As this year comes to a close I’d like to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who helped support the #TRUEFACE movement in 2015.
True Face started life as this tiny poem:
Don’t show me your Tweet Face or ur txt spk
Show me your true face and let your heart speak
This tiny poem grew into a 230 page book.
The book spawned this blog, numerous articles and a speaking tour – all thanks to the overwhelming support of so many people.
My publishers, Faber & Faber, countless high schools, literary festivals and other organisations, book bloggers and reviewers, readers of the book and contributors to this blog.
Thank you all so much.
Over the past year I’ve talked to thousands of people about True Face and the importance of being true to yourself in what can feel like an increasingly crazy and inauthentic world.
One thing I’ve learned from speaking to so many people on this theme is that we all share the same doubts and insecurities and we all face the same pressures.
We all have an inner voice of doom. We all have moments where we feel inadequate in comparison to others.
The question is how we handle our fears.
One question I ask the audience in all of my True Face talks is: What are you proud of achieving?
This question is always met with an initial awkwardness but once I get people to dig beneath their embarrassment or reluctance to appear arrogant, there are some incredible revelations.
We might all share the same fears but we also all have many reasons to feel happy and proud – if only we take the time to look for them.
So, to end your year on a high note, take some time to reflect on all the things you feel proud of achieving in 2015.
They could be academic or career-related.
They could be more personal.
Think of all the times this year when you’ve overcome fear.
Think of all the times you’ve been true to yourself.
Feel proud of these achievements. And use your pride to fuel your dreams for the future.
This is the last time I’m going to be posting on this site.
From now on I’ll be blogging solely at Dare to Dream.
If you haven’t visited Dare to Dream before, here are a few posts to tempt you in:
- End Your Year on a High By Counting Your Blessings and Learning Your Lessons
- Ten Life Lessons Learned on the True Face Book Tour
- Social Media – Don’t Let it Be the Boss of You
- How to Create a Loose Plot for Your Novel or Story
This isn’t the end of my True Face work.
Far from it.
This site will remain as a wonderful archive of articles and interviews to dip into for True Face inspiration.
And I’ll continue blogging on the True Face theme over at Dare to Dream.
Next year my novel The Moonlight Dreamers will be coming out.
The Moonlight Dreamers is a celebration of love, friendship and the importance of being true to yourself and following your dreams.
It’s the perfect fictional companion to True Face.
I’m planning many fun events with a Moonlight Dreamer and True Face theme for 2016.
If that sounds like your kind of thing then please follow my Dare to Dream blog and you’ll be kept right up to date.
Let me leave you with the quote that inspired The Moonlight Dreamers and let 2016 be the year that you achieve your biggest, boldest dreams…
“Yes, I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees dawn before the rest of the world.” Oscar Wilde.