Dominoes of Life

Happy Monday everyone!  Some of you might have noticed some subtle changes happening over here.  For the past month I have been taking Kristen Lamb’s workshop on Blogging to Build Your Brand.  Through lessons and lots of group discussions, I have developed a blogging plan that is uniquely suited to me (or so I hope).  Observe the new log line.  *Vanna White the above*  (Yes, I’ve turned a person into a verb.  Actually, it wasn’t me, I got that from interpreter training…)

I’ve also worked out themes for my regular blog postings.  Today is Move Me Monday.  At the start of the week, you can look forward to posts that focus on moving the heart, spirit, and soul, along with posts talking about moving in your life–motivation, action, life changes, etc.  I hope it works for me, and I hope it works for you.  🙂

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Hindsight is twenty-twenty.  We often hear that when looking back on mistakes or situations where we felt helpless and consumed by worry, only later to see it work out in the end.  How often do we look back at the twists and turns that brought us to a positive place?  Do we ignore them because they didn’t cause us emotional pain?  Do they seem like random casting of the dice, or the falling of dominoes?  Yet even dominoes aren’t random.

How did I get here, to this moment, on this blog?  I signed up for Kristen’s workshop after hearing about it through #MyWANA.  I joined #MyWANA after stumbling upon Kristen Lamb’s blog (I believe from a Google search).  I was looking up information on Twitter.  You see, I had recently published a novel on Smashwords, and their marketing guide recommended I join Twitter and start a blog.  As it turned out, Kristen’s site had helpful info on the blogging part too!

How did I get to Smashwords?  Another Google search.  I had announced on Facebook my intentions to self-publish on Amazon and one of my friends asked about other e-reader compatibilities besides Kindle.  I had had no idea I could publish an e-book on Amazon until someone in the critique group I had just joined told me about it.

I found this critique group through one of its members who happened to be one of my mentors at my interpreting internship.  I hadn’t even spoken to her about writing.  She had been listening in on my conversation with *another* interpreter, whose name I mistakenly mixed up with a literary agent’s.  I was relaying the story of how I had made this mistake when trying to talk to her former teacher (my current one at the time), and the interpreter with the writer group jumped in with, “You look for literary agents?  Are you a writer?”

Of course, I wouldn’t have found this group had I not been at that internship, which leads back to the fact that I was accepted into this highly competitive educational program to begin with.  Wow.  Dominoes.

Can you see how the dominoes fell in your life?  Can you see God’s hand moving you along the path He has for you?  It’s not always a straight path with clear turn signals and a pre-outlined road map.  But then, I think that makes the journey all that more incredible.  What’s your journey been like?  How did you get to where you are now?  I love hearing from you!

You can also find me over on Mistress Susan’s blog for my Monday flash fiction episode of The Adventures of Teagan.

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25 comments on “Dominoes of Life

  1. For me, it’s all about putting my intentions out there and letting it go, not focusing (trying not to, anyway) on how it will come about. And when people and events start popping into my life, I don’t question it and just run with whatever happens. The universe works that way, bringing to us what we focus on, positive or negative. And, yes, the dominoes do line up and fall perfectly….

    • Positive thinking definitely plays a role. We’re our own worst self-fulfilling prophecies, but I wonder if it’s because we’re wrapped in too much negativity and we miss the dominoes and miss the turn.

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. Stacy Green says:

    What a great post! Hindsight is definitely 20/20, and I firmly believe everything happens for a reason. Sometimes it might take years to understand the reason, but everything eventually works out the way it’s supposed to.

    Thanks for sharing. Glad you’re enjoying Kristen’s course:)

    • I believe God works everything out for good. There are some things in my past that I still can’t see the purpose of, but maybe they haven’t fulfilled their purpose yet. I also wonder if they helped make me a better writer, but that’s something I’ll never figure out myself. I once heard a theory that the reason there will be no more tears in heaven is because God will answer all the “why” questions.

