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Good Times, Man…Good Times…

I’ve been extremely distracted and preoccupied with a trip that I’m taking in the Spring of 2012. My writing has seemingly come to a halt as I’m consumed by this said trip. I have a hard time focusing because I’m suffering from a “one track mind.” I drive my family and friends crazy, I’m sure, and am pretty much the brunt of jokes. With all this being said, ask me if I care. NO! I don’t 😀

That’s right! I don’t care because I’m going to WrestleMania XXVIII! No, your eyes have not deceived you. I said I’m going to the WWE’s event of the year. The SuperBowl of sports entertainment. Not only am I going, but I’m going VIP style all the way! I joke that I sold my firstborn just to be able to purchase the tickets. It’s not far from the truth, I tell ya. 🙂

Okay, well maybe I didn’t almost sell my firstborn son for the tickets, but they sure were the biggest purchase I ever made for myself to date. Definitely the most elaborate trip I’ve ever planned. I’m wondering, if you’re wondering, if I’m partaking in this insanity by myself. And if you weren’t wondering, I’m going to clue you in anyway 🙂

First thing, the event is taking place in Miami, Florida. I live in New York so yes, I am hopping on a plane just to attend. (btw many people travel from other countries to this event) As for me embarking on this trip on my own. Negative. I have two co-conspirators just waiting to make this journey epic! My writing partner and dear friend R.C. Berry and the lovely Ms Ang. We are beyond thrilled to be taking this trip together.

With the VIP travel packages we bought, there are so many things to get into leading up to the main event. Including the opportunity to get autographs and take pictures with our favorite WWE stars. We each have one that strikes our fancy. I have pledged my undying love to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. R.C. Berry has a real thing for Randy “The Viper” Orton. Ms Ang just loves her some John Cena. We all love each of the aforementioned so this trip is going to be such a treat!

Now that you have a little background I want to share something with you. Seconds after our purchase of WrestleMania XXVIII tickets, we celebrated. I guess I should tell you that I live in New York and that my friends live in North Carolina. We designated one person, R.C. Berry, the person to handle the actual transaction. So we skyped the whole experience. Now getting back to what I wanted to share with you.

The celebration that I mentioned, was caught on camera. Yes, there is proof. The three of us ladies got bit with the “I don’t give a sh!t” bug. I was at work looking like a hot mess (hey I work with small children), while Ms. Ang had gotten into some of R.C. Berry’s costumes. She was wearing quite the ensemble. You’ll see how they included me in the festivities via the Ipad. Good times, man…good times…

Dreams That You Dare to Dream Really Do Come True

With my first novel, Enchanted Island, I dedicated it to my children. I simply said ” Dream Big.”  Up until I completed and published Enchanted Island I had not lived up to that statement.  I suppose you can say I was brought up to just do the minimum to get by in life. I was encouraged to get a city job with good benefits and sit at a desk for the rest of my life. While that is fine and dandy for most people, it just wasn’t for me.  There really isn’t anything wrong with finding a job, getting married and having 2.3 kids and  a dog.  It’s your everyday American Dream.

From a young age I knew that that kind of life was not for me. I’m more inclined to do something that has me running around and on my feet all day. I’ve worked at desk jobs and was terribly miserable. I’m more of a hands on person. I like to be up and about helping people or doing something with my hands. ( Hey behave yourselves 😉 )  Unfortunately I was wired to want to do so many different things at once, and that doesn’t really fit into being productive in our society.  You know the saying, “Jack of all trades, master of none.” I believe that the saying has negative connotations. I could be wrong there, who knows?

I just like to do so many different things that I can’t settle on just one.  Our society is just not set up to support this type of personality.  You go through your school years and when you get to High School and College you have to declare majors. You’re expected to pick that one subject, study it and then find a career to support yourself in that field. Again, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It’s just that some people (me) don’t fit in that particular box.

First of all, if you study so many different subjects you’re going to go broke doing so.  Secondly, if you’re lucky enough to afford schooling for every subject matter you’re interested in, try changing jobs in all of the fields that strike your fancy. No one will want to hire you because you’ve bounced around so much. I know employers want to know that they are hiring a person who will stick with them, I’m just saying! Just because a person has many different interests and would love to pursue most or all of them doesn’t necessarily mean the person is flighty or a flake.

