Renata Wurster - Guest Post at

I do realize today’s Tuesday 12 x 12 post is arriving late. But that does not make me any less excited to share what Renata Wurster has to say! Her post resonated with me in every way — from using The Artist’s Way to the need to suppress fear in order to receive opportunities. I am always amazed and inspired when parents of infants and toddlers are able to stick to their goals and dreams, as I was not able to until my kids were older. So let’s hear it for Renata! 🙂

Be Careful What You Ask For, It Might Come Your Way
I admit it, I am a hobby collector. I have painted, knitted, scrapbooked, drawn; you name a craft, I’ve at least dabbled in it. The one constant hobby though has been writing.

With my writing, I have had periods of inspiration and periods of stagnation. In my periods of stagnation, I like to turn to Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. In this book Julia talks about the universe responding to our desires and needs. There have been times in the past when the universe has responded but I haven’t.

Several years ago I was focused on painting. I sold two paintings and a friend gave me a lead on a gallery interested in my work. I said I didn’t have the time to pursue the lead but really it was fear that held me back. Here was the universe offering me an opportunity to follow my dreams and I walked away.

This year I started my second {maternity} leave. I decided with the time crunch of motherhood, I’d focus just on writing for 2013. Within a week of making that decision the universe started offering opportunities.

Here’s what they’ve looked like so far:

  • I received an email from Children’s Book insider about Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 opportunity. I signed up.
  • A critique group I put my name down for fell through, so I took up the reins and started my own group. We now have a great group of six members.
  • One of my fellow critique members is a mommy blogger. I’ve been interested in blogging for some time and I recognized connecting with her as an opportunity to learn more. Through talking with her I learned about starting up, got some tips of things to avoid, and got a list of recommended reading. I’ve read two of the books and have learned a lot.
  • While surfing on-line I came across an on-line course on starting up a WordPress site and I decided to go for it. With the help of the class, I set up my own blog on keeping sanity and me time while being a mother

It’s {over} half way through the year now and I feel so many great opportunities have come my way. This time I’m not walking away from them. 2013 is my year of writing and my year of saying yes.

Renata Wurster is a mom, a wife, a teacher, and a writer. She loves to write stories for children and poetry for adults. While the goal is to have focused, daily writing time, it is not always possible with a two year old and a newborn. That is why post it notes with sentence fragments and story ideas can be found on most surfaces in her home. When not writing or mothering, she belongs to two book clubs and is addicted to audio books. She also loves hiking, swimming, and star gazing when she hasn’t fallen asleep too early.

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  1. Good for you for saying yes, Renata! And don’t feel badly if you don’t get as much writing time in as you hoped. You’ll have six or seven decades to write but only one decade when the kids are small. Time spent with the little ones is picture book research!

  2. This post really resonates with me. Fear of success just as often holds artists back as fear of failure. I visited your blog and your art is wonderful. Definitely don’t stop pursuing that avenue of creativity!

  3. Deborah just gave you some great advice, and I’m glad you’re making time for your passion too. Good luck!

  4. Here’s to saying “yes” to creativity and “no” to fear! And I’m going agree with Deborah’s advice, too! Enjoy your kids and keep jotting those notes.

  5. So nice to meet a fellow hobby collector! I hope the rest of your year will go as well as the first half. 🙂

  6. Congrats on all your successful opportunities! I hope they all work out. Nice to “meet” you!

  7. I love what Deborah said too. Congrats on a great year and many more to come.

  8. Omg…i was just given this book

  9. Be careful what you ask for! I hope you continue to ask and ask and receive!! Your story speaks to a lot of us. Thank you for sharing.

  10. I admire your determination, Renata, even though you have a full plate at home. Thanks for suggesting another great resource to encourage us in our writing.

  11. Plus there’s your “yes” to writing this post. Fear is a paralyzer–you’ve inspired me to be braver. Your sweet babies aren’t the only ones growing–congratulations! Here’s to more courage and success!

  12. Having children is the bravest thing I know. Way to go following all your dreams, Renata.

  13. Glad you persevered in writing! 😀

  14. Courage and creativity. Yes to your dreams, Renata!

  15. Renata, it was wonderful to read your post. It’s such a great reminder to keep our eyes open to the opportunities that show up so often but are so easily passed up.

  16. Very nice post Renata. I can tell you put good things out into the world so I am sure they are coming back to you as well!

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