During this magnificent voyage to create an iconic character, I have run into various challenges and successes. I have met many wonderful people that have been influential and encouraging. This journey has not been without many irritations and setbacks. Individuals that I have trusted have betrayed me. Childhood friends have tried to dissuade me from pursuing this course I am following. Some family members’ support has been non-existent. Due to their lack of confidence to pursue their interest or just plain “hate on me” (also the title of one of my favorite Jill Scott songs), I will not allow them to hinder me from my ambitions. With that notion, I am learning to appreciate patience and the ability to disengage from them and to “do me.”
Back to the positive! I have many people that believe in me and are very generous with their support, advice and endorsement of Little Pampu and the Chocolate Bunnies. One special individual has been in my inner circle from the very beginning. I call her my Success Sister. We have decided that we will support each other as we get closer to the success that is part of our destiny. Jealousy, spite or backstabbing is not something that we do. We get that from others. Our belief is that it is possible for people with the same goals to stand back to back and hold each other up.
With each disappointment comes an affirmation that we are on the right track. We reinforce our beliefs in one another. Sharing aggravations and triumphs, we campaign for each other. Sure, we have pity parties but one or the other always talks the other one through it. It is our decision to be each other's cheerleader and we have succeeded.
I have a tendency to over analyze. It is my nature to be well-organized and thus, I may fret the “small stuff.” It does not help that I have the attention span of a 10-year old child. However, my Success Sister, Eltrina Horton, always tells me the truth, reminds me that what is meant for me will happen and to refocus. We both have a “Plan A” and “Plan B” in motion. I remind her that her business venture, Horton Horizons Travel, will take us around the world. She reminds me that Little Pampu and CB, Inc. will be extremely successful. Jealousy or competition does not hinder us from being each other's advocates.
Whatever dream you choose to make happen, make sure you have a Success Sister, Success Brother or Success Buddy. The title does not matter. You will become a family of support. They should believe in what you are doing and help you in whichever way they are able to assist you. Choose them carefully. You want people in your support circle that bring positive energy to you and your goals. Keep in mind that you have to support them as well. Good luck with finding your Success Sister, Success Brother, Success Buddy and achieving your own aspirations!
As a little girl, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I often stated the following: artist or lawyer. Like most children, I wanted to do what I was good at or whom I admired. As a child, I was an excellent artist and enjoyed drawing everything. My artistic abilities are from my father. He often recreated the drawings from the art school listed in the back of books.
My ambition to become an attorney was based on my love of Perry Mason. I loved watching the reruns on television. I still do. Perry Mason never lost a case and was very eloquent in defending his clients. Due to various challenges, I was unable to become an attorney. However, I had the opportunity to work with attorneys and realized that I would not have enjoyed being an attorney - although I would have been an amazing one.
Throughout the years, I continued to draw but added two new passions: reading and writing. Reading massaged my brain and allowed me to explore and expand my imagination. The result of this passion increased my ability to be creative in my writing. I love the ability to rearrange words into an entertaining piece of writing. I soon added becoming a writer to one of my dreams to follow. My first piece of writing was a poem. I then began to write short stories. Eventually, my love of writing led me to self-publish a book of poems and short stories.
Now, I am writing adventures for children to read through the characters of Little Pampu and the Chocolate Bunnies. The little girl in me continues to dream. It is important that we give children the hope that whatever they choose to dream, that it is possible. As adults, we should always support them and allow them to dream. Life will teach them if they should pursue their dreams or abandon them. However, adults should attempt to encourage children to believe in themselves so that they may dream.
Lastly, I am following my dreams and hoping that you will follow yours as well. Give it a try! You will never know how successful you will be if you never try! Are you living your dreams? If so, what are they? If not, what is stopping you?