If You’re Going to Dream, Dream BIG!

(dreaming)

Hey friends!

Long time no see . . . er read . . . er . . . whatever. I missed you! I’ve been cleaning, vacationing (pictures of our trip to Utah at the bottom of this post), laundering, disciplining, laundering some more, and basically working my tail off trying to keep my family afloat this summer. Craziness. Good, fun, insane craziness. The joys of motherhood. Why did I have five kids again?

KIDDING!

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So how y’all been?

A Couple Pieces of Exciting News

  1. SADIE is 50% off in Deseret Book’s summer sale. I honestly don’t know how long the sale will last, so head on over and get a copy for your friends, your daughter, your mom, or just yourself. Especially if you’re an early Christmas shopper. It’s a great gift for females 13 and over. :) Find the deal here.

    Book Signings!  Barnes & Noble, Oak Park Mall, Sept. 14, 7-9pm 11323 W 95th Street Overland Park, Kansas
  2. SADIE‘s sequel, AUGUSTINA, is on the way. As soon as I get my five kids back in school, I’ll be finishing it up and sending it off to the publisher. (Anyone out there able to do a back flip for me?) Thanks for all the nice comments and emails asking/requesting/begging for a sequel. You guys are awesome!
  3. I’m doing a book signing for SADIE at the Barnes & Noble at the Oak Park Mall in Kansas, September 14, 7pm. (11323 W 95th Street Overland Park, Kansas). If you’re anywhere within a 200 mile radius, I expect you to come see me. Just kidding. Sort of. Okay. Not kidding at all. Come! There will be several other LDS authors signing. It’s a big event. So come say hi! I’ll also be at the LDStorymaker’s Writing Conference the next day. You can still get tickets here if you want to go.
  4. Notice the new design for my blog? Not sure that is exciting news. Actually, it’s more like frustrating news for me. Awhile back, I switched from Blogger to WordPress. Not sure I love either one. In the meantime, what do you think of the new do? Can you read the tiny font? UGH! I guess I’m keeping you on your toes. You never know what it’s going to look like around here. (Hopefully this design whiplash will end SOON! Anyone out there know WordPress well and want to offer some help? I know I should probably switch to WordPress.org but how? Where? Why? I just want my blog to match my website. That shouldn’t be too much to ask for, right? )

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Okay. That’s it on the news side of things–for now. Hopefully in the near future I’ll have more news on my other projects!   *crossingfingers*

Now . . . onto the thought of the day.

If you’re going to dream, dream big!

Because . . . why not?

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I was born into a family of dreamers. I blame it on them. My dad worked for CES as a seminary teacher and then eventually a zone administrator. When he was in his thirties, he decided to start writing books because . . . why not?

My mom was a busy stay-at-home mom of seven kids. She wanted to write music, a lot of music, and so she did because . . . why not?

That was the attitude I was raised with. If I wanted to try something new, I would jump in with their full encouragement. My husband calls me a Jack of All Trades. Not sure that’s true, but there are very few things I am not willing to try (this excludes food–I’m a picky eater). And it wasn’t just the passing fads either, my parents encouraged me to dream BIG! Go for it! Take the leap! And I have many times.

I’d call myself a “Glass is 3/4 Full” kinda person. I’m a jump-out-of-an-airplane kinda person (though I haven’t yet–still on the bucket list).

Note: Can you tell I just watched “Rudy”?

Considering where I started, who I was as a child, a teen, and young adult, I’m thrilled with how far leaping has taken me. I mean, I never dreamed five years ago that I would be doing a book signing in KANSAS! First off, I didn’t plan on writing a book. It just kinda happened. And secondly, I’ve never even been to Kansas. How’s that for dreaming?

True, leaping has led to falling flat on my face a few times, but not as many times as I should have. Right?

Right.

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So, what do you want, want, WANT to do?   Here’s the permission to go DO IT!

Dream BIG. Give it a try. Take that leap!

You never know where it will take you!

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Or . . .

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Has dreaming big already taken you somewhere you never dreamed possible? If so, share in the comments here!

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Speaking of big, here are a few pics from my trip to Utah. We did some big things, saw some bigger things, and had an all-around great time.

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Climbing Bridal Veil Falls (note the size of the climbers, that thing is huge)
Another huge fire started while we were in Utah. Freaky summer weather. This is one year Utahns will not forget.

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We LOVED the new downtown Salt Lake City mall at City Creek. Gorgeous! The creek runs through the mall.
While we were in Salt Lake, we had to stop by and see the temple.

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I got my girl on and figured out how to do my daughter’s hair for a wedding. #pattingmyselfonback
Still feeling proud of myself for the hair thing.

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Author: Rebecca Belliston @rlbelliston

Hopeless romantic and author of CITIZENS OF LOGAN POND, SADIE and AUGUSTINA. Music nerd and composer of RELIGIOUS and CLASSICAL-STYLE music. I live in Michigan with my husband and five kids.

14 thoughts on “If You’re Going to Dream, Dream BIG!”

  1. You should be proud of the hair thing. That’s hard to do. I don’t dream big with hair…I make my 14 year old do anything fancy to her older sisters. She does pinterest and knows every updo around. I ignore everything to do with hair, besides a brush. I can brush hair…and part it. My girls know not to ask for more. Glad you’re back and had a good summer. I’m sick of all the fires this year too–we’re getting every other states smoke here in Idaho and I miss blue skies…but do love the red suns, like in your picture.

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  2. Haha! I am proud. I’m the kind of mom who struggles dolling up her girls. I can use a brush though, so that’s something. This year has been so crazy for the states out West. We had a few dry weeks, but nothing like out there. Hopefully you’ll have a wet, wet, wet fall and winter (minus the snow part).

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  3. I’ve missed you! And you look amazing in that picture! When I saw the thumbnail on facebook I thought Laura had dyed her hair. Thanks for the reminder to follow our dreams. Once I’m done running full speed with Ben after his, I want to write some more and be like you signing books all over the country. I’m so excited for you!

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        1. Definitely! I’m going to need a LOT of input on this one. Not feeling very confident on the plot as of now. It’s either going to be awesome or severely lacking. #crossingfingersforthefirst

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  4. I hadn’t looked at your blog in awhile. I get on the computer sometimes while nursing Ezri. I like the picture of you. You look great. Laura’s hair looks great too.

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  5. There must be a city in KS where you are appearing. I have a friend in Kansas City and I’d encourage her to go see our Livonia Ward Star if it is in Kansas City. She’s an alum, too … :o)

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  6. lol Thanks for making me smile! It looks like you guys had a great trip – maybe after your sequel is through you can start a how-to book on wedding hair! WELL DONE :)

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