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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Lady Traveler, the painting

"Lady Traveler"
We had just moved from Southern California to South Carolina in the summer of '06 when Rob had to fly back to California to finish up details on our Huntington Beach home.  Tired of unpacking, and weary from my latest case of writer's block on my novel, Lady and the Sea, I decided to take a few hours off to explore and stroll the local mall.  That is when I came across a lovely painting in an art studio, titled Lady Traveler.

As I stood gazing at Lady Traveler, I felt inspired. "She is me," I sighed.  I had traveled the world, I loved hats, and I was a lady.  I knew if Lady Traveler were hanging somewhere in my home, she would inspire me to complete my book.  So when Rob returned, I took him to the little art shop and showed him the painting.  He smiled and said,  "That is you.  Let's buy it."

Do you have a dream that needs a little inspiration?  Are you finding yourself at a crossroads asking yourself, shall I just drop the whole idea OR shall I continue pursuing my dream?

I hit the wall many times as I pursued writing Lady and the Sea.  I knew this book was part of my destiny, part of of my DNA.  Was it a life-changing project?  Perhaps.  But how would I know until I completed this task-at-hand?  Through hours of toiling at my computer, laptop, iPad, anything that I could write on, I continued on until ...

...at last, on September 2011: my D-day of publication!  I was estatic!  I was thrilled!  I stood next to Lady Traveler as I clutched my first copy of Lady and the Sea.  Then I launched my Lady into the world.  My world has slowly changed.  Receiving emails, phone calls from as far away as Norway, telling me how Lady has given them faith for forgotten dreams.  Two women have completed and published their books because of my words of encouragement.  I can't even remember their exact words, but who cares?  They know.  God knows.

I'm sharing this with you to say:  Don't give up on your dream.  You have a special gift that can touch others.  You may think it's small, but that gift is very BIG in the eyes of God.

Whether your dream is to reach out to help others, whether it is to help people live a healthier life, whether it is to feed the poor, or to paint, or to start a blog or ... write a book!?!  My word to you is GO FOR IT!  Be a Dream Maker.  Take baby steps, keep taking them, and before long, you'll find your dream unfolding before your very eyes.  Your experience and your passion will take you to the finish line!

There's more, but I'll chat later.  Until next time, I want to leave you with two verses that encouraged me on days when I was discouraged and asked, "God, did you really call me to write my story?"

That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.  
Psalm 26:7

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publish peace...that publish salvation; that sayeth to Zion, Thy God reigneth!  
Isaiah 52:7

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