Making My Dreams to Become an Author Come True

I am going to publish a book. There I finally said it. I put it out into the universe and just made myself accountable not only to all of you, but to myself.

I have always been a writer, but I want to become an author. I want to tap into my soul and share my inner most thoughts. I want to touch your heart with my words. I want to create the magic for others that I feel when I curl up with a good book.

What I realize is that like everything else, this is a path you not only have to want, but you actually have to take. A dream alone is not enough.

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This weekend I went to a Femworking meeting (yes, I talk about this group a lot) and afterwards sat down with Jasmyn Price, who is an amazing business coach. I thought I was sitting down to discuss a business strategy for another project. What ended up happening was that she lifted the veil from my eyes.

She made me realize that I have been distracting myself long enough. She made me see that “one day” is now. There always has to be a day one. A beginning. A conscious choice to actually do what your heart has been telling you to do for a long time.

I have so many fears though. What if I’m not good enough? Will people actually want to read yet another book from a Mommy blogger? How will I stand out from the others? Do I need to be the best, or is it enough to accomplish my goal? What if I put my heart into this book and it turns out to be terrible?

So, I did what I have learned works for me. I started a support group. I gathered a few like-minded people who share similar dreams and started a private Facebook group. I will not take this journey alone. I will lean on them and in turn will be their crutch when the time comes. This has always been the secret to my success.

When I started my daycare business, it was my mother-in-law who was my go-to person for support because she has successfully run a daycare business for more than 20 years. When I started my blog, I found a group of local bloggers who were there for me and helped me in countless ways. We always went above and beyond to help each other by sharing posts, sharing ideas and attending each other’s events.  Now, as I take this new journey, I know I am not alone. I have a community… oh and all of you to tell me to keep on writing!

Do you have a community that supports you? What gives you the strength to carry on with your dreams? Are you still just dreaming, or are you doing something about those dreams? Please leave a comment or join the discussion on the Tiny Steps Mommy Facebook page.


Nicole Dash is a writer, blogger and business owner who lives in the suburbs outside Washington, DC with her husband and four children. She started her career as a journalist and copy editor. She also managed public relations and corporate communications for a national franchise company, but in 2006 started a child care business. In 2012, she launched Tiny Steps Mommy, a lifestyle and parenting blog that quickly gained a following and connected her to an expansive group of women-owned businesses. In 2013, she started a digital marketing consulting business that focused on growing community in an authentic way. Through those connections she was inspired to open Play, Work or Dash, a coworking space that also offers onsite childcare up to three hours per day. It is where like-minded professionals pursue their business goals with the extra level of support parents desire; a place where you "bring your kids to work." She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community. She has been published on The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode and Pop Sugar.




  1. I’m so excited to hear more! I can’t wait to learn more about your project. Can’t wait to read it too!
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  2. I do have a supportive group of bloggers and friends (and family, to a degree) that support my goals, my writing. For me, the writing is not an option. I am not myself when I’m not writing and yet I allow myself to combat the absolute need to write. I make up reasons why I can’t do it right now or today at all. I make up reasons that make no sense but I give in to them anyway. I’m done with that. I’ve got to make this my day one, make this my start (and say the hell with the false starts because they’re in the past; I can’t get them back to restart anyway, right?). I’m with you, looking forward to the FemWorking conference in the hope that it’ll give me an extra nudge.
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    • You are so right! When your soul tells you that you are a writer, there is no ignoring this. It’s like a painter or musician. You must create. To push this aside is to ignore a vital part of yourself. I’ve had plenty of false starts myself, but there is no time like today to start anew. I really am looking forward to meeting you at the conference!

  3. Nicole – I love this! I was on vacation with my husband and another couple (celebrating our 10-yr anniversaries early in June) and at dinner one night we went around and said goals. I said that I wanted to publish a short e-book via my blog before the end of the year. Saying it out loud made it real for some reason and I went home and DID IT! (I’m almost ready to publish, just putting finishing touches on it. It’ll go out by the end of September.)

    I can’t wait to meet you at the Femworking conference! 🙂
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    • This is so great! I can’t wait to read your ebook! I think actually setting your goal and doing this is like finishing a marathon. There is no greater thrill. I can’t wait to meet you as well!

  4. Congratulations on taking your first steps towards one of your dreams. That is such a great idea to start a Facebook group for support. Excited to meet you at the Femworking conference!
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    • I’m excited to meet you as well! The Facebook support group when with the right people truly can make a difference. It’s nice to know there is someone to chat with who gets it!

  5. Go Nicole! Can’t wait to read your book 🙂 Thanks for being an inspiration!