We live in exciting times! And as I continue to transition to a more aggressive level of writing and publishing, I recently decided to take down another website (bearing my name). Maintaining it and this site was time consuming (so I wasn’t doing a good job at keeping up with either site) and at times, redundant. Besides, time is precious. I chose to keep this website/blog, since I’ve had it longer, and I chose to rename it, Peggy Lea Baker, with the tagline, and my personal motto, “Pursue Your Dreams…Whatever They Are…Just Never Give Up!” This is my passion and I consistently strive to instill it in others. Too often our hopes and dreams are scoffed at or downright shattered by others…those who generally don’t seem to have any aspirations at all other than to wander through a routine day and wrap it up sitting in front of the TV for hours on end.
For me, like so many of you, a monotonous daily ritual isn’t part of our game plan. We want more. We hope for more. We dream of more. A familiar phrase, popularized by a movie a few years back, is “bucket list.” Although not exactly a glamorous term, it does serve an important purpose. What is on your bucket list?
I have a few things on mine, such as being a successful novelist, getting a private pilot’s license, setting my own schedule, sleeping in when I feel like it, and having the freedom to take a few days to go visit my mom or a distant friend on the spur of the moment.
I want to travel to parts of the United States I’ve never seen before. I want to talk to people, hear their stories, find out what they hope to achieve in life. It can be anything! Doesn’t matter what…just as long as they look forward to something. I love to create interesting characters for my books, based on people I’ve met. Whenever I’ve asked someone if I can use either their first or last name, or simply the essence of who they are as a character in one of my stories, everyone, so far, has said yes! In fact, some have even asked to be a villain, believe it or not!
To achieve success as a writer (or anything for that matter), requires a plan. Part of my strategy is to begin a more routine program of blogging. I want to strengthen that discipline for a number of good reasons, but specifically to keep me more accountable to my writing, as a whole, and making the absolute best use of my time. Although I do have a regimine I currently follow when working on a book, I want to connect with more people who love to explore life in a variety of ways. You don’t have to travel the world to discover fascinating people, places, and things of interest…at the very least, connect with all kinds of people via the power of the internet. Life is all around us. So, as I continue to blog more, finding new friends and fellow creators as I go, I look forward to learning, growing, and sharing. I promise, however, to continue to keep my posts infrequent, just more frequently…infrequent.
As my writing career continues to develop and grow, the dream of becoming a private pilot also gets closer to reality, and then so does increased opportunities to actually travel beyond Google Maps and my task chair. Even if everything on my bucket list does not come to fruition, I can at least feel good that I didn’t just try… I did all I could. Remember Yoda? I like to remind others to adhere to, what I call, the Yoda Motto: “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” So stop trying to do something and just make up your mind to do it!
I recently enjoyed a post written by Marya Jan, author of the blog, Writing Happiness, which I follow. The post was entitled, “Why You Don’t Need to Become a Popular Blogger.” She pointed out quite well that blogging, as a hobby, is very much different than blogging for business purposes. I love to write, and fully expect my passion…which is to create interesting stories for others to enjoy…to eventually become my business…my livelihood.
Over the next weeks, months…years…one part of my plan is to maintain and track my writing journey with more diligence. It should be interesting, even fun in most instances, to see the progress, the achievements, and milestones, as well as deal with the glitches, the setbacks…and the ongoing learning curve. I look forward to experiencing more and more satisfying moments where that creative essence culminates into something wonderful and exciting.
I want to continue to connect with others who, like you, either have or continue to, travel a similar journey. I want to hear your wonderful and exciting experiences. I want to embrace our shared, and varied, passions. I want to provide encouragement and share ideas, as well as glean wisdom from you. I want to help teach others the value of believing in dreams…those ambitious desires…and help cheer you on to achieve the things that inspire and excite you!
So, to all those who have one or more dreams, excellent! Keep dreaming! And again, to repeat my personal motto, which you are welcome to embrace and share…
“Pursue your dreams, whatever they are…just never give up!”
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