|Sitting around this morning, thinking of all the things I've done, I started wondering what is next. I've been promoted in almost every job I've had--from head baker to head wait staff to Banquet Coordinator--singlehandedly directing and planning banquets of 300 people. I actually liked that one. It's when they made me Asst Mgr without a Mgr that things got to be too much. I was in charge of a full service restaurant--floor and 6 banquet rooms. That was at the age of 20. Then I opened my own business. It's still flourishing and highly successful. If I'm not home writing, I'm usually hanging out there with the artists. Then, at 26, I was a published author. So I wonder, what's next. And where the heck have I found all the time?
Some other things I've done so far...
Published in Magazine - Cover story, Lady Jaided, Dec 2005
Interviewed in Magazine - Cover story - RT Bookclub, Feb 2006
Coordinated and held 2 Continuing Education Seminar for Tattoo Artists and Body Piercers so they could be relicensed in our state
Interviewed 2x on the News
Photographed 3 weddings and gearing up to do 4th
Published in the Zine, Broken Sparrow
Executive Board Member of the PTO - 2 yrs
Had one photograph published - but it was small time
Graduated top of my class at... Cosmetology School (yeah, I'm still laughing at this one)
Jumped in the car and went on a 3000 mile road trip around the USA
Have degree in Photography
Met a celebrity - LOL, Ron Jeremy at our shop, Nice Guy, Signed our copy of Boondock Saints
Made and sold Herbal lotions
Just signed my 42nd book contract (Bit by the Bug, Virgin Publishing, Print Dec 2006) My first was published 2 years ago April
Won some writing awards
Helped revamp a 1950 Chevy Fastback Sedan, which won an award at a car show
On the Fictionwise 2005 Bestselling ebook list with 4 titles (I'm thrilled, there are some big names up there with me)
Got married, stayed married - hey, this is a big one. I still adore my husband and we've been together nearly 10 years, love him to death. He really is my best friend and my personal 'knight in colorful armor'. (I'll write an ode to him later) Not all of these may seem big to you, but it's what I've done. It's my life and I'm not even 30. In fact, I'm 28. People tell me I'm accomplished, and there are plenty things that I'm not sharing that I've done, but I just feel like normal, everyday me. A lot of times I just am 'some girl with a computer'
So, with what I've done, I have to wonder what else I want to do with life. If you couldn't tell, I'm a list person. They help keep me focused. There are many things, but here are a few...
Create a brilliant piece of art
Be involved in a big time photo shoot, even if it's only assisting the head photographer, as I know I'm not ready to take over one on my own
Make an amateur movie
Have an art show in a gallery
See my photograph in a major publication
Design coverart for one of my booksLearn Poser and other graphic arts programs, and create something worth looking at with it
Travel to every country in the world
Scuba Dive and take photographs underwater
Write or contribute to a Non Fiction book
Make a difference on a global level
Have picture published in National Geographic
Launch my own Tshirt line - I have the ideas, just need the venue
Publish a calendar and postcards
Own Internet business
Take up some sort of Martial Arts
I'm sure there are many more, but that's all I can think about right now. Unless it's by accident, I know I'm not going to cure anything, become a politician, or win Miss America/Mr Universe. Um, it would have to be a huge accident to make me win Mr. U.
If you have anything you'd really like to do, please feel free to post... Or, LOL, if you have the connections to help me realize one of my dreams, please email me. (not that I expect anyone will, but hey, never hurt to ask)