My Story

New blog postings every Tuesday and Thursday – and sometimes in between. 😉

So, what’s this girl about?
My name is Alana Mokma. I write about discoveries I make on my journey toward wholeness. I share about identity, personality styles, relationships, passion, purpose, careers, fears, success, fulfillment & disappointment.

Alana Mokma

I started this blog because I wanted to create a name for myself. I didn’t know what I was going to write about, but what I did know was that I wanted people to know who I was. I wanted people to tweet about me and say “Hey! Have you heard of Alana Mokma? You’ve GOT to check her out!” To be honest, there’s still a little part of me that wants this. However, what I didn’t realize would happen when I started this process, is that I would begin to dredge up all the pain, insecurity and doubt of who I was. I didn’t realize my identity would be challenged. I didn’t realize that I would come to find that I didn’t even know Alana Mokma.

I’ve spent my entire life changing and molding myself to fit into the “Alana” that everyone else wanted me to be. I never allowed myself to be who I am.

This blog has really turned into my story of healing. As I write, I discover my own passions, talents, the things that make me come alive and I am rediscovering the essence of who I am.

My hope is that you will find this space to be safe. A place where it is okay for you … to just be… you.

That being said, I can’t promise you won’t be challenged, and at times, feel a little uncomfortable here. I will push and nudge you to consider what your life would be like if you chose to face your fears. I will inspire you with visions of what the future could hold and I will challenge you to take steps into the unknown with my only promise being that you will begin to experience freedom.

I’m a person who loves to uncover stories. So, not all the stories shared at Musings of a Shiny Penny will be my own. Every Tuesday, a guest will post to share about his or her own experiences.

If you like what you see here, I encourage you to subscribe so that you don’t miss a beat. There’s a lot going on here at Musings of a Shiny Penny.



40 thoughts on “My Story

  1. Ohhhhh…. shiny pennies. I want one!

    Love the reference to that feeling. I remember being that way VERY CLEARLY myself. I’m STILL that way with SOME areas of my life. With MOST areas though I’ve build a nice, pretty (truthfully… boring and suckie) box where reactions like “shiny penny” are NOT allowed.

    I like this.

    WAY TO GO!!! You are the “poster child” for DO SOMETHING! now, you know that, right?


    • Ivan, when I saw your video post titled “Do Something” I knew I had to start getting my voice out there. Although one of my top strengths is to be an Activator and get things done, I sometimes get stuck in all the fears of what could go wrong and what people would think if I failed or if they would reject me if I shared how I really felt. I want to move into public speaking and one of the ways to do this is to let my voice be heard … for now through writing, but eventually video blogs and live audiences.

  2. Alana,
    This is wonderful. I think a lot of people will see their story replicated in what you have written, myself included. Unfortunately, I’m 61 years old and I still struggle with telling myself that it’s okay to be me. And not feeling comfortable in your own skin can be so tiresome Continue on your path of discovery…I see an intelligent, creative, and wonderfully spirited person just waiting to let herself go. I’m excited to see where this takes you

    • Nancy, I love your response – this is exactly what I am hoping for – that others can resonate and see their own story in mine! My biggest desires for this blog are to work through some of my own insecurities, but also to show others their own value as well! Maybe through this, people will begin to step out of their shell and come back to a place of feeling comfortable with the person they were created to be.

  3. P.S. I like your banner w/ the penny in the leaves 🙂 nice typeface too.
    And I have to agree with Ivan up there on the poster child for “do something!” I love that about you and Josh.

    • Halsey – I give full credit for the photo and banner design to Josh! When I came home from work last night he was outside in front of our house taking photos of pennies in the street. I love the end product he designed!

      Ivan is a friend that I met on Josh, Ivan and I will all be attending the Speak It Forward boot camp in Georgia in two weeks. Ivan posted a video blog called “Do Something” and when I saw this, I knew it was time for me to put myself out there and start sharing my own message.

  4. Alana,

    I love this blog that you started! I can definately see that the Discovery Training has spurred you on to greater things! I’m excited to see where this will take you. Also I think it’s good that you don’t want to live in misery anymore and are standing for not living in misery. I love you girl!


    • Thank you Heather. The Discovery Training is an experience that impacted my life, but the launch of this blog and sharing my story is a culmination of a lot of searching and work I have been doing over the past twelve months. I am really looking forward to sharing about my journey more outwardly and with a wider audience.

