Life Is A Great Balancing Act – Dr. Seuss

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  A quote from one of my favorite children’s books that I read to my kids quite often. It is full of advice that I have to remind myself of on a daily basis. I find it hilarious how such a simple children’s book can be used as inspiration through your adult years. Everyone should take the time to re-read Oh The Places You Go. I promise it will validate all those feelings you have been having or the things you are going through right now.

My friends and clients always ask me, “How do you do it? Do you ever sleep?” I just laugh a little and say, “There are 24 usable hours in a day.” (Seriously though, who really needs sleep?) Not only do I work full-time and have two children, I am also creatively driven. By creatively driven I mean I am either sewing a new dress for my daughter, making some sort of shower/party decor, shooting family photos, or reading and/or writing a novel. They all have one thing in common: They are driven by passion.

Recently a client of mine made me realize that my crazy life was the result of being passionate about everything I do. I must say I never really thought about it that way, but she was right. Whether I am obligated to it or just doing it for fun, I take the time to dedicate, follow through and finish it. I have the passion to create, the passion to do the best I can do, and the passion to learn.

The truth is I have absolutely no clue how I balance it all! (Although I’m sure being a woman might have a little something to do with it). At any given moment I could have a nervous breakdown and lock myself away in a closet – but I don’t. At least I know the closet is there if I need it! It doesn’t help that my mind frequently takes off into the unknown; that I can’t control. I am always off in “great idea” land. My husband always laughs at my neurotic thoughts or entrepreneurial ideas but I know he loves and supports all of them. After all, it is what makes me – me.

“The bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to you…”

In life we all know a thing or two about bang-ups and hang-ups, I’m sure. It is unavoidable. In writing, “The bang-ups” (AKA rejection) are part of the process. Today I received my first, of many I’m sure, rejection letters to come. I think since I prepared myself for it, it wasn’t such a hard hit. When I began writing my book, I was really just trying to see if I could do it. I soon realized I had found another creative outlet that I became strongly passionate about. One more thing to balance!Ha! I’m sure I will hit many more bumps in the learning process but that’s life.

I will continue on {rejections or not} and do what I love to do. Be creative!

So always remember this quote when you need something to keep going…

“And will you succeed? Yes! You will indeed! (98 and 3/4percent guaranteed)” – Dr. Seuss

It’s just the beginning…

Why not start a blog…

Wait, but who will want to listen to my neurotic, random thoughts?

Maybe – just maybe I could meet some others who are just as crazy as me.

 I went back and forth for a while on the many pros and cons of starting a blog – the pros won.

 I am making a commitment to my blog.

I promise to write once a week and hopefully over time, gain a few followers/fellow writers that may be interested or inspired by what I have to say. Or maybe they will inspire me. Surrounding yourself with other writers seems to be the logical thing to do in order to learn and grow in the craft. It is truly invaluable.

 I am new to this writing force that has erupted and become impossible to stop. It all began with a dream…

 I know what you’re thinking… “what a f-ing cliche”

 It’s for real people, these things happen and you should listen to them. You never know where it will lead you.

I had a dream/vision or whatever you want to call it, of a boy with a tattoo that slowly spread across his chest.

 Lucas was born.

 I’m in shock at how quickly a story can develop with one random thought. Once you open your mind and let the story unfold and progress, you just need to write it down! Sounds easy right?

 I did research on how to start a novel and what I needed to do to begin.

I tried to plot – character develop – write dialogue, but I became quickly frustrated and uninspired to write. It was a complete roadblock. For me, I couldn’t plot out a story that hadn’t happened and develop characters that didn’t exist yet. How in the hell were these people supposed to have conversations with one another when you had no idea what they were like?

 I am by no means saying this works for everyone, all I am saying is that you don’t always need to follow the rules when starting your story. Do whatever you want and enjoy every minute of it – the story will follow. If anything, let the creativity sparks fly and if it has been your long lost dream to write, don’t wait – just do it!

 My latest inspirational writing book:

 WONDERBOOK by Jeff Vandermeer

The illustrated guide to creating imaginative fiction.