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Friday, July 22, 2011

Kirsten's Horizon

Many have asked me, "What is Kirsten's Horizon?" "Who is Kirsten?" Allow me to introduce myself. I am Dara Kirsten. Kirsten's Horizon is my writer's page on Facebook ( where I showcase my writing including this blog, my articles for, my "6 word memoirs" for SMITH magazine, and Facebook notes. I include pictures of my travels and things that interest me. My brother came up with the name Kirsten's Horizon since my middle name is Kirsten and I love being by the water. I am inspired by nature, particularly the beach. I enjoy the cool sea breeze, the smell of salt water, the calmness of the water's current, it relaxes me. I go by the water for many reasons. Sometimes I go there to think, make decisions, gain inspiration, or reflect. I am a spiritual person and believe God is with me when I'm by the water. It's my one-on-one time with Him. Usually when I leave, I feel a new sense of self, a calmness I didn't feel before. The horizon is always with me.

Since my lay off, positive things have occurred. I went on an interview, been invited to be a guest on a radio show, was on CBS news (I still can't believe that!), scheduled my first interview with a prominent advocate for adult literacy, and more possibilities to come. I'm excited and very nervous. This is the first time I'm leaving my comfort zone being a teacher and entering a new career. My writing is being read by many which I'm incredibly happy about, and my work is noticed more. I'm not used to the attention, but it's something I've wanted for some time. I'm not looking to be famous, but wouldn't mind the popularity.

I went to Coney Island pier on Wednesday. As I looked out onto the water, listening to my favorite singer, Jill Scott and her song "Hear My Call," I asked God to guide me during this transitional period. I ask Him to help ease my fearfulness. I want to be a success and make a difference. I'm just looking for the chance to do so. Although I don't doubt I'll be able to do what I want, I want to feel confident. I want to be satisfied in my work and acknowledge my accomplishments. At times, I doubt myself and don't focus on what I've already done and about to do. I need to give myself more credit, and not look for it from others. I pray for patience, inner strength, and to enjoy the process. I believe it's going to be a great one.

1 comment:

  1. The meaning of your names are:
    Dara - pearl of wisdom
    Kirstin - little follower of the Lord.
    You are true to the meanings and the world is definitely your oyster. Believe, stay focus and keep going.........Yes, You Can!!!!!!! :)