Dear Pnina, Henneke, Lori, Arif and Michael
I am also excited to be here. I learn best in groups with like-minded colleagues – and with deadlines! I am always drawn into Henneke’s blog posts – I so much love your “unique voice”!
What do I want from this programme? Finding my own voice would be wonderful. And writing more. And experimenting. And not worrying about what other people think!
This year, I am celebrating my 20th anniversary as a career coach and consultant. My clients say that I enthuse, guide and challenge them to forge fulfilling, and often, international career paths. I absolutely love what I do and can’t think of anything better as a career choice for me. This year I want to become more “visible” online, and share my expertise more generously and widely. My clients have asked me for my own blog for so long, I see the programme as a great way to get started.
Originally I am from Germany, but I think, write and dream in English. I came to study in the the UK in 1990, and never left (apart from 6 years near Amsterdam. And yes, I still have my beloved Oma fiets from Holland).
I have been blogging on and off, for large careers websites, and I also contribute articles to magazines in my field. When I read those early blog posts, I smile (they sound terribly wise and academic, but feel so impersonal). I am FINALLY starting my own blog, as part of my website. My new website is almost ready, and as soon as it is up and running, I’ll share it. My old site is embarrassingly outdated – I don’t dare sending you over just yet 🙂
Sometimes I love writing. But not always. When it flows, it’s wonderful. When it doesn’t, it’s such hard work. Writing works best for me when I switch my head off and write in an uncensored way. And when I have a tight deadline, as it forces me to stop faffing about. Taming my internal editor is my greatest challenge and I’d love to learn how to do this. And then finding the courage to post work that feels a bit more raw and true. I see so many trolls online, it can feel intimidating sometimes. That stomach churning moment when you press “send”. And then I tend to play it safe, and post the boring work instead.
My favourite book about writing is Natalie Goldberg – Writing down the Bones. I never tire of reading it.
I am on LinkedIn, Twitter and google + – always under “Ruth Winden”.
I’d love to connect!