I rarely toot my own horn, but today I’m going to do it…just a little.
It’s been a year since I told myself that it was going to be my last year in the classroom, and it’s almost been that long since I actually quit my teaching job to write full time.
Sometimes I forget just how little time has gone by. Although it feels like I’ve been writing forever (in some ways I have), I can’t believe that it’s only been 357 days since I started this journey.
While it’s hasn’t been easy (my checks still haven’t come), I could never picture going back to my old life where I dreaded Monday mornings and I got that sinking feeling in my stomach just thinking about work. Although things haven’t been smooth sailing along the way, it has been a remarkable year.
In just 12 months I’ve visited three countries (London, Paris, and the Bahamas), learned how to ride a Harley, started the #GOALdiggers, written an ebook, and realized my lifelong dream of getting into print.
When I set out on this course, I was pretty certain that writing for the web would be my niche, and it still is, but in the span of—literally—9 months I’ve gone from no print clips to finding my articles in a mag across the Pond (shout out to BLACKHAIR) and in JET magazine nearly every, single month.
It’s been an amazing journey, but I know it’s only the beginning.
Sometimes I wonder if I deserve to be this blessed, and how the heck I am making this life work (on such little money and a whole lot of luck). But I try not to question it because when we begin to doubt ourselves, our dreams die just a little bit. They get crushed under the weight of our “rational” inner dialogue. So I embrace all of the opportunities that come my way and continue to dream—big, scary dreams—because I know they will come true.
How about you? What are you dreaming of? Are you confident they will come true? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts.
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