Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sharing the Dream of Success #mywana #MaryKay #amwriting

Sharing my dream... 
My daughter is a Mary Kay consultant, and I was privileged to attend a success event with her last night. I enjoyed hearing the speaker, a retired national sales director. Her words about personal success, having goals, and sharing a dream with others motivated me. I believe the same thing.

I work with others through my group, Marketing for Romance Writers. Each member of MFRW is a writer who owns his or her own business producing books, and I saw again how important it is to encourage them, and help them to be their best. Every time I attend a meeting with my daughter I am energized afterward. The leadership of her unit does a great job of showing the opportunities available with Mary Kay, and the importance of having a dream.

Each author in my group is like me -- a person reaching for a dream. When I was eighteen, I started writing my first book. Over the next ten years or so, the crush of responsibilities and negativity from others convinced me I couldn't do it. I put my dream aside, thinking I'd get to it after I had a family, or after my kids finished school, or after I... (fill in the blank). It seemed I could always find something to put in that blank.

When I was nearing my fiftieth birthday, I suddenly realized how much of my life I'd spent waiting for something to happen outside my control before I stepped up and accomplished what I'd always dreamed of doing. It took me a few years of searching, writing, and networking, but I sold my first book in April 2004, right before my fifty-third birthday. Over the next two years, I discovered there were others like me all over the world who were fighting for that same dream. They had book ideas, stories within their hearts, and dreams they wanted to fulfill, and were looking for confirmation that they could do it. In 2006, I created Marketing for Romance Writers to help a dozen author friends learn what they needed to do. We shared ideas about finding readers, how to create a catchy signature, themes, blogs, promotion ideas, and more. Every week, we gained a new member.

Summer Camp
There are now over 1100 of us in MFRW, and it includes publishers, literary agents, editors, authors, and promotion specialists in many fields. All of us help one another learn and succeed. This July, the group is sponsoring Marketing Summer Camp, a free online conference to reach as many authors as possible with the message that they can accomplish their dreams. Our group's motto is the conference's theme: "Seek, teach, share, learn, succeed." Nearly every week, I receive a note from someone saying how much the group means to him or her and how much they appreciate having someone show them what they need to do, and teach them how to accomplish their goals. I feel privileged to be part of that. I have a group of eight volunteers who help me, and they are all energetic, enthusiastic promoters whom I've picked because, like me, they believe in the power of acting upon a dream.

Most of what I've accomplished with my writing, and with this marketing group, has been since my daughter married, and I hadn't shared this story with her. I did that this morning. Seeing her work on goals through Mary Kay makes me proud. She has accomplished a great deal. Her friends and the leadership in Mary Kay are devoted to ideals that I support and embrace in my own life. I'm excited to share that dream with my daughter and watch her make it happen.
MFRW Blog for Authors

I will be sixty-one tomorrow. When I look back, I don't regret the time I invested in my family. I'm glad I was able to be there when my children were growing up. Seeing my children's devotion to their spouses, children, and jobs is encouraging. Attending a Mary Kay meeting with my daughter is rewarding. I know she has opportunities to grow and succeed in her own business, and I have full faith that she will. 

Never set aside your goals. You can do whatever you dare to dream. What are your dreams? Is there something you're waiting before before you step out and act upon your dream? What do you need to change to make your dream happen? Please, share your story with me.

14 comments:

  1. Such a positive post Kayelle- determination and persistence to pay off. Love the motivational moments- they happen all the time.

    Having goals and achieving them is such a personal success

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    1. Thank you Dawne! I appreciate that. You never know where you'll hear a word or two that speaks to your heart. We were all talking afterward, and it came up how principles being taught at Mary Kay were also taught in a seminar for another company. Although their goals were different, the principles were the same. The comment was made that "Truth doesn't conflict with truth." How simple, and how true.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this inspirational post. So happy that you shared with your daughter, now both of you are chasing your dreams, success! Am wishing both of your dreams come true!

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    1. Thank you, Heaven. You are an inspiration to me in the way you always encourage others. I appreciate your comment. :)

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    2. Great post Kayelle. Motivational and positive words like yours energize me to keep creating! Thanks :)

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    3. Thank you, Jenna. It's a cycle, because yours just had the same effect on me. :)

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  3. And more of the layers of success are unraveled from a coach and mentor to many. What a phenomenal tour of the history behind Marketing for Romance Writers. The expanding membership of MFRW proves the promise of a dream can come to fruition with resolute determination, dedication, and teamwork. A firm belief of that ever popular phrase "there is no I in team" is exemplified through your leadership. MFRW reminds me of a quote I heard just the other day. "Why say the sky is the limit when there's already footsteps on the moon?"

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    1. Layers of success... what a good way to put it. I love the idea of footsteps on the moon. No ceiling on success sounds much better than the sky's the limit. Why claim a limit? Thank you, Karen.

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  4. Beautifully written, we all have dreams and need the courage to chase them.

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    1. Thank you, Janice. Let's all try to catch them too. ^_^

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  5. Loved hearing about your journey, Kayelle. Dreams don't come overnight...so many of us are over fifty with a wealth of experience to draw upon for our stories as well for as our marketing endeavors. We've been around long enough to realize that collaboration gets us all to a better place. Thanks for making MFRW a place for us share our wisdom as well as our questions/answers! Rolynn

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    1. Rolynn, how right you are. We know enough about life to thrive and do it successfully with a team that cares. MFRW is a wonderful group, and I'm so pleased at the way it's shaped up over the years. Thank you.

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  6. What an inspiring post, the fact that you continue and are willing to learn says volumes about who you are as a person and author. Mary Kay has some of the best business practices in the world.

    There is so much to explore on your blog and website. *clapping hands together in glee* I can't wait to learn more about MFRW too. Looking forward to hanging around Kayelle:)

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    1. Thank you, Kate! I know you'll enjoy MFRW - it is an inspirational place to be. Hanging out will be fun. ^_^

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