When I first started these musings I had three main intentions:
- Build a loyal readership
- Maintain a disciplined writing practice
- Ensure a daily creative outlet
What I didn’t know then, and I am appreciating now that I’m sharing my work, is how inspiration is constantly in flux and flowing back to me. When I first started WPmusings, I had to ignore a handful of haters who said, “Don’t write a blog, write a book.” or “You’ll never be able to keep people’s attention; you’ll never be able to land the plane.” Along with a slew of other comments that were just plain toxic. For me, it was important to be selective with whom I shared my dreams and aspirations because far too many people enjoy squashing big ideas before they have a chance to catch fire. I was lucky to find the other type of people, the fire keepers who listen to your dreams, help mold them into reality and support the unfolding of a creative journey. I thank each of you reading this because you are serving that purpose, not only helping me find the strength and confidence to birth my literary baby but ensuring I have fun along the way.
Today I’d like to share some of the inspiration that has flowed back my way by readers whose flickering flames are awe-inspiring.
Hilary Holecz: Featured above is a drawing Hilary did shortly after signing up for WPmusings. I received it via text message. Not only was I surprised by her spontaneity and impressed with her artistic skills, but I was touched at how much of the inner essence of WPmusing she captured in a sketch. The power of being listened to and understood is fascinating to me; seeing her drawing lifted my spirit a couple inches off the ground.
Molly Yildiran: Molly just completed her first ever marathon. She is a Goddess Warrior who did it solo and made it 26.2 miles in 4 hours and 6 minutes. There is something to be said about a runner’s heart and Molly is no expection here; the lanscape of her heart is both beautiful and strong. Below is a picture flip book documenting her journey. When I told Molly she inspires me she replied, “You inspire me. This week so many people have told me how inspiring I am to them, yet little do they realize how much they inspire me to do such things. I am definitely a product of all the great people in my life”.
A Warrior Princess