What a journey it has been! From the first moment I became inspired to actually developing the idea and then finally putting pen to paper until the day the book finally arrived it has been a labor of love.
My life has certainly been a journey. This book is the first of a journey I hope to take into the world of authorship. I already have an idea for another non-fiction book and also an idea for a novel as well as a novel already in first draft form. Who knows where this journey will go or if this is the end of the road for this dream. All I know for certain is I’m not going to get in my way. I’ve done it! I had the idea and ran with it and I couldn’t be happier.
Yes, I did want to quit and scrap the whole project at various times. But I kept reminding myself why I got started writing this book in the first place. I wanted to create a product that would be a road-map for people to guide a journey. Each of our journeys is very personal, but all very similar. We all have dreams and it is what we do with our dreams that matters. It is that tiny difference that makes all the difference in our lives.
Three years ago I wasn’t doing anything to go after my dreams. Today it is what I live for.
Ultimately it is up to you. I’m not looking for the glory. It’s all yours. I did this for you. I see unlimited potential in people I meet and I want the best for you.
“What have you done today to achieve your dreams?” Not happy with your answer…? Remember: Anything is Possible.
*Beginning in 2010, I started writing a bi-weekly column, “From Richard’s Oft Cluttered Desk” which appears every other Wednesday.
This is the fifth column I’ve penned officially for this blog. Each time I’ve sat down to write I’ve been concerned about the outcome. Heck, half the time I have not had an idea what I would actually write about. It is still scary. And as I thought about what I wanted to write about this time, I have been pulled in many directions.
I could write about the amazing weekend I had at the end of February. Everything has been a dream come true and some has just been really nice.
I could write about the painting I recently finished. I tried a new technique and I’m very pleased how it turned out.
I could write about Joe Mauer and baseball. I could write about my UNI Panther basketball team. I could write about politics or the pulled chicken I’m trying to make as I write this. The options are endless – and welcome to the world of the mind of a writer.
With the completion of my book, Anything is Possible, I’m awaiting my next project. I have a few ideas of what I’d like to write next, but I’m not sure where I will go. I would like to give fiction a go, but I’m debating whether I should do short stories for awhile first. I have a book that I try to use to keep the creative juices flowing, but I find I do one activity and then don’t touch it again for a month. That doesn’t really help keep the creative juices flowing. They just flow freely for five minutes and then dry up.
I have hopes that writing this column will get my mind off the non-fiction writing that I’ve spent the last 16 months perfecting and get me to write more freely. I’m not sure if it is happening. Of course, five columns in, I wasn’t expecting to be amazing. Just something. I wanted to feel like my writing and my passion was getting closer. Instead, I’m just writing about writing. I’m writing about the struggle I’m having within myself to find that one creative spark. I’ll be in the shower and just thinking about a story I’d like to tell, but then it goes away. I’ll be on the treadmill, sweating out the stress of the day and I”ll get a brilliant idea that would be certain to win me an Oscar, but then I still have two miles to run and by the end, the idea is gone.
Creativity is like that – fleeting – always waiting. I hope it jumps out at me soon. Come, I am waiting.
So what if my book is done? (by the way, I’m not actually asking that… I’m using it to push me at the moment and you’ll find out why if you keep reading.) It is a tremendous accomplishment for me. I almost quit the project at numerous times, but I kept at it and have a book to show for it!
But now what? No one ever told me what comes next! It took over a year of my life to write Anything is Possible, and here I am, with 80 copies sitting my office, the book for sale on Amazon, but not project in the works. People tell me to enjoy the success for awhile. To take some time for me. I’m trying but as I find my schedule easing up late last month and this month, I’m finding myself with an extreme case of work-fever.
I want to work. I want to create. I love taking photos and painting, but I absolutely love learning about words. I love pushing reading not only intellectually, but personally and emotionally. And right now, I’m not doing that. I need a new project.
I have a few ideas for fiction stories, but I have never written a full-length novel, so that is another barrier to overcome. I also have an idea to take the Life Lessons to another level, but am putting that into the five-year plan at the moment. So, I’m going to spend my time and energies getting in front of more audiences (can you help?) and doing some short-story writing. I have a ton of room to grow as a writer so I’m looking to get inspired.
That begs my question for you:
When you are challenged (or in a rut), who inspires you?
(flickr photo via Stephen Poff)
This Week’s Lesson
Stressing over the interruptions that I thought were taking me away from my purpose, it dawned on me that my interruptions were part of my mission in life.
-Janice F’s life lesson from Kansas City, Mo.
Over the last year, I have been working on a lot of projects and most of them have probably taken longer than they should have. For instance, I am in the final stages of my book, Anything is Possible. It has been a long journey and one at times I wasn’t sure I would finish. But here I am, picking out a cover and working out the final details.
Reading this lesson from Janice got me thinking about my daily life and how many things I have my hands in. From non-profit work, speaking clients to now shopping for the holidays, I’ve had the busiest year of my life. But I’ve loved every second of it! From every interruption and everything I get involved in, I have the opportunity to learn something about myself and the world around me. I relish that chance every time it happens.
I like being busy. I enjoy the fast pace of life. But as I near the end of 2009, I’m going to work on focusing more energy on the people around me. I won’t get rid of the outside projects and interruptions that I enjoy so much, but I want to spend more time on people and our shared dreams. Keep focused on the things you care about and the things that make you smile.