Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Making Possible the Impossible

This is a sponsored post from Disney and BlogHer.
“For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:37

I nourish an inclination for impossible situations. Stories of those who overcame insurmountable obstacles in order to achieve a worthy goal ignite my courage and fuel my drive. The Disney production of Secretariat will be released on October 8. I am looking forward to the dramatization of Penny Chenery’s story of determination and grit as she fought the odds and won. It is such a determined spirit that made America great, the stuff of which legends are made, and yet it happened within living memory.  According to the official website:
 Based on the remarkable true story, “Secretariat” chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner.  Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge.  Against all odds, Chenery—with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich)—manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.
I remember hearing about Secretariat as a child. Frederick County was the heart of Maryland horse country. We kept horses ourselves and followed the news about Secretariat with interest. I little guessed at the time that I would someday have my own impossible situation to overcome. 

In 1995 I wrote a novel about Marie-Antoinette and called it Trianon. I had been fascinated by Marie-Antoinette since the age of nine. By the time I was a grad student I had visited Versailles twice, but it was not until I saw a picture of Petit Trianon in Smithsonian Magazine that I felt inspired to write something about the Queen. It was just a photo of a staircase, but in my mind’s eye I could see Marie-Antoinette walking down it. I wanted to capture a moment in time, one of those happy moments that were like islands in a sea of tragedy in the life of Marie-Antoinette. I was already deep into research about the French Revolution as part of my graduate studies. I wrote the Prologue and then put the whole thing aside for ten years.

After a trip to Vienna in late 1994, I found the manuscript and the notebooks with my research in my father’s basement. I felt compelled by my trip to Vienna to take it up again, for I had visited the tomb of Marie-Antoinette’s mother, the Empress Maria Theresa, in the Capuchin crypt.

It was a turbulent time in my life, as I was undergoing a major career change. I had no computer, no internet, and little money. Nevertheless, I was imbued with the desire to tell the story of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette as it had never before been told, shedding a new light upon the gravely misunderstood King and Queen. I wrote ten hours a day, stopping only to eat, sleep and pray. Before I even completed the final manuscript, I began sending out query letters and sample chapters to every publisher I could think of. Rejection after rejection came. I knew in my heart that somehow Trianon would be published although at the time it seemed futile.

In the meantime, I got married and set up housekeeping in Pittsburgh, PA. One weekend in late August 1997 my husband and I were visiting friends in Maryland. It was the weekend that Princess Diana died and we were all reeling from the shock. My friend Virginia and I were sitting in her kitchen after brunch, drinking coffee. We talked about Princess Diana, and how similar she was to Marie-Antoinette, and yet how different. We lamented that my novel was not in print. Suddenly, Virginia, who designed and published catalogs for a living, exclaimed: “Mary, let me publish your novel.” The impossible had become possible.

And so it began. Neither of us had any idea what we were doing, although Virginia was quite adept at lay-out and graphic design. She not only published the book, but designed brochures and press releases to send out to bookstores, colleges, seminaries, newspapers and magazines. We mailed them far and near, offering free review copies of the book as soon as it was printed.

Trianon was published on November 1, 1997, just in time for Marie-Antoinette’s birthday. The first printing was comprised of 700 volumes. A week later we held a book-signing at Virginia’s house, inviting all of our friends and family. The books sold well. I began to be invited to other book-signings at colleges, women’s clubs, bookstores and church groups. Meanwhile, the orders for the books began to trickle in, from individuals and booksellers alike. There were a few reviews, but mostly the news spread through word of mouth. 

Within a year we had sold out our inventory. A small Mid-western press offered to publish the second edition. They asked for a sequel as well, so I wrote Madame Royale. In 2000, Madame Royale was published, as well as the second edition of Trianon, by The Neumann Press. Both books quickly found an international following which continues to this day.

