Thursday, July 2, 2009

Making Your Dreams Come True

I'm an advocate for making your dreams come true. It started with the dream of going to school in Paris. I'd been taking French since I was 13. I found a way to live this dream in 1992. An abroad program through my local Jr. College made it possible. It was amazing. I highly suggest living abroad and going to school. You'll never regret it.

Next, I've been working on my dream to be a writer. This has been going on since the early 90s. I started by writing adult sci-fi/fantasy and later moved to children's fantasy stories. I joined a writing organization called the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators(SCBWI). This led to fantastic opportunities for learning the craft of writing. It also introduced me into the field of writing through the business aspect. Years later, I now have a novel out, and am working on my second.

But what happens when your run out of dreams? Mid-way through life, people have what's called a mid-life crisis. You take stock of your dreams. Have you done them all? Did you maybe forget some that you need to still try? Did you run out of dreams?

This week, I lived another dream. A dream I didn't think was possible. I kept telling myself, no, you can't. There's no way it can happen. Then it did. And it was thanks to my husband.

I am the new owner of a Mini Cooper Clubman. I'd been wanting a Mini for over 3 years after riding with a friend on a weekend get-away. She convinced me it was the coolest, most fun car I'd ever been in. Not to mention the fact I love British things, music, and even married an Englishman. This seemed like a practical dream. A Mini is a statement, not to mention complete with it's own subculture.

Now factor that I do Renaissance Faires and have started my own Ren. Acting Guild. I kept telling myself, no way, you can't own a Mini. It's too small.

Then, my husband took me on a shopping trip to meet a Clubman in my favorite color, burgundy. It's a car that has more room, folding down seats, and all the style of the Mini. It was the answer to my dreams. I can fit my stuff as a teacher and for doing faires, as well as enjoy the fact it's a Mini. I was signing the papers by the end of the day, trading in my Saturn for my new Mini.

So, when you think you're out of dreams, or you keep telling yourself they are not possible, remember, it can happen. Never give up a way to make them come true. Every time I reach one dream, another appears. And someway, I make it happen. Don't give them up. Keep those dreams coming. It is what makes life, interesting.

Tiffany Turner is finishing her second book in her Crystal Keeper Series. The first book, "The Lost Secret of Fairies" is available as a paperback and Kindle Edition on

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