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Dreams don’t work unless you do

I’ve always been a dreamer.

From a young age I realised that I was more ambitious than those around me. I always wanted to be better and achieve as much as I possibly could in a short space of time. I was writing poetry at the age of five, I started buying Woolworths notebooks and filling them with stories by the age of 11, I taught myself how to the play the guitar at 14 and I’m now 22. I have my creative writing degree, I have a part time job, I’m volunteering and now I’ve started my own feel-good lifestyle magazine.

I decided a couple of months ago, that I no longer wanted to wait until I was older to reach the pinnacle of my career and that I was going to make something happen for myself. The words ‘live for today’ kept swirling around in my mind and that’s when the idea for my very own magazine started. I was entirely focused on making my way up the ladder in publishing, I had written for so many magazines and I knew I was reaching a crossroads; something had to change. Zest For Life was that change.

I have many goals in life; one of them is to make a difference. All I knew was that I wanted to do something that would inspire other people. I wanted to create something, I decided that I wanted to be in the driving seat for once. I started to jot down ideas about my own magazine, I thought it was just a passing idea and nothing would come of it but once I talked to a few close friends about my idea, they agreed to help me make my dream a reality.

Zest For Life is doing well, the blog has gained many followers since September and the first issue will be available online in January. I have to be honest; I am starting to feel completely out of my depth. I’ve done a blog before but designing an entire magazine by myself, when I don’t know what I’m doing is daunting. Some days I feel like screaming into a pillow because nothing is going right. I’m not giving up though. I believe that dreams don’t work unless you do. I am in charge of my own success. If I want to achieve something, I have to work hard, be patient and stay positive. Even if I fail, I can hold my head up high and say that I tried.

I don’t know where this passion to succeed in everything I do comes from, but it is big part of who I am. My biggest fear is regret. I don’t want to be at the end of my life and have a long list of regrets that could have easily been achievements. Sometimes I have to remind myself that there are other things in life that matter besides success. I have to mentally detach myself from my work to spend time with family and friends. I have to pull myself away from my computer to read, colour or play a musical instrument, as a way of keeping my feet on the ground and my mind in another place. I don’t want to be a workaholic but if I don’t keep myself busy, I get restless. It’s hard to find a balance but I am learning to accept that I can’t always ‘do it all.’

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