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Sow A Seed.....You Can Do It By: Joy R. Brown
Have you ever wondered what your life could have been if only you had stepped out and challenged your fears? Many times we become afraid of the unknown. We question ourselves, “What if I actually get the job or the promotion?” “What if they actually choose me for the part?” “What if I actually won the contest?” “Could I graduate with a 4-year degree?” Those who always question themselves usually end up with regrets at the end. Why? They were afraid of the unknown. A popular quote that has spread abroad says, “Success is failure turned inside out.” Another quote says, “If at first you don't succeed, try again.” During my moment of mediation one day, I had to confront myself and ask this question, “Why haven't you accomplished the goals that you were so anxiously awaiting to achieve in life?” My only response was, “Could I be successful?” “Could I really accomplish this?” The fear of success over took me and placed me in a paralyzed state. Part of me wanted a challenged and the other part just wanted to remain passive and give up on another dream. Recently, I was determined to lose weight. I was overweight, depressed and didn't like the person who I had allowed myself to become. I began to
stranger. I took the challenge. I surrounded myself with those who encouraged me to lose weight, to work out and get in shape. I wanted to do this for me. I tried working out on my own but was unsuccessful. The next plan was to find someone who was already where I desired to be. Well, Mr. Marcus Byrd, a personal trainer with ViQuest took the challenge. As a result of teaming up with Mr. Byrd, I have started losing weight and toning up. I am beginning to feel good about who I am again. He is a true motivator. When I feel like giving up and cannot mustard up enough strength to go on, he will begin his motivational speech until I complete the exercise. Thanks Mr. Byrd. Upon completion of the exercise, I am amazed at what I had just accomplished. Recently, Mr. Byrd encouraged me to run for five minutes. This was a challenge for me. He told me not to focus on the time but focus on something else and that I can do it. He also said, “You know, where your strength comes from. You can do it.” I took his advice and before I realized it, he was counting down to fifteen seconds, ten seconds and eventually 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.” After the time was over, he applauded me with his ever so famous words, “Good stuff, I knew you could do it.” He has helped me to realize that I have more strength than what I give myself credit.” So, I encourage each of you to take the challenge. Don't be afraid of failure. If you don't succeed, don't stop but try again. Every person who has accomplished major milestones in their lives will tell you, “I failed many times but was determined to keep trying until I succeeded.” Take the challenge, refuse to give up and also tell yourself, “I CAN DO THIS!”
Interview with Dominque Watson By: Serenity Woman Magazine
SWM: Outside of writing, are there any other projects or hobbies that you have that are near and dear to your heart? DW: I love to sew, crochet, and make jewelry. Listening to music, reading a good book, spending time with my family. SWM: What type of books do you enjoy writing?
Serenity Woman Magazine: Hello Dominique and thank you for allowing Serenity Woman Magazine the opportunity to speak with you. So tell me, what is your inspiration behind your writings and how did you get started? Domnique Watson: My Inspiration would be life itself. Things I go through and see others going through. I've been writing since I was a young girl. I've always loved to write.
DW: I love Inspirational, Self-Help books, I also love Mystery and Suspense and Urban African-American Fiction. SWM: Was there any one person that inspired you to begin writing? DW: My Grandmother. Since I was a little girl, she's always encouraged me to write because I did it so well. SWM: Other than yourself, who is your favorite author?
SWM: Tell us a little about Dominique and the women you have become through your writing journeys.
DW: (Laughing) James Patterson!
DW: Well I am a mother, wife, business owner, published author, currently in school getting my AA in Psychology. I've become a very expressive woman. I am exactly who I am when I write. I don't sugar-coat anything. I'm free when I write and exactly who God has created me to be. I've grown in many ways and ventured off into the person God has created me to be.
DW: Blessed! God proved that I had the power to do anything. It felt wonderful!
SWM: What thing(s) do you do to prepare yourself to begin writing? Are you a person that needs music to set the atmosphere, or are you just a spur of the moment â€“ write what's on my mind writer?
SWM: What advice would you give a young writer who knows that she has the gift of writing but just does not know how to pull it all together and begin getting her works noticed?
DW: I am a spur of the moment person. I don't need to sit and think. For me if I have to figure out what to write about, it doesn't flow well. I simply sit back and allow the Lord to lead me. I also love to write what's on my mind. Like I said, I just let if flow and I don't sugar-coat anything.
SWM: How did you feel the first time one of your books was published?
SWM: Where can your books be purchased? DW: my website www.dominiquewatson.webs.com www.amazon.com Borders in-store and online and Barnes & Noble in-store and online.
DW: First, pray! Ask God for the guidance you need in order to receive the blessing. Network. Get with likeminded people. Believe in yourself. Remember your dreams are never too small or too big and keep pushing! SWM: Thank you very much for allowing us this opportunity. It's been a pleasure! DW: Thank you and God Bless!