I wanted to share an extraordinary story with you about the Dream Year book. But more importantly, it's about the dream of an amazing person named Rachel Moore. She was the assistant editor on Dream Year and walked with me through the whole publishing process. What happened at the end is nothing short of remarkable. Here's an email she wrote me back in July. I just got permission to share it with you...
I wanted to write you with the sincerest thank you the book you wrote. In order to follow my own Dream Year, I submitted my notice of resignation last week to pursue a career in dance.
Even though dance has been my passion since I could move, I had decided many years ago that I would not pursue it as a career. Governed by a fear of failing as a performer (in New York City, no less!), I followed the more practical route of high school to college to steady-paying office job.
Once here, I was lulled into complacency by a dependable income and health insurance. I convinced myself and convinced myself that dance was not the career choice I should make. Like you mention in your manuscript, my life was fine as it was. Why change it around?
It was reading and helping ***** edit your manuscript that lit the spark in my stomach. I had been keeping myself from dreaming for so long. But I watched myself offer structural and line edits and write promotional copy for Dream Year, and I felt the greatest hypocrite. Here I was working on a book telling me to follow my dreams, and I was doing exactly what it said not to.
I kept your very advice in mind that reminds us not to say “No” for other people, and I auditioned and have been accepted into a West African dance company called Kotchegna. In leaving *****, I will be able to devote myself to training, auditioning, and performing with this and other groups. Your words and support pushed me to pursue a dream I had all but swallowed away.
Rachel and her dance company are crowd-funding their show on Indiegogo. Would you please take a look at this page and consider helping them launch this dream?