When I went back to school in 2008 to start working on a bachelor’s degree, I joined the rank of cafe dwellers. I started going into Barnes & Noble every day to get homework done and study for exams. That was ten years ago and I haven’t left since. I found that old habits die hard and after spending five years to get my degree, I realized I wasn’t done with learning. I loved it too much.

Sitting in cafes, I’ve finished degrees, as mentioned, graded papers from classes I taught, started businesses, written books, and started a blog — thanks for reading! 🙂

I also love reading and coffee, like really love reading and coffee. So, it’s been about a ten-year love affair with Barnes & Noble and I couldn’t be happier. But just when you think you can’t be happier, Life goes and does something to make you happier (That’s hard for some of you to grasp because you’re used to things going poorly in life. Start expecting better things to happen. Better things will happen. Your thinking RIGHT NOW is forming your reality.)

I’m never surprised when people’s dreams come true. I fully believe in dreams and expect them to pass through into the realm of tangible reality. A few months back, I was talking with a friend that was managing a food service vendor and she talked about her real passion of decorating cakes. She was talking about it with crazy excitement, certainty, and enthusiasm. I saw her post yesterday that she’s accepted a position as a cake decorator where she’ll also be training others how to decorate cakes. Those people that will be learning from her are in for a treat — no pun intended– because it’s cake decorating– get it?– They’re in for a great experience because there is nothing like being in the classroom of someone that LOVES their work. She’s getting on a plane today for Atlanta and headed straight to her dream-reality.

I love writing, obviously, I write blogs and books. But I love everything about being in a bookstore and yes, my heart especially goes out to Barnes & Noble. I’ve accomplished things there that, at first, seemed huge and hugely impossible. Especially going after the Biology degree. I hated High School with a searing passion. Once I realized that I actually enjoyed learning, I started to wonder if I actually had what it took to get the bachelor’s in such a difficult discipline. I did and all of my work was done in that bookstore.

When they asked if I’d like to be featured in a book signing event, that was one of those moments of dreams crossing over into tangible reality. Having an opportunity to do a book signing event at the Barnes & Noble that I’ve spent and spend so much time working on these dreams is a clear testament to dreaming, acting on, and living within those dreams.

So, if you’re free on May, 11th at 7:00 p.m., come say hello 🙂

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