‘Just keep following the heartlines on your hand’.

A few years ago I stumbled across a piece of writing from the New York Times called ‘Musicians’ by David Ackert. I have carried this piece of writing with me since, and it is by far one of the singlemost inspiring texts I have ever read. The text originally refers to musicians, but it is so relatable for any kind of artist. In this post I have replaced the word ‘Musician’ with ‘Writer’.

I hope it inspires you as much as it inspires me!

‘Artists are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day to day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Everyday, artists face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, or their own fear that they’ll never succeed. Everyday, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every story they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgement. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life- the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because writers are willing to give their entire lives to a moment that will stir the reader’s soul. Writers are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.’~ David Ackert

I have also included a YouTube link to a song by Florence and the Machine called ‘Heartlines’. The chorus lyrics go like this:

Just keep following the heartlines on your hand.
Just keep following the heartlines on your hand.
Keep it up, I know you can.
Just keep following the heartlines on your hand.




Believe in your dreams, even now.

My writing goals have transitioned well during this strange time.
During lockdown, I have worked hard to get some tasks on my to-do list done, including re-publishing all of my previous releases to Kobo and Google Play Books.

My travel goals have not transitioned so well. I’ve been faced with some very challenging questions during my self-introspection, and I have spent quite a bit of time wondering how my travel wish-list will be impacted by this pandemic. I have had to let go of what I thought my travels would look like, to allow for a new picture to be painted.

My passion for exploring the world is as ingrained in me as my passion for writing. Just like my love of the written word, I feel like I was born with a passion for travel, and that it is part of my life’s purpose to have these experiences. And, like my passion for storytelling, I feel somewhere inside me that even this pandemic will not stop me from fulfilling my life’s purpose of world exploration.



Daily Writing Inspiration

I love hearing about people’s dreams and goals, but I must admit over the years I have grown weary of hearing about people’s goals but never seeing results. I know that things change for people- what I’m talking about the constant ‘dreamers’, those with shiny object syndrome, who always have fantastic new ideas but never follow through. Those who talk about what they’re ‘gunna’ do, but never seem willing to put in the work to get there. Those who give up at the first sign of hard work.

One of my strong personal values is integrity. I like to see people sticking to their word, and doing what they say they’re going to do. Being committed to your goals means being willing to do the hard, boring bits too.

So, what ACTION are you going to take toward achieving your goals this week?