Do you ever feel like you need to pursue your dreams and reignite your creative passion?

 

 

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Have you ever dreamed you could change your story?

 

Set it on a different course, modify the plot, and restart?

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Are you stifling your dreams to create something from your own imagination and ideas?

With everything we have to worry about on a daily basis, taking the time to follow our dreams and reach our full potential is such a small tip of the pile. Our jobs, families, and relationships with friends, always seem to take precedence over following your dreams.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs pyramid shows the Esteem and Self-actualization as the tiers of the triangle.

 

We only choose to allocate a small portion of time towards a sense of achievement.  It seems we spend even less time towards realizing our full potential or self-actualization, if ever at all.

At the end of the day, there is not much time to pursue our grand dreams.  Our passions to become writers, artists, musicians, or entrepreneurs.

I sincerely believe in creating something of your own and sharing it with others.  It is imperative to figuring out who you are and what it is you are truly meant to do in life.

Without pursuing a greater ambition and filling these needs, you often feel incomplete.  You waste time in needless or aimless pursuits. When you allow fear to take over, you may never attempt to follow your dreams at all.

Resistance can rear its menacing head in terrible ways like substance abuse.  It can also lead to time-consuming things like watching too much television or playing too many video games.

 Steven Pressfield’s book “The War of Art”  has great insight on how to overcome the resistance of creative ambition, and is helpful in changing your mindset in becoming a pro at achieving your dreams.

 

I’ve felt very lost and without a purpose in recent years. Not knowing why, I spent a lot of time changing things in my life like jobs, houses, my health, interests, and ambitions. Although I learned things like Reiki and accomplished things like hiking over 600 km of the Bruce Trail. I was still constantly searching for something missing in my life.

 

Although we can grow tremendously as a person trying to fill this missing piece.  We can at times temporarily fill it with excitement, making the hole smaller with new loves and interests.

My dream was to create something of my own. Something which I could one day make a living and feel accomplished.

When we find our creative outlets, we can grow and in turn reach our full potential by helping others reach theirs.

I may be late to the party when I decided to become a blogger. But what I discovered is—the party is only beginning!

The online world of blogging and e-commerce is diverse. Anyone who has a dream and is willing to work hard to build a brand has a chance to become successful.

If you are consistent, have great content, great ideas, and helpful services or products the opportunity to succeed is ample.

People love superheroes, and I thought maybe I could create my own alter ego: Accountant by day and inspired blogger by night!  One who helps all my creative friends reach their dreams.

Providing a community of creative energy which connects people. A place of positivity and personal artistic growth, providing the best inspiration to help others reach their goals.

Would you like to have freedom from creative resistance?

Is there a new idea in your mind just begging to be promoted to the world?

Do you wish you had guidance from someone who is also trying to reach their creative potential like you?

Here’s my story on how I found myself, got my passion back and started to see my dreams were possible:

A few months ago I decided to pursue my childhood love of writing.  I’ve been pondering a Fantasy book series in my mind for a while, and I knew it was meant to come out.

Over the years I was creative, dabbling in many forms from art to music.  I never took them seriously as a career, they were not promoted as lucrative and stable choices.

They say you are supposed to get a job, a house, 2.5 kids, and a picket fence.  As a result, you don’t have time to pursue self-discovery.

Do you find the decision hard to take a chance on your dream?

Allowing yourself to be passionate about a dream can sometimes be hard.  It is something which seems frivolous to others in the grand scheme of things.

I wanted to take my writing seriously, but things got in the way.  Somedays I would dabble at the time and then leave it unattended for months.

For months I was having trouble focusing at work and took a Myers Briggs type personality test a friend suggested.  The results prompted me to pursue my dreams and reach my full potential.

Finding out I am an INFP, Introverted, Intuitive, Feeler, Perceiver supported my decision to follow my dreams. My personality leans towards being creative and writing, or careers of helping and encouraging others to succeed.

Although I always knew I was creative, something just clicked inside me. I decided to stop thinking about writing a book and take it seriously.  I was going to become an author. Done deal.

Once I gave myself permission to pursue a dream, saying it was okay to spend time researching and writing, it was incredible. The ideas and drive just kicked in and honestly hasn’t stopped.

