The Impact Chronicles
Something big is coming—perhaps it’s more significant for me than it is you. Nonetheless, the idea, and therefore the execution, feels big. For those of you new to who I am, my name is Danielle. I’m an author—a girl who has spent her entire career writing or creating in some form or capacity. I’ve covered the gamut—breaking news, politics, food reporting, young adult fiction novels, a non-fiction celebrity memoir, and even picture books. Regardless of what I write, I have a passion for bringing words to life. Or maybe, it’s the words that give me life. Yes, that seems to be more of the truth.
I’ve also spent a fair amount of time writing and posting what I think people want to read. I’ve given myself very little space to lay it all out on the line and give you who I am without an eye-narrowing filter. That isn’t necessarily fair to my readers, those I’ve met, and those I haven’t. So, who am I?
I’m a serial Pinterest quote searcher. Go ahead and laugh. It’s true, though. Is there an addiction group for that? Note to self: research Pinterest addiction. It’s so serious a friend of mine recently told me she loves the quotes I post of my personal page. They seem to find her when she or her daughters need them most. Funny; I generally post those to myself so that in a year from now I’ll know how far or how little I’ve moved the needle. The bonus is they are impacting someone else.
Besides my need to fill my timeline with “inspiration,” I’m wildly inappropriate at times because I speak the truth. I’m quick-witted, hugely sarcastic, and a smart ass. Speaking of that, I have a mouth that would make your mother blush. You only get that side of me if you “know” know me. I write clean because that’s what I think the world should be reading, but my internal dialogue is far more eye rolling and colorful. That’s my way of saying I may throw out a word or two that makes you squirm in your seat. It won’t be without just cause, however.
I’m hard headed, yet, not as set in my ways as most people think. I’m a girl who wants each of us to see and act upon our fullest and highest potential, even when those actions are or become messy and complicated. I’m determined, spiritual, and fully believe I have been placed on this earth to make an impact. I know with 100% certainty that is everyone’s mission.
Why should you care who I am? Well, maybe you don’t, but I did promise you something big, so hear me out.
On the heels of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade’s deaths, I wrote a piece (see it here) that came strictly from my heart. Those words have filled my inbox with amazing and unbelievable responses. Little did I know that short piece would make such a tremendous impact. People from around the globe have sent me messages and shared their personal stories. I open those messages in complete awe. Not only do I experience an “awe-ness” (go ahead, you can use it—awe-ness. It has a ring.) as I read your words, I am soulfully inspired. Thank you.
It’s because of those responses I am launching The Impact Chronicles. What is it? It’s a series of blog posts meant to make you laugh, inspire you, remind you that you have a purpose, and tell you that sitting in negativity and all that toxic crap you stew in is undoubtedly a massive waste of time.
I’m not a guru in positivity. I just boiled myself down to the basics above. Yet, I’m a girl who has walked through many, many storms. I’ve learned a thing or two, am wildly curious about the human experience, and I find myself studying people, traits, and interactions. That’s the former journalist turned full-time writer in me.
I promise to write the words that find me. It will be raw and unfiltered. I am sorry to tell you that this project will not be done on a schedule. Instead, it will grow as it is supposed to. I am wholly fallible, so I’m confident that we’ll have plenty to tackle. I'm laughing as I write that. When it’s finished, I hope we have grown together one eye-rolling-can’t-make-it-through-the-day-a-second-longer Pinterest quote and meme at a time.
We are here to shine, my dears. But, that’s really hard at times, isn’t it? I hope you’ll join me on this non-outlined, unpredictable, pull back the curtain, often goofy, I feel awful today, or guess what, I’ve chosen to be a glorious badass today impactful movement. We’re all humans. We’ve all got a story to tell, but sometimes, we need to be reminded of how our moments, our storms, our lessons, our small hours can lead to a beautiful life.
Please share the posts and your stories, your comments and questions, and engage. Think of it as a new way to fall in love with yourself, to permit yourself to be you. Our journey has the power to spark someone else’s new beginnings…
Author Danielle A. Vann is a sixteen-time international award-winning author. She is best known for her young adult series, The Whizbang Machine. To learn more visit www.danielleavann.com