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The First Day of the Rest of My Life

Almost 6 years ago, I got laid off from my job as a civil litigation attorney. While it's never fun to suddenly be without a job, I was actually grateful and cautiously optimistic. You see, I had been looking for a way out of that career for months. I knew it wasn't a fit for me, but I wasn't sure how to make a change. Suddenly, I was faced with a choice. Do I look for another legal job or finally go after my dream of becoming an author?

I decided to give my dream a shot.

I called my friend that night and said, "Today is the first day of the rest of my life." I didn't know what I would do tomorrow. Or the next day or the day after that. I didn't even know what I wanted to write yet. I had never published a book or built a company from the ground up. I had no idea whether I would be successful or not.

But I had always loved reading. I devoured books as a kid, and my mom told me that from a very early age, I preferred to follow along with the words instead of looking at the pictures in the books she read me. And I'd always loved writing. It was a way to clarify my thoughts and feelings, to understand and bring to light what otherwise would have remained murky in my mind. It made me feel alive.

Within about 2 weeks, I started a blog to chronicle my transition from being an attorney to being a writer: Living a Life Imagined. I wrote about my writing journey. My hopes and dreams and struggles. I began to write about cultivating a positive mindset. I discovered the power of words and vowed to use my words to instill a sense of calm, of hope, of community.

After 4 months of writing regularly, I knew I loved this too much to give it up. So I created my own company, Tadpole Press, to offer editing services and build a new career. One of my editing clients during those early years needed help finding the motivation to finish her project, and I discovered the joy of boosting other writers' confidence through my coaching work.

Through it all, my focus has been on building people up, delighting in the beauty of the creative process, sharing tips on overcoming obstacles and limiting beliefs, and encouraging others to live the life they've always imagined.

Today I'm delighted to share that this blog has been selected as one of the 70 Best Positivity Blogs and Websites by FeedSpot. This list is ". . . curated from thousands of blogs on the web and ranked by traffic, social media followers, domain authority & freshness."

Do you know someone who might benefit from this message? Maybe you have a friend who needs a little more positivity in their life. Or a neighbor who could use a boost of confidence. Or maybe you have a colleague who would benefit from some encouragement to follow their dreams. Please share this blog with them and let them know they can subscribe here.

And whether you've been reading since the beginning or our paths have just recently crossed, thank you for being one of my dear blog readers. It's an honor to have you in my community.

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thomas juarez
thomas juarez
Jul 20, 2022

Congrats!!! I hope this comment finds you well. I am about 2 semesters from my creative writing bachelor's degree. I would have never gone back to school without your help and friendship.

Amber Byers
Amber Byers
Dec 15, 2022
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Hi Tom! I just saw this comment, so my apologies for the delay. I love that we continue to support each other's dreams after all these years. You are amazing!!!

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