I found my passion and my joy, and when you feel this way, you only want to help others find their path to the same kind of fulfillment and spread it around.

When you get to follow your dreams and what you love to do, you can’t help but want others to find theirs too.

My books were inspired by my love of crystals, and their energy properties. Crystals and their healing properties, help me create, stay grounded, and be inspired.  They help me fall asleep, stay asleep all night and remember my dreams.  Most of all, they keep me balanced. My home and workspace are surrounded by them.

The book, The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall inspired me to created the world and plot for my book series. Crystals were the inspiration for many of my ideas and themes.

Crystals have various attributes.  They are used in healing and metaphysical practices, which inspired many great story ideas in my imagination.

All set ready to go, my passion returned. I declared myself a WRITER and purchased fantastic writing software called ScrivenerIt’s a fantastic writing software, I recommend it to every writer, author, blogger and project planner.

Story structure, characters arcs, plot, setting and theme. I was all over it and the happiest I’ve been in a long time.

Learning about the craft of writing and what it takes to become an author.

The more I learned about writing, the more my passion ignited. Taking the time to improve and search for direction and insight helped tremendously in my confidence.

I suggest subscribing to the podcast Helping Writers become Authors with KM Weiland for helpful writing advice. Check out her blog and writing craft books on Outlining and Structuring your Novel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My joy had returned. I even wrote my first ever piece for public consumption in a post on Medium about it.  A Facebook writing group called the Ninja Writers run by the website “What is a Plot” prompted me to write this post.  Something I would never have done at the time without support.

RELATED: How I overcame fear and hit POST! 

Then something happened to put a huge kink in my plan.  My dreams were about to get bigger.

As passionate as I was about writing, there’s a whole other level of things you need to know about becoming an author.

An overload of information sidetracked me from writing fiction and concentrating on my character interviews.

I discovered the online world in which writers have to exist to become successful authors.

Writing books and learning a craft is one challenge in itself.

But understanding online business and marketing for someone who has never done anything similar became a commitment to spending time learning something new.

The first month of writing introduced me to a new world I never dreamed existed.

When I learned about self-publishing, I realized there is no need to depend on a publishing house or an agent like traditional routes.  We have the ability to create and publish whatever we choose online.  The possibilities are endless!

I owe this enlightenment to Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn, her journey of self-publishing and becoming an online entrepreneur has laid the foundation for many independent authors.

She is a big inspiration to me and thousands of others.  I suggest reading her author focused books if you have any inkling even tiny, she’ll get your juices going with plans and goals.

She has been on this path and has paved the way with insightful information.  This includes marketing,  publishing and how to achieve success with the business side.  This is the kind of mindset needed to become a successful author.

We all need adoptive mentors, someone you can aspire to emulate.  Someone following their dreams inspires you to follow yours too.

The Creative Penn podcast and blog content inspired me.  It made me realize, as long as I took writing seriously, invested time and spent a little in editing and covers, I can publish my books and control all my copyrights.

Owning and having control over your creative assets allows you to:

  • Benefit from your work; not someone else like a publisher.
  • Earn profits from your work during your lifetime, and for 70 years after your death,

Having control over the rights to how and where your worlds and characters are used is essential to growing an author brand and can become a lasting legacy for your family.

 

My books have a mystical setting and dynamic attached to them. I can see the potential.  The merchandise which could be created around the character and world could be endless.

Print on demand for many products not only books allows for anything you can imagine to come to life. Now we have 3D printing, a very exciting technology with unlimited possibilities in product creation.

Do you realize the potential in what is now affordable to create and attach to your brand? I dream about it at night and wake up with new plans and ideas.

You never know when something will take off, become huge with movie or television rights coming into play. Franchises like The Hunger Games or Game of Thrones.  Harry Potter, 20 years and still pumping out new avenues of income for J.K Rowling. Those are grand ambitions for someone starting out like me, but sometimes you don’t have control over those things, they can take on a life of their own.

If I were ever fortunate enough to have something happen on an epic scale, by owning all rights to my work and worlds, I would benefit in the fullest from their success.

For your work to become the success you dream, it has to be seen!

Traditional publishing does not promote your work for you.  Unless you are Stephen King or J.K Rowling, there will be no television appearances on talk shows or massive promotional campaigns. Publishers will not do this for new authors, period.

