Dream Big


You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting as much lately. It isn’t because I’m sad…or have nothing to say…or am too busy.

Sure, I’m busy, we all are. But I always make time for my blog because this blog is my livelihood. That said, I’ve recently taken a step back from blogging and I’d like to tell you why and share some dreams.

I attended a communication seminar (for real…apparently I need to work on “being professional”) about three weeks ago. The seminar instructor said something that has stuck with me…he said “If it’s ever gonna be it’s up to me!”

I know this is common sense…but sometimes it takes hearing something out loud to make you go AH-HA!

Light bulb

The light bulb was illuminated. I thought: I wrote this book that I constantly talk about and blog about and I seem to keep thinking it will somehow sell itself???

How is my book ever going to sell if I’m not actively trying to sell it? I have to contact publishers and submit queries and bios and chapters and don’t ask me why I haven’t done it….lots of reasons…time, fear, laziness…

I decided that very day at the seminar to take a break from my blog and make a goal of sending 5 queries by my birthday, May 8th.

This has been on my mind. I need to tell my readers,,,,but say what? Then, today I read an inspiring blog post a friend shared on Facebook:

22 Things Happy People Do Differently

#5  on the list hit me, again, like a 2nd AH-HA moment! #5: Dream Big!

This is from the post, which I strongly encourage you to read in its entirety.

Dream Big5. Dream big.

People who get into the habit of dreaming big are more likely to accomplish their goals than those who don’t. If you dare to dream big, your mind will put itself in a focused and positive state.

And I have been dreaming big lately. Real big. So here it is. I’m putting it out there; hoping my readers will support me and hoping I’ll come back to you in a month or so with some success….no matter how small it may be. Whatever it takes.

I posted in early 2013 some of my goals for this year. Read the post here.

I mentioned in the post that I want to run a ½ marathon this year. I’d like you all to know that I SIGNED UP FOR THE ROCK N ROLL ½ MARATHON IN CHICAGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is July 21st and I am so ecstatic. 🙂 I don’t care what my time is; I just want to finish.

I also mentioned getting Concrete Boots published in 2013. I still have that goal – I’m going to dream BIG. But, my goal for the next month, as I said above, is to submit five queries.

What did Communication Dude say??? If it’s ever gonna be it’s up to me.

I’m also trying to launch Safari by Jlee, my hand-painted wine glasses you saw in this post. Since I’ve been painting the wine glasses I’ve realized how happy painting makes me…painting, writing; both are very therapeutic for me. And I don’t want to stop. I want to fill my days with painting and writing. And that’s what I’m trying to do. That’s what I’m going to do.

Here is a recent sample of a wine glass by Safari by Jlee:

green glass

I can’t share much on this yet because it’s still in the very early stages, but I’m going to dedicate the next month to trying to make a go of Safari by Jlee. If nothing happens then so be it; at least I’ll know I tried. And I’ll have a ton of gifts to give away. 😉

Enjoy your next month and know I’ll be back to let you know of my successes and failures…please use the comment section below to share your big dreams with me or to give me some inspiration!

I’ll continue to post to Jlee’s Blog’s FB page, so if you haven’t ‘liked’ me yet please do! 😀

Author: jlee5879

Office manager by day...struggling writer by night

6 thoughts on “Dream Big”

  1. This is the boost I’ve waiting for! I’ve been neglecting my novel as well. I’m not sure what it is, but it’s been super difficult for me to get motivated lately…but this post has helped a lot!

    I like your goal of querying by your bday. Good for you! Go for it. I’d love to read your book 🙂

  2. I read that post this morning too. The part I liked the most was that it reminded me not to worry about trivial things that won’t matter in a year. Xoxo

  3. I hear you girl…
    gotta focus and make it happen…
    There are so many things I talk about doing and don’t actually take the steps. I have been “talking” about opening a boutique for YEARS and still haven’t written a biz plan..I swear I am doing it this summer…
    life just always seems to get in the way..
    kudos and LOVE the wine glass:)

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