Welcome! My name is Laura Hilger.
A born and raised Georgia southern, I grew up in a middle class family, and dedicated my time to my education, playing outside, and friends. With the routines that come with living in a communal neighborhood, my parents were always taking us kids both into the woods, and far away; my dad insisted that we not only learn how to ski, but also learn how to love it. While the neighborhood called Hidden Acres has never left me, my parents taught me that exploration is key to a fulfilling life so much so, that leaving the state was a piece of cake. And I did, and have never looked back!
Thus far, I’ve had a successful professional career in education, endured four college degree programs, traveled more than many (but envious of my highly traveled friends), and developed many hobbies with outdoor activities, especially biking, skiing, and backpacking. I also have addictions with beer, writing, teaching, and of course, Alaskan life! The first day I stepped foot in Alaska, I felt a sense of joy rushing over me; we just meshed, and thus the beginning of a 17 year love affair. I have lived in many sections of the state, and now reside in Anchorage. I dedicate most of my daily life to being a passionate educator because youth constantly remind you about the art of living well. They demand that you reflect about yourself and your choices, and to teach them how to do the same. It is through them that I have maintained my love for writing.
I always loved forms of writing in grade school, maintaining journal after journal, but my love for words really came later while reading during travel, digging for quotes in local entertainment papers, music, and fixating on bumper stickers at stoplights. To this day, it’s the casual encounters with words that I love. It started with poetry readings and spoken word events, which led me to guys like Leonard Cohen and Henry Rollins, and grew from there. You could say that I got my coffee shop groove on. That led to me taking jobs for writing, tutoring, and typing at my universities, and then to teaching. To this day, my passion for words continues.
On writing, John Irving once said, “You’ve got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.” I couldn’t agree more, but it is more of a therapy for myself, a reflective practice that I am now ready to share. It is with words that we learn, inspire, grow, consider, love, travel, and spread peace.
Words do so much and true, while they don’t act alone, their power is often breathtaking. This is why Buddha says, “…that truth comes from right words”. Truth is what saves us. We can only be strong for others when we are strong for ourselves.
I hope that my readers will gain reflection from reading my work, and that I grow from the act of writing for reflection.
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can find me on facebook.