Now with the internet and a blog, the sky is the limit as far as book promotion goes. As of this year (2010) both books are on Amazon Kindle and in new paperback editions. They continue to sell steadily along with my 2009 novel, The Night’s Dark Shade. I have readers from all over the world. In April 2009 I was invited to speak in Auckland, New Zealand about Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. I have found that determination and the refusal to give up count for much of what it takes to publish and successfully promote a book. The rest is the grinding effort of hard work. In that regard, the whole venture is a bit like a horse race. Most indispensable of all, however, is the help of a good friend, a friend who believes in one’s ability, which for writers as for horses is the ultimate key to success.

I welcome my readers to share their own stories of impossible dreams come true in the comments box. Also, in honor of Secretariat, BlogHer is offering a $100 Visa gift card as sweepstakes prize. More information, HERE.


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163 comments:

Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Congratualations on your hard work, belief, and an inspiring story.

Julygirl said...

Inspiration, Perspiration....and a small amount of obsession. And, I might add, your Blog also inspires the readers who visit it. I applaud you and wish you continued success as you touch many lives with your writing. God Bless!

Gareth Russell said...

Fantastic article! I've linked to it from the blog. Very inspiring.

Matterhorn said...

What a wonderful story! You must have a tremendous amount of energy and determination. Thank you for remaining hopeful and persevering despite all the difficulties!

elena maria vidal said...

Thank you, my friends!

Julianne Douglas said...

Thanks for sharing your story, Mary! It's always inspiring to listen to writers describe how they got to the place they are. I so admire your courage, determination and faith!

peg42 said...

What a wonderful story. You're quite fortunate to be so talented.
Thanks for sharing it with us and thanks for this giveaway.
I'm really looking forward to seeing this movie.
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agordon10 said...

My husband just achieved one...he finished his first Ironman at 41!

Barbarawr said...

From the time I was 16, all I wanted to do in life was to be a mom. When I hit "old" (the year after 29) and I was still single, I realized that my dream was never going to happen. I also knew that I would never have a husband, so I went to the library and took out Plumbing for Dummies and Electricity for Dummies and started making repairs around my house. I ended up married, and then I got pregnant, and I thought my life was perfect... until I had a miscarriage. I was devastated, but I ended up having 2 wonderful kids, who I appreciated A LOT more since I realized that having kids wasn't a given like I had always assumed. They are both friendly, thoughtful and smart (he was valedictorian; she is #3 right now in her senior year). When I was the age after 29, I would NEVER have believed that things could have worked out just like I wanted - and better!


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Stephanie said...

Biggest challenge is now - just diagnosed with cancer and fighting with everything I got.
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AbstractRose said...

I remember when Princess Diana died too. Wow. I think your are inspirational because you kept your focus while life as it is with struggles kept going on!

AbstractRose said...

(Trying to post it again) I think you are inspirational for staying focused on your goal of getting your book published while life continued with it's ups and downs.

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

what an inspirational story

sodahoney said...

Glad to see someone persevere with their dream. Goodos to you.

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Joy said...

I had a baby in my 40's when my oldest was already 19. It was a great challenge and brought us closer as a family. It was a bit scary but she was healthy and I'm glad I did it.

Super Frugalette said...

I have a bunch of impossible dreams right now, and I am praying that they happen, hopefully, I can come back and post that they do!

Cindy said...

Persistence and hard work pays off. I managed to raise three great kids and that's a dream come true in these days.

hale2005 said...

I have overcome my fear of heights.

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Mami2jcn said...

Overcame: I had 3 miscarriages before conceiving my first child.

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April said...

Thanks for sharing the story!


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lara77 said...

Stephanie, I will pray for your recovery; my sister has been fighting cancer since 1994. I will now add you to my prayers. Elena Maria's story proves to me that God works in mysterious ways. It was time that the real story of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette be told; not the propaganda of the French Republic. I believe God showed Elena Maria the way and we all have been enlightened because of these wonderful books.

EyeBeeLeaveEweHoney said...

Wonderful story. Never give up...isn't that the bottom line!

aajacques said...

Great story, I too hope to live my dream one of these days. It's getting closer!

buzzd said...

What a great story!

