tracking my success

“I beat myself up every day. “ from the song Part of Myself

I’m pulled in every direction—it’s the problem with being a writer, musician and hair model (and photographer, mom, greeting card maker—the list goes on). When I work on a writing project, another creative outlet doesn’t get my full attention.


When I met Harry Shearer at a book signing, I asked him how he does it. How does he write books, host a radio show, act in films, be a talented musician, do voices for TV shows and stay sane? He told me his secret. His mother taught him to have many trades, in case one doesn’t work out you have something to fall back on. I think that’s a life lesson worth mentioning to creative people. If you stay focused, nurture your creative talents, and believe in yourself—something is bound to work out for you.

This tip and the rest of the advice he gave me that day has stayed with me for years.

Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I have these reminders…You can’t do it all at once. It takes time to be a success in any field. Do what you love and do it well. Don’t give up. It really is that easy. So on days when self-doubt creeps up and slaps me in the face, I admit, I ask myself if I should give up and do something meaningless that will give me fast money. Or should I keep doing everything creative I can think of until my brain explodes?

I never gave up. And no matter how guilty I allow myself to feel, I never will. With this mentality, I’ve seen a lot of success. And I’ve learned from the failures and rejections. It didn’t happen overnight and I am proud that I was able to keep up with everything, even when people didn’t believe in me. Now as I keep it up, the successes, big and small, have been adding up. Tracking my work keeps me focused and doesn’t give any chance to feel like a failure. How could I when I look back and see all the work that I’ve done to get where I am?

Today, my brain explodes. Then I pick up all the pieces and get back to work. This is what it takes to become someone great.


Tracking my Success

keeping up with my submission list

starting a daily log of creative work

staying involved in all of my creative outlets: freelance writing, photography, lyric writing (heart on sleeve music as well as children’s songs), guitar, poetry,

organizing my work/files on the computer

taking courses to keep up with trends


Artists become writers. Writers become musicians. People do it every day. Do you have more than one way to stay creative? I’d love to hear about it!


Derek Smalls photo (Harry Shearer) found on

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