How to Follow Your Dream - and Achieve It!

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Get motivated to live your dreams!

It was sunny outside and a little before two o’clock when I picked up this flowered journal and began to write . . . the old way, like I did as a kid and young adult—with pen and paper. And the words began to come. I took a deep breath, I felt a chill . . . and began to feel free.

More than five months after being “let go” from a job of eleven years—a job that changed and that changed me—I am still struggling with getting my life together. Getting my life together. That’s cliché, so cliché, and I don’t want to be cliché, because I want to be a writer. And writers that write in clichés is no way to be.

I'm free . . . to do what?

So here I am after five, nearly six, months, overwhelmed and trying to focus . . . but gosh! I am free. I am. I am lucky to be so many years from traditional retirement age and to be free. I have been freed from a rat race of 9 to 5 and have a real chance—time to explore the world of writing—the life I have always wanted. The thought of going back to the rat race disturbs me, as I half-heartedly apply for some of those jobs out there. Oh, God, I don’t want to go back. For now, I am free.

The last few days I’ve been feeling like my mind will explode. It’s paralyzing. When there is too much that needs to be done, I become frozen and can’t seem to do anything. My mind is whirling. How do I make a living writing? I look for gigs, and I have a few going. Now, instead of the 9 to 5 rat race, some days I work ten or more hours and seem to get nowhere. Or almost nowhere. I’m surviving, but eventually I have to make a living at this. I love it, though. Even the ten hour days I love. But, still? How can I figure out this writing career and get anything else done?

Busy . . . and blessed?

I look after my pet menagerie, spend time with my nieces, my brothers, my parents (not enough). I need to catch up spring cleaning for the past five years. The garage is half-organized now, and the yard is getting there, but the weeds are winning the fight against the mulch. I have some calls to make, some appointments to keep. When am I going to organize my home office? When do I take the time to build that cat tree? We need that cat tree! My cats need the exercise. I need to exercise, too, which reminds me that I need to walk the dog. But when? Oh, and my car’s a mess. But that’s the least . . . and I could go on.

So, I look around at my home—my haven—with my little dog and furry felines. I know I am blessed. And I have a dream to live. I look at the clock. Still only 2 p..m. Why do I feel time is getting away? I stay up late, usually until midnight, so I have lots of time. Ten hours left. Ten hours before bedtime.

I think I can, I think I can!

I could write a couple of articles (at least rough drafts), finish loading the dishwasher and putting away the laundry, and still build that cat tree this evening—and then write a hub about it! I need to vacuum and water some plants, but there is time for that, too. There is. I just have to focus on some specifics that I need to accomplish.

I have ten hours. Time to prioritize, get some things done, and keep moving forward.


A Tip to Take with You

Here’s my tip for you. When you get overwhelmed about what you need to do, try journaling, letting those thoughts and words flow. It’s different from using a typewriter. Writing with your favorite, flowing pen on paper has a different feel to it. Try it to see if you do feel a little freer and your motivation returns. Now, time to get focused!

Love this song by Poco: Follow Your Dreams

Thanks to my Writing Friends!

A quick thank you to a few people who have inspired me lately:

Bill Holland, or billybuc on HubPages has been a great mentor, giving me practical advice on how to build a freelance career. He continually encourages me not to give up! Daughter of Maat recently took the time to ease my cluttered, overwhelmed mind and share with me her home management binder system, which I am going to take the time to put together to help organize my life.

There have been many other hubbers along the way who have helped me with the technical aspects of hubs, and a plethora (I love that word!) of hubbers who have and continue to support and encourage me. Dear fpherj48 on HubPages has been such a dear supportive friend of late and seems to believe in me more than I do myself. Wow. I love this community of writers, both the oldies and the newbies!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Vee.....I have faith that you are going to get it all pulled together very soon.Actually I am positive you will.

How do I know this? Because you are smart, talented, sincere..and most of all, you are determined, with a great, positive attitude.

These are some of the most obvious attributes of a winner...and you are all of them and more.

