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When we’re little, most of us want to grow up to be someone wonderful and/or famous: a brain surgeon, an astronaut, a professional athlete, an Oscar-winning movie star, a chart-topping singer, a bestselling author … and the list goes on.

Somewhere along the line, however, most of us begin to believe our dreams are not only far-fetched but unattainable. According to Webster, a dream is a “strongly desired goal or purpose.” But our parents, or brothers and sisters, or teachers, or friends tell us we’re nuts to think we’ll ever hit number one on the country charts … or the New York Times bestseller list. They lay out the odds, in explicit detail, against us becoming the first-string quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys or the starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.

We buy into all the “good advice” about how we’re being unrealistic and immature and selfish when we plan to skip college to join a rock ‘n’ roll band or submit our applications to NASA.

My job here today is to tell you that all that “good advice” is bullshit. And those people don’t know what they’re talking about.

Doris McHenry

How do I know? Because I began living my dream on 11/11/11–which would have been my mother’s 78th birthday if she were still alive. Which is ironic, since she was one of the biggest supporters of my dream … while also being one of those people who nagged me to put my dream on hold while I attended to the responsibilities of living in the “real world.”

I always wanted to be a published writer. As in: a writer who supports herself with her writing. Yes, part of that dream was being a bestselling author of fiction–which hasn’t happened yet. But I am supporting myself with my writing. Exclusively.

Am I doing it exactly as I’d dreamed? No. Am I doing it as quickly as I’d dreamed. Hell, no. But am I doing it? Yes. Imagine how quickly I could have done it if I hadn’t allowed myself to believe all the garbage…

Then again, maybe this is exactly the way it was supposed to be. Maybe the lessons I learned along the way– and the patience I acquired and the flexibility and adaptability that are so much a part of my professional repertoire–were an essential part of the journey.

Here’s the lesson: don’t give up on your dreams. Even if you have to put them on hold while you live your life in the “real world,” take them out and examine them on a regular basis. Do what you have to do to fulfill those dreams. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. Because if you do, your dreams will come true.



Posted by on December 6, 2011 in Inspiration, Just Saying..., Motivation


Love this picture…

(Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

and just had to share!

(Dog walker in New York City. Yes, they are 4 English Bulldogs.)




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Posted by on August 27, 2011 in Animals, Inspiration



You know that story in the New York Post about the hero cop who saved a distraught woman as she jumped from a 4-story building? ( Well, I remember him when he was a little boy: he’s related by marriage to my aunt.

It’s scary watching the video, knowing two people barely escaped death, and that I know one of the someones.

Gives a whole new definition to the word “selfless,” doesn’t it?

We’ve all said we love others and put other people first … how many of us go so far as to risk our own lives by putting a stranger first?

I need to re-think this issue of “putting other people first.” I’ve clearly been missing something.

P.S. Way to go, Brian. Your father (like the rest of us) would be so incredibly proud.

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Posted by on June 26, 2011 in Inspiration

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