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a dream being lived into reality.


then. now.

then. now.


inside me lives the dream of a ten-year-old girl. it is a sunday morning and this girl is curled up in the blue chair that sits next to the windows in her bedroom; she wears a long white notre dame nightshirt and her father's old yellow bathrobe. she looks out the window at the forest and the hill she cannot see behind and the big rock in middle of the front yard and she closes her eyes and begins to dream up a story of a girl and her horse as they walk through this forest, the leaves crunching beneath their feet and their breathing the only sounds. this little girl sits in her bedroom and she creates stories from the dreams inside her head, inside her heart. and some days, she opens her eyes and begins to write. on this day, she writes. a girl. a horse. a ghost. characters are born and come to life with each letter written on the page.

in this blue chair, the girl daydreams and sometimes turns those daydreams into sentences and snippets of stories....she dreams...she dreams...

this girl, she dreams an anne shirley sort of dream as she wishes to turn the daydreams into stories that will find themselves typed onto pages of a book that will be bound and appear on her grade school's library shelves. however, for the next ten years, when asked what she wants to be when she grows up, her mouth will answer lawyer or doctor, depending on the day, but her heart will whisper writer. yes, each time, her heart will whisper writer and she will pretend she cannot hear.

a few years ago, this girl, this girl who is me, this woman who i am found herself at a moment on her path where her mind was quiet enough to hear the daydreams of a little girl.

(i'll say it this way) a few years ago, life shifted in such a way that my mind was quiet enough to finally hear the whispered dreams of that ten-year-old girl who is me, the whispers i had somehow forgotten how to hear. life shifted and i found myself reaching in to find a way to make sense of these shifts and i heard those whispered dreams and i began to pay attention.

and today, in this moment, i find myself living this dream, this "i want to be a writer some day" dream, into reality. this dream is being lived into reality because a friend, who happens to be an editor, believes in me and the stories i have to tell enough that one day she said she envisioned me writing a book that would invite others to look inward at the journey they are on and how they can tell their stories through creating and photos and words.

i am writing a book. a book about looking inward toward the journey that makes up who we are and then putting what we are learning and finding and sifting through out into the world through creating and writing. several amazing contributors will be sharing photographs, mixed-media artwork, and poetry that illustrate this inner excavation that becomes the glimpses, the self-portraits, of pieces of who we are.

a dream being lived into reality.

i will be sharing more about the book as the process of writing it unfolds over the next few months...

and i really just want to say thank you. thank you for being on this journey with me...

Reader Comments (21)

many blessings as you walk ahead, realizing your dreams. my heart if full of happiness for you.

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjen

My ten year old little girl is a kindred spirit. Your new space is beautiful and I look forward to reading more about your journey - best wishes to you.

September 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen Herron

i am so crazy proud of you!
looking forward to reading about the process and holding your beautiful book in my hands.xo

September 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten Michelle

i'm so glad you listen to her whispers....
you have such a way with words and i can't wait to read it (and soak up its beauty) dear liz!

September 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commentervivienne

me too!
so proud of you. it is so fun getting to see the flower blooming.

September 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

you are hitting home my friend, can't wait to see the unfolding!

September 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna-Marie Still

wow, and yay!! congrats!!

September 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

amazing!! wishing you beautiful things ahead!

September 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbella

That is so exciting! I also spent my childhood daydreaming and writing stories. I never kept it secret though, and suffered alot of teasing from my peers because of it. I have never grown out of the magic and fairy tales that filled my imagination as a child. An author is what I have always wanted to be, what I am working toward being, what I will be one day. So I can easily imagine how wonderful this must be for you! I look forward to hearing more about your book. =)

September 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Dreams really can come true, indeed. I am so happy and proud of you my friend. It will be wonderful. xoxo

September 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjen

Liz, I am sooo proud of you. I'm not that good with expressing myself face to face but when I heard what you were doing I said to myself, yes, yes, yes, she's finally going to do what she is destined to do. I know you will kick butt. Know my love and support are behind you. xxoo

September 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I can't wait to be able to go to the bookstore and buy it!

September 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

i am so very proud of you my friend, you are a gift to the world :-) and my 10 year old dreamer smiles at your 10 year old dreamer even as my grown up self hugs you and your dreams, xoxoxo

September 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdarlene

I'm doing a little jig with you now that you've made the dream known. Saying it out loud is cool, isn't it? ;)

September 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenna/The Word Cellar

Oh, this brought tears to my eyes. How truly lovely.

September 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJen

this has settled, right next to my heart. i send you light, for your path. xo

September 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterchristina

more and more words of adoration and love! what a huge dream to realize. twirl and dance...you are making it happen! i think i already left a comment...but something like this deserves many...one comment is nothin! many blessings. jen g.

September 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjen

And what a beautiful new home this is. How wonderful re the book! Isn't it amazing all the incredible gifts that blogging brings into our lives? Wishing you much success with the new site...new ventures...new chapters... xo

September 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn

That is so exciting! I love your new site and am very excited for you about the book. You've walked this journey your own true way and here is where it brought you. What a marvelous, simple, profound truth!

September 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarianne

congratulations. it's both well-deserved and earned.

and yes, please keep us posted!


September 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkathy

ohhhhh...i love how you worded that...
the part about the whisper
and the ignoring...

i get that.

you will be brilliant, my friend the shining star!!
and i will be at the head of the line
waiting for an autograph..

September 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergkgirl

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