M.A. said...

Sometimes the impossible dream is the one you never even thought to dream. Such has been my life: great family and friends and health and home and travels. Have these been impossible dreams or just plain blind luck???

StephanieC said...

Can't wait to see this movie! I've overcome breaking my back in the middle of college to still finish strong and keep up good grades!
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Catharine said...

It is wonderful to read about women achieving their dreams and overcoming tremendous obstacles.

Really inspirational!

wigget said...

thanks for sharing your story. i don't have anything remarkable of my own to share yet!

JC said...

What an inspiring story you shared with us, thank you!

bdiane34 said...

Great story!! I would have to say my impossible dream is that I was in a very bad relationship for 10 yrs. It took me that long to get away from him. I met the man of my dreams 4 months later and the strangest thing was that we by passed each other our whole lives. I used to babysit his cousins when I was younger. He has proved to be the greatest man that I feel was sent by God just for me. We got married on Nov. 7th 2009. And am as happy as ever.
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sksweeps said...

Congratulations on making your dream come true! I was a history major, and will always love that era of European history!

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fostertam said...

I have suffered from anxiety and panic attacks since I was a teenager. Sometimes it seems there has never been a time in my life that I have not had to deal with anxiety in some form everyday-=but I know that is an exaggeration. It has not kept me from being successful academically and professionally, but it had definitely made the ride a bit rough.

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The Sunshyn said...

I can't even say it was a dream. I mean, it had been, but that was before so many years had passed that I knew for certain that I would never again be able to leave my house for more than medical appointments. I would never be free from the constant pain which took up the entire front of my brain without a break and even invaded my dreams, leaving me exhausted from trying to run from it every night. Worst of all, I would never again see my friends, all of whom lived far away,
Somehow I survived. I eventually tracked down a physical therapist who actually helped instead of only making things worse, and I badgered doctors for a prescription of a medication I'd happened upon by sheer accident. I can leave the house about once a month now and even get to spend time with my friends a few times a year. Pitifully little to most people, but its everything to me.
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llinda29 said...

My dreams are to live a peaceful life

gmissycat said...

Overcoming any addition is far greater than anything else in the world. You learn there are limitless opportunities in the world when you learn who you really are. Cannot wait to see the new movie!
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gmissycat said...

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VtViXeN 4 69 said...

I love your story! Amazing how things work out. I am queenesperfect at yahoo.com

Emily N. said...

I'm still trying to figure out my dreams.

Jenndiggy said...

When I was in jr. high my nickname was "Short, Fat, and Ugly". Beyond my wildest dreams, I was in a fashion magazine as an adult. Okay, I didn't get paid, just had my picture in there as a reader, but even so, I have been in a fashion magazine!

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her5boys said...

What a wonderful story...I truly believe that dreams come true if we wish hard enough!

Wendy said...

I'd say passing some extremely hard state board exams. Whew.

clc408 said...

Your story is wonderful. My dreams were certainly not impossible, but I did achieve my educational goals and raised two very nice children. Those are accomplishments I am proud of.

Archduchess Maria Carollton said...

Wonderful account of devotion, faith and hard work.

My son is in college, and more than once when one of his professors starts off on some typical "Let Them Eat Cake" diatribe on our beloved queen, he quickly refers them to your books. My son says he is simply amazed at how many very learned people still believe in the nonsense spread about MA, its origins with her enemies and the French Revolution.

How wonderful that we now have a scholarly reference to tell the TRUTH about Marie Antoinette and her Godly family.

Marie Antoinette would have been so honored and touched by your writings, Elena.

Lorie said...

I was able to view a screening of the movie and it was such a great story.

I think every good thing that we have has come through not giving up! You keep the faith and you keep working, and all works out for your good!

sy said...

thank you for sharing your story. i'll share it with my writer friends too.
my impossible dream is i guess save enough money to retire before 40 lol. i've only worked two years, it's looking impossible right now..but it does feel good to have a goal in mind.
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Nancy said...