I have read they will even ask how big of an author platform you have.

Platform?

Wait, what?

I need a website? Yup, and not only a website, but a platform also includes:

Publishers now want to know how many followers you have, how big of an email list you have. It is expected of new authors to be building their audience on their own time.

It doesn’t matter if you want to self-publish or traditionally publish, every author has to be building a fan base to promote their work.

If self-promotion is required when you are an author in the publishing industry, I thought:

“Wouldn’t there be similarities in these issues in other creative industries, like musicians, artists, photographers, and other freelancers?”

 

All creatives need Social Media platforms to get their name out. It’s where your audience hangs out and a place you can approach them with your books and other work.

But what I didn’t plan on is the need to direct this traffic to a website. Think of Social Media and Pinterest as the conduits which lead those who interact to your main web page, which is your identity, or your brand.

Social Media are incredible platforms to access thousands and in some cases millions of people who are interested in what you have to say or offer. Although it is a wonderful way to gain fans and a potential audience, you may not always reach those fans when you have something of importance to say.

You cannot guarantee your Twitter or Facebook following will go to your blog and check it out when you post a link.

Promoting yourself and using Social Media effectively can gain you a following.

Directing whatever traffic you have from your Social Media to your website allows for you to build trust with your audience and make them aware of your brand and what you have to offer.

It allows you to present them with a valuable piece of information and engage with them through your online community in the comments section.

Your audience should want to join a mailing list and groups by appreciating what they have learned and hopes to learn from and experience another beautiful post.

Having an email list is a fundamental component to having direct contact with your fans.

With no guarantees of reaching every fan on Social Media, your email list is the #1 way to speak directly to your audience.

When your audience has given you permission to send them helpful information by providing their email.  It makes you have a much higher likely hood of your audience opening and reading your message. Hopefully, your fans will take action and like your recommendations.

Where Social Media only has a 6% organic reach, especially with algorithms and Smart Feeds, email sent directly to an inbox has a 40-45% open rate. That is quite a significant difference when you want to get a message to your fans.

If you are serious about turning your dreams into reality. You have to establish an online presence and create your platform.

First start by turning your website into a business; purchase a domain and have your site hosted.

Owning your domain name and website allows you to have control of your platform.  This is an asset if used to its full advantage. Your site and its content can become valuable in itself due to the email list it has earned.

You can host your website through hosts like BlueHost. Use WordPress and the free plugins included to set up all the fantastic features available.

I became serious about writing when I purchased my domain and decided to be a blogger when I did so.

My web page was set up by using these services. It is a little intimidating if you have never created a web page before, but BlueHost provides assistance and setup packages if you need them.

Over the last month, I have been getting acquainted with my social media accounts and figuring out all this website stuff. I’m starting to establish a cohesive image of what I want my name and brand, Adele Walsh Blog, to represent.

Using my name as my domain was planned because I dream of becoming an author.

A domain name can be whatever you want it to be. Have fun and showcase your talents!

Check out other websites, be creative, and think about your brand and how your audience will find you. Try using something relevant to what you plan to promote.

There are free services like Mail Chimp you can use to collect email addresses and you can implement more sophisticated email send-outs for when people sign up to your email list.

My website will evolve. My color schemes and branding may change in the future as I become a better photographer and graphic artist on my journey.

Creating images for pins on Pinterest, social media pictures and banners for websites is also something you have to learn if you want to become successful with your online presence.

Being an amateur with graphic creation, I love Canva for my images. It has pre-sized templates for all social media and many other common types of marketing. I hope to share a few templates already set up for Canva to help you start out.

Images and videos are relevant to garner interest. Audiences will click on posts in feeds that have an image that draws their attention.

They may not have been looking for the subject at the time, but an image can make them read the headline and click further.

Great headlines are key, for interest and SEO, excuse-SEO what?

Yes, having an online blog or business requires you to understand SEO or Search Engine Optimization.

These keywords are the “key” to be discovered on Google and Pinterest. I have learned a lot from Melyssa Griffin in regards to SEO and how to use it effectively. Check out her site, showcases the incredible potential for bloggers and the businesses they create.

“But how do I build an audience if I do not have anything to promote yet?”

