Elizabeth Irwin - Fearlessly Authentic

I Face the Sun began in 2011 as a means to share a little positivity in the world. And that does not mean going through life with the old rose-colored glasses on and pretending everything is ducky. Stuff happens. Sometimes horrible stuff. And it can be overwhelming.

But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to find things to be grateful for. That doesn’t mean hope is a fantasy. It can sometimes mean a test of faith, but maybe facing struggles and getting through them are the heat and pressure that make carbon a diamond.

I still face the sun. I still choose to be positive. I want to have a few laughs, dance for no particular reason, hug a friend, and share good news in all its forms.

And anyone who chooses to be positive in spite of it all – whatever “it” is – is not a simpleton. It takes a great deal of strength to be grateful when everything is disintegrating.

What you might find new at I Face the Sun is a tweaked focus and a different tone. There will likely be more of an emphasis on faith. When I began this blog, I was on my way back to God. I just didn’t realize it at the time. In 2012, He made it very clear He had plans for me…slightly screwy plans that only He understands. But the short version is I am no longer a freelance editor and writer (although I do want to get back to writing with more regularity). After a brief stop as a full time creative consultant/copywriter, I went to work for my home church and in the process realized I was being called to ordained ministry.

Somewhere in the future is a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theological Studies, a determination if I am an elder or deacon, ordination, and leadership of a church. In my “growing up”, there were many things I wish people had told me about God, faith, the Scriptures, the uniqueness AND common grounds of all religions, and the difference between having religion and having faith.

I’m still a creative writer and a public speaker, I still use my gifts of creative communication, and I’m still very much ME…stupid decisions and all. But I’m starting on a fascinating journey and along the way, I’m sure I’ll share what I’ve discovered. You can agree or not. That’s okay. I’m not out to sway anyone one direction or another. Merely to observe the process and discern out loud for myself, and hopefully find the “wow”  in the event.

I Face the Sun is still a Troll Free Zone. There are plenty of other places where you can spew venom if that’s what you want to do. Not on my blog and not on my watch. Thank you.


14 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello,

    It is so great to find another aspiring writer. You have done great things with your posts here, so keep penning and keep inspiring! I am sure the door will open for you one day. 🙂
    I have a joyful ride in your blog, and now I’d like to invite you to visit mine. Thank you and have a wonderful day, my friend! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

    • Hi, Subhan! I stopped by your blog – it’s quite beautiful! I’m looking forward to reading more in depth! Keep up the wonderful, creative work…


  2. Hello Elizabeth, I am so glad I found you :). I just wanted to thank you so much for your inspirational comments. An email is on the way.

    Take care and God bless xxx


    • Thank you, Jeanie! I’m glad to have found you too! 🙂 Even as you face your challenges, I hope they yield much positive, helpful material. I am facing my own challenges and though it doesn’t seem like it, there are stories, lessons, and enlightenment in every one of them. Everyone has A Story that will mean something to someone else, but the Story has to be told first!



    • Thank you so much! Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond – along with the usual Christmas bustle, I’m having my professional site rebuilt and I’ve been in physical therapy for a leg/hip problem. Happy new year to you!

      • snagglewordz says:

        Goodness, no problem at all! It sounds like you have your hands full at the moment. I hope that the physical therapy is helping and that the ‘new’ (tai chi and yoga) will also provide relief. Wishing you good times and great company in 2012.

  3. last_lines says:

    Hello! I have been reading your blog and I think highly of it. I find the ideals behind this blog inspiring and uplifting and worthy of an award that symbolizes these ideals. I have nominated you for the Liebster blog award given to blogs with less than 200 followers who deserve a little more recognition.

    There are a few simple rules that go along with the award: they are as follows as passed down to me.

    1.Give a shout out to the blogger who nominated you by linking back to their blog.
    2. Nominate 5 other blogs that have less than 200 followers.
    3. Spread the good blog karma.
    Lastly, don’t forget to add the Liebster blog award image to your post.

    – Kim
    “Wrestling the Muse”

    here is your nomination: http://kimkoning.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/liebster-blog-award-all-loved-up/

    • I know…there are days I struggle with it myself even though I have a conscious determination to be positive and am naturally a cheerful person. I have a lot to be happy about and grateful for, but I also see a lot of injustice, intolerance, and unfairness and know I can’t fix it all single-handedly. I just try to aid my corner of the world (whatever corner I happen to be in at the time) and let the ripple effect do its thing. 🙂

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