I know I’ve been really slacking lately with blogging, it has been a whirlwind sort of year already and no, you won’t hear me complain about that J
Shhhhhhh, don’t ask my family though, you’d probably hear a different story LOL.
My writing group has been working on and pulled off a Shades of Romance event today. So for the last month things have been very hectic to say the least. Finding vendors, donations, getting our ducks in a row. Our raffles brought in a nice donation for Hands of Hope, a women’s shelter in our area, which we are very proud of.
I will say I’ve learned a great deal about things over the course of this last month. Some of which is how very grateful I am for the writing communities I belong to, Crossroads Romance Writers, Romance Writers Weekly, and The Juicebox.
There is nothing more important for a writer than wonderful writing support. This isn’t just in writing the manuscript, but also in an author’s daily life. Belonging to writing communities gives authors an outlet for all the emotions that creep up and consume them. It gives an author encouragement when needed, praise when earned, and a shoulder to cry on and someone to lean on when this business takes a huge bite out of your hide.
I’ve always been about giving the advice of following your dreams. My author friends are always reminding me to take my own advice here J As I pondered on today’s event, I realized how my once dreams have been unfolding before my eyes over the course of the last three years. It amazes me.
I no longer spend my days wishing I was a published author or berating myself as I spend hours upon hours at the keyboard of this laptop. Today, the reality is I am neck deep swimming in the dreams I once had of becoming a published author.
I’m super proud of the groups I belong to. They are groups I can honestly say the members are not just out for themselves but are truly and wholeheartedly ready to lend a hand to a fellow author.
They say surround yourself with those of like minds and those who will lift you up in the world you wish to be a part of. These words ring ever true. The moment I began surrounding myself with the energies of so many talented and wonderful authors, published and non-published, things began to change for me.
This woman, with only a high school education, who has enjoyed reading since childhood thanks to a mother who made sure reading was a huge part of daily life, who loved penning poetry as a teenager and writing short stories that today I am positive I would cringe at, woke up one morning and said, “I am going to write a book.”
That book today is, The Cheyenne Bride. I had no idea what in the hell I was doing, I even had major issues with grammar and a good deal of the time even today have issues with where the heck to throw that comma in, LOL.
I guess what I am trying to say, is don’t let things stand in your way if you have a dream. Sure, your head is going to tell you all sorts of crazy things, like,
You can’t do this because…
You don’t have the education for it
You don’t have time for something like this
You have no earthly idea where on earth you should start
What in the hell are you thinking????
The list goes on and on.
Life is about dreaming. About having a dream. About reaching for a dream. But most of all it is about finding a way to make those dreams happen and taking them out of the realm and into reality. No, it doesn’t happen overnight. Dreams take work to make them a possibility. By surrounding yourself with those people who will lift you up, encourage you, keep you on track and not push you onto derailment, you are one step closer to achieving your dreams.
So tomorrow when you get up, make that firm decision to take that closest to your heart, no matter how big or small, and start taking steps to make it happen.
For then and only then will you feel the completion I feel today. Reach for the moon and enjoy the stars along the way.
Everyone have a lovely night!!!
Blessings to all!!!