Donloyn

 

Hi! I’m Donloyn. I know. My name is very different. But, so am I. Let me help you out a bit…It’s pronounced Da-lon, and it rhymes with salon.

I’m an author, artist, creator, wife and mother of eight.

This isn’t your typical author/artist website. Much like me, it’s different. It’s unique.

From the very beginning I’ve been different. My heritage, my culture, my name…all different. As a small child, my family and I moved from place-to-place. We ultimately settled down in a city far from the town we call home. To the residents of my new home, I was an outsider…not from here…foreign. In the eyes of those from my hometown, I was still an outsider…from there, but not quite…familiar, but foreign, nonetheless.

I was displaced. Always stuck somewhere in the middle. Nowhere to really call home.

My fascinations, passions and dreams were, and still are, wildly flavorful. In true artistic fashion, I’ve spent a lifetime jumping from one interest to the next…all intriguing, but none ever able to hold my attention for long. My appetite for learning and experiencing new things…insatiable.

I’m not sure why that is. I’m not sure why I’ve never been able to “fit” into any one box. It took a while, but I see the beauty in that now. Having a hungry, freedom-seeking, unbridled spirit has taken me on an exciting journey. However, it is that same spirit that can oftentimes keep you on a never-ending quest for home, a place of belonging, a space to call your own. And leave you forever wondering how you “fit.”

Prior to the launch of this website, I used a moniker. Not all of the time. It was more like a stage name, used in conjunction with my real name. As I’ve grown, transformed and moved closer to a place of inner clarity, I believe I may have been shielding myself a little. Wearing a mask, but not really. More like, peeking around it. It takes courage to write, but because of my individuality, I was unsure of my place and afraid of being completely vulnerable and transparent.

Truly accepting and loving my uniqueness has been a lifelong journey. As a young girl, I longed to have a different name…a normal name, one that anyone could easily pronounce. I stood out. In every way…I stood out. I didn’t realize the beauty in that then.

Over time, I have become more confident in my one-of-a-kindness. Not only am I able to accept myself, but also celebrate the special individual I am. On occasion, as with anyone, feelings of uncertainty arise. But that’s why I’m here–To finally assign meaning to my name and encourage you to do the same.

You see, Donloyn.com isn’t just about me. It’s not just where I share my creativity and voice. It’s not just another writer/author website.

It’s also about you. It’s about inspiring you. It’s about encouraging you to celebrate your own originality, to share your own voice, to step out from behind your own mask, to walk in your own courage.

Donloyn.com is my place. It’s where I belong. It’s a space all my own. It’s home.

I’m glad you’re here…You’re always welcome!

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Wishing you Inspiration, Creativity & Voice,

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