I felt free as a bird flying high above rows of high rise hotels along the sandy beaches of Myrtle Beach. I could see miles ahead of me. It was ten minutes of amazingness as I soared 5,000 feet above the ground. Sitting in the front seat of the helicopter with a 180-degree view from side to side, I quickly grabbed my phone to capture the sights. I could have stayed up there all day. There was so much to see and I felt free, like nothing was holding me back. The pilot and I chatted through the headphones as the helicopter roared. He had been flying for 12 years, providing local tours and giving traffic and weather reports.
I had written 25,000 words in less than three days, so I was flying high before I boarded the helicopter. My imagination flowed from my mind to my fingertips onto the keyboard. I had snuck away to the beach to fulfill my lifelong dream of writing a fictional book. The ride was my reward for reaching a personal goal.
How to Move from Fairy Tales to Reality
Every since I was a child, I have dreamt of sharing stories with others. It wasn’t just a dream to be a teacher but to be the author of those stories. I was swallowed up in my imagination while playing with matchbox cars, dolls, and make-believe characters made out of odds things around the house. In the beginning, my stories were created in my head, but as I got older I wrote them down.
My parents, knowing my love for writing, registered me in a course with the Institute of Children’s Literature. I completed it in three years, but then I let the facts of life take over. I began to feel that sitting with words pouring off my pencil was a waste of time. Instead I focused on being a wife and then a mom. My future seemed to be out of my hands, and my dreams faded away.
But my life was not complete without my dreams. My desire to write stories did not disappear, as it was still prevalent as I read stories to my children. My dream was still present and I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied until I accomplished it.
How to Make Your Dreams Come True
After the death of my husband, I began to invest in my personal growth to continue to work through the grief. I met Cassandra Washington at a women’s conference, and later hired her as my life coach. Through her Transform Through Writing program, I realized my dream of becoming a published author was indeed possible. All I needed was to believe in myself and follow my heart. After only two short years, I have coauthored two best-selling books, and I am sharing information about myself and my writing with millions of readers on Amazon. Visit my Author Page and start a conversation.
Making your dreams come true begins with a choice. Every path you choose will lead you to a fork in the road, giving you a decision to make. My choice was to pursue my dream and to be open to coaching, to face my fears, overcome my doubts, and to be willing to fail. It’s not an easy path. There are bumps along the way but every bump pushes you in the right direction and helps you achieve your dream.
The road took courage and my mind was stretched beyond anything I could imagine. I became more confident and sure of myself. You will too! By the time you complete your journey, the dreams which seemed beyond your reach are now at your fingertips.
Have You Given Up On Your Dream?
On a flight a few months ago, a lady sitting next to me said, “You must be a writer.” I responded hesitantly, “Yes, I am.” Being a writer was only a dream, so I was surprised when she acknowledged me. Until that flight, I hadn’t owned the title of writer. She remarked about how I was using a pen in my hand instead of a laptop. As she listened to me share about my chapter, she said, “I could tell by the way you were talking, that you were a writer; I didn’t even have to read your words.” I replied, “Thank you, I appreciate that.” Her compliment made me so proud. She saw something in me that I hadn’t even stopped to realize was there. I am a writer. Yes, that’s right!
Had I not taken a leap of faith and invested in myself, I’d still be wondering if my dream could come true. Taking a risk led to writing in two books. Through this experience, I am now working with a writing coach/editor who is helping me publish my first fiction novel. All of these accomplishments would not have taken place if I didn’t believe in myself and trust others to lead me in the right direction.
It’s a choice! You can choose to pursue what’s important in your life or to push it aside instead of making it a reality. When you’re passionate about something, you need to make it a priority. I did, and I am confident that you can too!