Great post...thanks for sharing. I love reading about people who set a goal, don't give up and accomplish what they set out to do.
One of my dreams was to leave the corporate world and work for myself. Seven years ago I left my comfort zone and took the chance. I have given up tons of money and benefits, but every day of freedom has been worth it.

Nancy said...

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mmentor said...

sign me up

Charity Donovan said...

How to raise quadruplets & a singleton and give everyone the attention & love they deserve as individuals.

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sarah said...

When I was in high school, I really wanted to make the varsity soccer team. I hadn't played for as long as some of the other girls, but I practiced hard, tried my best and made it! That's as close as I get to beating the odds. ;)

Brooke said...

My deaf dog is constantly a challenge. She can be such a handful but other times is just a dog. I am happy that she grabbed my heartstrings - if the Humane Society knew she was deaf before we adopted her, she probably would have be euthanized.
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Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach said...

My obstacle to overcome was my health. I have had chronic tmj for a span of 6 months for the past four years...I am only 35! I wasn't able to eat or talk. It was a true trial.

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3 Boys and an Old Lady said...

Overcoming infertility has been my biggest challenge. I am so blessed to have a wonderful family.

tatertot374 said...

Very inspiring
thank you
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Lauri said...

I was lucky enough to be offered advance screening tickets for this movie, it is so inspiring.

My impossible dream come true... becoming a Mother.

Just call me b said...

What a great story!

doozercries said...

I never thought that I could hold a steady job and be responsible. Well, I was wrong and I've been able to hold a job though I find it sometimes hard to fight the urge to walk off. It really is a work in progress.

Angel Jacklyn said...

I'VE OVERCOME THE CHALLENGES OF PARENTING MYSELF. I USED TO THINK I KNEW EVERYTHING, WELL, I DON'T. I'M STILL LEARNING EVERYDAY. I GUESS SOME THINGS JUST DEPEND ON "HOW YOU SEE THEM" kytah00@yahoo.com

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Janna @ Feed Your Pig said...

I never thought I would be able to get a college degree after failing out of college the first time. Now I have an associates and am working on a bachelors in mental health!

Awesome contest! Thanks for entering me!
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First Pres. Youth Group said...

My sister and I visted Versailles 5years ago and I was very captivated by the life of Marie Antoinette after seeing where she'd lived. I'm anxious to read your book. I hope to have the perseverance to write a book of my own some day.

Kelly Massman said...

I don’t know that I’ve completely overcome it, but I have lupus! I try to make the best of it even though I have alot of pain and fatigue with it! Thanks for a chance to win!
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Kerry said...

Our dreams of having children seemed impossible until we finally overcame infertility. We now have 3 beautiful children!
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Kerry said...

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Nanci said...

Great story.

jakiesmom said...

my impossible dream that came true was that while breast feeding my son i found out i had cancer and had to have surgery..if it had spread i was going to have to have radiation...the results came back as cancer free


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Deb said...

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lswalton9 said...

Your story is so uplifting! Can't wait to see the movie. Thanks for hosting this sweepstakes!

lswalton9 said...

Tweeted!

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Shel said...

I became a teenage mom at 17 and married my son's father. I overcame the statistics and finished high school with my diploma, but it was tough. Classmates were cruel and there were plenty who pointed and laughed at me. Many times I wanted to give up and just take the test and get my GED. In my heart, though, I wanted that diploma and the chance to walk across the stage and be handed what took so hard to get. I kept my focus and graduated...while my son and mother sat in the audience and watched me walk across the stage. While the marriage was a mistake, my son never was. He graduated college with honors 2 years ago and I couldn't be prouder of him. What I learned and always taught him was that your education is something no one can ever take away from you.


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Shel said...

Tweeted:
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allysmama said...

All I can ever remember wanting to be was a mom...When my friends were planning careers, I was dreaming about changing diapers and sleepless nights! When I got married, we tried for a baby and got pregnant. I miscarried at 4 weeks. A few months later, the same thing happened. 14 miscarriages didn't stop my desire, and one hot July day, 12 years ago, my daughter, my precious gift from God was born! And I have loved her and thanked God for every minute since!
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JoeyfromSC said...