 

What makes a website successful and gather traffic is the content provided. It all comes down to great content. Useful, helpful content, you don’t have to be promoting anything in particular at first.

You are ultimately promoting yourself, gaining trust and introducing your audience to the great information on your website.

What makes great content?

There are thousands of fabulous websites about every topic imaginable. Especially about writing and blogging.  Not knowing what I wanted to provide on my website made me realize; I needed to find a niche.

I also needed to find my voice. Voice comes with practice and it can be helpful to imagine your ideal audience member and speak directly to them to find your niche.

And just who is this type of person I am trying to reach?

I have spent a lot of time thinking about this. Is my ideal audience member someone like me?

Someone trying to find their purpose and fill a need lacking in their lives?

I hope if they find me and can relate to what I am saying, it inspires or encourages them to write or pursue their art or creative ambitions.

If it’s a creative person searching for someone to prompt them to take action and turn their idea into reality. I hope I could inspire them to pursue their dream.

If my future success can be a roadmap or warning hazard on what to do or not do in creating an online business, I would regard it as a noble profession and legacy.

So, I have spent the last two months digging deep and figuring out what I want to say.  Deciphering my message to this creative and ambitious person willing to take a risk on an online business.

What is my mission? How can I help others with my blog?

What do I hope to achieve with my voice?

It starts with a mission statement. If I stick to my mission when I write my posts and always keep it in mind, my blog will have a clear focus and hopefully find its niche.

“I feel it is my mission to use a story to connect with others.  It is my dream to inspire them to find joy in their lives. I want to encourage everyone to be true to themselves and pursue a life of their own design.”

 

 

Whatever creative idea or pursuit they love to do, create, and envision.

Promoting your thoughts and dreams is possible.  You can reach out to others who are doing the same. Connecting to those who are interested in what you are bringing to life is important.

You can grow your brand online. It is possible to promote your products and services and show others how to as well.

The online world of e-commerce and marketing is increasing, and the potential is enormous. A growing number of people are gaining access to the internet every year. I feel that whatever you can imagine can become possible if you promote and grow your audience online.

Social Media, Pinterest, Amazon, iTunes, Etsy, and other platforms; if you have something to promote there is a place to reach and sell products online.

So what do you love to do?

What can we use to bring love and joy to our lives? How can it help to inspire others?

How can we create a life of our dreams? A life we have designed and love to wake up to each day.

I love to write, collect crystals, go to concerts and take pictures. Writing, crystals, lyrics, and images move me. I connect with them.  Encouraging others to find themselves and find their passion is something I hope to do along the way.

My books will have a theme of connection. The journey I am taking to become an author is also about connecting. I have to connect to my characters and showcase them in a world which my audience grows to love.

Bloggers gain an audience when they connect with the blogger’s voice and topic.  If you are always striving to learn new things, there will always be something to write about and teach your audience.

If a topic has been discussed before, it doesn’t mean a unique spin can’t be found.  There is always a new tip to be provided or a new audience member to inspire. Whatever you dream or create can be shared with others, and there are always new methods to reach new visitors.

Showing others how to do something you love will always shine through, and people will connect with your authentic voice. It is very hard to be fake if you love what you do.

In what ways can I mentor someone who feels it is their mission to bring their words, music or their vision to the world?

How can I inspire your creative dreams?

Everything I read about marketing and promotion is new to me. With this being my first blog, I will only provide content to inspire.

If I discover there are other great resources available, I will curate and provide links to allow my readers to learn from them as well.

In connecting with my audience through my blog, I hope to draw out their inner creative voice and motivate them to flourish from their ideas.

By adding value to your ambitions, I hope to encourage you to take a leap into the online world of self-promotion and entrepreneurship.

Whether you are an author, blogger, musician, or photographer, you have to connect with your fans.

I have found it helpful to look up to successful people who have come before me. To see how they connect with their audiences.

As I adopt mentors and learn as much as I can, I suggest you find mentors in your areas of interest. Learn from their success and avoid their follies.

What platforms do they use?

Are you able to learn from the content they provide?

How often do they reach out?

Connecting with others is such a significant component of the online world, I plan to blog about creative entrepreneurs and how they connect with their audience, from their humble beginnings to their massive successes.

