As teachers, one of our favorite things to ask the little ones is “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Do you remember what your answer was the first time? Other times?
My answer in first grade was to be a teacher. Later that year, it was to be a newspaper reporter. I played teacher using all of my dolls as the students. It may have been “witch” school but still, they were learning. I also wrote up a neighborhood newsletter and delivered it to the mom and pop stores around the block from me. The best of both worlds I guess you could call it.
I grew up and started majoring in criminal justice. Go figure. My job besides going to school was in retail. It just kind of happened that way.
Then, one day I picked up the college newspaper and it said they were looking for writers. That newspaper sat around for over a week while I got up the nerve to finally go to the office and get involved. The first article I wrote got ripped apart by my editor. The next one did a little better but not by much. Slowly, I learned from her and got better. White space went away and stronger words took its place. Interviews and articles got published and I found my writing voice.
Being in a place where I was being taught all over again was a challenge for me but was worth every moment. Well, most of them anyway. Writing brought me to a happy place of expression that I really enjoyed.
Eventually, all dreams do come true because I did end up going into teaching. It took me three years of working my teaching job AND my retail job before I finally said goodbye to retail. Those first years of teaching were HARD. I was always convinced I was never going to last and still need my retail job. Having the right people around once again gave me the confidence to find my way. Still going after 14 years…
Now, let’s add in a husband, cat, two kids, and a move across states.
Fast forward and I was about to turn the big 4-0.
Only I was excited about it. This is where I got the idea to start 40 Wishes and Counting. You see, I had stories to tell. That fire inside that used to be there all those years ago when I was on the newspaper had come back.
So hello square one. Once again, I knew nothing.
To be honest, I don’t exactly embrace that feeling. I am not a fan of feeling lost or not having the confidence to do something new.
This has been a growing year for me. Reading all types of blogs and observing writing styles to try and learn different techniques has been eye opening. Through this experience, I have become part of different blogging groups where everyone has a unique story to tell. These people are nothing short of amazing. I seriously wonder where they have been all my life. They have given me tips, encouragement, support, and direction with my writing. I am in awe to be in such talent!
Submitting my work to other places has been a new experience as well. True, I have a good size piled of rejections (and the tears to go with it!) but there were some published pieces that I am extremely proud of. Getting to work with editors that are kick ass at what they do has been priceless.
I have also learned a lot about people. The support my friends and family has shown can bring me to tears at times. Every time a new person clicks like or comments on my writing means the world to me. There are people who follow my blog on social media that I have never met that always bring a smile to my face when I see their comments or that they have read my posts. Beyond appreciated. Through all of these people, 40 Wishes and Counting has grown bigger than I imagined it would be. Thank you!
This week, I am headed to BLOGU which is a writing conference. What a way to celebrate my one year anniversary in blogging. I can’t wait to learn more and meet so many that have influenced me. Plus I hear there will be cupcakes. My kind of party.
Many of my blogger friends have been featured in books or have written their own. Some of my friends are published in other amazing publications that I would love to be a part of. New York Times, anyone? I used to think I could never be capable of following through with those kind of dreams.
Now I am wondering…
Hello square one.
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