I just attended a fantastic writer's conference put on by Cedar Fort Publishing in Springville Utah. It was a 6 hour conference, but the time flew by. We were given so much good, practical advice. Then we were entertained and inspired by Eloise "Surfer Girl" Owens. We were urged to "Get off the beach." We couldn't stay on the safe beach all of our lives. We needed to move to the water and learn to surf.
After watching Eloise fall off her surf board five times, her instructor asked her where she was going. Annoyed, she told him she was going toward shore. "Why, then," he asked her, "are you looking down instead of at your destination. You always go in the direction you are looking." Defiantly, she stood on her board, just one more time, and set her sights on the shoreline. Without looking back, she made the journey that changed her life.
I was inspired, not to take up surfing (no public swimsuit displays for me) but to get off the beach and find a new writing project. I'm ready to jump in the water.