By sharing my writing (Poetry in particular), a life long dream, I hope to inspire others to go after their dreams and goals.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Waiting

Hope everyone’s New Year is starting off nicely. I can’t believe it is 2019 already! Anyone else feel as if time is speeding up?

I haven’t been very active on my blog. I started this blog as a way to share my poetry and bits of inspiration. Along the way I created a poetry page on Instagram, joined the writing community of Mirakee and began to write my first poetry book. I waited years to begin taking my writing seriously. Unfortunately, I neglected to write here. I am going to begin again.

Waiting is something we are all familiar with. We wait at the grocery store, to pay bills, in traffic, and many other mundane moments. We wait for calls that never come, jobs that we apply for, apologies we often don’t receive, and if you’re like me, our dreams to materialize.

This year I decided I’m not waiting any longer. I’m going after my dreams in action mode.  I am going to take small steps everyday toward the life I want to live. I refuse to live on autopilot. I definitely refuse to live by the standards others expect.

I am good at waiting. I carry a book to read. I conversate. I’m patient. But I have grown weary of waiting for certain elements to be present in my life. They will not come to me if I do nothing therefore I will seek them out. Maybe I’ll find what I’m hoping for and maybe I won’t. At least I won’t be waiting.

Love
xoxoxo
Val

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Take Action

Take action.

That’s my plan for 2019.

Stop talking about my goals.

Stop hoping things will happen.

Stop wishing my dreams will come true.

Start acting on them.

I started today.

I sketched.

I journaled.

I planned out dates and times.

I created deadlines.

I prayed.

It’s a beginning.

What are you doing in 2019?

Happy New Year,
Val

Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Journey Forward

Often times it may seem as if a person's success happened overnight. That is far from the truth in many cases. Even if a little magic or luck occurred, you can be sure a lot of thought and hard work preceded the outcome.

I finally achieved a long held dream, to graduate college. My reasons for doing so, 30 plus years after dropping out, are different but the goal remained the same. I wanted to change the narrative for my family, I wanted to be the best I could be for myself, and I wanted my parents and children to be proud of me. My parents are deceased but they were and continue to be an inspiration in my life.

Two of my children graduated with a college degree before me, and the third will graduate in the near future. I like to think I did change the narrative, but not just by earning a degree. I've taught my children to always learn about everything and everyone.

Having an open mind, using your imagination and being creative, are all necessary and vital to living a balanced life. Being curious about the world can lead to fascinating conversations, adventures, insights and relationships.

My journey forward, having just marked the 50th year of my life, is to live fully. That means taking risks, trying new things, and stepping outside of my comfort zone. Pushing our dreams and passions aside until tomorrow is risky because we never know when we will leave this beautiful world.

The journey forward for anyone should include finding out what you enjoy doing and doing it. Caring for the people in your life. Keeping a positive outlook. Negativity is toxic.

Work hard to be healthy. Mentally, emotionally, and physically. Spirituality is different for everyone, but whatever brings you peace, pursue that. Nature, prayer, meditation, are all ways of being still and quiet.

Music is life! Don't limit yourself to one genre or artist. Same with books and movies. Think outside of the box. Pursue a hobby. Travel. Play. Work hard. Rest. Don't limit yourself based on other's perceptions of what your life should look like.

Be YOU.