It’s been about three years and two months since I last wrote on my blog… Wow! A big well done to me for neglecting the FootprintsInButter blog, I do apologise blog… But in these last three years I have learned a lot of valuable lessons from life, people, digging deep, my persistence and my results.
So I thought, since I’ve missed 3 years of filling you in on my writing and puppetry, that I would share 3 valuable lessons I’ve learnt from the last three years:
- Unbelievable amount of determination & a vision.
This first one is vital for everyone who starts out with a dream or just a simple thought. For me, I always see my future and dreams as pictures in my mind. I sometimes like to draw them out as well as writing them down. However, one dream I had as a 20 year old emerged when I entered a writing competition.
I found out that I had made the short list for a children’s TV writing contest and I was super excited. I remember standing by my bed imagining a canvas, with a printed image of my puppets-my characters-and I posing for an official photo, hanging above my bed. The thought of seeing my words come to life as a puppet show was so exciting, I couldn’t wait for the results!
I didn’t make the finals, but hope was not lost, I continued to compete in competitions and didn’t look back. Little did I know that when I was 20 I had a small dream and one day when I turned 25 I would actually see that canvas-dream come half-true…
Half, since I haven’t written a children’s TV puppet show…yet.
However, I was blessed enough to see a Muppet dressed as me appear on TV alongside Cookie Monster. That was an unbelievable day in real life and seeing that scene on the TV screen too! That image had to go on the wall… The canvas-dream was just a small thought but the reality I got about 5 years later was larger than life and far from a dream, it was a fantasy-dream that actually became a reality.
This experience showed me that even the crazy-impossible IS possible with faith, work and a vision to start it all off with!
- Being a living example to yourself of the impossible.
What I have learned from the last three years is how each time I’ve written out a Disney-dream-plan or a goal I have eventually managed to smash them. That’s a pretty satisfying feeling and I wish it for everyone. However, it’s not just about ticking things off the list, it’s about growing, progressing as a person, as a soul. Building yourself up so that when your time comes, you’re ready and you are the person you need to be. Understand yourself, be so sure of yourself that no one, no negativity, nothing, can touch your core. Know yourself.
Also from spending time on self-awareness you also see how giving to others around you is a beautiful thing, and how when you nurture a dream with positivity you spread that positivity around you too. Trust me, that positivity and self-belief begins to spread through to your friends and work colleagues too. Before you know it, they listen to you talk about ideas and plans and eventually see them become a living result.
That’s when other people wake up and start to pay attention.
Also, that’s when you know that you’re true to your word/vision, also you learn another important lesson, nothing ‘suddenly’ happens… It takes a long time.
There’s a lot of no’s and ‘unfortunately on this occasion’ as well as curveballs life throws at you along the way. However, time is on your side always, it’s just a matter of perspective.
You choose how to view it. Attitude. It’s everything. So smile and become that person you know you were born to be and show that to yourself. When you look in that mirror, see the truth and share your truth! People are seekers of truth, finders of possibilities and dreams!
- Recognising how your sole journey has an impact on others & how your dream spreads.
For a long time it was just me and a head full of thoughts and dreams. Imagining what it would be like to have my work performed on stage, and it happened in the heart of London in the West End a couple of years later… I imagined what it would be like to write for a children’s stop motion and I did. I’ve been called back as an Alumni guest speaker to both my Universities and have been asked to talk on camera and off camera about the journey thus far. These opportunities have been a chance for me to give back.
To give back with time and to speak to students who also have exciting dreams and questions about how to find the strength in being uniquely and unapologetically themselves and allowing their inner-light to guide them in life and their career.
It’s been an amazing experience answering their questions and seeing them light up and be inspired-not by me I believe-but in fact, that self-belief they have and the re-lighting of those dreams they have inside! It’s always inside of you, just look inwards when you need answers.
As time has passed and as I have grown, as well as my work strengthening-going from a Quarter-finalist script to a Semi-finalist-I have noticed how I started to gather a team behind me and my dreams too.
That team began with God, my family, the universe, friends, work colleagues and random people I’d meet but who had an insane amount of faith in my vision and I. With each step I took, each result I got, the team grew and I wasn’t the only one hungry anymore…
Before I knew it, the people around me wanted the same things for me. They watched me put in the work and still do… Some have come and gone but others have remained. However, more recently I’ve learnt that my dreams no longer just belong to me, but they belong to my well-wishers too.
They’re just as excited and pumped for me with each winning, they still have faith even when it’s a miss, they walk with me with each progression, each venture, they’re there! They support me with love and they show my work the same love and respect. That is priceless and I am so grateful, you all know who you are, thank you so much for your support.
Recognise that you may sometimes feel like it’s just you knocking your head against the wall, but you’re not alone…
There are others who are pushing through the hard times and setbacks too, I do the same day-in and day-out but I never let the set-backs stop me. I view them as lessons, I use them as reminders that I need to grow even more. Remind yourself, you have come too far to give in and to let go. Just keep pushing and moving forward. The right people will come and they will stay. Just keep growing, keep blooming and watch your craft do the same.
I wish all the dreamers, hard workers and well-wishers the best of luck in the goals and dreams you wish to pursue. Remember it starts with a dream, but pretty soon you’ll be living it, and I can’t wait for that moment for you… In the meantime, I still have a long way to go so I’m gonna “Just Keep Swimming!” but don’t worry I’ll keep you posted before another three years pass.