  5. Great blog Alana! You have many qualities and I hope this “adventure” will give you the inner strength you are searching for! A good read for you would be “If you Want to Walk on Water You Have to Get Out of the Boat”. I’m out of the boat and LOVING it! I’ll be following you and your blog.


    • Hi Laurie – thank you for checking this out. I have not read that book and will add it to my list of books to read. It is inspiring to see you and Gary doing what you love and want to do!

    • Interesting! Josh’s coworker recommended the same book and gave it to me to borrow. I have not read it yet, but now that two people have suggested it, I think I need to give it a second look!

  6. Alana,
    I admire you for taking action on something that so many of us just talk about. I wish you lots of luck and love in everything you do. I look forward to following your journey.

    • Jill! I am so glad you stopped by! Doug mentioned he was going to meet with you the other day and I asked him to say hi for me. I’m excited to see all that will come of this. If you have not already, be sure to subscribe so that you will receive updates of my postings. Right now I plan to post on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week.

  7. Oh Alana, I’ve always looked up to you and your zest for life and others. You’re an amazing and wonderful person who lights up any room you enter. I look forward to following your journey online and wish you all the best in uncovering what I already know; how incredible you are and the extreme blessing you can be to others.

    • Amy… WOW! Thank you for your reply. This is awesome. My hope was that my zest for life and others would shine through on this project. Thank you also for checking out the site!

  8. Hi thanks for looking at my blog. I read your post and saw a lot of similarities with my life. I too would love to be able to speak in public about my experiences, so in the mean time I will blog!

    • Tricia, I’m starting to communicate my message through blogging, but hope to soon add on public speaking. What do you think one of your main topics/messages would be if you began public speaking?

  9. My 14-year-old daughter (for accuracy’s sake, step-, but we only mention that when we have to) is more than 90% blind. Her youth pastor mentioned this during youth group on Sunday and she flipped out. She’s been a part of the youth group for a couple of years now and most folks there had an idea something was up, but she wears a mask and hates that people know there is something “different” about her. She doesn’t understand that different and special can be synonymous. Pastor Chris found your post today about “If You Knew the Truth …” and forwarded it to me. Heather won’t read it right now, but I pray that she will soon and understand how opening up to people enriches a life.

    Also, I have a WordPress blog and really like your work here. It’s inspired me to look at how I use my blog and maybe make a few changes.

    Thank you for being God’s timely voice for my family today. I look forward to reading more as time goes by.

    • WOW! jlamborn3, thank you for your response! This is incredible that this post has inspired you. I hope that Heather does choose to read it eventually. It is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that because we are different from those around us, that it is a bad thing. If she does choose to read this post, she may also be interested in one I posted a couple weeks ago: How to Get What You Want: Tip #2. It is all about knowing and embracing who you are, despite the querks. 🙂

      I will check out your blog!

  10. Alana, I cannot begin to describe how proud I am of you. To read what you are writing…encouraging, motivating, and inspiring others… just blesses me! I am looking forward to reading more and sharing your writing with others..
    Keep up the good work, girl!

  11. Good for you, going out on a limb and embracing an adventure with yourself! I know you’ll discover things that surprise and excite you. Keep us posted on what you learn!

    ~ Sheila

    • Sheila, thanks for stopping by! Starting a blog is something I never intended to do (even just 3 months ago I had no idea I was going to do it.) However, it has been an incredibly rewarding process and I am already discovering amazing things about myself and meeting new people that I connect with on deep levels. I love it.

  12. Hey Al I finally checked out your blog and I love it!! I am truly proud of you and love that you are doing exactly what YOU want to do!! It is awesome to see this all come together.


    • Thanks Mits! I am SUPER happy you checked it out! I have really enjoyed sharing my thoughts on the blog and look forward to doing more of this. (I’ve taken a little break over the past couple months). It has been amazing to share parts of my story and receive the responses I have.

  13. 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

    • Thanks Sharon! I’m so happy you are going to follow along. Yes, we have some pretty cool stories coming up – including Kim Lincoln’s story tomorrow about her perseverance and struggle with weight loss. Do you remember Kim? She was one of the volunteers during Discovery.

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