I can't remember a time when I didn't want to write. Whether I was six years old writing a story about the old lady on the train who had purple hair... or forty-six years old writing about my interview the First Lady of the United States (who most certainly did NOT have purple hair) I've always found satisfaction committing my thoughts and experiences to the written word. And, that is why we meet today.
I spent nearly thirty years of my life as a television news reporter, writing practically every day about someone or something. I love my new life as a speaker, corporate trainer, life coach and author. But, I often wake up at night with random stories, thoughts and ideas rolling around my head, waiting for a nice piece of journal paper (or laptop screen) to call home.
I need my sleep.
So, my writer's mind and I have made a deal. If it start this blog, and begin putting those thoughts into print.... I can rest easy. And, maybe, just maybe, you'll find some words here to encourage, motivate and inspire you. I hope you find Words to Live By.
Today's topic: The Someday Shelf
I did something last week that I hadn't done for 32 years. I registered for college classes. Yep. I'm heading back to school to finish that degree I abandoned when the brass ring of TV News swung my way. You see, at the tender age of 20, I decided I couldn't possibly balance my brand new position as full time reporter with school. Breaking news waits for no algebra assignment. So, now, at the age of 52, I'll tackle a real balancing act: running a business, speaking at conferences, writing books, being a wife and mother...and school. Go figure. Time really does have a way of altering one's perspective on time management... and on what's important.
Earning my degree was always something I'd planned to do. Someday. It was one of those many goals to be attained, trips to be taken, letters to be written, games to be played, songs to be sung, people to meet, recipes to be cooked, sunsets to view... that I stacked away in that place in my mind and life I call The Someday Shelf.
Earlier this year, my youngest daughter enrolled in college. As I sat on campus one day during the registration process, I found myself staring at the entrance to the Admissions Office. Suddenly, like the glaring red "On Air" sign I'd faced all those years in the television news studio, the words "SOMEDAY IS NOW" began flashing through my mind. "SOMEDAY IS NOW!"
Would love to hear your stories about your own Someday Shelf. In the meantime, I would appreciate your wishes and prayers for good luck and good grades because SOMEDAY IS NOW!