I am an advocate and huge supporter of people following their dreams. It doesn’t matter what your dream is as long as it is YOUR dream, and not someone else’s that you’re pursuing.
Lately, I’ve had several people ask me about writing. I am odd ball in the sense that writing never was my dream. Sure, I blogged on OpenDiary when I was 15 for 3 years straight and wrote sappy poetry when my heart was broken as a late teen, even wrote lyrics for a band, but I never considered myself a writer and I didn’t want to become one. It was never my dream. If someone would have asked me 10 years ago what my dream was, I would have said something silly like graduating college then becoming an attorney. Writing kind of just happened. If any of my friends are reading this, and my husband can attest to this, I consider myself a do-er and a fixer and most of all, a dreamer. I will randomly choose that I want to do something then put everything I am into that something. At one point in my life it was performing in the theatre, then it was directing shows, I even took up tap dancing in my mid-twenties, trained for 5k’s, worked for a publishing company while working a full-time job, rode a 50-mile bike ride on a whim, and so many other things. It’s a part of who I am.
I randomly said, “I’m going to write a book.” I wrote one. One turned into six and I have ten more planned. One day I remember turning to my hubs and saying, “what if I run out of ideas. What if I can’t think of anymore stories and that’s it?” He laughed at me but being dried up was a real concern of mine. Haha. Okay, you can laugh too! 🙂
Writing was one of those things that just stuck, that felt right, and that’s become a huge part of my life. I think about it every free second I have of every single day. I’ve met tons of wonderful people in the industry that have taught me invaluable lessons, who I’ve shared knowledge with, not even counting the handfuls of readers and bloggers that reach out to me and spread the word about my books for every single release. It’s a beautiful, all inspiring dream. It’s a huge collaboration and while at times I feel alone in my writing world, when I open up social media, I see just how large and wonderful the literary universe is.
When I first published, I said that I would be happy if 5 people read my book. Last year, I had 2400 times that downloaded. It doesn’t seem real. I recently ran into a professor that wrote a recommendation letter for me when I was applying for Law School. She asked me what I was doing these days and the normal how-are-you questions. I told her that I had written and published 5 books. She was happy for me, impressed, and then we went our separate ways. I remember turning to my hubs and saying, “I felt like I just lied about all of that.” And he said “I felt like you did too.” LOL. But the truth was, I hadn’t. It’s just so unbelievable to the point that it doesn’t seem real. But then I’ll walk into my office and see the books on the shelf and think, wow, I really did write all of that. I really have knocked some things off of my dream/goal list and I have so much more to accomplish.
This year, I am more grounded in my goals and my craft. Eventually, I want to write, market, and bring stories to you every hour of my day and I know that it will happen, it’s just a matter of when. I’m a normal person with a husband, a day job, and a few hobbies. If you have a dream, I say go for it. Even if you didn’t know what you wanted to do 10 years ago, even if you can’t push tons of time into it at first, it’s about starting and moving toward accomplishing what you want to accomplish. I think about the last year and what’s been accomplished so far and then I dream about the next five years and the amazing things that could happen. It’s never too late to start working for something that you want…so get out there and follow your dreams!
p.s. I’m seriously going to try to update once a week! <3 I would love to hear your thoughts!