My Box of Dreams

I love this quote from Erma Bombeck:

“There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, ‘Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course I’ve got dreams.’ Then they put the box away and bring it out once in a while to look in it, and yep, they’re still there. These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box.”

I’ve accomplished many of my dreams. Yet there are still many in my box. Don’t get me wrong, I think we should always have dreams in our box so that when we accomplish one we can work on another. The problem occurs when we think some dreams belong forever to remain in the dark secret inclosure of our little dream box. So why do I let some dreams escape and others stay hidden.

Here is my theory. Fear. If I take my dream out, then others can see it. It leaves me open to criticism. Fear of failure is another big one. What if I don’t succeed? I tell myself the big fat lie that not trying is better then failing.

Strangely another one of my fears is success. Why, you ask, would I be afraid of success? Because success would bring with it responsibilities, growth and new challenges. I tell myself that I’m satisfied the way I am. What a fool I can be. A caterpillar that told itself the same thing would never know the beauty and wonder that awaits it as a butterfly.

So here I am taking out a dream that was hidden for years. Attempting to do what I thought was too hard, so that my dream has a chance of coming true. Will there be criticism? Absolutely. Will there be failure? Of course. Will there be success? Only if I try.

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What Motivates

I had a conversation with my son this last year that was intriguing. He told me that he wasn’t motivated to do anything. He’s in scouting, sports and school but felt no real drive to excel at any of it. He wanted to know what he could do to be motivated to do something…anything.

It was a great question. One that I think a lot of people struggle with. I’ve struggled with a lack of drive for short periods of time in my own life. So what do we do when that happens? How do we get up off our butts and get going? I’m certain there are as many answers to that question as there are people. For me, however, it’s been my faith. So that is the answer I gave to my son.

I told him that if he had no desire to excel then he could start by praying for desire. We aren’t meant to flounder. Each person is an amazing miracle that is meant to explore their creativity and possibilities. Each of us has so much potential. We shouldn’t let the possibilities of what we can accomplish, create, lives that we can touch, things that we can learn and explore go to waste in this life.

…So pray for the desire to accomplish great things and then get up and do it.

Out with the old and in with the new

What a wonderful but crazy month. Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the excitement and anticipation of both giving and receiving gifts. I love spending time with my family keeping old traditions and making new ones. I think what is most amazing however, is to watch how people everywhere seem to be kinder and more giving of themselves, their money and their time.

Now that the holiday’s are behind me, I’m ready to move forward into the new year with a determination to write more. Now that I know what I’m capable of, I have no excuse but to finish the books I have started and move onto other stories. I’ve had many people ask me when I’m going to get the second book of Soul Conquest done. Sadly, I’ve not put the time into it that I should have and my fans have had to wait. I plan to fix that this year. I will finish the first draft by the end of January and plan to have the second and third draft done by the end of February. At that point I’ll send it to my editor and go from there.

Yahoo to 2016 and a new year of goals and success!

Hard Work

I made a goal to write 50,000 words in one month. I struggle with making writing one of my priorities. I have seven children, six of which are still at home. I’m busy with church, volunteering and keeping my house and small farm running and in good order. I’ve felt for a long time that I need to write more but haven’t seen how I could possibly fit it into my busy schedule.

So I challenged myself to see if I could do it. By midnight on November 30th I ended with almost 48,000 words written. I wrote 18,000 of those words on the 30th.

This is what I discovered. I can easily carve out two hours, five days a week, without jeopardizing my other responsibilities. I no longer have the excuse to tell myself that I’m too busy to write.

I need to get to work and get my stories written. Funny how I need to prove to myself that I can do it. My progress is halted or pushed forward by my one fears and desires. This goal was just one more step toward my road to success.

So what is it that’s keeping you from succeeding?

Writing Marathon

I have a little over a week to write 25,000 words. The task seems very daunting, especially since it’s taken me twenty-three days to write the first 25,000. At first I was very excited. Even getting up at 4:30 in the morning just to make sure I had time in the day to get it done. My enthusiasm, however has dwindled considerably. I find that I really don’t like what I’ve written which makes it hard to continue. I want the quality to be better, but when you’re working on quantity it’s hard to achieve success in quality. I keep telling myself that I’m doing this to prove to myself that I can write more then I think I can. I’m a little stubborn that way. I will finish this just to prove that I can.

Okay, now that I’ve finished my little rant it’s back to writing I go…I just can’t forget to wake the kids up for school…

Back At It

It doesn’t take much, for me to put off, what I love to do for what I think I must do. This has been one of those years. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been an amazing year but I just couldn’t quite balance everything that I had on my list. So to get myself back into the habit of writing, I challenged myself to write 50,000 words in one month. I signed up for the NaNoWriMo challenge.

I started writing a novel that I’ve been thinking about for some time. I even woke up at 4:30 am to try and get more time out of my day. So far I’m only at 23,000 words but I still have time. The great thing about this challenge is I’ve started writing again daily. The real trick is to keep going.