The Road Less Travelled – April 2012 (copied from previous blog)

Well what an eventful few weeks.

Myself and my husband went to see Diversity (the street dance crew) – front row tickets with meet and greet with all the boys. It was a fabulous experience, at my mature age of 34, to meet a fellow dreamer. Ashley Banjo (@therealashbanjo) has built himself and Diversity from a London dance troop with a dream, to the winners of Britain’s Got Talent, then judge on Got to Dance as well as Secret Street Crew. The group have done two UK tours and are living their motto of Dream Believe Achieve. This motto has coincidentally been one I have lived by for many years myself.

When I started Uni to do my degree, with the support of my amazing husband, it was a hard ride, working all the hours under the sun on a mix of uni and paid employment. There were times I thought I would fail, times I struggled and more than a few tears shed over what now seems silly. But it proved worth it when I started working in the field of my degree and those dreams I believed in were achieved.

I then opted for my Masters which was a full-time course, and I completed this whilst working full-time – again a hard slog but worth it.

I found myself wondering this week how to expand my writing experience as I no longer do the job I love to do through budget cuts and the like, and feel it’s time now to focus on writing both professionally as well as personally. I emailed a few contacts in the hope of expanding on my writing experience for the purpose of building my CV. It didn’t take much to realise that whilst I write regularly, it’s pretty hard to reflect that accurately without having a backbone on my CV.

The results of this networking has been simply outstanding. I am in talks about writing a newsletter on a regular basis for a local organisation on a volunteer basis, and I have been offered a paid guest lecture slot with the University for next years class, subject to be agreed.

I have also had some business cards printed up, and managed to get several short stories written and edited for competition, as well as working on my novel.

I think it’s important to remember that whilst all of this is amazing, and I am extremely pleased with these opportunities, that sometimes we have to actually search for what we want to achieve.

It’s not always an easy path, travelling the one less travelled (as I’m sure Robert Frost would agree) but much of the time it opens your eyes to new and beautiful things and encourages your heart to feel.

So whether that road is down the path of writing, or whether it is something in your own life, remember that those who try and want something badly enough are the ones that succeed. If you choose to sit on your behind and not pursue those dreams, then this is your decision and you must be willing to accept that not all dreams will be destined to come true.

But if you really want those dreams to come true, apply a little effort, believe in your dreams and I have no doubts they will be achieved.

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