The Importance of Dreaming Big

The Importance of Dreaming Big | Meg D. GonzalezOriginally published as a guest post on Talk Less, Say More.

“I want to be a doctor, a ballerina, and a house-builder.” At my kindergarten graduation, this was my answer to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

As kids, we know how to dream big, don’t we? But it seems like somewhere along the way between high school and college and needing a job that will pay the rent, we seem to forget those big dream. Instead of setting our eyes on the horizon, we set our eyes on the weekend to the time when we can binge-watch our current Netflix obsession.

Don’t get me wrong, we need time to relax and unwind. But we need to find a better balance between downtime and pursuing our dreams.

I’ve been writing novels since I was 14 years old. Between theater practice and homework, I would find time to pound out a few hundred words because I had a dream of becoming a published author one day.

Fast forward to college, I fiddle with short stories (which I hated) for creative writing class, but other than that I was too busy to fit writing into my schedule. I had class and sleep and friends to worry about.

After college, I had a weird transition year in which I moved to Mexico. I couldn’t get a job because I didn’t have the right visa—and my Spanish was awful. After a month of binge-watching TV, I sat my butt down to write 5,000 words a week.

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I had no clue what I was doing. I had no idea other than “Teenage girl travels to Mexico. Funny things happen.” But I had a dream, a goal in mind.

I finished that first, horrible draft and then I picked it to pieces. Whole chapters landed on the cutting room floor. I read books and articles on the craft of writing. I studied and worked, and by the time I was done. I was pretty darn proud of myself.

I hired an editor to help me refine the story. I thought she’d come back telling me how great the story was. Nope. Not even close.

Back to the cutting room. Back to the books on craft. Back to the hours of hard work, but I was now back in the States, balancing a full time job. It was tiring and at times I hated the work, but I had a passion for it and I could not stop.

Once again, I was proud of myself. I was ready for an agent, I thought. So I sought out a conference. Instead of an agent, I got an ego check and a whole lot of knowledge. I allowed myself about four hours to feel crushed. I crawled back to my room and cried to my husband. Then I picked myself up, soaked in everything I could, and went back to the drawing board.

I started the novel again from scratch. It was painful and painstaking. I left my job and found more flexible work. It didn’t pay as much, but it allowed me to pursue my goal.

I hired yet another editor. And finally, I had moved past the story-wide problems. More conferences, more heartbreak, but I made some amazing connections. Those connections led me to my first break—an agent.

Months of refinement and proposals later, I was offered a book deal. Now, three and a half years after I began the first draft, my YA travel novel, Sketchy Tacos, is for sale on Amazon.

Sketchy Tacos by Meg D. Gonzalez | Mila’s summer in Mexico is going to be perfect. She has a plan. If only life would stick to it. After facing everything from a flash flood to Moctezuma’s revenge, from a romantic date for two to a gaggle of snide girls, teenage artist Mila Gulick finds the biggest challenge comes from the war within herself. Her heart, her art, and even her safety are at risk as she struggles to find a balance between cultural differences, old assumptions, and strange romance. Will her trip end in disaster or will she find the strength for which she’s been searching?

When you dare to dream big and throw all your effort into making those dreams come true, you can move mountains.

One month or one year goals are great, but you’ll see true change in those three-, five-, and ten-year goals. For those college entrance essays, they ask us what we want to do with our life. Too often, that’s the last time we ask ourselves this crucial question. Well, no more!

For me, I want to be a career author. I want to make a full-time living from writing and teaching other how to write so they can skip all the painful mistakes I made.

What about you? What do you want to accomplish in your life? How will your contributions make the world a better place?

These are the questions we need to asking to live all out and accomplish our dreams.

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By | 2017-03-08T09:05:03+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Education, Encouragement, Everyday Adventures, Goals, My Journey|4 Comments

About the Author:

I'm a tea-sipping, adventure-seeking, pug-loving kind of girl. I'm crazy for God and want to share his love with awesome girls around the globe.


  1. college education April 30, 2017 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    It’s hard to find educated people on this topic, but you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  2. Rachel G April 19, 2017 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    Hurray! Go for it, girl! I share your authorial dreams and also the struggles with not knowing whether I’ll have the courage and tenacity to really pursue them. This week is launch week for my book on Amazon, and I’m glad to have made it this far (as there were a number of occasions when I wanted to admit I couldn’t do it or give up), but I know the the work isn’t done just because the book has been released!

  3. Robin March 8, 2017 at 9:19 am - Reply

    I love your story, your behind the scenes narrative about your journey. So often we read the edited version of a story, which does not share the hard work, the effort, the tenacity, the perseverance, or the sweat in pursuing our dreams. I believe it is so important to openly share our narratives so our readers can find God in our journey. Our journeys are not always easy but if we stay focused on God and not our circumstances, we will reach our destination! His will, His way!

    • Megan Gonzalez March 8, 2017 at 10:06 am - Reply

      Thank you Robin! It is a long, hard path, but I love writing so it was absolutely worth it! God was with me every step of the way, and I learned so much.

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