Hi, I’m Jody, a California transplant in love with Seattle–rain & sunshine both–even after 25 years. Coffee makes me happy, walking makes me happier, and writing makes me happiest. Back in the day (read–in print), my essays and Letters to the Editor were published in our city’s newspaper. When I discovered blogging during a weeklong snowstorm back in 2012 I was overjoyed at the reach of my words and the welcoming community of like-minded Christian writers and supportive readers.
In addition to my work here, several essays, guest posts and poetry have appeared online at (in)courage, Makes You Mom, The High Calling, Jennifer Dukes Lee, Grace Table, Barren Magazine and Altarwork. You can find those links HERE.
I am a Connector, Communicator and Cheerleader and enjoy the ways that social media makes all those roles possible. You can find me on Instagram @jodyo52, occasionally follow my track of birdseed over on Twitter @jodyo70, or see the happy, crazy family photos I post of my kids on grandkids on Facebook.
The super short version bio:
Jody Collins is a writer, speaker and retreat facilitator and author of Living the Season Well-Reclaiming Christmas. Her print and online work is featured or forthcoming in Refine Journal, iola magazine, (in)courage, The High Calling, SheLoves Magazine, and BarrenMag. She and her husband call the Seattle area home where she enjoys gardening, reading, writing and spending time with her grandchildren. Jody’s been penning words since Smith-Corona typewriters graced the desks of her middle school, but nowadays you can find her at www.jodyleecollins.com.
And if you want something longer, written in third person, clearly the most awkward way to write:
Jody has known Jesus since she was 19 and got dragged to Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California, back in the 70’s during the Jesus Movement. She wrote a poem about it here.
She and her husband have been married for 45 years and currently live near Seattle, their home for 25 years. (They miss California only a little; they miss Yosemite National Park a LOT.) Jody and her husband worship at this Foursquare Church, where she serves on the Worship Team and in Children’s Ministry. In addition to vocals, she’s recently learned how to play the Peruvian cajon–a ‘beat box’ kind of drum–the most.fun.ever.
After 25 years in Elementary Education, Jody is officially retired (at least from teaching). As often as possible, she hops on the freeway to visit her two married children and 5 grandkids, who thankfully all live no more than 3 hours away. When she’s not at her desk reading and writing, you’ll find her out in the garden, weeding and worshiping in her other happy place.