Hi everyone and welcome to my blog! My name is André Bégin and I am from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
In 2013, I launched the blog with the intent to use it as a sort of rehearsal space for my creative writing, on my journey toward retirement.
As someone who has been writing steadily since childhood (as my parents often referred to my bedroom as a “fire trap” given all the paper swirling around) the idea of a blog seemed like a no-brainer but was daunting at the same time.
The blog gave me the opportunity to prove to myself that I was able to take everything I learned about writing over the years (in and out of the corporate realm) and to produce some creative works that were truly mine, from my voice and my point of view.
While I try to keep my posts focused to a few themes like observational humour, writing, running, travel, pop culture and Ivy the cat, I still like to colour outside the lines from time to time to grow as a writer.
The experience exceeded my wildest dreams as the reception by family, friends and writing community through social media has been warm, kind and encouraging. Thank you everyone for your generosity!
Samples of my work
The ones no one really saw, but for which I am proud anyway:
What Advice Would You Give Yourself? For The Love of Running; In Honour of Grandparents’ Day; Proud to Be Canadian; A Tribute to Mamma Mia!
About “It’s The Journey”
We are all on journeys, in fact we are all on simultaneous journeys at once. I just decided one day that I didn’t want to keep rushing through all of them, focusing solely on the end result, when there are so many positive experiences in life to savour, to enjoy and to remember fondly if we take the time to stop and be in the moment.
Once I started realizing that each moment leading up to our goals can be just as educational, just as enriching, just as satisfying and sometimes just as funny as the end result, a huge paradigm shift happened.
That was when I started appreciating the journey leading up to a goal, as much as reaching the goal itself. That was when my motto started gravitating toward “it’s not the destination, IT’S THE JOURNEY”
Andre Begin is a recently retired federal public servant based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, aspiring to make the transition from public servant to full-fledged author. Andre is fluent in French and English, is working hard to maintain his Swedish, and is searching for the two years of high school Spanish lost somewhere in his cabeza. Andre is also a game show fanatic, a biography reader, an all-around music lover and a huge theatre fan.