  3. linda says:

    Ooh, looking back through a chain of events is always really interesting. Once in a while, I wonder where I’d be now if just one thing had been different. But I’m mostly grateful for where I am now. 🙂

    • I figure, for some things, there are multiple roads. Changing only one thing in my past wouldn’t necessarily mean I couldn’t still end up here. But I do think it would have changed how I experienced that stretch of the journey. Yeah, I wish some of those roads had been smoother, but I’m grateful for what I learned. 🙂

  4. Ali Dent says:

    I love this post. I call the domino affect, making connections. It’s really neat to look back and see the trail that lead you where you are now. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Tamika says:

    Love this:)

    I’m terrible at the game of Dominoes, so I’m glad that God is in control! His plans for me are perfect.

  6. So many dominoes have fallen for me since I first joined Bob Mayer’s Warrior Writer class. For one thing his words of wisdom dragged me kicking and screaming into the 21st century writers world. Then along came Kristen and I started paying attention to social media and e-publishing and how the book industry is changing. From there I’m in the amazing High Concept and Branding class that you’re in and that has put me in touch with many amazing, kind, supportive writers.

    An inspiring, feel good post. Thanks! I think your new blog is going to be terrific.

  7. lynmidnight says:

    Wow! I have missed so much! :S

    Okay, so first of all, I am a big fan of Kristen Lamb so GO YOU! Second, I think Move Me Monday is a fabulous idea and I would definitely follow that theme 100%. I love to be inspired and I love your writing, so I’ve killed to rabbits… wait. No, I haven’t killed any rabbits. They were muppets. I don’t like muppets.

    Third, you are so right about the dominoes. One never sees where they fall and I am glad you pushed that first domino… some people never do. 😉 In my own life… I always see connections between things I do and things that happen to me. I have said that something was a sign many a time. I truly believe that we are indeed being guided. But we also control our destiny. Anyway, great post! Really. 🙂

    • Oh, Violeta, you always make me smile. 😉 I think it’s important for people to be able to see those connections in order to help them make decisions. I think it’s the difference between walking blind and walking on faith.

  8. Catie Rhodes says:

    I loved your post. I was having nearly this exact conversation with someone a couple of days ago. I won’t share the whole boring story here, but my last sentence was, “And I went through all that crazy-making to be here writing. I’ve never been happier.”

    I think we do have a purpose, a fate. I’ve seen too many events line up to believe otherwise.

    Thanks for writing this.

  9. Naomi Bulger says:

    I can certainly look back on events in my life and see the strangest of coincidences, a string of “what ifs” on seemingly irrelevant choices could have radically changed the way my life is now. Thanks for making me think.

  10. K.D. says:

    Dominoes is a great way of putting it. It’s weird how things trickle down, making one thing lead to so many others. Good way of saying it 🙂

    I just wrote about branding too on my blog. ODD. lol. If you want to check it out:
    http://writtled.blogspot.com

    Good luck with your book, and may your Dominoes fall in great places 🙂

  11. Great post, Angela! I’m a former student of Kristen as well.

    I’ve always wanted to write, but it took the devastation of losing my job to actually get me started. I was always too busy, too tired, too something to not write. As crushing as it was to lose the income coming in, I was blessed to have my guy standing by my side to remind me that everything happens for a reason.

    God always has a plan for us.

    • Thanks Tiffany! I love your blog. 😀

      Yep, God always has a plan for us. I often pray, though, that He will be gentle with me. 😉 I’m glad you’re now doing what you want to do.

  12. Julie Glover says:

    My writerly story probably begins with, “I quit my job.” Of course, things happened before then to lead to my resignation. But with time on my hands, I dabbled with writing. Then Hurricane Ike came, we evacuated, and I had more time on my hands to start my novel. Fast forward: Finished my book, started another. Convinced a friend to come with me to DFW Conference and took Kristen Lamb’s class. Read her book. Jumped on Twitter. Have met lots of fabulous people! And the dominoes are still falling.

    Thanks for the reminder that we don’t reach success all at once, but one domino at a time. And our connections with others are hugely important and wonderfully fun along the way!

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