of RA patients and caregivers.
I'm pretty sure the internet basically did not exist when that picture was taken of me in the sixth grade, and the word "blog" probably wasn't invented yet. But these tools have enabled me to make my twelve-year-old dream a reality. And though "professional blogger" probably still looks weird on a resume today, it is the perfect career for me - flexible enough to allow me to care for my own health and my family, a platform where I can feel like I am making a difference, and, perhaps most important, I love doing it!