ABOUT ME, THE AUTHOR
Cherie D. Trahan
Why I Started Writing Poetry...
While attending college, which was a pivotal time in my life, as I was eighteen years old and at the beginning stages of young womanhood, I was excited about my "college life" experience overall. I was getting a taste of what it was like living on my own while exploring and navigating through new exposures and experiences—academically and socially, which included dating and being in a relationship.
It then wasn’t too long before I experienced a few personal setbacks in the form of unexpected life challenges and adversity situations that struck me hard. However, as a very quiet person, I often internalized my feelings, emotions, and thoughts and needed an outlet. Therefore, I initially set out to journal, as a freeing “release.”
I then immediately noticed something interesting. I naturally needed my words and sentences to flow, as my analytical thoughts, pinned-up feelings, and swirling emotions in response to my real-life circumstances, observations, and situations in general (whether good or bad) were often creatively written down and expressed in the form of poetry, as I marveled at the discovery of this God-given gift. Therefore, I can honestly say that writing was never a hobby for me. Instead, it was a survival mechanism. My poetry tremendously helped me with expressing myself and getting through a few challenges and life storms.
What I Mostly Write About...
Once I discovered my gift of writing poetry while attending college, it became a passion of mine rather quickly. In fact, my poetry grew to serve two primary purposes: (1) a much-needed outlet so I could “express” and “get things off my chest;” and (2) a much-needed outlet so I could release pinned-up creativity that was also boiling over.
Therefore, in the beginning, the topics I mostly wrote about were fairly random. For example, I often wrote about the beauty of nature as well as my real-life college experiences, my reflective and spiritual thoughts about life in general, my passion toward basketball (my favorite pastime), dating and my relationship situation, and love. So whatever was on my heart and mind at the time, and I had something to say about it and needed to get my brewing thoughts, feelings, and emotions out—I wrote them down; and they were creatively written in the form of original poetic expressions.
Then after I graduated from college, I soon began living on my own for real, as a young adult in my early twenties; and LIFE would then take me down an unexpected path for an EXTRAORDINARY life journey! There would then be a tremendous "shift" in what I mostly wrote about, as the topics would no longer be random. Instead, my poetry became intentional and purpose-driven.
When I Discovered New
Purpose for My Poetry...
Soon after I began living on my own and dove further into young womanhood, which was at the start of the new millennium—and into the 21st century, I gave birth to a miracle baby boy at the age of twenty-five years old in the year 2000. However, little did I know that the dramatic circumstances and the life-threatening conditions that surrounded my pregnancy and the birth of my very premature baby at only 1 lb. and 11 oz. would turn out to be a preview and the catalyst for a remarkable sequence of additional, back-to-back, and intertwined life adversity situations—and then extraordinary miracle blessings—to come over the next ten years!
Specifically, whenever I set out to achieve or attain what women often strive to get out of life (e.g., trying to become a mother; trying to have full independence; trying to raise a healthy child; trying to tend to business while in the workplace; and dreaming BIG in the areas of homeownership, career, and love), I had to repeatedly and unexpectedly confront a series of faith-testing uphill battles and unimaginable life adversities where I would have absolutely no idea how I (or my young son in some instances) would make it out...or whether I would even make it. I then, however, started to notice something quite amazing.
In each case, no matter how dark, mountainous, or threatening the adversity situations became, God kept showing up on my behalf in response to my bold and courageous levels of faith in a major way. Therefore, not only was God repeatedly and favorably bringing me out each time, but He was catapulting me to the point where I was experiencing some of the lowest of lows to then persevere and overcome to
experience some of the highest of highs in the form of a fascinating accumulation of seven distinct miracle blessings, as only God could get all the credit!
Once I overcame and exited this fascinating ten-year season of accumulating miracle blessings, I came out feeling as though I owed God everything—from my life to my gifts. In fact, I immediately began operating under a divine directive, as spoken directly to my spirit: my talent plus my testimony has paved the way for the discovery of my purpose.
It was made clear. God did not orchestrate each of my miracle testimonies to just keep them to myself! Instead, I must run and tell as many as I can worldwide that God is Jehovah Rapha (healer), Jehovah Jireh (provider), and Jehovah Nisse (victory)! I and my son are proof! Therefore, I have since lived with a strong spiritual awareness and passionate desire to use my gifts of writing, nonfiction storytelling, poetry, and creativity to give back and help others, as it is my lifelong goal to refer all to God, as I humbly walk in my discovered purpose to inspire!