Tuesdays...the day you get to meet other women in the Kind Tribe circle. One of my favorite days:)
Today I am really excited to introduce you to Diana Lynn, author of Pieces of Me: Life of a Recovering Dysfunctional. Diana came to me by synchronicity, circumstance, coincidence, serendipity, fate...whatever you want to call it, I'm just really glad we're connected.
A few months back I lost it. Completely. Overwhelmed with tax returns I didn't understand, numbers that didn't make sense, getting deeper and deeper each day, I called my CPA and said "I give. I need some help. I can't do it all nor do I want to. There has to be someone out there that can handle this part of the business for me." (And by the way, WHY ON EARTH IS IT SO HARD TO ASK FOR HELP????)
In my CPA's way of confident, laid back, kind of non-chalant, very KIND, she said, "I have a gal that I think would be great for you. I will call her to see if she's interested and then we'll see how we can work together. Oh, and I think she's a runner like you, and she wrote this really great book, kind of along the lines of what you're doing at Marnie Rae."
It was Diana. And yes, SHE is totally along the lines of what's going on at Marnie Rae. SHE'S the one that was fearful of going for it but did it anyway. Enjoy:)
Watch Your Dreams Come True
“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” Confucius
Every year I set the same New Year’s resolution. This year, “I’m going to become a published writer!”
I find myself walking through the bookstore looking for some how to be a great writer books. I thumb through the Writers Guide looking for newspapers, magazines, and agents just waiting for me to submit my masterpiece. I pull out my calendar and mark-out big blocks of time to write.
I’m serious this time. I really mean it! I’m going to be published!
By mid-February the dream fades, again, until that next December 31st.
Why? Why do I set this important goal every year, something I truly want, yet every year I don’t follow through?
I asked myself this question on 12/31/2009. Why? Why?!
Then, it hit me. It’s because I don’t know how to follow my dream. I don’t know how to write. I don’t know the craft of writing. I just know I want to write.
Armed with this new knowledge that I don’t know what I’m doing; I took some steps to prepare myself.
Step 1: Get equipped for the dream. I found some writing classes through the local community college. I learned tricks of the trade to make my writing better. I learned about copyright and proper formatting. I learned about the power of 3. Each week I would submit my stories for the teacher and class to (gently) critique. My fellow Newbie writers and I would laugh and sometimes cry at the stories we shared. I was growing. I was learning. But the most valuable lesson I learned from my writing class was step 2.
Step 2: Find a support system. Find a group or even just 1 who shares your dream. Talk with them. Laugh with them. And maybe even cry with them. (Following a dream can be very scary and challenging.) My Write Night group helped me stay on track while also building me up as an aspiring writer. They became the people I trusted with my dreams. Their loving support helped me grow, helped my writing grow, and then finally, helped my confidence grow.
Step 3: Confidence. A dream is filled with “what-if’s” Those what-if’s fade into the background once confidence is present. They don’t disappear, but they do fade. Once I got equipped, once I found support, I then found my confidence.
Confidence so strong, I was finally ready to submit my first story. 10/22/2010 I received an email from Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Dear Diana, Congratulations! Your story My Gift from God has been selected to appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Answered Prayers.
Get equipped. Find support. Fight for your confidence. And watch all your dreams come true.
Diana Lynn is a published author. She’s a contributor for the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. Her book Pieces of Me Life of a Recovering Dysfunctional can be found here on Amazon.com. Contact her at Diana@recoveringdysfunctional.com or www.recoveringdysfunctional.com
"Get equipped. Find support. Fight for your confidence. And watch all your dreams come true." ~Diana Lynn
I have a little something to add...
"GO FOR IT!" ~Marnie Rae
With confidence and kindness,