Thanks for sharing your great story!

The biggest challenge I have had to overcome, was raising two brothers after my Mom died(of leukemia at age 44)..it wasn’t always easy but they are successful adults today and I’m SO proud of them!

Thank you for the chance to win!

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JoeyfromSC said...

tweeted

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mickeyfan said...

After 24 years, I finally summoned the courage to leave the family business and strike out on my own. Scary? You bet. Rewarding? For sure.

smilekisses said...

I quit a 30 year smoking habit.
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Mom2anutball said...

My biggest challenge was having a total of 4 miscarriages before I got my 2 beautiful children. It was hard to keep trying, but I'm soooo happy that I did :)

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racergirl1313 said...

What an inspiring story. Thank you for sharing. I am still working on my inspiring story. Planning on going back to school then opening my own photography business.

Thanks.

dawns41 said...

I am battling MS and I face physical plus mental challenges daily.
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amandawk said...

Thanks for sharing your story, and thanks for the giveaway.
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LAMusing said...

I started a theatre company with a few thousand dollars and lots of determination. We were successful for 19 years, playing to close to half a million audience members!

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LAMusing said...

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Norma said...

I beat cancer at age 78!
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floating said...

I love your story.
I cant believe how close of a call it came to you not sharing your book with the world. floatingonabiscuit@gmail.com

Ravzie said...

We need stories of great inspiration and courage like this!

Carrie White said...

i never thought i could hold a job and beable to take care of my kids. when your a single mother like i was its hard but i had my family to help with my kids. whitecarrie69@yahoo.com

Tabathia said...

One of my biggest challenges has been overcoming depression
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Tabathia said...

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Tracy R said...

Congrats on your success! I have always wanted to be a writer. I think I am good, but I don't know enough about submitting stories and the business end of things. But I kept persisting, and after hundreds of trys to scores of magazines, one magazine finally bought one of my stories, then another, and another and another. My success as a writer is still relatively small, but I feel that I overcame crazy odds to be able to call myself a published writer.

Debbie C said...

I envy you! Bravo!
Your story and Penny's are good things for many women to hear. Thanks.

Amy said...

Thanks for sharing your story. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie.

susan1215 said...

Thank-you for sharing your story, I overcame a childhood living with an alcoholic Dad.

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susan1215 said...

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Princess Golden Hair said...

I was able to rise above an abusive childhood to find a loving and caring husband who has allowed me to give my children what I never had, love.

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crystalf said...

I wanted to be able to raise my girls differently than my parents raised me. My parents were drug users and alcoholics. I wanted to be better than that and give my girls a good life. I'm proud to say that I've never touched a drug and I do not drink. I didn't and don't want my girls to have to grow up seeing that. I want my girls to have a typical childhood, one were they just have to worry about homework or who they are going to play with the next day.

Nita said...

My biggest challenge in the last few years has been taking care of my elderly parents, in-laws, and a brother who had a stroke. It has been harder for me than raising my kids was, but I am hanging in there and so are they.

won said...

My dream come true?

Being a much better parent than mine ever were (not abusive, not addicted to drugs). I always promised myself I'd do it differently than they did, and I have kept my promise. I've broken the pattern of abuse and given my children hope.

Chisum's Crew said...

What an inpiring story! Thank you for sharing. My biggest challenge to date has been moving past being born with a cleft lip and palate and growing up too poor to finish out the surgeries.

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Tammy said...

My goal is to see my kids get a decent education. My oldest is in college and I hope to send the next two in a few years.

Giant Sis said...

My mother passed away when I was 6. That brought many challenges during my childhood, but I know that I am stronger because of it!

Julieh said...

Our family's obstacle is we have tried for many years to have children, and after a lot of tries and tears, it is finally happening for us. honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

iplaytrack1224 said...

Awesome blog and thanks for the giveaway!
Would love, love, LOVE to win this!
=]

Christine C. said...

