“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.”
~ George Eliot
This is one of my favourite quotes. Here’s why:
When I was young I dreamt of being a writer. So I did the only sensible thing; I embarked on a series of soul-destroying jobs.
I explored every career option known to man except the one I knew deep down I really wanted.
I have been a store manager, a software trainer, a personal trainer, and a copywriter.
I have sold ice creams, decorated Christmas trees (this was a great job, actually), and flirted dangerously with becoming a songwriter, gardener, and yoga teacher.
One day, whilst studying for a diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy, it finally hit me – I didn’t want to be a hypnotherapist or anything else for that matter. What I wanted to do was move to the coast and write books!
Fast forward several years and several sleepless nights… I now live a few minutes’ walk from the sea and I am a freelance writer. My first non-fiction book Oh Sugar! was published in 2015 and my children’s novel has just been shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2017.
Typing that last sentence makes me very, very happy.