Dream Big

21-Oct-2019

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a·chieve·ment

/əˈCHēvmənt/

noun

  1. a thing done successfully, typically by effort, courage, or skill."to reach this stage is a great achievement"

2.

the process or fact of achieving something.

"the achievement of professional recognition"

rec·og·ni·tion

/ˌrekəɡˈniSH(ə)n/

noun

  1. identification of someone or something or person from previous encounters or knowledge."she saw him pass by without a sign of recognition"

2.

acknowledgment of something's existence, validity, or legality.

"the unions must receive proper recognition"

val·i·da·tion

/ˌvaləˈdāSH(ə)n/

noun

  1. the action of checking or proving the validity or accuracy of something."the technique requires validation in controlled trials"

    • the action of making or declaring something legally or officially acceptable."new courses, subject to validation, include an MSc in Urban Forestry.”

    • recognition or affirmation that a person or their feelings or opinions are valid or worthwhile."they have exaggerated needs for acceptance...

16-Sep-2019

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There comes a time in everyone’s life when a great change occurs. It could be one of many different things like, getting married, having children, losing a friend or loved one, or we welcome a new friend to our circle making them family. Today, I am so pleased to share that the time for our Dream Big family to grow has come...

The Dream Big show has been on a sabbatical after the release of Season 4 back in February, due to my debut novel coming out, but now it is time to start planning the next new season. Over the past year we have lost a few members of our Dream Team; today being the anniversary of losing our good friend Taylor Johnson the day after we had finished filming the Season 4 Finale. He was a very special part of the team, and my mentor. I have tried to follow the path that he envisioned the direction of the show to go in, and I think that he would have been quite pleased that I have kept my word to him. I had told him from the beginning that I would listen to what he had...

9-Sep-2019

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I can not tell you enough how incredibly proud I am to share with you all the things that has happened within the past few weeks...

My debut high fantasy novel The Amulet of Elements was published by Seventh Star Press, and was released August 27, 2019 the day before my birthday. The emotions that I had felt on that day was indescribable. I have never felt so relieved, nervous, excited, happy, and disbelief all at the same time. I never thought anything could top that until the author copy of the book came in. I made sure to share the moment with everyone so I went live on my Facebook page. Again, the emotions ran high, and were so overwhelming that I couldn’t believe that the book I had given my all to, and tried to get published for almost nine years was finally in my hands. The blood, sweat, and tears that I had put into my word document was now a printed book. I know that I was overjoyed, and also at the same time sad, because my dad was never going to be able to read it. I do hop...

22-Jul-2019

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It has been almost nine years since I wrote my very first novel. I spent well over eight years trying to get it published. I have over a hundred rejection letters, that I have saved. I had grown used to those rejections, that I had expected them. I had people to tell me to give up, to write something else and move on. Even when I had wanted to cry; I had no more tears to fall on my pillow at night. I had wanted to give up so many times. I almost did several times in fact, but I could never bring myself to quit. There was something deep down inside of me; a little voice that told me not to. 

I am so glad that I had listened...

Now it has officially been almost nine years since I wrote my first novel, and I am here to say that I am glad; no—that I am eternally grateful to all the powers in Valhalla that I have never given up. It is going to happen! It is going to finally happen! My debut fantasy novel is being published by Seventh Star Press and released on September 3, 2019! Yes, I know t...

8-Jul-2019

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For the past few months I have been sharing my publishing journey with all of you, and today I am sharing some really exciting news. On September third of this year I am celebrating a big dream I have had for so many years that is finally coming true, my debut novel is being released. As it is a time of celebration I will be having a party to commemorate such a monumental occasion at The Open Chord in Knoxville, TN.

As you all may know that I am not one in sharing all of the glory alone, and this would not have been made possible without two of the best people that I am so honored to know and call my friends, my fellow writer, and wonderful publisher Stephen Zimmer, and holistic healer/editor Holly Phillippe of Seventh Star Press. I am so grateful to you both for believing in my words, thank you so much; you truly have made all of my dreams come true.

