About SMH

Have you ever felt like everyone around you knew exactly what they were created to do…except you? That’s how I have spent much of my life. Surrounded by teenage friends who knew they were destined to become attorneys. Surrounded by adolescents who knew they were destined to be doctors. Not only did they know and believe, they achieved. But for me, a love for writing was always evident but the luxurious careers always found their way into my head. Maybe a corporate executive, maybe something in the medical field, maybe even a teacher. Though the thoughts in my head were fickled, the love in my heart was constant.

All along it was writing.

When I was sad, I wrote. When I could not express myself verbally, I wrote. I wrote poetry. I wrote lyrics to songs. I wrote letters to my parents. I even wrote letters to myself. All the while not quite understanding that this was exactly what I was destined to do.


The time is now. My season has come. And before you is my step of faith. I stand in awe of my God and His awesomeness because the whole time, He knew and has chosen this season of my life to allow me to SHARE MY HEART.

This blog, over 25 years later, is my response to the fears that paralyzed much of my life. At a conference in the fall of 2014, I heard a phenomenal woman named Holly Wagner say, “Do It Scared.” From that day, I chose to function through the fears that had plagued too many of my days. And hence, SHARING MY HEART was born. Well, not born because the genesis emerged when I was a child, but today the revelation of a dream deferred is unveiled.

At this juncture in my life, my greatest concern is the approval of my Father instead of the approval of people. AND IT HAS TAKEN ME A LONG TIME TO GET TO THIS POINT. But today, my Father’s “Well Done” is all I seek. SHARING MY HEART is my commitment to Christ to no longer hide my gift, but to spread His gospel just as He has asked me to. As I strive to please Him, I pray that my heart connects with yours and you find peace, comfort, even laughter as I SHARE MY HEART. I pray that you too will begin to recognize and embrace the thing that’s been inside of you all these years.

Take this journey with me. I don’t know where it will lead, but I do know His plans are to “prosper me and not harm me, to give me a hope and a future.” That same promise belongs to you.

That alone assures me…It’s time to begin SHARING MY HEART.

3 thoughts on “About SMH

  1. khester February 11, 2015 / 9:17 AM

    I am officially in tears after reading this. All I can say is “LOOK AT GOD”!!!!!!!! He is awesome and amazing! Well Done TJ!!!! 🙂


  2. Parlisia Gholston Jenkins October 3, 2015 / 4:17 PM

    Blast from the past, right! Your writings are amazing!!! I was at that conference and Holly Wagner’s challenge to Do it Afraid was prophetic. Be blessed!!


    • startanew74 October 5, 2015 / 9:58 PM

      Hi!!!!!! I hope all is well. I remember seeing you at Recreate last year. I’ll be there this Thursday and Friday. I’m beyond excited! Hope to see you there. Please share “sharing my heart.” I simply want other women to be empowered through my story!


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