Thanks for sharing your story. Very inspirational.

Laura said...

After overcoming a difficult childhood, I am prooud to say that I beat the odds, went to college and am now a special needs teacher

ckfrrt said...

I lost my father at age 13,my mother was a single parent of 4 young children,I was the oldest. We didn't have much money so I startede working at 15 years old. I managed to finish high school and college while working full time and helping to support the family. I don't honestly know how I did it other than wanting so badly to have a better life for myself and my family.

coriwestphal said...

I’ve struggled with weight since my teen years. I lost weight to get married. Gain weight with a baby. Lost weight. Gained weight with another baby. Lost weight. Gained weight quitting smoking. And now I’ve taken control. It’s been 3 years since I lost weight and I’ve kept it off. Yay for me!

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Susan C. said...

Your story is amazing - all of the stories in this series are making me weepy! Congrats on your well-earned success!

Erica C. said...

What a crazy story you have! I had to struggle to continue college while my family was dealing with alcoholism. They weren't there for me at the time, but I knew I had to keep going.

JD said...

wow thanks for sharing

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Hippie4ever said...

Congratulations! I'm glad your hard work paid well :)

pauline15 said...

I have been working on overcoming my career change. As a single mom, I’ve had to find a job that would bring me home every evening, and though the pay is less than half of what I used to make, my kids and I are so much closer and have really learned to enjoy life!
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erma said...

Congratualations!
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katfam95 said...

Our biggest challenge was facing infertility. Fortunately, we now have 3 beautiful children!

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dddiva said...

My story is like so many others- I was told it was medically impossible for me to have children and if I did I could not carry them to term so naturally being the stubborn creature that I am I wanted a baby more than anything. I did have rough pregnancies and almost died more than once, but I have 4 beautiful, healthy happy girls to show for it- and one rambunctious, adorable grandson.

Suz said...

Thanks for sharing your story. Congrats!

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April said...

Terrific story! I have yet to have my impossible dream fulfilled but I am going to keep going and never quit!

diesel51 said...

Not giving up and this is a success that is well deserved.

EMAIL ewalsh40@gmail.com said...

The one thing in my life that I really wanted to do and actually finally accomplished was to get all of the bad habits out of my life.

Over a period of the last eight years or so, I've quit smoking, given up meat and over processed foods, soda, started sleeping decently, exercising and lost extra weight.

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heatherwheeler said...

Thanks for sharing your story!
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heatherwheeler said...

Thanks for sharing your story!
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tesashel said...

My dream come true has been raising 2 wonderful kids by myself and having them turn out okay.
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PauleyD said...

I have overcome having asthma as a child to become an adult who has controlled my symptoms through proper diet and eliminating toxins in my home by “going green”.

I like to run 10K races, which I never thought I would be able to do as a child.

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leandrew said...

Wonderful story!

Thanks for sharing it with us!

And through-out my life, I've also had to overcome several obstacles! But the most challenging one for me was 'overcoming' growing up in an abusive household with both parents who suffered from alcoholism!

Fortunately - with the loving support of my wife and children, I've managed to successfully 'overcome' my abusive upbringing and not allow my past to shape me into 'a bitter human being' and/or becoming 'another sad statistic'!

Thanks for the chance to WIN and GOOD LUCK to All!

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Deb said...

I quit my job when in my late 20's when I realized my career was not fulfilling my spirit. It was hard because I had a good salary and knew I'd have to spend all my savings to go back to get my masters, but I took the leap and got my teaching degree. I was very broke for a very long time, but now, 15 years later I know it was the best decision of my life.

Amber said...

Congratulations! I'm pursing my lifelong dream right now as we speak, hoping to become a broadway actress.

missamberlynne at gmail dot com

Diane52 said...

Impossible dreams in my thirties becoming a part-time freelance writer.Writing for several local publications
Diane Baum
esldiane@gmail.com

rhonjerm said...

