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What Are You Waiting For? You Can Do It!

30 Mar

Who is your worst enemy? Is it that nasty person at work? A difficult in-law (or out-law)? Or is it that little voice inside that whispers, Why try? You’re only going to fail? This blog is dedicated to people who want to write, those who care about others and want to take that next step into actually getting their words out there. There is plenty of room for more writers, more authors, more bloggers. Whether you make a living at writing, it’s a side job, or you do it only as a ministry, it’s an incredible thing. Today, I just want to encourage you. It’s okay to dream. But…

Don’t stop with just dreaming. I’m pretty typical when it comes to being female and shopping. I like it. What I like most is how easy it is to shop online in today’s world. I especially enjoy being able to get all sorts of writing/publishing/marketing books through Amazon and Smashwords and other places, many of them for free. (I’ll blog about that later.) However, I noticed a little problem recently.

I was shopping and getting all kinds of books about writing, but I wasn’t actually writing. I was just…dreaming. Now, that’s not necessarily wrong–for a little while. It’s when that’s all I’m doing that it becomes a problem. You see, I wasn’t just dreaming, I was escaping. I was avoiding writing. To be honest, I’m not even sure why. Perhaps I was just tired or being lazy. Could be I was feeling insecure, a little unsure of myself. Maybe I just wasn’t getting enough sleep. Who knows?

Anyway, the point is, it’s good to dream. But…

Don’t stop there.

Put feet on your dreams.

Go ahead and read great books on writing or whatever your dream may involve. Educate yourself. But…Don’t stop there. Get down and write. Put those fingers to the keyboard and work out some of those dreams in writing. You have something to say and I want to hear it. You have insights and ideas that I can’t see, because I can’t see through your eyes. The only way I can is for you to share yourself. I know it’s hard, but how can a dream come true if you never get out from under the covers?

Writing is hard sometimes, but it’s such a wonderful learning experience, putting yourself out there and growing as a person. It can be humbling sometimes, but as we learn and grow from our experiences, we get better.

The stuff I write now is so much better than the stuff I wrote years ago. I’m glad for that first book I published, but my next books are better. As I allow myself to obey the call that the Lord has placed on my life and write, not only do I get the privilege of blessing others, I am blessed as well.

So…Dream, but don’t stop there. Get out from under the covers and put feet to your dreams and see where the Lord takes you! It will be amazing.

 

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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Author in the Trenches

 

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17 responses to “What Are You Waiting For? You Can Do It!

  1. Courtney

    March 30, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I love waking up to motivating posts! Once again, I’m inspired to go after my dreams.

     
    • ChristinaLi

      March 30, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Thank you. That’s the whole purpose of this blog. Have a great day putting some feet on those dreams!

       
  2. Mark Showalter

    March 30, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Great post Christina. Thank you for the reminder of the need for writing.

     
    • ChristinaLi

      March 30, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Thanks, Mark. I look forward to reading your book. I know it will minister to many, many people!

       
  3. duaneflounder

    March 30, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Nice words of inspiration, thanks

     
  4. duaneflounder

    March 30, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Very inspirational, thank you so much.

     
  5. catnipoflife

    March 31, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Christina, well put! I actually took a short break from a blog post I was working on to visit my email and yours was the second I opened. What a coincidence for my next posting is very much along the same lines as yours. Like you, as I look back on some of my earlier writings, I can clearly see how much I have grown and improved. The Lord truly does work in mysterious ways for I was definitely not born a writer. I have become one of his messengers: From His hand to mine, from my heart to yours! Blessings to you and keep smiling as you continue to write. . .

     
    • ChristinaLi

      March 31, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Thank you. I think we writers should work to encourage one another. We understand the hard work, long hours, and piece of our souls that goes into writing. There’s plenty of room for new authors. There’s also plenty of room on best seller lists. Why can’t yours be on one? πŸ™‚

       
      • catnipoflife

        April 1, 2012 at 10:24 am

        Christina, you are absolutely right – why can’t it! By the way, are you following my blog catnipoflife? I haven’t been able to locate my followers by name. If not, please do so. I think you will enjoy its purpose and I bet you have a great pet story to share. That is what is running right now.

         
  6. ChristinaLi

    April 1, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Yes. I am following your blog. You’ve got some great things to say!
    Currently, it’s dangerous for us to have pets. Because of allergies, about the only pets we can have are fish. Unfortunately, with five kids, the fish (that we tried to have in the past) got neglected. (They didn’t make as much noise as our children. Made great fertilizer for our roses. Poor things.) Or they were so traumatized by our children tapping on the glass and making faces at them that one jumped out of the bowl. Very traumatic. One morning, my sweet daughter found her fish on the floor of her room. She was so upset, she came into our room to tell us. This was VERY early in the morning and we weren’t awake yet. So, my husband rolls over, feeling someone looking at him and opens his eyes to a fish about an inch from his face. That was a bit…surprising. So, since our move to Chicago, we have no pets. Perhaps in the future. We’ll see.

     
  7. E. Rose Hamilton

    April 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    An inspirational, upbeat post. Thank you for the encouraging reminder!

     
    • ChristinaLi

      April 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      You’re welcome and thank you for your kind words!

       
  8. The Desert Rocks

    April 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Great post!

     
  9. Salem

    April 14, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Thank you for your post. I have been “hiding under the covers” for years. I just haven’t admitted it to myself until I read your blog. I’ve been content to dream away, but lately I’ve felt like it isn’t enough. Still, I find myself paralyzed to take any steps into freedom. I’ve even allowed myself to go through the grieving process of not “putting feet on my dreams” as you’ve so eloquently expressed. I am sick of myself…bored with myself, and the same old sob stories about my lack of confidence. I’ve been listening to the shadow voices too long. Shadow voices that whisper, “Whose ever going to be interested in what you have to say?” So when you wrote,”You have something to say, and I want to hear it…..the only way I can is for you to share yourself,” The power of your voice gave me sight to see that my own voice has value. That inner kid inside myself is really something, but I just couldn’t see it for myself. There is a movie about the painter/sculptor Modigliani who is played by Andy Garcia. There is a scene where his inner child says to him, “You are gonna kill us both if you keep doing this.” His inner child was referring to his drinking and drug addictions. Well, I admit I’ve had an addiction to hiding because I didn’t see any value in my own voice though I’ve been told I have a gift. Thank your for your words. I believe it’s time to wake up from my dreams and get out from under the covers.

     
    • ChristinaLi

      April 14, 2012 at 9:41 am

      I’m so glad you’re getting out from under the covers. It’s so much easier to just stay there, but it takes real courage to actually get up and do something. Sometimes, just like in that Rocky movie, it isn’t winning the game that is true success, it’s just simply staying in the game (or even just getting into the game!). I look forward to seeing your gift shared. πŸ™‚

       

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