Realizing A Dream and Building On It
The next part of the commitment was planning the whole thing a year in advance. It took us nearly three months to make our decisions on where we were going to stay and for how long. You can’t just drop in and expect to have a place to sleep because lodgings get booked up pretty quickly.
The view from Scots Walk so named because Sir Walter Scott walked this route every day.
Because it was set in contemporary times, I needed to see what Scotland was like today, not in the distant past. And I needed to meet her people and discover, what beer they drank, what and how they ate, how they spoke, and every other cultural thing I could absorb about them.
One of the tour guides at
Eileen Donnan CastleAnd once there I observed, took notes, took photos, talked to as many people as I could and drove the countryside with my friend Mitsi. And had an absolute blast. We both did.
Ann our hostess at Orchard House just outside of Edinburgh.
Because of the trip, I learned that in order to live your dreams you have to commit to your dreams. I committed to mine when I went to Scotland and later when I released my third book in June of last year, Breaking Free, a military romance.
In October I said good-bye to twenty-two years of teaching Elementary Art to pursue writing as a career. I haven’t stopped teaching completely. This spring I started my ninth year as a part time instructor for Eastern Kentucky University at a satellite college where I live. But my main job now is writing.
TIMELESS was released in January. Another dream fulfilled. It took a trip to Scotland and months of research to write it, but it’s out in both print and ebook format. And it’s filled with all the wonderful things I learned from my trip and with some of the people I met along the way.
So, despite whatever struggles you may face, pursue your dreams. Start early while you’re young. Make them a priority. Plot and plan for them with as much determination as you do your books and make them happen. If I can do it, anyone can.
Teresa J. Reasor
Teresa Reasor is the author of Highland Moonlight, Captive Hearts, Breaking Free, and Timeless. Buy Here
Come back on Friday for an excerpt of Timeless.