You seriously just might get it.
Whether or not you have Rhonda Byrne’s ‘The Secret’ dog eared and highlighted, or if you think it’s total BS, you cannot deny that there is some law of attraction at work in this lovely world of ours.
Or maybe you can. But I cannot.
I believe, 100%, that what you visualize may come to be. In the most roundabout of ways, and in the most unusual places, you may indeed find just what you are looking for.
In April my partner, David, looked me square in the eye and said, “What do you need to make this leap?” It was from that moment that my life shifted. I got honest with myself and realized the only thing I needed was to take the first step (and money set aside, but thankfully I had done some planning).
I quit my job and started to put my dreams out there.
Can you hear me universe? It’s Nadine, and as of today I am a writer and a yoga teacher.
I’ve already blogged about how I came to teach yoga, but writing was a bit different. You can write and be a writer, but how could I start actually making a living?
I remember telling my mother (who is also a writer) that some insight into the world of publishing would be helpful. Not two weeks later I sat in a meeting for my old job and mentioned I was leaving and what I would be doing next. One of the women in this meeting knew a literary agent and connected us through email. Within another two weeks I was having coffee with this literary agent, who graciously answered my seemingly endless questions.
This same literary agent gave me some great advice on a blog geared towards publishing non-fiction memoir. It was when I was looking through this blog and linking to other writer specific sites that I stumbled upon The Writers’ Trust of Canada website and, from there, a link to the Humber School for Writers.
The irony here is that in this same conversation from above with my mother I had mentioned finding an author that was willing to read and critic a manuscript (for a fee, of course). Unfortunately this author was not my particular style of writing, but I wondered out loud how I could find someone with my style of writing to do that for me.
Along came the Humber School for Writers program.
I found out this week that not only did I get accepted, and not only did I get my first choice of author/mentor, but I was awarded a scholarship from The Writers’ Trust of Canada. I am so incredibly happy and grateful, but I’m also sitting here thinking about how all of this came together.
The law of attraction is definitely at play, but it doesn’t work alone. It needs the help of its’ buddies: hard work, perseverance, risk and courage. Some people may just appear lucky, but look deeper, ask the right questions, and you’ll learn that luck didn’t find them, they found luck.
I’ve learned that luck doesn’t sit there in the middle of the path. Luck hides in the bushes. Luck finds a home between the thorns and spider webs and teases those who pass by. What defines your future is whether you walk on by or stop and haul out the garden shears.
It isn’t easy for me to tell people that I quit my job to be a writer and a yoga teacher. My ego is constantly questioning: Who do you think you are? Do you think you’re good enough to be published? Who’s going to read your ramblings?
I use my sharpest of all garden shears on these bushes of doubt. I keep cutting and cutting until those voices can barely be heard. Sure the thorns catch me every now and then, but it’s a matter of pulling them out, bandaging up, and moving ahead.
It was Henry Ford that said “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”