So someone like me is forced to go into business for themselves. I took what I was passionate about, kids, and I made it work for me. So now I have a day care in my home. I find myself now wishing to follow other dreams.  I’m left feeling like, maybe there’s something wrong with me. I look around and people have chosen careers and work at it until retirement. Why am I not happy doing that? Why do I bore of something and want to move onto something else. Society tells me that there may just be something wrong with me. I never really did feel like I fit in.  Am I one of those “creative types?” You know, the type person people make fun of.

All I know, is that the older I get, the more important it is for me to live out my dreams.  I always loved writing so, with my friend R.C. Berry, we wrote books and published them. That was a huge thing for me. Now I’m onto fulfilling something just for the fun of it.  I’ve taken on trying to meet my favorite male entertainer! Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson! I think I love him…like…seriously 😀  You can follow along on my journey to make that dream a reality here on my Journey to Wrestlemania blog. Find out what I’m up to these days with my gal pals R.C. Berry and Ms Ang.  I’m learning to live my life, with the knowledge that,  the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.

Just Thought I’d Mention It

Just a few weeks ago, I posted a blog entry about how difficult it was to find reciprocity.  I wanted to write a quick follow-up to that post. While I still see a huge lack of reciprocity in my networking circle, I have to bring attention to those who have come through. One of the replies to my post came from a gentleman I came across in cyberspace. He pointed out how keeping track of several hundred contacts can be somewhat difficult. I understand his point, and  totally see how it could be.  I think what irks me most, is the number of people whose only concern is having the most friends and followers. The ones interested in only serving their needs. I look for people who actually engage their friends and followers. So this post is dedicated them. *I provided direct links to each person mentioned. So, please click on the highlighted text to “meet” them.* 🙂

The gentleman I mentioned above, is Draven Ames. He’s a writer and takes interest in the people in his social networking circle, whether it be Twitter or Facebook. Although he has many followers and hundreds of friends on Facebook, he still manages to be approachable.  Follow him on Twitter or through his blog Another Slightly Scary Story. Find out more about him. You’ll be glad you did.

Being Latino Online Magazine, is a site I first came upon via Facebook. They bring together the Latino community through a series of informative articles. They help educate while also being entertaining. No matter who the author is of a particular article, you can rest assured that they will appreciate your interest and converse with you. You can follow them on Twitter and check out their magazine here on WordPress

Just by connecting with Draven Ames and Being Latino, I was able to be exposed to others, I find interesting to follow.

Sheri Jenkins White– She writes great stories. You have to check them out on Chaos and Contentment

Julio Varela– He has an excellent blog on WordPress and might I add, cojones! [sorry :-)]

Icess Fernandez -Nice to chat with. Check out her blog Writing to Insanity

Ms Kitty Alvarez– So much fun to chat up. Check her out on Twitter

John Marino– Cool blog about horror. Check him out at Horror Writing

Laurel-Rain Snow– Always an active participant on my blog. You can check out her blog here on WordPress

I’m sure I’ll be updating this list frequently. Finally, I also want to mention a few of my personal friends who always show me support.

R.C. Berry-Fantastic new author and my partner on this publishing journey. Kind and amazing friend! Check her out on Facebook and Touché Publishing

Amy Priscilla Kim– I’ve known Amy over 10 years now. She’s smart and sassy. She’s also an Independent Sales Representative/eRepresentative at Avon. Find out more info at her Avon website and follow her on Twitter.

Jen Ryan-Super cool lady and good friend. She has been a big supporter. Jen has a blog which is one of my favorites, UnseenNYC. Since most tour guide sites and books concentrate on Manhattan, her site caters to the other boroughs of New York City. Follow her on Twitter

Angela McCool– Fun, with a lot of spunk. She is a “friend of a friend” who quickly became one of mine. She just launched her new products which you can find at Mariposa Fashions. I think the ladies will love them and men even more 😉

I enjoy sharing cyberspace with each of these people, just thought I’d mention it.