|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.
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.