My favorite book has always been The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It is a story about pursuing your dreams but learning along the journey of the treasures you have always carried within. I have countless copies of this book from the many journeys I have been on in my life, highlighting and making notes in these paperbacks when I reread it every year whenever I felt lost or my path unclear. It has taken me years to realize that applying for jobs and trying to fit in the qualifications of a job descriptions was a pointless task utilizing hours of my time that should have been put into myself. When I created Stand-Up Librarian, I had the hope that someone would discover me and see my passion for libraries and hire me. After five long years and hundreds of job applications later, someone finally did. But he met me as the Stand-Up Librarian, wearing a book dress I made and selling my literary purses and accessories at a book fair I was the spokesperson for. I had also performed my literary parody songs the night before and been featured in several newspapers. He would later hire me without my ever having to apply for the job or offer a resume. I would spend the next five years building a library from scratch where I would also become friends with a co-worker who loved to read as much as I did and would eventually become my husband. I share this story because some of the best things in life happen because you create the things that make you happiest and then the right opportunities find you.
Lastly, I figured I would share ten of my favorite things I accomplished over the past ten years. Some were crazy ideas that became goals to attain and others just came out of left field and turned into incredible adventures I never could have planned. I am so grateful to all of my friends and fans that I have been there with me the past 10 years attending my shows, buying items from my shop, reading my blog and news articles, following me on social media, and for all the literary love you have shared with me. Thank you so much.
So, Happy 10th Anniversary Stand-Up Librarian. I got you the perfect gift...
1. Interview authors, librarians and tour unique libraries for my You Tube channel (2011)
*Videos at my You Tube channel!