I also want to thank all of the incredibly talented individuals who have agreed to come together to help me celebrate my special day....

24-Jun-2019

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Everyone has experienced a first in life. A first smile, first steps, first tooth, first kiss, first love, and even the first heartbreak. Sure, all of these things we all have experienced in life, but some firsts not everyone has or say they have had as a first. The first time you knew you liked the same sex, or the first time you knew that being a girl in a boys body didn’t feel right, (or vice versa) or the first time that you just knew that you were different, and not like everyone else.

Those firsts are not only confusing, but hard to explain to family or loved ones, and most likely even more so in admitting it to yourself. 

The first time that I realized that I liked boys was weird for me because the boys I grew up with were always mean to me. Being teased or bullied by anyone is wrong on so many levels, but it’s even more so wrong when those boys take it to a new level. I blossomed at an early age, and when you’re a ten year old skinny girl with budding breasts then you’re an auto...

3-Jun-2019

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When my daughter was only a few months old I had a mystical dream about a princess, her four older brothers, and how she became the one who was destined to save her kingdom. I couldn’t get the dream out of my head so I begin to write it down. 

It seemed that the more I wrote from memory of the dream, the more it became a story as it flowed from my mind. I found myself in the midst of everything from breast-feeding my daughter, to eating my meals with my notebook in tow. The more I wrote the more I was compelled to fill in the blank‘s from what remnants of my dream that was left. 


 

After I had written it all down I read it aloud to my baby girl to help her to get to sleep, and also so I could hear the story out loud instead of just in my head. It had become a fantastical story something that may have been birth by the Grim Brothers that was retold by Disney, but my princess was unlike all the others because she was brave and figured things out on her own, and without a prince to save...

18-Feb-2019

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Eight months have gone by. I have allowed for my pain to pass, and my heartaches to mend. This journey has not been an easy one, but I had a few close friends to help me through it. I couldn’t have done it without them...

A new year has arrived, along with a brand new season of Dream Big. It has also been a year since the Season 3 Finale, and I am ready to share with you the revamped new format. I cannot express how happy I am to have met such wonderfully talented individuals, and have some old friends return for an encore presentation. This new season of the show is an eclectic array of people from all over the southeast, and I am so grateful they were able to take some time to be a guest, and share their stories with me.

I do hope all of you enjoy this brand new season of Dream Big, and are able to relate to the stories shared by the most amazing, and talented people that you will ever meet. For me to have met them was an honor, and I am thrilled for them to be a part of the Dream...

11-Jun-2018

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It has been three months since I’ve written this column; I struggled to find the words. I have been both mentally and emotionally exhausted from my inner demons, and fears of being a failure. Within these past three months I have ignored my goals, barely able to make heads or tails of what I really want at the end of my journey. The pain of my depressive state went unnoticed by most, but each time I looked in the mirror I saw less and less of the woman I wished to become.

 

I spent my time with several distractions, from doing a few much needed repairs around the house, to include painting the walls, and putting in my garden. I felt that those things would help to inspire me to write this column again, but it didn’t. Inspiration can manifest itself into many forms, but in the long run it comes from the beholder, as a beauty that can only be seen from within. Only a few of you know the desperation I had to write something, anything, but I was too afraid it would come off as some random...

5-Mar-2018

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“Rejection is hard. No one is immune to it. No one has ever been thrilled to experience it. It doesn’t matter from what, when, or how, the rejection is received. It’s still hurts. Not so much as in the way of feelings go, but on a deeper level. As a person of many great talents, and talents that even go unnoticed, I can say from a personal perspective that I can’t fail in everything I do. I can learn from it or I can run from it, but there’s no going back from it now. I just wish that little voice in the back of my head would stop asking questions. “Am I really that awful?” “Do I need to reevaluate what I’m trying to do?” “Are these talents that I think I have are just figments of my imagination?” “What is my real purpose anyway?” “Am I a crazy person for thinking that I even exist for a reason?” I’m not sure what the answers are, but sometimes I wonder if I should rethink things. I should just write a column about rejection for the few people who actually read it.”

I posted that quot...