Hello and welcome to my blog!
My name is André Bégin and I live in a rural community outside of 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 and to produce creative pieces that were truly from my voice and my point of view.
While I try to keep my posts focused to a few themes like writing, running, pop culture, first time pet ownership, and the recent transition to rural life, I still like to colour outside the lines from time to time to grow as a writer.
What I discovered along the way was that storytelling about common, relatable experiences helps us all in feeling we are not alone in our respective journeys. This is what fuels my sense of purpose every time I sit down to work on the next blog post.
Your generous feedback and comments have become my GPS in helping keep the posts light, entertaining and relevant. For that, I extend my sincere thanks.
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 when we take the time to stop and to be in the moment.
Once I started realizing that each moment leading up to our goals can be just as enriching, just as satisfying and sometimes just as funny as the end result, a 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”
Thank you for joining me on on my journey!
André Bégin is a recently retiree from the public sector, aspiring to make the transition from public servant to screenwriter. André is also an avid reader, an all-around music lover, a theatre buff and long time fan of television.