Ready or not- Here I Come

Depending on who you are, this is either a welcome back blog or thanks for being here post.  Lots has changed since my last blog in January.  The most significant thing is the completion of the parenting book Tantrums, Troubles, and Treasures.  It’s been about 16 months start to finish.  I hope those of you who purchase the book feel it’s money well spent.

Today’s topic stems from one of my favorite childhood games Hide and Go Seek.  Come on, I know you’ve played it many times.  Hide your eyes, count to ten, then go chase your friends.  I’ve been asked by many people what it’s like to write a book and oddly enough there were a lot of similarities to that game.

I had to hide my eyes and concentrate for long periods of time.  Sometimes I missed social events and my favorite sporting teams to spend time writing.  I wish I could have counted only to ten but instead it was 16 months.  That’s a lot of counting.  Finally, I have emerged and I’m ready to chase a dream.  In this case, the dream is bringing my message to as many families as possible while keeping mine in tact.  I’m certain this won’t be easy.

My simple message today is this.  If you have a dream, goal, or desire, it’s worth chasing.  I decided long ago if I never sold a book, the passion to follow and complete the dream was still important.  My kids are amazed they are on the cover of a book.  My wife is incredibly proud of me.  Pride in myself has really shot up because I knew I could this and I proved myself right.

I hope if you decide to follow your dreams, you will feel the same things as me.  I was talking to a friend last night at my son’s soccer practice who wanted to expand his computer company.  Despite the fact I am not a computer guy and I couldn’t even follow what he actually did, one thing was certain.  He was excited and had a passion for his dream.

I hope no matter where you are in life you will pursue your dreams.  I’ll bet your kids will find a new and possibly greater respect for you.  Your actions will hopefully encourage your kids to follow their dreams as well.  In the end, isn’t that what we really want as parents?

My next blog will probably be posted Tuesday.  All my best to you and those you love!!!

Clayton

Meyerheim: Three children playing

This image is a picture of hide and go seek.

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8 comments

  1. Jessica says:

    So glad you are back and you got your book published! Congratulations. I am about a month away from accomplishing my dream of getting a B.A. degree and then I will be on to pursue my next goal of a MBA.

  2. Christy says:

    I wish I could finish ANYTHING, let alone a book! Great for you! I wish you nothing but success!

  3. I couldn't find the post about the Finding New Friends Blog Hop, so I am leaving my note here….

    BLOG HOPping around – I am now a follower of your blog, wont you also follow me?? ~KM
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  4. M. Richards says:

    Congrats on the completion of your book. I too hope one day to be able to pursue my dreams as well- I used to be a poet/artist/author before I had kids- I had been nominated for the Dickenson's award at twelve and was well on my way to becoming published. As a single mom it's not so easy…. anyway, I would like to know where I can get a copy of your book? It may be very useful for me and mine. Oh, I did follow you here from social moms- welcome to the club and I am looking forward to more from you.
    Please follow me back.

    Cheers-
    Mikey

  5. Missy says:

    Well done on finishing your book!!! It's definitly what parents need- as a teacher I see a lot of parents who struggle to put good behaviour routines into practice!

    Just stopped by from FTLOB:-)

  6. Congrats… wow, you go… I wish I had your strength… I run my husband's home improvement company, my own Usborne Books Business, as well as, my Mom Blog… and just with that, I spend wayyyy too much time working! Ha, ha, ha… congrats man… btw – dropping by from Adventures of My Family of 8's Tuesday Blog Hop

  7. Thanks for commenting on my blog…I didn't know you were back to blogging. I've missed quite a few haven't I? My son and I are teachers who also do seminars and are about a month away from publication of our parenting book! Congratulations on yours:) I have always been impressed with your ability to attract comments and questions! Welcome back…