I dedicated myself to focusing and rebuilding during October, and I believe I succeeded in my intentions. I created another set of 101 goals for 1001 days, and I’m hoping the second time around I’ll achieve even more than I did the first time. I’m finally narrowing down my “point of view” — essentially bringing focus to my work. I’ve realized this because I see stories everywhere. I relish the stories that come with each person I meet. I find the stories behind my co-workers, my customers, and my students. My current sliding scale student travels a great distance — and has a wonderful story — to learn grammar and writing skills from me. This makes me feel like I’m impacting the lives I touch positively. I thrive on this validation and these stories. But the stories don’t end there. All the wonderful people who support me and bring me joy and inspiration push me through my slumps. All writers go through these times, but we all have wonderful support networks. We build stories together.
I had hoped to realign my websites with the help of Gwen Bell, but time doesn’t permit. I’m filled with hope and ideas now. I would have loved for her to sprinkle fairy dust onto my website and been my ace up the sleeve, but it just wasn’t meant to be. However, I’ve learned very valuable lessons from her feedback that I will surely utilize. As J.K. Rowling said, “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” And it’s true. All I need really is inside of me. I transformed my websites during October, bringing my hopes and dreams further into the binary. I’m still working on becoming the best version of myself. I live to be authentic, fierce, loyal, loving, kind, compassionate, and passionate. I am me, and that’s all I can be. I have unique qualities that make me special, and I can changed lives if I simply put forth the effort. After all, I am legendary in some circles. I have already begun to touch lives, and I can continue to do so in various capacities. I’m teaching a student to find his voice, too.
October gave me the strength to continue using my voice and sharing my stories. So much inspiration — from words of wisdom to colorful leaves — urged me to continue following my own path. Dream big.