See Beyond Magazine became a way to express myself through nonfiction, previously uncharted territory for a predominantly fiction writer such as myself. I took snapshot moments from my life and thought about their lasting effect. For example, in my article “After the Second Thought” (March/April 2019), I looked at the day I made the impulsive decision to join a journalism class, despite having no prior interest or experience. That was a positive decision even though I decided not to pursue journalism as a major or career. Trying something new prevents dread.
In my articles, I take my life experiences and analyze how they’ve changed me. The process itself is therapeutic, and seeing my stories published is amazing. It feels like I’m reaching out a hand to anyone wanting to connect whether they’ve had similar experiences or are just intrigued by what I have to say.
My experience with See Beyond Magazine as a whole, from writing to interacting with the rest of the team, has been wonderful. The magazine opens a door to a spectacular community of amazing people!