The Heroine’s Journey of Melinda Longtin

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

I love having the opportunity to assist and encourage others on a massive scale every day. Inspirwing allows me to make a difference, express myself, and network with amazing people.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

Perfect happiness is being able to pursue my passions and purposes freely. I love having the freedom to work where and when I choose with the flexibility to change it up.

What is my greatest fear?

My greatest fear is helplessness. I despise the feeling of not being able to fix a problem or resolve a situation.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I am terrible at finding the balance between pursuing my goals and basic self-care. I forget to eat meals, drink water, or sleep sometimes when I am really focused. I have had to continually re-train myself to take breaks or just relax in general.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

The people I have always admired most in my life were my teachers growing up. They were there for me, even at times no one else was.

What is my greatest extravagance?

I go crazy in sustainability or charity themed stores, like Nao Leigh Boutique. I force myself to only go a couple of times a year, because I cannot keep myself from spending between one hundred and three hundred dollars every time I visit the shop. My other extravagance in that category is definitely CAUSEBOX. Thank goodness it is a subscription, or I would go broke on their website.

On what occasion would I lie?

I feel honesty is always the best policy, even when it hurts. Rather than lying, I usually have to deal with the consequences of being far too blunt, because I do not sugar-coat anything. I lack tact.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

The financial implications are completely inconsistent. It is difficult to maintain and adjust both my personal and professional budgets on dramatically randomized income.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I am happiest working in parks, coffee shops, and bookstores. I am highly productive and inspired in those settings.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I would resolve my self-care versus goal-push balance. I would also benefit from being a bit less blunt.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

My greatest achievement has been changing the lives of my students over time. I once had a nineth grader with special needs on a pre-k reading and writing level. Over the course of a school year, with love and persistance, he achieved a third grade reading and writing level.

Where would I most like to live?

I am in love with Charleston, South Carolina. I would live there in a heartbeat.

What is my most treasured possession?

My Bible is my most treasured possession.

What is my most marked characteristic?

My ambition is highly revered among my colleagues.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

I spend a lot of time in Manchester Park and Nova’s Bakery and Coffee Shop.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

My favorite restaurant is The Little Cafe, because they have the best omelettes.

What books influenced my life and how?

As a child, Matilda was one of my favorites. I admired Matilda’s bravery as well as her ability to not care about being liked and accepted by other people. She definitely inspired the same care-free philosophy in my life. Moreover, my bible influences me all of the time. My philosophies often change based on what I read and what I learn to question next in my religious studies. Religious texts in general are incredibly insightful and interesting to explore.

Who are my favorite writers?

Tupac Shakur, Nicholas Sparks, Dean Koontz, and Alice Hoffman are a few of my many favorites.

What music would I listen on my last day?

I would listen to “Ikiru” by MYKOOL, because the song is deep, relaxing, and inspirational all at the same time.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Matilda is my favorite book heroine. However, my favorite heroine from a fictional movie is Francis from Dirty Dancing. I love characters with gumption!

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My teachers growing up were always my heroes and heroines.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

There are so many marvelous movies out there, but I most highly recommend Pursuit of Happyness, Inception, and Dirty Dancing.

What role plays art in my life and work?

I highly enjoy arts and crafts, poetry, and dabble in graphic design from time to time. All of these are present on my blog.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My greatest fan is my fiance.

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?

I would love the opportunity to collaborate with Nao Leigh Boutique, Pure Vida, or CAUSEBOX.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2019?

I would really like to meet the poets and artists I have been talking to for a museum manuscript. Almost all of them live in California.

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?

I am looking forward to publishing my poetry manuscript, Metaphoria. I have found a publisher at this point, but we are still working on details.

Where can you see me or my work?

You can find the majority of my work on my blog, https://inspirwing.com.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

Anything you are really passionate about will continue to set your soul on fire no matter how many years pass by.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Deanna Leduc and Rebecca Beck would be great choices.

How can you contact me?

You can use the contact form on https://inspirwing.com. Also, you can find me on Facebook or Pinterest @inspirwing, Instagram @stardancermel, Twitter @LongtinMelinda, or email me directly at inspirwing@gmail.com.

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