My Name is Monna Ellithorpe:
I am a the widow of a 30-year Veteran, Army Airborne Ranger and very proud of him. I am mother to 1 daughter and “nanna” to 2 grandchildren, living in SW Florida.
I worked for General Electric Company for 15 years and thought I would be there for life until time to retire. Well as we all know, nothing is forever. GE downsized their facilities and I was laid off. I’ve spent the last 18 years working from home doing medical transcription.
Since becoming a widow in August of 2008, I have fought with grief, loss of concentration, major depression, anxiety and total financial loss. I have come very close (too close) to becoming homeless. I tell you these things, not to make anyone feel sorry for me but to share some of my life with you so that you can see that you can recover from almost anything if you have the will to do it and plenty of good friends and family to help.
I have been writing in journals, diaries and creating short stories since my teen years. I didn’t have the “happily ever after” life I dreamed of the first time in marriage, so writing became a way to release the never ending ideas, thoughts and sentences that rambled around in my mind; waiting to find a place in a story.
My first book, published in 2003 was a different technique to make a Double Wedding Ring Quilt easier and faster. I still didn’t realize that my purpose in life was to write until after the death of my beloved second husband in 2008. It was then that I started to seriously pursue a career in writing and marketing.
I continue to write for my blog, short stories, articles and I am working on my first novel, along with helping others to publish their books and teaching through videos online to help make life easier for writers and marketers.
I have been through many things in my life good and bad. Some people may have gone through much worse than I have and maybe I have gone through much worse things than others have but my point is that we all need someone to lean on, learn from, talk to, confide in and trust in whether it is about something personal, starting a new business or just needing a friend.
My wish is to be there as a voice of motivation, inspiration, hope and sharing my knowledge if you are going through some hard times of your own.
Within this blog, I intend to step out of the norm for me and for most blogs. My blog will have a little bit of everything with the major focus on writing and marketing.
Start a “New Life Journey” of your own with me. You don’t have to “accomplish this alone.” “People Helping People” is the “key” which will benefit everyone.
It’s free to join and we offer lots of support, motivation, teaching and guidance; all you have to do is put forth the effort.
I believe Zig Ziglar said it best in this quote;
“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”