It's like you said ....look at the support and encouragement all around you....family, friends, hubbers......it all points UP, gf.....go steady, go easy and just maintain your sweet, happy attitude. It's foolproof!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Effer. Actually, you came to mind when I wrote about the encouraging hubbers. I should have mentioned you, too, because you have been so, so supportive of late. You are really so awesome! Gosh, you give me too much credit. My attitude isn't always positive. Sometimes I get discouraged and negative, but maybe that's where the determination comes into play. Dang, Effer, maybe I really am sweet deep down. :-) LOL. I just adore you. Thanks for being my friend and supporter!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Actually, Effer, you might want to read the last paragraph of my hub again. You made the cut. Whew! :-)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

hahahahahahahaha you're so cute! NO!! never adore me....a simple Crown, throne and blank check is just fine.

You're sweet down deep and up front!

Reading your hubs is all my pleasure.....I'm really very self-absorbed! lol....

I just know how to recognize a real winner when I see one......btw...I damned sure can spot a L O S E R too. In fact, I'm sure I've dated most of them!!............Peace! NICE "editing!!" roflmao


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Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

Wow!! I'm honored to be listed with Billybuc, that's.. wow, thank you!! I'm speechless! :D I'm so glad I could help you! This was a great hub, I personally LOVE keeping a handwritten journal, I just really like the sensation of writing with a pen. Journaling also helps clear my mind and I've come to some much needed realizations while journaling that have changed my life!

Again I'm so glad I could help you, and inspire you! :D And I'm so flattered and honored that you mentioned me on the same page as Billy. I'm still blushing lol. Thank you!!


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AnnaCia 4 years ago

Victoria! Your article is like traveling my own journey. I love the photo, your writing style is so clear, natural, simple. Love it. Keep writing your journal!!!


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Love your great hub and your idea of writing to get organised. I wish you the best of luck to have a writing life.

Voted up useful and interesting, Joyce.


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Love your hubs especially this gutsy personal one that so many of us can identify with...that's the dilema though we are free & have time & love to write...but need to earn an income...don't give up & go back to the rat race...you are such a talented creative writer and your journey has only just began...best of luck I'm sure your $$ are just around the corner...cheers


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

This is great! I look forward to more of your great hubs.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Effer, Your throne's in the mail. LOLOLO. I love your reads and comments. Glad I'm in the winner category. The losers really bring us down, don't they? Yep, I'm an excellent editor, too. Glad to make you laugh!!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

DOM--I had forgotten how wonderful it was to keep a handwritten journal. It's totally different. I think I will definitely be getting back into it, and perhaps it will help me to focus!

Glad I could make you blush. LOL. I mentioned you because you did make a big difference in sharing your secrets (not so secret) with me and reaching out to try to help my overwhelmed mind. I appreciate it so, so much! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Anna--I read your profile, and I can see some similarities. We'll have to talk more! I'm thrilled that you think my writing is clear, natural, and simple, as I copied it nearly word for word from my journal. I will keep up the journal. It was so helpful. Thanks so much. Your comment speaks volumes.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Joyce. Writing really helped me! Thanks for the encouragement!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

OH, carter, thanks. That means a lot. I want to be good at this; it just seems to take a while to get there. I don't need a lot of money, just enough to get by. :-) Glad you came by. Thanks so much.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Great hub Victoria! I actually think of you as very organized! And if you are journalling, definitely more organized than me!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Awww, shucks, Vicki, it weren't nothin'.

You are a very good writer. I know it and everyone who reads your work knows it. Now we need the rest of the world to know it, and they will, in time. Just keep doing what you are doing and the good times will roll.

With Paula, Daughter of Maat and me in your corner, how can you go wrong?

