*much of this is inspired by Rachel Hollis. If you haven’t read her book yet (Girl Wash Your Face), I highly recommend!
I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember. Nothing makes me happier than being curled up with a good book and being transported into a different world. I think this love of reading is what spurred my love of writing. I realized how profound of an impact other peoples’ words could have on me, and I wanted to be able to do the same. This is really embarrassing to admit but I’ve been trying to write a book since I was probably about 13. What to write it about was the big question, and the answer changed every few months.
At first it was going to be a fiction retelling of my own life. Then it was going to be a fantasy set in a make believe world. And then it was going to be a historical fiction romance novel (ask me how that one worked out). I constantly got frustrated that I couldn’t just pick an idea and commit to it. I’ve read hundreds of books that almost always captured my attention no matter what they were about, and for some reason I can’t find one idea that’s interesting?
That’s when I realized that I can’t go into something like this thinking I’m going to produce the next Harry Potter or Hunger Games. Maybe I don’t need to create this incredible magical world that doesn’t already exist. Maybe real life, and all that comes with it, is enough. Hence the idea for this blog. Clearly this isn’t a novel and it’s not on The New York Times Bestseller list, but I’m doing what my original intent was. I’m writing and using my voice to share what’s going on in my head and, hopefully, inspiring others along the way.
I realized that it isn’t enough to just have a dream to make it come true. Publishing a book, having that office over-looking the Manhattan skyline, being in a Broadway musical or traveling the world don’t just happen to people. They plan. They have a dream, and figure out small steps they can take every day to get one step closer to achieving that dream. Maybe you make a vision board (mine gives me daily inspiration), or maybe you force yourself to sit down and write for an hour a day no matter how “bad” it is – whatever it is that you want to accomplish, you have to take active steps to get there.
And you know what’s so beautiful about that? That is exactly what college is all about! There is no better time or place to discover what your dreams truly are and work towards them. Write them down. Then write down actual steps you can take to get one step closer. Then before you know it you’re a junior with two internships under her belt, leadership positions and a blog. And maybe you don’t write the next Game of Thrones series by the time you’re 20 (like you’re beautifully young self imagined), and maybe you don’t have a job offer from the top firm in your industry yet, but none of that means it can’t ever happen. Work hard every day to achieve what you’ve dreamed up – you are so capable and owe it to yourself to try.