03-04, I Have Hope

When your words travel to places you have not. My first book basking in the sun in Puerto Vallarta.

There are some days when my confidence seems to reach the highest of the heavens.

And there are others when it simply says, “Find me.”

I have lofty dreams of writing many things – children’s series, books of poetry, youth/young adult, memoirs, and in my wildest dreams – fantasy. Yet, there’s a little voice inside my head that says, “Carla, you don’t realize how difficult that really is. That will take forever. You’re too busy. You don’t have time. You don’t even know where to begin. When are you going to…?” Eventually, it becomes so negative, I allow the voice to trail off as I try to push it out of my ear. It brings with it great (and unwelcome) discouragement. But…

There’s another voice. One that doesn’t seem nearly as strong. And though it’s faint, it still seems somehow – powerful. It tells me, “Who said you had to do it in a day? Or a year? Who says you can’t? Why do you have to listen to that? Haven’t other people done it? Don’t you have something to say? Have you really tried hard enough?” And it closes with, “Carla, don’t give up.”

I think I like the second one better. I know that some dreams don’t come true – but some do, and in the beginning, you can’t tell them apart. After all, I did try it once. I wrote from my heart. Labored in love – and finished my first book nearly two years ago about a subject in which I feel well versed, “The Power of Your Pain.” So excited was I at its sharing that I stared in disbelief when a friend I’d known since we were eleven years old took my wee little book to read on her trip to Puerto Vallarta.

“That book has traveled to places I have not!” I mused. I savored that thought – because isn’t that what our words do? Especially if we write them well. Among the greatest beauties of writing is that your words can go to places where you cannot physically be. They can touch hearts and change minds millions of miles away – through the unfathomable power of connection. I realize writing can be hard. Publishing can be even harder; but, when you have so many things that you want to say – even more so if it can be meaningful for someone else, then I believe – you should keep trying.

And try I will…because I have hope…that one day, my words will make a monumental difference. And that will be #priceless.

#iwontgiveup #evenwhenitshard #keepwriting #keepreading #keeptrying #keepbelieving #dreamcatcher #formychildren #fortheonesilove #fortheonesiknowethnot #forme #literacylove #carlamichelle

Photograph by Aisha Ussery

15 thoughts on “03-04, I Have Hope

  1. “And though it’s faint, it still seems somehow – powerful.” That is exactly how I think of hope; as powerful. Words are also powerful, both for to encourage and to tear down. The power of words, a whole slice right there. You are hoping for a monumental difference with your words. I wonder which of your dreamed genres will have the most impact. You poetry? Your children’s book? Your fantasy creation? Your memoir? (Your words traveling to places you haven’t been probably continues with this post as I’m reading it in Saudi Arabia.)

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    1. Kristi, I couldn’t agree more. The power of words. I feel like I just want to ponder on that. Your wonderings sound so believable! I am simply taken aback that you are in Saudi Arabia.

      After reading your comment, I had to take out a map and look at how far away we are. I just marveled at the unanticipated connection when you seem millions of miles away. Writing is indeed priceless. Thank you so much for your encouraging words. I feel them deeply in my heart.

      With Warmest Regards,

      ~Carla Michelle

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  2. I too like the second voice 😊 . Yes I love reading and I imagine about the author sitting in her place in some part of the world and I am reading what she has written, far away in my world. And books also take us to the past or to the future.

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  3. Hooray for you for creating that book to travel around the world with other readers. And yes to a page at a time, one sitting at a time. And yes to telling that other voice to head to the other room and leave you alone with the positive one!

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    1. It is something I will treasure for the rest of my life – and I am taking your advice to heart. You reminded me of the simplest things I should never forget. One step at a time, Carla Michelle. One step at a time.

      Thank You, Melanie!

      ~Carla Michelle

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  4. Thank you. You do have something to say. You can do it. You’re an amazing writer! As I read through your post, I found bits of myself in it. I have a lot to say. Like you, I just have to keep plugging away at it until it comes together.

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    1. Orval,

      I hear your cheers way in Colorado, and I so greatly appreciate them! May we plug until the very special end – I know it will be worth it.

      Thanks so much for your encouragement!

      ~Carla Michelle

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  5. BEAUTIFUL post, Carla! Your words truly inspire. That book is in you. It may take forever but that’s okay. I think about my own writing journey and remind myself: There’s no expiration date on your dream. #keepshowingup

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    1. Thank you so much, Dana!

      I’m honored that you liked it! You are right. I’m going to stop over-obsessing about the length of time and try to focus instead on the content and quality. No expiration date – I love that! I promise to #keepshowingup.

      Thank you for your kind words.

      ~Carla Michelle

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  6. I love this line… ‘I know that some dreams don’t come true – but some do, and in the beginning, you can’t tell them apart.’ It holds such a powerful message for the inner critic in all of us. Thank you!

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    1. Absolutely!

      I wrestle with my “inner critic” more than I’d care to remember – but I intend to win these battles much more often in the future. It certainly helps to have such a supportive community as this one.

      Thank you for your thoughtful feedback! I greatly appreciate it.

      ~Carla Michelle

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  7. Carla, you are an incredible writer! “Among the greatest beauties of writing is that your words can go to places where you cannot physically be.” I never thought of it this way. I believe words connect us to others through time that has passed, but I appreciate your perspective on how words travel much like readers do. In this way, the words make the journey, writers just set them on their way. Thank you for setting your words out on adventures to meet those who are fortunate to greet them.

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  8. I take that as a high compliment coming from you, Alice! I love the vantage point that you offer as well – “words connect us to others through time that has passed.” Isn’t it wonderful how transcendent they are? (Sigh.)

    It is often difficult to find the time, but writing is easily among the most fulfilling endeavors that I’ve ever experienced! You are right, too, about sending them along the way on their unique journeys. I feel that we do so with intentionality, though there are occasions when the words take a path of their own, touching those whom we didn’t anticipate.

    How fortunate we are to develop our writing in ways that resonate with readers. How honored I am to have readers like you who help me celebrate those adventures across the way.

    Glad that I pushed myself to slice this year. It is an adventure of a lifetime. Thank you so much for sharing these sentiments. I hold them close to my heart.

    With Warmest Regards,

    ~Carla Michelle

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  9. I have had those voices running around inside my head for many years too, so I know exactly what you mean and how the second voice is much more realistic and doable! Well done, for already having had a book published, that is amazing. I’m sure you’ll get to write many more in future!

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