How many times in your life have you wanted to give up on something? Was it a dream that seemed so bizarre and out of reach that part of you started to think there was no way you will ever reach your goals. Did you have doubts and start losing faith that your dreams will ever become a reality? Well, let me tell you…YOU are not alone!
I can assure you that almost every living human being, past, present, and future either has or will feel this way. And you know what? YOU CAN’T GIVE UP!! You just can’t, and I will tell you why.
It’s simple really. You will never know how close you may have been to achieving that dream. You will always have a part of you that will be curious and at the same time never be able to forgive yourself for letting your fears or frustration get the best of you. There’s only ONE person that can hold you back on doing what you want. That person is YOU.
Let me tell you a little story. Some of you already know about this with me, but please…allow me. I grew up in a small hick town in Virginia where everybody knew everybody and everything that went on. I couldn’t get away with ANYTHING. I thought I was slick, too. I was constantly being proven wrong. My childhood wasn’t a pleasant one by any means. An alcoholic father. An abusive stepmother. I was a very shy boy and scared of my shadow because of the abuse from home. It affected my entire life until I was in my mid-forties. To hide from the pain and fear I drank and did drugs. I hid from life and my dream of being a writer was being put on hold because I didn’t believe in myself. Now, I’m in my fifties and my perspective on life and how I see myself is 100% different and for the better. Yes, the last 6 1/2 years that I’ve been sober hasn’t been a walk through the tulips either but some amazing things have happened. I didn’t give up. I didn’t give up on life and I didn’t give up on my dream.
In the past 6 1/2 years I have not only written one book and got it published, but I’ve written eleven books ( eight novels, two novella’s and a short story collection ). I am currently searching for a literary agent and that in itself has been one of the hardest things I have ever tried to do, but I haven’t given up. I’ve thought about it more than once because being rejected is painful. It’s discouraging and frustrating, but I haven’t given up. I believe in myself and have faith that God is going to bless me. I just have to keep putting in the work and believe that it will happen. ( Some will probably tell you that I moan and groan a lot about the process, lol, but I still haven’t given up ).
Now, not everyone is a writer or even wants to be a writer BUT everyone has a dream. Whatever your dream is GO FOR IT!! Don’t allow anyone, including yourself, tell you that you can’t do it because you CAN DO IT!! I believe in you. Do you believe in you?
Never allow someone to fill you with garbage and convince you that you are worthless and will never amount to anything. Instead, prove them wrong by going beyond even your own expectations. More importantly, succeed in your dreams to the point where they are no longer a dream, but a reality. Inspire others by sharing your successes so they too can see that dreams can certainly become a reality. Bring hope to someone else and teach them by your actions that by never giving up, no matter how difficult the journey is, no matter how many tears you may shed, that the light is growing brighter and brighter every time they make even the smallest baby step to get there. Have faith. Believe. Never, ever stop trying and love yourself today.
I want to leave you for the evening with a small something I wrote a few years ago. Thank you, and I hope you all have a great evening. God Bless!
Time…what shall I see?
Shall it be a vast lost land full of ignorance?
Shall it be lost souls who only think they know what is going on?
Time…such a precious thing lost in minds
Wasted away on petty wants and so called needs
Precious few realize what is good as gold
Time…it’s ticking away and soon will be no more
Get ready for your rewards or will they be consequences
Time…what are you waiting for?
It’s been a long time since I have sat in front of my computer and created even a single post for this blog. To anyone who has followed me, I truly apologize.
I will gladly catch you all up to date with what has been happening in my career, when I’m not dealing with my actual job that pays the bills.
Well, I believe I haven’t posted anything about my previous novels, Never Again, When Never Again Happens, House of Refuge (all of which are published on Amazon with Limitless Publishing) and I have two novels that I have NOT published, because I’m searching for a literary agent. I haven’t stopped writing and I’m doing the best I can to further my career.
The last two novels I have written are “The Stream” (an inspirational romance about a man who has struggled with personal demons, has ran from them for years to finally having to face them) and A Letter to Heaven,, a women’s fiction about a woman who loses her husband to cancer and must learn how to move forward in life without him after finding a letter he had left for her.
I will share the covers for the three novels that are published and my link to the Amazon author page. I hope you will look them up. 🙂 Thank you and I shall see you all on here again VERY soon!
Here are some of the reviews for Nightmares and Dreams, take a look 🙂 The link to Amazon is also included 🙂
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I really enjoyed this book and could hardly put it down once I started reading it. Each chapter draws you in further and further. It seems obvious to me that the author loves the characters they created, there seems an affinity there. I will certainly be looking out for any future work from this author. Very strong message conveyed and I would recommend this book highly.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a great story very well written by JamieLynn. There are many different dynamics and emotions expressed within the plot that make this an enjoyable read. The author describes the characters in a very eloquent manner and keeps the reader excited about the story. I truly enjoyed this book from beginning to end.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
First I must say this book touched me on many personal levels. From beginning to end Jamielynn had me captivated. I was filled with such emotion that ranged from one side of the spectrum to the other. Not only does this book touch on topics that are very important in society today but it’s also written to really open your eyes and touch you deep in your soul and leave a lasting mark. This book isn’t just about the hate, abuse and struggles but more importantly it’s about the enpowerment of the characters. The strength, endurance, faith and deep true love that help them to prevail and overcome. To have confidence in yourself and to always remember to love yourself no matter what. I have to say that this book is a must read. Nightmares and Dreams has left a forever place in my heart and I will forever be a fan of Jamielynn’s work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Empowering!,
What an awesome story of empowerment! Love, lust, hate crimes, abuse, murder….this book has it all and more! This book is written so profoundly and with such empathy
that it must come from the heart. Triumph
over devastating adversity makes this an intriguing must-read! I literally could not put it down.
Good morning everyone 🙂 I hope you all are having a fantastic day so far. I would have to be honest, I am on my third cup of coffee. My day started off very well for me. I logged onto Amazon got a nice surprise of my rankings. Let me share them with you…
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,084 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#60 in Books > Romance > Lesbian Romance
#62 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Gay & Lesbian > Fiction > Romance > Lesbian
Not a bad way to wake up with my coffee 🙂 I hope you will check it out and see if you would like it or not. I think you will 🙂 I have faith.
If you buy it please take the time after you read it and write me a review on Amazon. I would greatly appreciate it
Have a great day!! 🙂