After being told I would become nothing when I got older, I am now a PROUD NURSE!! Also dislikeing school when younger, Nursing school was very intrigueing!!

clemensrhonda@hotmail.com

slehan said...

I always thought I couldn’t sing: my sister and my mother could and my father & I couldn’t.
A friend took me to a choral concert and I loved the group, said I wanted to join, but I couldn’t sing. I joined as a support member. Got a mailer from a local school that said: do you sing in the shower?. Well, yes. I took the class and the teacher said I had a fine voice I just needed to think of my body as an instrument and learn to tune it. I did, and I’ve been singing with the chorus for 20 years now.

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Charity(ccboobooy) said...

I've learned how to let go, and that is an accomplishment for me.


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Molly K said...

After reading some of these stories I haven't overcome very much except the time that I was flunking out of college because I was dating a guy who didn't trust me and want me to attend college. I finally realized that and dumped him and got my nursing degree.

singermagic1 said...

I had to overcome the doubt that I "could" start over with my three young daughters after a rough divorce. It was hard but I did it and they have grown up to be wonderful young women whom inspire me still
singermagic1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jinxy and Me said...

I overcame extreme shyness. I used to find it hard to speak to even one or two people if I didn't know them. Last month I spoke in front of a group of 400!

nesta 67 {at} live dot com

susitravl said...

My 1st husband died when I was 33 and I never thought I would overcome the grief and sadness and loss of hope for the future. Luckily, with the help and support of wonderful friends and family, I made it through and have been married for 7 years to a great man and I even got some kids in the deal! :)
susitravl(at)gmail(dot)com

EmmaPeel said...

My perfect dream would be for peace with my whole existence no matter with whom or where. May peace & love conquer all!

singermagic1 said...

I was able to start over despite my doubts, with my 3 young daughters, after a very rough divorce
singermagic1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Henria O. said...

After having my first child in my thirties, I was severely physically crippled and spent the better part of the next four months in bed. It was a horrible experience and I experienced a severe depression. I wondered if we would ever have another child. This was also hard on my husband. Almost four years later, after recovering physically and mentally, we now have a second child.
sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

Ardy22 said...

Your story was moving. My impossible dream is to finally pay off our mortgage!

ardy22 at earthlink dot net

shiloh said...

Enjoyed your story, keep on keeping on. Their are dreams yet to be realized.

ShesAnAngel said...

I haven't made the impossible happen yet but I am working on it! So many things in my life just never worked out so I am hoping this is for a real reason and I tell you I need that miracle to happen right now, I can't take it much longer!

justine417@comcast.net

AmyLynn said...

I have overcome many broken hearts and bad relationships to find my husband. We have been married for over 5 years. He supports me no matter what and was my rock while going back to school.

Betty C said...

I realize the obstacles I have overcome are very small in comparison to others I'm reading about. Congratulations to everyone who has succeeded in overcoming your challenges.

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carolpie said...

Congrats on your book!
Overcoming? Well, I lost my daughter who was 21. I wouldn't say I have overcome anything -only to be still here.

Auriette said...

I always wanted to make a movie and I studied filmmaking in college, but didn't put much time and effort into my student project. A few years ago, I finally had my chance, when I won a contest by submitting a blurb about the short film I wanted to make. Because I had been developing ideas, even though I hadn't written anything, I had the perfect scenario, and it was easy to jot it down in a few words. I didn't expect to win, but I did. The opportunity came at the worst possible time - my dad was dying of cancer, and I was working two jobs as I transitioned from one career to another. I got the film made, though, and I'm really pleased with how it came out. The moral is that when opportunity knocks, you have to be ready, or it will pass you by.

miriama said...

PTSD, panic attacks, severe depression, anxiety. These are things I live with every day. So my victories may not be as big as others: writing a novel (amazing) or surviving cancer. Mine might involve going to the store. LOL But I take each step one at a time.

mail4rosey said...

