Hello, World! I don’t think you’re ready for super-powered dreamer LaDonna Cole. Our paths crossed recently when her book, The Sphere Chronicles, released–and now she’s here to let me pick her brain about her dreams. Please welcome to the Dreamer Spotlight the lovely LaDonna Cole.
Me: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
LaDonna Cole: I always wanted to be a superhero. But since that was silly, I decided a secret agent would be cool.
LaDonna Cole: As I got older, (10 years old) I decided I wanted to be a medical missionary. But when I was 16, my world fell apart. My parents were divorced and my mom, sis, and I moved away. I floundered through the first few years of college. Running from anything resembling ministry, I tried prelaw and psychology. Finally surrendered and went away to college to major in missions and music. I went on a missions trip to Alaska, then came home and went to nursing school.
Me: What do you do now?
LaDonna Cole: I am a Psychiatric RN and Anger Management Therapist specializing in Grief Recovery.
Me: I’m granting you a super power (almost like your childhood dream, right?) that’ll enable you to make your biggest dream come true–guaranteed.
LaDonna Cole: Yay! That would be my earliest childhood dream come true. Lol
Me: What are you going to do with your superpower?
LaDonna Cole: I have a dream that one day I’ll live at Heartwork Village. For years now, it has been my dream to help families overcome grief and loss at this campus. It’s so real in my mind. I can see the patterns on the wood paneling, the curtains in the windows, the faces of kids and parents as they learn to communicate, work through the stages of grief, and find healing in a safe, family oriented environment. I’ve written the curriculum, the job descriptions, the training program, and offered it at boys and girls clubs, churches, and a summer camp program.
(Get out of town–this is so vivid I can almost see it on the inside of me. To see some of her writing about grief and loss follow this link.)
Me: Did you ever give up on your dreams?
LaDonna Cole: I didn’t, but I gave up on fruitlessly chasing my tail in circles. In 2011, I went to a writer’s conference called the Ragged Edge and I realized my primary calling was to write. All the prior years of dreaming and honing had been on paper, in stories, in writing curriculum and job descriptions…everything I’d ever dreamed of doing, I did. On paper. It was an epiphany. I am a writer! I put striving to purchase a campground on hold, and it became the setting for The Holding Kate Series.
Me: What would you say to someone who’s debating whether or not to risk chasing their dreams?
LaDonna Cole: Think very hard and carefully about reasoning yourself out of a dream. Listen to your joy. It is telling you exactly where you should be in life. For my young friends, I say: Don’t entangle yourself in anything that does not directly relate to your dream: relationships, marriage, debt, the pressure of parents or society to succeed, wants, bio clocks, anything that calls you to distraction from your primary purpose on the planet. To my young at heart friends, I say: Downsize. Get out of debt, get free of unworthy causes and baggage, and get yourself to a place where you can actually follow your dreams again. Don’t let this life whiz by with you wondering and regretting where you missed it. It’s never too late to pick up your joy.
Ladies and gentlemen–gold offered freely to you from LaDonna Cole.
I don’t know about you, but I feel so inspired! You can connect with LaDonna Cole via Facebook, Twitter, and even hop along to her own personal blog site and author website (with a whole bunch of book premises listed like….)
The Torn: Abducted to exotic worlds, Kate and a team of teen misfits confront inner monsters brought to life. Dragons, creatures, tornados, and natives terrorize them as they fight to survive in twisted alternate realities and overcome emotional turmoil. Torn between sizzling passion or loyal stability, between self-loathing or independence, Kate is forced to choose to live with horrifying consequences or kill the monster who loves her.
And, because the words and music totally grabbed me, the book trailer for The Torn:
LaDonna’s dream. Enough said.
As a closing question, I asked: What superpower would you have?
LaDonna Cole: When I was little, I wanted to fly, but now I think I’d want telekinesis. I’d have a better chance of moving my books. 😉
Don’t give up on your dreams. And blow up Twitter with LaDonnaisms. They’re just that good.
“Don’t let this life whiz by with you wondering and regretting where you missed it. It’s never too late to pick up your joy.”