As I sit here, under the fan working on la Ce’Marie, my mind starts to wander. I begin to imagine Ce’Marie (my in-progress picture book) complete. Then I go on to imagine it being praised by the critics and received well by parents and educators everywhere, internationally too.
I then imagine actually being able to afford that “studio office” (a sewing & craft studio mixed with a home office) I’ve always dreamed of having and lately salivating over…
I’m excited now–somewhat like Olaf, in the Disney movie Frozen, when he imagined the possibility of experiencing summer for the first time. I’m excited about all the possibilities that finishing my first book could bring. I then imagine being happy, free and eager to freely create products that I believe the Ce’Marie girl and her parents would love and enjoy…. … …
Then just like that….POOF! No more Olaf.
The only thing we need to follow is our dreams. Otherwise – we choose to be avant-garde leaders ♥︎ ♡
“Don’t you find it odd,” she continued, “that when you’re a kid, everyone, all the world, encourages you to follow your dreams. But when you’re older, somehow they act offended if you even try.”
― Ethan Hawke, The Hottest State
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“People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours. Live your truth and don’t EVER stop!”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
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“Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.”
― Ray Bradbury
Do you have an idea you’d like to bring to life? Or maybe there’s a new, more challenging, better paying position that is up for grabs that’s more closely related to what you have always wanted to do career-wise. Heck, maybe you have always wanted to learn a new skill or hobby, like how to crochet or knit. Whatever it is, why not pursue it?
Will it give you more purpose? Help provide for you and your family? Breakthrough a mean cycle of settling and/or procrastinating? Or simply help you smile more often? Any of these reasons are enough to believe it is worth the risk, time and hard-work. Follow through with your right-brain’s nagging… Still need some convincing?
Watch & enjoy this quick, awesome video. It may just be the push you need… I use it every morning when trying to get out of bed at 5am. It’s a great reminder of WHY I set that alarm & have to get to it.
Will Rogers Middle School. Who would’ve thought I’d be back there? Not I. Well, at least not until I had a car load of children to drop off, became a member of their PTA, and stopped by the auditorium for the orchestra concert that hopefully one of my-to-be children will be a part of.
But why was I there? In preparation for Ce’Marie‘s release, I decided to set up an appointment with the counselors of my alma mater to discuss the issues they see on a daily basis from the adolescents there. So on Wednesday, March 12, at 11am, I went on my mission. It was an amazing visit. Even the ride down Ximeno Avenue and 4th Street to get down the hill to the school was an experience. I had not been back to the area in over 12 years. But things seemed to have stayed as they were before; same ol’ pizza parlor on the corner of Ximeno and 4th Street, same ol’ donut shop and adjacent burger joint across the street, even the people in the area seemed to be the offspring of the people I had remembered a good 12-13 years prior. Maybe I was hallucinating. Whatever it was – it seemed like just yesterday I had departed my usual city bus in my red/black/white uniform on Ximeno Ave. & 4th St. to begin my downhill walk to my school.
I gained valuable information and got many questions, and then some, answered. I left with a sense of accomplishment and gave myself a pat on the back for a business meeting well done. I received great feedback from her and it felt amazing. I am so excited to get this book completed! By the time it is done, it will be one of my best works of art. My goal is for it to exceed (or at least closely compete) with my best quality work to-date. I am ready to get it into the little hands of our young female leaders.
The future is bright. Stick around for an amazing adventure.