Great job buddy! Thank you very much for your kind mention.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Angela! Right back at ya! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, Audrey, I don't know that I'm so organized. Efficiency seems to escape me sometimes as I spend too much time on one thing...or get distracted and piddle around with something. Just started back with journaling today. Hope it helps. It did today!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Awwww, Bill, now it's my turn for the shucks. I'll keep trying. I've really been trying for some writing gigs lately and get rejected more than accepted. Maybe that's normal. But today was kind of a freeing time when I wrote in my journal to get my focus. Yep, I've got some good people in my corner. So do you, my friend!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I know that my dear. Hey, we all get rejected more than we get accepted. That just means you are hanging with a good crowd. :)


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Jlava73 4 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

Wishing you Luck and Much Success, following your dream.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

write while you can


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emilybee 4 years ago

Yeah, rejection is a part of life. I check my mail each day and know before I open a letter what it's going to say inside, something like "we are sorry, but we found someone better than you and are offering the job to them." Our time will come!!! I'm not a huge fan of the 9-5 rat race and am thinking even more about my future writing career. It will happen for us soon, keep up the spirit!!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I'm sure that's true, Bill. thanks. :-)


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sunkentreasure 4 years ago

ALWAYS HAVE A DREAM By BERNARD LEVINE

Follow your heart

to the path of greatness

that lies within you.

The secret of life

is to have something

to look forward to

everyday.

Find a dream that excites you

and make plans

of how you are going

to achieve it.

Feed your mind daily

with positive energy

and words of inspiration.

Take your life to a higher level.

Stay focused and go forward

with your eyes on the prize.

When you run towards your destination

with passion in your heart

you will see your dreams come true.

© Bernard Levine


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Jeff Gamble 4 years ago from Denton, Texas

Victoria - We all have our windmills, er... cat tree, for me it's a potting bench (pile of wood for the last 18 months) You are right on with using a journal to focus the creative flow - I know it helps me.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Jlava. I appreciate that!


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Trinity M 4 years ago

Victoria what a lovely hub. Hang in there gal and I know you’ll make it! Nothing is more important than “the dream”. Life is far too short to live with regrets and it looks to me like you’re well on your way to not having any (regrets that is). Btw… let the laundry take care of itself… just enjoy the writing and the ride. Voted up and awesome!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Mhatter. Good advice. I believe that I will. :-)


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Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

I think I'm having you're problem today Vee! lol For some reason I just can't focus, and trying to is making my head hurt! Never a dull moment in life is there? I'd love a dull moment right now lol ;)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

emilybee--Thanks for the encouragement. Some famous writers were rejected hundreds of times before they "made it," so I guess we just keep trying? :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

sunkentreasure--what a beautiful poem. I need to copy that and post it somewhere where I will read it every day. Thank you!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Jeff! I know. why do we get stuck? Perhaps we should do those projects that have sat for so long (my cat tree for a couple of years now; I have the materials and have even made the shelves for them to jump on!) If we do that one project, will that free us to move forward?


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Trinity. You're right. Gotta take advantage of the time I have to get that dream going. Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

DOM, I've having some trouble, too, today. I actually have been trying to organize my Home Management Binder, but then my printer stopped. Changed some ink and it's going again, but that made me lose my drive. The kitchen is a mess, it's hot outside. I"m eating ice cream and about to call it a day. LOL. I have some article to write, though. Need to work. Ugh. Sometimes it's a battle, isn't it?


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Jeff Gamble 4 years ago from Denton, Texas

It's the old tree-falls-in-the-woods argument, Victoria...


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago

OOOH, so that's how you have time to write all those hubs! I think I envy you. Retirement is looking better every day.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hmmm....Jeff, I'm still thinking on that one . . .


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yes, I like being home more, MizB, but it's not easy right now. I don't have much free time. Don't get me wrong; I do like working from home better than going to the office every day, but I do have the pressure of building up a freelance business if I'm going to continue. It has only been a few months so far.... I'm a long way from retirement age, and I can't live on unemployment, savings, and little writing gigs forever. But I'm working on getting there. Fingers crossed and hard work! Thanks for coming by! :-)


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Since I have been off work, my home looks better but not where I want it. The days are so busy that I do not know how I worked full time and kept anything together let alone my life. Thanks for the read. I love the dream-anyone's dream.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Victoria,

This is a motivating and authentic piece, appreciating how you have turned your work situation around so positively for yourself.

Voted UP & Awesome. Hugs, Maria


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thecrazzykylex 4 years ago from Incredible India!

