“Elixir Pursuits” documentary series following creative careers: starring Hereford Author and Poet Catherine Vaughan

Elixir Pursuits is a new documentary series created by Hooty a Vintage clothes shop owner where she films and interviews local talents in Herefordshire who are pursuing their dreams. The aim of her series is to uncover the elixir found in these creative careers and share guidance for creative and entrepreneurial souls.

This episode features me in depth behind and behind the scenes of the Poetry Slam I organized, hosted and performed in. There is an interview of me before the show and after.

Here’s some background into the series and you can hear more about Hooty watch the video on Youtube.

Show your support for our Indie Docu-maker and Store owner by visiting her shop and liking her Facebook Page.

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The Bohemian Essayist, Abolitionist & Philosopher: Henry David Thoreau

This time last year I paraphrased an immensely inspiring quote by Henry David Thoreau “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” 

 

A year later I am truly living by this. This time last year I was jobless, feeling depressed/hopeless and had health problems-I’m still recovering there are still ups and downs but I have accomplished so much in recent weeks alone. A year after originally sharing that quote I have x3 books, online boutiques and so much more in the works.

Thoreau is our September selection because his words are deep and meaningful. If I hadn’t learned the importance to live a dream one imagines and desires – albeit vaguely – my blog – would not have continued on, there’d be no publications by me… If someone told me this time last year that not only would I be inspired by Thoreau’s word but I would actually take action and accomplish so much so fast I wouldn’t have believed you.

I’m taking a moment to look and assess how far I’ve come in such a short time frame. I’ve met lot’s of interesting creative types, I’ve read and taken the time to understand the importance of following your dreams. I’ve not just been listening and reading I have taken relevant steps to applying what I’ve learned sometimes they’ve been small steps others quantum leaps into making my dreams and passions a reality (some passions were simply dormant and unknown to me-I only ever had a vague ideally of what I wanted which was essentially to get published.) I’m also working hard to make sure that this all combines to provide myself a good career path.

And so my dear and very loyal reader’s I shall leave you with more inspiring quotes by Henry and who knows maybe it could spark a creative streak of success for you too! Good luck!

♡ “Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.” 

♡  “Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” 

♡  “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”  

Ignore em’, trash em’. Rolling with Rowling…

“You’ll never make money writing children’s book,” said an Authors agent. Then you’re faced with 12 rejections of your manuscript. What now? What next?

Why bother?

What now? Hand your book proposal to another Publisher. What next? Get your book published. Why bother? Because you have worked hard to craft and polish your children’s book manuscript, you feel compelled to get the story published, and why not just go for it? Hmmm 12 publisher rejections is a lot. Maybe you won’t make any money with this book, maybe the children’s genre is not a safe bet?

It’ll never succeed, this was all a wasted effort. I’ll stop. That’s it, enough is enough. Maybe the agent and publishers are right. My book is pointless, it won’t sell.

What if J.K Rowling had ended her thought trail on the above sentiments? 12 manuscript rejections, the utterance of children’s book not making money by her own literary agent. This all happened to the author of the multi-million selling Harry Potter books. What if she never got past no, never got past the disbelief, past the disappointments? She’d be just like the rest of us. Nothing wrong with that. But think of all that she would have missed out on: the film and franchise of her beloved Harry and becoming the World’s 1st Billionaire Author! She still is like the rest of us: enjoying family, taking the bus with the same insecurities and same desire for happiness in life.

So sometimes we have to ignore the critics say eff-U to those lacking faith in your genuine brilliance and trash the insecurities to do what you were born to do, even if it just means getting it outta your system and completing a goal.

Sometimes so called experts o the highly experienced are wrong. Sometimes you have to get their opposing views outta your head because they are just plain wrong and they are more than opposing you they are oppressing you. True leadership and brilliance is rare and sometimes a Ph.D is meaningless other times not. It’s a constant weighing up and making black and white what we do and what we hear.

First analyse and rigorously dissect the good, bad and ugly of your work or goals. If it is truly good enough go for it. Focus on it:

Follow

One

Course

Until

Successful

And then you meet the gatekeepers they say no. Plough through or find another passageway to get into. The CEO, the project manager or the publisher says no. Is it true what they are saying? Sometimes it might not be. You cannot disregard specialist’s. But other times you may have to. That’s the hard part, having to efficiently identify that distinction. Sadly all the titles, qualificatiosn and experience can be futile, and their opinion is simply an abyss into Hell if you follow their ‘advice’.

Ignore them and you may be taking the Stairway to Heaven or Highway to Hell. That’s a distinction to figure out later when you hit the Big Time!

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