Monday, May 4, 2015

Life is Full of Opportunities—Try a Few of Them.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love new adventures. 

Sometimes I study them extensively first and make sure it's something I want to do—owning a bookstore, moving to Australia, and publishing books.

Other times, I jump in without looking back—Eagle Mountain Arts Alliance Literary Director, LDStorymakers Board Member, buying a new house, and driving to California with two friends on short notice to blog about the Writers of the Future Awards Ceremony. Wow, that was a mouthful.

Anyway, most of the time I'm fine with all my craziness. Most of the time, I have things under control and love life and can't believe all these things are happening. And then I think about it—and panic. Just a little. Kind of like when I suddenly panic that I have six kids that are mine to raise.

And yet, I wouldn't change it for the world. I have been able to have more exciting adventures than I ever thought I would. I realized yesterday that just this year I've been to Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and California. Amazing!

Find those things you would love to do, and find a way to do them. Dreams can happen, no matter how big or small. Taking over the world might be a tad crazy, but hey, why not? 

Time commitments can make things tough, and honestly, if it's too much, maybe you should wait. But if you can do it, why not? Why not take the plunge and start writing for that newspaper, or join that committee, or help start a group that will better your community? 

Life is to better ourselves and help those around us. If you have something to offer the world, don't be shy. Just do it!

To get back to one of my adventures I mentioned above, we'll rewind a few weeks. I was just sitting on my couch, minding my own business, when a friend of mine asked if I wanted to make a quick trip to California. My first response? Heck, yeah! My second response? Wait, what are we doing there?

Okay, so it probably should have been the other way around, but that's not usually how I work. Anyway, she was looking for bloggers to help out with blogging the Writers of the Future Awards Ceremony, and knew I blog. I talked to a few of my friends, trying to decide if I should go, and the responses were an overwhelming "Hello! Why is this even a question??"

So I did it. I had a signing in Salt Lake, and then we loaded up and headed down for the chance of a lifetime. I got to buy a formal dress, and get all fancy. Something I rarely do. We got to go to Vegas, and then on to LA. I got to walk on a RED CARPET! Okay, so really, I was taking pictures of the authors on the red carpet, but still. I got to talk to big-name authors and interview them. It was amazing. And all because I said yes. 

Now I'm just waiting for that perfect opportunity to head off to Ireland. Who's with me??

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