Our Editor ~ Rhonda
Sep22

Our Editor ~ Rhonda

Learn more about the TEW Editor: Rhonda E. Alexander

Rhonda E. Alexander is an up and coming writer whose time has finally come. After working in corporate America for 17 years, she took the plunge and decided the time had come for her to step out on faith and work to make her dreams come true.

Rhonda was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago with dreams of moving to the big apple and becoming an actress. After years of writing skits, plays and short stories, she finally accepted that she enjoyed creating stories more than acting them out, and changed her focus to writing.

Along the way, she would fight the urge to write, putting it in the category of a hobby or just something she turned to when she just wanted to release stress or frustration.

Rhonda remembers her journey with writing began after one of her older cousins shared with her, an assignment she had been given in school. Her cousin was in junior high and had been assigned the task of writing a play. Wanting to be like the “older kids,” Rhonda decided she would write a play too, in preparation of being in junior high the very next year with her cousin.

However, when it was time for her to go across the street to attend junior high, the school closed down. She was crushed, but by that time, she had been writing plays for a year and it was exciting to write a story that lasted for 30 pages or more, so she continued to do it.

Throughout her life, that tug of war between acting, writing and getting a “real job” continued to play out in various ways. Writing “her little plays,” as she often referred to them, became somewhat of a release for the emotions she kept bottled inside. She was latchkey kid-through and through-with a lot of time on her hands and as her life progressed, she would live vicariously through those “little plays.”

After another of her many cousins advised her that it was never too late to pursue her dreams, she went for it. She went back to school after a nine-year hiatus and hasn’t stopped educating herself on the principles and tenets of good journalistic practices and great writing style since.

Her latest achievements, graduating with two master’s degrees (M.A. Journalism and M.S. Interdisciplinary Studies – focus on Creative Writing and Marketing) and legalizing her freelance writing business, Quintessential Writing Services, have helped her cement her status in the media industry as a force that won’t quit.

Contributing health-oriented articles to news organizations around town such as, The Sun-Times Media Group, Naperville Sun and The Beacon-News, Rhonda is well on her way to establishing the platform she envisioned for herself as a writer.

However, if you need her, she’s just a phone call, email or Facebook post away.

 

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Feature Author: Dr. Bernada Nicole Baker
Aug03

Feature Author: Dr. Bernada Nicole Baker

In Pursuit of Your Passion

Have you ever wondered what exactly it means to discover your purpose and passion?  What does it feel like to tap into your passion and to actively pursue your purpose? The days pass by when you are no longer comfortable in situations that were once all too familiar. There is burning desire on the inside of your heart to further indulge in your creativity and the freedom of exploring the artistic expressions that bring you joy and a sense of inner peace. You find yourself frustrated on every hand and things that once made sense to you, no longer deserve a rationale about why you do what you do. Have you ever sat back and watched other people find such joy and fulfillment in the work that they do from day to day?  Are you looking for a greater sense of purpose and peace as you tap into your inner entrepreneurial potential? If you answered YES, to any of these questions then you are traveling the journey of being in passionate pursuit of discovering your purpose and birthing forth your passion.

          In your quest to fulfill your destiny, you must be willing to take risks. You have to be willing to dare to be extraordinary. In your quest to pursue your passion, you have to be willing to pick up the broken pieces, after falling flat on your face and being ostracized, embarrassed and judged by others and pick up right where you left off. There is no such thing as failure if you learned a lesson during the process. When you are in pursuit of your greatness be prepared to confront a sequence of major challenges. In the midst of your journey, your faith has to serve as the foundation for which you establish your goals upon. The process of discovering your passion is by far not an easy task. If by chance you are not fully committed to pursuing your passion, then you may want to consider bowing out of the race now, I say that boldly because there is a mere possibility that with the journey of an entrepreneur, your return benefit may not be as rewarding as you were initially anticipating. Your days may very well be filled with an overwhelming abundance of frustration, a shortage of resources, writer’s paralysis, lack of motivation and a lack of support. In order to passionately pursue your purpose, it is imperative that you are a person of focus, tenacity and commitment in an effort to aggressively make your dreams a reality without throwing in the towel. “You can either throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face!” — Gatorade

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