I didn't know I was poor growing up, and I attribute that to a wonderful set of grandparents who always had time for, and enjoyed having me around. Owning a house, or a car, or going to college were not even options in our lives. After I was divorced I decided to go to college. The benefits have been phenomenal. I am now 3/4 of the way through my doctorate degree and I hope I have started a new chain of expectations for future generations in our family. I consider my schooling a miracle and I'm very grateful for it.

msurosey@yahoo.com

Jodi said...

Something that I did was to overcome a rough time of my life. I was so far down, I didn't see a way up, but instead of falling into that hole, I kept on keeping on, and slowly things started getting better and better and better.

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ladyt64 said...

I was told I could never have children. After my first one I was told not to have anymore that I probably would die. It's many years later and I have four wonderful kids that I love very much.

js22 said...

My major obstacles have been in my job. In the early 90?s our company had rumors of lay-offs for the first time in the company’s history. Our management kept telling us we were unaffected at the same time that one of them was getting his assistant’s title changed so she wouldn’t be laid off. Well, my niece was being baptised, so I travelled for that, and was away when the axe fell. One of my co-workers had emailed me that our department was hard hit- apparently a similar product was being developed in Germany, and it was cheaper to layoff people in the USA. When I got back, I’d worked for half a day, went home for lunch, came back and was told, and yes these are the words he used ‘You are surplus’ . It was April 1st. But that was no April fools.
Fortunately my skills were top-notch at the time thanks to that company, but still, when there are no jobs available, that doesn’t help if you want to stay in the area.
I did get a contract job, supposedly a half hour from home, but it turned out to be an hour away. AND the guy who got me the job, he had an ulterior motive – he had an employee coming from India who needed a ride to the same site where I was working. Once that guy got his license and a car, suddenly my contract was over!
Another ten months though, and I did finally find another job which made the most of my skills.
That was one of the roughest times in my life.
We’re going through a similar time now – I’m hoping to win a major lottery jackpot SOON!

email in blogger profile.

Lisanne624 said...

I really enjoyed reading your inspiring story!

lahlstedt (at) gmail (dot) com

Atreau said...

Having battled with weight all my life, I'm finally getting it under control.

michtuck said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story. My obstacle:

I have been overweight my whole life, at least since I was 5. About 10 years ago I was diagnosed with Diabetes, along with various other health issues I had. I never took care of it, didn't take my meds or watch what I eat, I was in denial. This past May, I ended up having temporary kidney failure. I was so scared, as my mother has total kidney failure and is on dialysis for the rest of her life. At that moment, I started taking my medication, eating healthy, and exercising. I have lost 35 lbs since then. It's going to be a long, hard battle for me, but I'm in it now, and there's no turning back. Thank you for sharing your story.

Swtlilchick said...

My biggest challenge has been
fighting depression all my life.
It is hard to stay afloat sometimes
but with the help of my faith and
family,I sustain and try to smile
even when it hurts to.I am looking forward to seeing this movie

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

guettel78 said...

Your story's a true testament to courage and resilience - thanks for sharing! I achieved my own impossible, though much more modest, goal of completing my doctorate a couple years ago, and I feel pride even now that I was able to persevere and achieve a lifelong goal of mine. Thanks!

gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

Chip said...

We put our house on the market at the worst possible time and moved out of state. It took a whole year to sell it and we lost tons of money, but the fact is, we were able to get a fresh start and worth it all. Life is good.
chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

Tammigirl said...

I think I haven't had my big story of triumph yet. I'm saving it for later, I guess.

I mean, I've overcome a lot in my life, but I want my own achievement. Struggling to overcome life junk is not enough for me. I want accomplishment, you know?

I've been to Versailles and I have to say it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I would love to live there for a year. Wouldn't you?

Kelsey said...

Amazing! You never know what you will run across in the blogosphere. I'm going to check out those books of yours! Thanks for sharing.
Kelsey
micahandkelsey1(at)cox(dot)net

JJ said...

After my first child was born I went through a year or more of horrible depression unfortunately I was not aware what was going on becasue I was in my own mindset but have grown so much since then and managed to control this from happening again and help others in their time also