* Disclaimer: This post, How My Passion for Writing Turned Into a Blog & Then a Job, is intended for those 21+ & is sponsored by Wente Vineyards. All opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. 

Whether I wrote by hand on pen & paper in my little butterfly diary or whether I furiously typed posts on my trusty little laptop, writing has always been a part of my life. I first found writing in fifth grade. My best friend & I had matching journals, all set with a lock & key. We'd get together, write for a bit, then read excerpts from our journals.

My entries at the time weren't very profound. It always had something to do with what I did that day or what I ate. I complained that one of my friends was being mean to me, so she was no longer a part of my secret friend club. I mean, it was riveting stuff.

I moved from diary to diary, until I eventually joined a journalism class my junior year of high school. I was drawn to the art & ended up as editor-in-chief the next year. I decided to major in journalism, then came my blog, & I suppose the rest is history. I've had my blog for five years!

It's safe to say that writing has been a constant passion in my life. Even my humble blog began as a space on the Internet where I could write my poems & short stories. If you go back far enough you'll see my series of haikus & random stories about love & loss & all that good stuff.

Passion & inspiration go hand-in-hand, making wine the perfect complement to it all. The three make a harmonious blend. As I write this very post, I'm sipping on a glass of Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon from Wente Vineyards.

In fact, Wente Vineyards is a result of five generations of one family's passion for wine. Their video explains more about the passion behind the Wente winemaking. With hints of ripe black cherry & plum, & undertones of coffee & spice, this wine pairs perfectly with an afternoon of writing, typing, photographing, & being creative.

As an adult with a business & a blog, writing is still the number one passion in my life. My blog is my livelihood. I wish everyone could find their ambition in life, that thing that inspires them endlessly & motivates them to move forward.

Find & fuel your passion with free shipping on Wente wines. Use code: JRNYSHIP1

I want to know: What inspires you? Leave me a comment! :]

* Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Wente VineyardsAs always, all opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. Learn more about my disclosure here. :]