This is the story of all humanity, which is a love story. It is my story. I will tell it with words, pictures, song, and dance. Along the way, I’ll visit magnificent places both within myself and out in this wonderful, beautiful world of ours. Join me on this journey.
I have a dream. I’m willing to bet you do, too. My dream is to become a full-time travel writer. But as a busy single parent and small business owner, it’s not always easy to find the time.
Yesterday, I shared my journey becoming a travel writer with the help of GEP. Today, here are the steps I take to keep moving towards my goals:
Be patient… with yourself, and with the process. Each day, often many times a day, I would have a chat with myself, reminding myself that each step would keep me moving forward. A quote from LL Cool J expresses this…
“Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals.”
Take a deep breath, because it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the abundance of information out there. Some days, I didn’t even know where to begin. Do I “query” a story first, or do I write the story first?
Insecurity set in, too. Why would an editor assign me a story when I don’t have any bylines?
Once again, enter GEP. This time, my resources came in the form of mentors found through The Travel Writer’s Café. They offered advice and helped guide me in taking those first few steps.
Do something every day. Probably the most important thing is to take small steps. Doing something each day moved me in the direction of my goals. I already knew this from running my own business, but I still wanted to rush into this new travel writing world and career with every ounce of excitement my small 5’4” frame could hold.
Network. An important “take action” step is to reach out for support to network with other writers. This one step became a resource of wealth that has supplied me with information, guidance, and several friendships along the way.
There are many avenues available to network with other like-minded writers and editors. My first connections were made through The Travel Writers Café, then through attending a local writer’s conference, and eventually connecting with other travel writers in a local chapter group. I did this with limited blocks of time, as I was still working, and it grew slowly but steadily.
Keeping in touch with my new friends through email and social media proved easy and efficient. Yet at times, I needed to remind myself of my own advice to be patient. A close friend encouraged me with small text messages which read, “You are doing well,” “Keep going,” “You will get there,” “One step at a time.”
Remember that the sky is the limit. The road we each take looks different for each person, being cultivated by our unique situations, life circumstances, goals, and dreams.
It’s imperative to keep putting one foot in front of the other, to take a breath and acknowledge your own accomplishments, and to always keep shooting for the stars.
“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” –Oprah Winfrey
Almost two years ago, I was at the proverbial crossroads of life. Newly divorced, approaching a milestone birthday, and questioning where I wanted life to take me next, I decided to set out on this path to pursue my writing goals.
Maybe this sounds familiar. Maybe you can relate.
At the time, I knew two things: I wanted to travel and I wanted my next career to involve writing stories. My career for the last 26 years has been as a massage therapist, massage educator, and small business owner. I needed to craft a way to bridge my dream of writing into a new career… while still earning a living with my old one.
Enter Great Escape Publishing. While scrolling through Facebook, I very serendipitously stumbled upon an advertisement, “Live your dreams and be a Travel Writer.”
I took the plunge and signed up for GEP’s travel writing course. Excited, eager, and full of enthusiasm, I dove into the material which, in turn, fueled my desire.
However, while I was reading about the best ways to pitch a story and follow up with editors, there were still bills to pay and groceries to buy. Everyday-life continued on as I learned the ropes of becoming a travel writer. As a single mom, I didn’t have a cushion or second income.
I realized I was investing in building a brighter future, because I was investing in myself… yet there were days when the juggling act proved nearly impossible. Those days may be where many give up… but I held a different vision for my life. Some might call it tenacity or some might call it determination.
And that steadfastness worked for me. Now I’m getting articles published! And, I’ve even been on my first press trip—a complimentary “Breaking Bad” tour in New Mexico!
Tomorrow, I’ll share some of the steps I took, and still implement, to keep moving toward my goals.
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” they say. My will has finally carved my way.
MaryRose Denton is a freelance writer, traveler, licensed massage therapist, yoga teacher, lifelong vegetarian, and most importantly a mother. She enjoys the mash up of these that life brings and writes about them with insight, humour, and wit.
Please feel free to contact me. I’d love to hear from you!