Chasing Your Dreams & Catching One!

You spend years chasing, dreaming, planning, working, striving, sacrificing, sleep deprived, agonizing, and dreaming even more. Until one day all that chasing finally pays off and then you come to a screeching halt. You’ve finally caught the one dream you’ve spent millions of seconds, minutes, hours, thousands of days, hundreds of months, and numerous years making yourself stressed and exhausted over and now you the day has finally come…

When I was a little girl just like most, I dreamt of being a ballerina, a veterinarian, a singer, a musician, a model, an athlete. I even wanted to be an oceanographer for the longest time but my biggest dream was to be a writer and not just any writer. I wanted to be able to write what I wanted to write about and make a living doing it. Through all the years of highschool and being told how and what I needed to write about, writing kind of became a burden but when I could be free to write about whatever I wanted, it became my release, my healing process, my best friend, a place where I felt like I finally fit in, somewhere I didn’t feel judged. So I kept that side of my writing locked away in stacks of journals, on pieces of napkins-scribbled into poems, short stories on scrap paper, endless ideas jotted down on post-it notes and index cards.

I tried every aspect of writing…business, medical, journalism, poetry, children’s, you name it I’ve dabbled in it all! I’ve even tried to give up my writing especially in my mid-twenties. I had constant reminders from people I thought were my friends ask me “When I was going to grow up?” “When was I going to get a real job?” “When was I going to stop living in a dream world?” So I tried to give it up, I got the real job, gave up my dreams, for a while it worked but I always had this nagging feeling that I was missing apart of myself. I needed to write. I only felt like myself when I did write and it was always in the back of my mind-everyday! The more I tried to ignore it the more stressed and irritable I would get. So I tried to do the journalistic side again and it’s just not my style of writing.

So when I found out I was pregnant with my first child I decided to start journaling again and keep track of my thoughts, worries, feelings and I realized how much I love and missed writing. Then I got the itch to start one of the many projects I had kept tucked safely away in a drawer and once I started there was no turning back.

After almost four years, 2 babies, a full-time job, starting 2 new businesses this year, endless editing, losing 50 pages of the manuscript, set-backs, little sleep, a nagging 92-year old grandmother bugging me about when she could read the finished copy, and a burning desire to accomplish my biggest dream… I am excited to announce that I have a new “baby!” (Not a human) But today launches the debut of my first fiction novel, “The Road to Chianti.” I’ve leaked some info early because I couldn’t contain my excitement long enough to wait for my hard bound copies that got stuck in transit in Pennsylvania when hurricane Sandy left her mark on us and the entire east coast last week. So close friends and family got their hands on their copies early. As more and more people ask for a copy, I’m noticing that my young-adult novel is crossing over into the adult fiction genre which is even more exciting! (Now I can daydream more that I’ll be the next Stephanie Myers-“Twillight” or J.K. Rowling-“Harry Potter.” It never hurts to dream right?) 🙂

So with much a deux here it is (drum roll please….) My new novel “The Road to Chianti!”  “Set in Tuscany, this action packed adventure will take you on a journey through cobblestone streets, dark forests, and gorgeous piazzas. The Road to Chianti explores the power of love to triumph over adversity and the importance of having a place to call your own.” You can find out more information about it or get your own copy at http://www.kellyhughesroberts.com

Or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/author.kellyhughesroberts  Or order directly from Amazon!

So, now what?? I’ve chased the dream and caught it. Now I’ve got to go out and sell it! And then I’m off to start on the next big one…hope you enjoy it!!

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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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