Do you have a someday drawer filled with dreams of being a world travel, a best-selling author, an entrepreneur or ….? Have you made endless promises to yourself about opening it up when you have enough time and money?
I had an overstuffed someday drawer filled with ideas for my best-selling fiction and nonfiction books. I spent countless days daydreaming about my successful career as an accomplished author as I commuted to my job on Silicon Valley’s Highway 101. My favorite one included my interview on the Oprah show where I taught her how to make my sweet Mama Rose’s delicious guacamole, and she loved it.
Well two years ago after decades of my someday drawer accumulating dust, and cobwebs, I opened it up, and today I’m launching my first book, Molé Mama; A Memoir of Love, Cooking, and Loss.
I wrote it while I continued to work full-time and care for my teenage sons. I finally realized that I might live my whole life without making time to chase my dreams and I just couldn’t live another day waiting for someday.
How I unlocked my someday drawer:
- I gave myself permission to invest time and money towards my dream of becoming an author.
- Once you’re working on life’s passion, the most amazing people will show up to help you. I know you’ve probably heard this before, but it’s true.
- Writing a book requires creativity and discipline. The creativity was easy, but the commitment to write regularly was a struggle until a dear friend suggested that I create a daily writing practice. I hate missing meetings or being late, so I scheduled a daily one-hour meeting at 5:30 am. When my phone alarm goes off, the invite says "go to your writing space." I also have a note next to my bed that says, "how bad do you want it, Diana?"
- Committing to 100-day challenge where I worked on my book and brand for a minimum of 5 minutes every day helped me integrate it into my daily life.
- If you feel like giving up, don’t. Ask for help instead. I wanted to quit writing several times, and thankfully my editor, a friend or a family member encouraged me to keep going.
Holding my book in my hands has been one of the happiest moments of my life. At that moment, I knew that my dream was now my truth, I am an author. I hope my story has encouraged you to think about opening up your someday drawer and taking the first step to turning your dreams into your reality. You won’t regret it! #Dreambig