Writing From Your Soul ~ Denver, CO
Reid Tracy, Nancy Levin, Dr Wayne Dyer (left to right)
Two Day Writing Workshop, April 27 – 28, 2013
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
I first heard this quote in the 1980’s and it so inspired me then that I typed it on a 3 x 5 card and pinned it to the wall of my work cubicle. Somewhere through the years, I know I lost sight of my dreams and this beautiful, inspirational quote worked its way to a desk drawer, hidden, out of sight. But now it has come back to me and I intend to place that quote somewhere in each one of my workspaces so I am constantly reminded of my dreams. You see, I have many dreams and aspirations….now is the time to work on making them a reality.
This past weekend, I was blessed to attend this writing workshop, Writing From Your Soul, along with 499 aspiring writers and another 300+ who watched live via webcast. Hay House is the publication house responsible for this workshop. The speakers were:
- Reid Tracy, President/CEO of Hay House, who truly is interested in helping authors reach their audience.
- Nancy Levin, Hay House Event Director, who led the writing exercises and writes poetry that leaves you breathless.
- Dr Wayne Dyer, a true super star as an author and one of the most humble men I have heard speak.
For a long time, I have wanted to write a book. However I had no idea how to approach the mechanics of what would be needed. More importantly, I wasn’t even sure what my subject matter would be, even who my target audience is. Not the best way to start. I am happy to say that all of that started to change for me last October when a good friend and I attended one of Dr Dyer’s speaking engagements at MileHi Church in Denver.
The next thing I knew, information about writing kept coming to me out of the blue, or so I thought. I assure you it wasn’t mere coincidence. Emails about this workshop came to me, comments on my other blog about my writing, comments on Facebook that I should write, artist friends mentioning how much they enjoyed my writing, even a Facebook post about the November Writing Challenge through National Novel Writing Month captured my attention. The message to write was almost YELLING at me….WRITE Kathleen WRITE.
Let me share with you how important it is to pay attention to the things that continually appear in your life. I have found it is God’s way of communicating with you, guiding you on a path where you can help others. Deepak Choprah calls it Synchrodestiny, which is the merging of coincidence and destiny. As Deepak puts it, recognize and trust that there is a rhythm in life and when we live in harmony with that rhythm, everything we desire comes to us effortlessly.
That’s what happened to me, the workshop was in Denver about an hour away from where I live. It was being held on a weekend where my schedule was free. One of the speakers was Dr Dyer, who I have admired since I first read his book Your Erroneous Zones, and it became so clear to me that I needed to be in this workshop. I enrolled in November and also decided to start writing this blog as a way to prepare for my journey as a writer.
Fast forward to today, the morning after the workshop that has changed my life. Not only was this an invaluable learning experience, I witnessed synchrodestiny at work in my life and others during this weekend. The connections I shared with others in attendance, hearing their stories, watching so much unfolding before my eyes. Many of us in attendance were/are newbies at writing. Others who attended were certainly more practiced and better prepared knowing their base audience. The thing is, now I have a road map that I didn’t have before and I have never been afraid at working hard to achieve my dreams.
Do I know what I will write about in my first book? Not exactly. I have ideas, they are percolating. Do I know what it takes to get a book published? Yes, I have a much better understanding of the process and all the work involved. Am I committed to what is required of me to accomplish this? Yes, absolutely.
My next step is to begin work on the very valuable book proposal draft. There is a lot to do and I am getting started today. One of the by-products, if you will, of attending this workshop is being given the opportunity to present a book proposal to Hay House by the end of October 2013. I know this will prepare me for so many things. I hope you will follow me as I begin this part of my journey as a writer and please feel free to share with your family and friends who may be interested. I will be posting more frequent updates on my Facebook page that I hope you will find informative.
The journey begins today.