An Unexpected Journey: Your Thoughts Can Become Reality

When I was in high school, I wanted to be a writer. I was focused, diligent, and could describe a scene or a feeling with great ease. I felt as if I could pull words out of my pocket and put them on paper to form a perfect masterpiece. My teachers noticed my work and encouraged me to keep writing and reading throughout my university studies. I quickly fell in love with Chaucer, Wordsworth and Shakespeare. To this day, via memory, I can recite the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales in Old English.

When I began college, I put my pen away.

My writing was no longer a priority, nor was it a pastime. I began working part time while going to school. I decided to become a teacher and I taught elementary school for 4 years. I have been working in higher education for the past 7 years.

I greatly missed my pen, but did not take it out during my busy years teaching. Many nights, I stared at blank paper craving for words. Words filled with emotion were still lingering in my mind, however, I didn't act on them. I lost confidence in my ability to write and I put the paper away many times.

Last year, I had to leave a job that meant the world to me.

I had a bit of time on my hands, a pen in my pocket, and a computer staring at me with a flashing line. The line was waiting, and I had to find my confidence again. I started writing, slowly. It took me almost 6 months to share my first article with anyone. I wrote about politics and education. It took me 2 days to hit the 'Enter' button to send the article to friends and family. I was afraid of rejection and reaction, but I did it. I did it again and again and again.

My confidence came back quickly and new doors opened. I launched an educational magazine, became super active on Linkedin, and shared my writing with everyone. I was no longer afraid. I was becoming a thought leader in the field of education, and my new pen took me so much farther than I could have ever imagined.

Today, I was featured on Linkedin's corporate blog. My journey over the past year has been undeniably unique. However, it took me a long time to step out of my comfort zone. When I walked out, a new world was waiting.

I implore you to find that self-confidence and use it to enrich your life. Take out your pen, your paintbrush, and your voice and share it with the world. Don't be afraid. The worst they can say is "no," and that's not the end of the world.

Please see my story of inspiration, along with a slideshow. May you find your inner confidence to move toward your dreams. Your thoughts can become reality.

http://blog.linkedin.com/2012/10/25/unexpected-journey/

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    Robyn Shulman

    Robyn is currently the Creative Director at Dreams for Kids. She is a certified elementary teacher and ESL teacher in Illinois, who has taught 4th-6th grade, middle school ESL, and ESL to adults. She specializes in the fields of writing, ESL, technology and higher education. She is an academic and career professional advisor for the state of Illinois, the Managing Editor of ED News Daily, and a blogger for Chicago Now. She has been published and/or profiled on Linkedin Today, Edudemic, Reading Horizons, BG Patch, fhytimes, Edutopia, Elmer's Glue, Xavier University News and more. Robyn was recently featured on Linkedin's corporate blog: An Unexpected Journey: 10 Ways Linkedin Changed My Life In One Year. Humbled and honored, she was also interviewed by Xavier University, discussing her life's dedication and work in the field of education, as part of their "American Dream Project," the only collection of American dreamers to date. In addition to her passion for writing, she also has a great love of higher education. She launched and managed the first graduate advising program for National Louis University, supporting over 2,500 teachers. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in ESL.

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