Hi! My name is Pearl Lane-Soliz and I’m a writer. Whew. I said it. After what feels like a gazillion years, I’ve finally stepped into my truth and embraced what I love: writing.
In elementary, I’d write news stories, grab my Mom’s old cassette recorder (with a microphone no less!), sit on a bar stool in front of my Grandma’s dresser, and pretend to be a news anchor. I entered short story contests in junior high and even have a few published poems floating around out there.
… but I was told it wasn’t enough.
It wasn’t important like a doctor. It didn’t make as much money as an attorney. It wasn’t real. It was just my imagination and imagination doesn’t pay the bills. Real jobs did.
So I got a “real” job. Actually, I switched jobs every year. I kept trying to find where I fit. I kept thinking something, someday would “feel right” and I’d know I was doing what I was supposed to do. My real calling.
That’s actually a quote from one of my first, non-family bosses. It was a great job and I was treated very well but Emma was right. My mind was always somewhere else.
It was in the stories I was writing in my head!
The disappointment was palpable for both of us. She wanted to promote from within. I wanted to be “normal”. Why couldn’t I just be happy with the blessings I had?!
Ahh, the mythical perfection of the Proverbs 31 woman. At once both an inspiration and a crucible. The thing I’ve struggled with, researched, and am just now – at 40! – making peace with.
Who is she? Why can’t I be more like her? I know I’d finally be at peace, happy, and successful if I could just model her womanly perfection.
Go ahead and LOL with the minions …
Let’s Get Real
The Proverbs 31 woman of the Bible is a self-employed, work-from-home businesswoman.
Master of her home. Determined investor. Frugal but generous. A philanthropist in her own, beautiful way. Perfectly imperfect. The pride of her family.
- She doesn’t do everything on her own. She delegates, oversees, and plans.
- She dresses her family in seasonally appropriate attire. Fabulously covered with rich textures and colors. Fashionably modest.
- She researches her purchases, plans her real estate acquisitions, and plants a vineyard (garden) with her own hands.
Doesn’t this sound like what we do (or try to do) already?
What it all comes down to then is how we perceive ourselves. How do you honor your obligations to others while trying to balance your own journey? How do you stay true to your values when life gets messy, relationships get ugly, and life feels like a minions movie?
That’s what I write about.
Wishing you much peace, happiness, and success,
Pearl 'Penny' Lane-Soliz
P.S. If you have any questions about any of my programs or services, or if you feel that I can ever be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.