Rat race is not that bad. The more the competition, the more stronger you become. Life needs challenges to prove what is your worth. But since you survived the rat race successfully, I don't think you are too weak to ignore. Again, since you are not happy with the rat race, I don't know whether I should call you successful. What I know for sure is you are finally living your life to the fullest! Wish you now have enough time to write such awesome hubs for us.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hyphenbird--I hear ya! so much to do without a full-time job. Of course, I'm trying to spend full-time hours with my writing to get it going, so the housework still suffers. I'm doing a little better too, though. Thanks for the input!


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

What you have said, is so true! I journal and scratch words down when I don't have time to rough draft on-line. I hope you get your exercise and so glad you feel free again. I also hope you spend a little more time with your mom and dad. Thumbs up! :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Maria, I am trying! thanks for your words of encouragement.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

thecrazzyklyex--I agree that we need challenges, and I was successful in the rat race, but it doesn't make me happy, so in that way it's not a success for me. I enjoy being home and working for myself. That has at least as many challenges or more! Thanks for your comments!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, AE. It's so good to see you. I know you've been busy, and I appreciate your very thorough comments. Take care, girl. See you soon.


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Ugly Honest 4 years ago from Within the New York/DC Megalopolis

Your words have captured the thoughts and feelings of so many in recent years .... Talk about a "flowing pen". Reading this was effortless. I think you'll be just fine !!! up & more


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ugly Honest--Interesting name! Thanks for complimenting my "flowing pen." That's quite a compliment. I hope you're right in that I'll be just fine. Thanks for coming by!


klarawieck 4 years ago

Victoria, it was like a going down the list adding checkmarks. Lol With two exceptions - I don't have cats, and I don't like the word "Plethora." It sounds like a bad science fiction movie!

I won't be getting rid of my work schedule but at least I have summers off to concentrate on my writing and try to meet new friends like you.

This was a lovely hub which we can all relate to, I'm sure. Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

klarawieck--Funny about plethora! LOL. Glad you could relate to the hub besides plethora and the cats. Hey--I think that Plethora would be an excellent name for a cat! What about you?


klarawieck 4 years ago

I had a turtle named Pythagoras so I don't see why not!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

LOL, Klara! I love it. A turtle Pythagoras!!!


klarawieck 4 years ago

Yes. Pythagoras the turtle and Presto the tortoise. I miss my reptiles.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, Klara, so sorry....


Milli Thornton 4 years ago

This was beautiful to read. I love the way you poured out your heart and shared your feelings and fears with your readers. You've really touched me with all of your writing that I've seen so far, no matter the topic.

I enjoyed seeing the photo of your journal. I love journaling too!

It sounds like being let go from your job was about an old door closing and a new door opening. You really deserve to succeed with your dreams, and I sincerely wish you happiness and fulfillment with your writing goals.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Milli! The journaling is what really helped me. I wrote fast and that's basically what ended up going into the hub. I feel almost blessed to be rid of my old job and have this opportunity. I just hope I can make it. It's HARD to get started and to try to get enough gigs to actually make a living. Just have to keep at it! Thanks for the encouragement! You're a real support!


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

Oh Vicki...I just happened to come across this and your words echo my experiences so closely. I am free. It's been six months and I have a lil part time teaching gig at a private school. Oh my goodness, compared to public school, there is a lot more freedom! But writing and photography are my passions and slowly but surely I'm getting there. It is, however, a free but not easy road to be on. :) Thanks for sharing this - thank you so much!


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Angelo52 3 years ago from Central Florida

Excellent reading. Thanks for sharing your inspiring thoughts.


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blcurry 3 years ago

Fantastic! I believe that writing it down helps to establish it in the natural realm. Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

CC--It sounds like you are on the right path. I was excited when I wrote this hub but have gotten side-tracked with taking on too much teaching. I'm hoping to get more into it now, as I love working from home! Thanks for reading this and giving your input! I hope you get there; I'm sure you will!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Angelo--You're welcome! Thank YOU for reading!

blcurry--I agree. Writing goals and dreams down is key!

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