Life is full of beginnings. We set goals and put plans in motion to achieve those goals. However, sometimes those plans don't always to come to fruition. So what then? We make a new plan and begin again.
When I was fresh out of college I began my initial career path as an actress. I pursued that for a while. I landed a little bit of work here and there (very little). I had my mind set on doing that for the rest of my life. That was it! I was an actress. Period. End of story. Ummmm. No.
In my early twenties I married my college sweetheart. We began our married life with big plans! Definitely no kids for the first two years of our marriage. Well... about seven weeks into our marriage we discovered that we were five weeks pregnant. New plan. So we began again.
Four boys, lots of bills and several years later, I began a career as a motivational public speaker. I had no idea that I could make my living talking. As a kid my nicknames were Motormouth and Chatty Cathy, so getting paid to talk has been a perfect fit. I remember sitting at my first speaker training with Making It Count and recognizing the importance of that moment. It marked a brand new beginning. That was ten years ago and I still love public speaking. I get to do it almost every day for The College of Westchester.
However, I couldn't shake that driving need for a creative outlet. So two years ago I took the story in my head and put it on paper. I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd be a published author. Never. I mean... c'mon. That would've been crazy talk. Right? At the RWA conference this summer I had a moment very similar to the one I'd had ten years ago. I knew that I was at the edge of another new beginning--my career as an author.
Beginnings are exciting. They're full of promise, hope and the glorious unknown. Sometimes these beginnings stem from the most heart wrenching experiences. Sometimes they come from the simple desire for change or the unexpected bump in the road. At each point in my life when I have to begin again and come up with a new plan, one phrase always comes to mind. "While we make plans God laughs." (He/She has been polite enough not laugh too loudly.)
So I'll enjoy this new beginning and welcome what's to come with an open mind, heart and spirit.
How about you? Have you ever had one of those "ah-ha" moments?