March 3, 2020

All the Way or Not at All?

A few weeks ago, I focused on shooting for dreams and I'm going to continue that theme with a focus on this quote: "If you're not going to go all the way, why go at all?" A bit darker and more ultimatum-y but that's the point. Dreams are hard to hold onto and they can change. Maybe we set our expectations lower. Maybe we learn that's not what we really wanted after all.

The key factor is You. What will you do?

In case it's hard to read the small cursive print.
This page of a coloring book says,
"Everybody wants happiness,
nobody wants pain,
but you can't have a rainbow
without a little rain."
Sorry, couldn't help myself.

But to expand on this quote of going all the way, I see it as this: Put effort into what you love and what you want. Half-hearted attempts are going to demoralize you. There are so many paths for us to walk on, but you can't take all of them or else you'll never get anywhere.

I've seen this happen with many people in my life. It happens to me. There are these opportunities and passions that we pour ourselves into and then we turn around and say we didn't really want that anyway. Why did we turn around?

I think there are two reasons:

1. An obstacle pops up
2. We realize what we really want

February 11, 2020

Before We Shoot for the Moon

"Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."
- Norman Vincent Peale or Leslie Brown
(Quotes can be so tricky as to their origin)

Painting of a city in a hillside where the glow of the city cannot
completely obstruct the stars, yet it's trapped in its own little

Are you familiar with this quote? I think the first time I heard it was at a girl scout or girls on the run event. I think it featured on a t-shirt. Sadly, I do not have that t-shirt. 

I love this quote. I really do and yet I'm seeing it in a new way now. What if your trajectory is off or you don't have enough lift? I know I'm taking this metaphor a bit literal, but consider the preparation that goes into the shooting. You can't just shoot into the dark and hope for it to land, you've got to put in the work. So back to that idea of being off and you hit the ground or you don't even get off the ground, it can be disheartening. You can be stalled before you even make the attempt. 

I know it happens to me and I'm sure others have experienced this. You have such big dreams and hopes, then you step up to the launch pad and realize that it's a much greater distance than you imagine. This can mean that there are many more obstacles or much more time and effort that needs to be put forth than you originally thought. It could be many things. If you think about, you could probably come up with an example in your own life where the mountain rose up to block the moon.

As adults we experience this often, as children we don't.
(At least, that is my proposed theory)

When I wrote Island Whispers, I was just flinging whatever I could, jumping at any opportunity without any regard for process or whether it would be impossible to hit the moon. I just saw it as a challenge that I wanted to overcome and if I was persistent enough, I would overcome it. I wanted to become published and I knew there were obstacles but I saw them as springboards. Sure, there was a mountain in my way, but, if I got to the peak, I would have a better place to launch to the moon. It only brought me closer.

Childhood is funny that way. Sometimes we're so focused on the big picture that we forget about all the snags and disappointments along the way. It's not a bad thing. In fact, it might actually be the key for reaching those childhood dreams. If we lose hope, it becomes impossible to achieve things. Our inner critic demeans every attempt and we become too heartless to care. 

So, I guess what I'm trying to say is don't lose hope. Hold onto those dreams. See those mountains, but don't give up. Keep going, because you don't know what you can achieve if you don't.

February 4, 2020

Ode to Stars

I think this was the first thing I ever published. My friend was the president of the literary magazine at our high school and somehow this poem got in (I think it might have had a little help).

Anyway, enjoy the beginning of my career and a poem that I still love to read. My favorite part is the rhyme, of course.

January 28, 2020

The Cotton Anniversary

Apparently, the traditional anniversary gift for the second anniversary is cotton. I really don't have anything cottony, but I did make the small quilt featured in the picture below. It might be made of cotton. We're closing in on my anniversary so I'm reflecting on what's happened since the publication.

January 31, 2018 - Island Whispers became available.
The past two years I have grown as a writer and figured out what I want from writing. It was a long journey to get to this point, but I'm glad for every turn along the way.

Island Whispers is a book about friendship and magic. The two things I craved most in the world at that age. Time is a great fixer of many things, but Will is just as important to get things moving. The thing about Will is that it needs some inkling of Hope. The greatest thing Island Whispers can leave you with is Hope.

Hope for the future is a wonderful thing. It can spur people to action and banish doubt from their hearts. When life is hopeless, we need a light to show us the way. 
Sometimes that light is as simple as a story.

With gratitude and love, thank you to those who have supported me on this journey and to those who have been my light in the darkness.