Inspired by @ListPrompts
  1. For the better part of my life I thought I wanted to be a teacher... And then a special education teacher... And then a jobs specialist.
  2. But in the back of my mind for my whole life I wanted to be a writer.
    I was writing children's books when I was five and then later got a poem published in some rando poetry magazine when I was 12.
  3. I just told myself I wasn't good enough to be a writer.
  4. I also told myself people would think choosing writing as my college major was stupid.
    (Spoiler alert: people kind of do but who cares?! Not me!)
  5. So I spent 3.5 years in college not pursuing my passion...
    Read: Racking up debt & regret.
  6. My grades suffered. I suffered emotionally. It was hard.
    Not pursuing your passion takes a heavy toll, it's cliche but it's so true.
  7. I was reading @mindy & @bjnovak 's books repeatedly/constantly and despite my best efforts I couldn't shake the feeling that I could do that too!
    I actually met @bjnovak my third year of college at Auburn University where I got my copy of One More Thing signed by him 🙂🙂🙂
  8. Evidence of the autograph aka one of my favorite possessions.
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  9. (Along with watching a lot of really good television, again being inspired by @mindy and @bjnovak )
    Coincidentally all three of these people are on this app, which I love bc anything else I can read by them is a gift 🙌🏻🙌🏻
  10. I couldn't take it anymore...
    I was writing constantly and I didn't ever want to stop.
  11. ... And I changed my major to creative writing with a minor in journalism.
  12. I have never, ever been happier with a decision in my life.
    Growing as a writer is something I look so forward to. Which, coincidentally, has a lot to do with my presence on this app because of how it makes me think creatively/surrounds me with creativity. I am thankful.
  13. My biggest regret is that I did not start out being brave enough to choose this path.
    I was too worried about other people's opinions. "How are you going to find a job?" "How will you make money?" "What will you even write?" - All questions I was so afraid of that I do get asked a lot by nosy people, who will be sorry they asked when I am famous 😇 But I was also so worried I wasn't going to be good enough. However, I don't think any writer ever thinks they're good enough. With that I feel now like I'm in good company, and less afraid.
  14. So, if you're wanting to pursue a passion but you're too afraid, I encourage you to get out there and do it!
    Even though it's scary and me saying this sounds like an inspirational, horrible Disney Channel ad.
  15. Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice.
    And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." - (My favorite quote ever) Steve Jobs ✨✨✨