I used to be such an all or nothing person. If I couldn’t achieve something the way I envisioned, then what was the point? I was a failure! I was always my worst critic. But, now I see that I’ve achieved many goals just via different methods than I planned. I wanted to live and breathe history, to use my degree with purpose. I had thought that meant museum work or higher education. Now, I use it day in, and day out, however, I want with my writing career! I wanted to have a busy, crazy family life. I thought that meant having half a dozen children. When I faced infertility problems and then financial constraints, it seemed my dream was over. Now, I see my two children are more than enough to give me a crazy life and complete our family. Hold your goals and dreams close but be open-minded about the route to get there!