Hello friends! It’s been too long, hasn’t it? Dreams may need to be put on hold sometimes to get the job done, and Denica McCall gets that. She’s the author of the new Flowers In the Darkness, and she’s packed some good advice in here.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Like most kids, I went through many phases of wanting to be different things. Here are some I remember: An artist, a comic strip writer, a graphic designer, an astronomer (I accredit this merely to my love of stars, not any scientific ability), a teacher, a photographer, a dancer, and finally a writer.
What do you do now?
I am currently employed as a nanny and am a creative writer in my off hours.
I’m giving you a super power that will make your biggest dream come true–guaranteed. What’s going to happen?
This is a hard question. There are so many things I want to happen. But if you say super power, that power would have to be teleportation. I have the desire to go to so many different places all over the world. I would use this power to visit long-distance friends, go on mission trips, tour Ireland and other countries, and do book research and book tours. And if you’re going to throw money in there, I’d love to open some kind of artist’s retreat center (perhaps in Ireland?), where artists can get away, be encouraged by each other’s presence and collaborate to create some amazing things. I also love connecting art with missions, so I would love for this to be a place where creativity finds ways to partner with and infuse life into organizations and people doing some awesome mission work around the world.
Did you ever give up on your dreams?
I haven’t given up per se, at least not my dream of writing. Though I have plenty of discouraging moments along the journey where I need to be reminded why I’m doing what I’m doing as well as to remember who I am, apart from what I produce.
There have been seasons in my life where I’ve given up other “dreams,” such as some of those things I listed in the first question. But I would call it more of a realization that, though a part of me is drawn to, let’s say, dancing, I need to give my time and efforts to writing, because I have limited energy and resources. And writing is something I desire to build a career on. That isn’t to say don’t pursue anything else on the side, just know what you can handle in a given season, and trust your instincts on what it is that makes you come most alive.
What advice do you have for people who are trying to decide if they should chase their dreams?
Does the thought of or the action of doing your dream make you come alive in a way that nothing else really does? If it’s something you are always ready to talk about, makes your heart beat a little faster or sends butterflies through your stomach, it’s probably something you were made to do. Now that doesn’t mean it’s easy to pursue our dreams, because often it requires huge leaps of faith and a lot of risk. My advice is don’t be afraid. Don’t let your dream remain potential because you gave into fear. Don’t forsake all wisdom, but at the same time sometimes you have to ignore human logic in order to chase what you really want. What makes you come alive will bless those who get to partake of or participate in what you create or do, so it’s worth it.
If you could have any super power in the world, besides what I just gave you, what would it be?
Flying. Because flying is awesome.
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Denica McCall is a creative writer who believes words and story possess the power to help people encounter their Creator. She is currently a nanny and a member of Northwest Christian Writers Association. In 2011, she graduated with an associate’s degree from the School of Prophetic Arts in Kirkland, Washington with studies in creative writing, drama, and dance. Denica’s poetry book, Flowers in the Darkness, written to support the fight against human trafficking in Seattle, released on June 16th, 2015 and is available on Amazon. She has had four movie reviews published on Christiananswers.net’s Spotlight on Entertainment page. Denica writes a blog to encourage artists and share short stories and poetry. She has completed two full length supernatural novels which are in the editing process and has begun a third: a YA fantasy.