By analyzing what I see them doing, I will look to them as case studies to learn new and creative ways to promote our work.

“In what ways do you feel you best connect with your audience? What types of promotion work best for you?”

-Adele Walsh – “Interviewer” 🙂

I have lofty ambitions, with music being one of my loves. Where I attend 20 or more concerts a year, I hope to one day interview some of my idols.

Fingers cross and bravery on my part to reach out and ask artists I admire for an interview.  It’s a huge dream and goal for me.

I don’t anticipate being on the cover of the Rolling Stone for playing music, maybe I can write the headline and story…rein yourself in Adele! As I said lofty ambitions, but it’s ok because dreams make you try harder. 🙂

Everyone loves a story and most of all we love stories of how others overcome obstacles and succeed. Those types of stories can inspire us to believe our ideas are worth pursuing.  We believe we can achieve success as well.

It can inspire us to take action and seriously promote our work online.

Musicians and authors inspire me. The insight I gain into how they connect with their audience will allow my voice to be authentic.  I will always write my posts with love.

“Love begets love. Most of all, if I love what I am writing, hopefully, others will love it too.”

 

I hope to use my voice as a blogger to help others follow their dreams. Aspiring others with joy and a hope of a brighter future for their lives.

The ability to have creative control, a huge platform and to grow a brand is exciting to me, and I hope to pass this excitement on.

When you interact and form a bond with your audience, the more likely they will support you. They will be there for you when a new project, book, blog or album is about to launch because they are connected to you.

Trust is important when it comes to connecting with others.

Your audience has to feel you are providing them with valuable information.

If you deliver helpful content on a consistent basis, your audience will trust your opinion and advice. Your fans will believe in you for them to allow your promotions in their inbox.  They will be open to supporting your business.

When you gain the audiences confident, it paves the way to offer valuable products or services to purchase. It won’t offend your audience when you contact them during a new launch.  Remember the 80-20 rule.  80 percent of the time offer free valuable information, and the remaining 20 percent can be for your marketing.

People relate and have become accustomed to learning and absorbing information as stories.

I relate to blogs, books, and lyrics when they touch me through emotion and story.  The ability to tell a story is so important to me.  It made me want to become a writer. Telling a story is how I communicate and how I connect to others. I wrote a post on Medium on how much story is relevant to the world, as it is to me.

RELATED: Why is storytelling so important to the world? It’s our Truth!

I hope to discover and share with others, the endless stories and possibilities of success in the online world of creativity. We can learn together how others use the online world of commerce to live out our creative dreams.

Encouraging others to reach for their creative dreams.

It’s something I can see myself waking up to every day.

The tools available today for bloggers and entrepreneurs will only become more and more efficient and valuable. These tools allow us to promote our businesses and brands across multiple platforms. We can now reach millions of people from anywhere in the world.

The only platform you actually own is your website and email list. Using the best methods and approaches to growing its reach is the number one goal of promoting your brand.

It is hard work and takes commitment and a lot of organization.  You have to make sacrifices and decide what priorities stay.  Some things have to take a shelf for you to commit fully to making your business work.

I want to be happy with what I do for a living.  The freedom to make choices and design a life of my own vision is exciting.

My kink is now unraveling, and I have a plan to schedule writing a book and blogging my journey.

Taking the first step was the scary part.  Following through will be my desire to make it happen.

With time and persistence, anything is possible.  There are resources available for all of us to earn a living online.

My wish is to live a life of my own creation. A life where I can work from anywhere in the world. Wanting to become an author is something possible and allows for this type of ambition. Having a successful website is also possible if you have something valuable to offer.

How can I help you on your journey?

I plan to use my voice to tell stories about how other artists started out.  To show successful strategies and how platforms help to connect them to their audiences.

When I find useful information, succeed at strategies, and learn from others; in turn, I will share it with you.

I hope to bring value to your lives by encouraging your creative dreams and fostering the freedom to pursue them.

It is my dream to inspire others to take a look inside and reach for your creative ambitions!

Thanks for reading!

My next post will be on Sunday, I hope to discuss what I learn from The Sam Roberts Band.  They play the Sound Academy in Toronto on Friday, hope to have a few pictures for you.

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Author: Adele Walsh