On June 5, 2016, I wrote in my diary:
"I just saw a story on CBS Sunday Morning about a man who hiked the seven highest peaks and the north and south poles in 139 days. If he can do that, then I can do this!"
What was "this”? It was my ambition to become a published author. My whole life I’ve wanted to write, but I’ve always made excuses (I’m too busy, I’m not good enough, I don't know what to write). On that day back in 2016, something in me clicked. I decided I was going to start writing and I was going to keep going, no matter what. No matter if anyone ever read what I wrote, no matter if it was hard or tiring or foolhardy. I was going to write until I became a published author.
I've been writing every day since. My mantra:
(1) Words are powerful.
(2) Words can be a blessing or a curse.
(3) Words should not be faked and should come from the heart.
Four years later and I’m happy to announce the publication of my first novel: Rue.
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P.S. Here is the story from CBS Sunday Morning (so you can be inspired too!):