Dreams Do Come True

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This a lengthy post, longer than my usual posts. Below is the actual post I made here on WordPress seven years ago. I am sharing it all with you guys because I never thought that, that one single moment of “airport boredom” could actually change my life and my perspective about writing and publishing. I started out with only a few followers. My first post (one below) had three ( 3) likes. 

Seven years after, my Word Press family grew bigger. I’ve met interesting, talented, and, supportive bloggers/writers/poets, and eventually made friends with them. It has been a wonderful seven blogging/writing years. (I’d write a different post about the amazing people I’ve met here)

My first few years were a bit off, so to say. I didn’t know which and what direction to take as a writer or blogger or poet. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism so, I must be equipped with the basic knowledge in writing. I was a student writer as well back then, so writing is really not new anymore. I was also a teacher – coach for all of my students’ (including my own children) writing competitions, and I did pretty well as a coach the, I made champion writers out of my students and my daughter as well. 

Never did I thought that one day, I will be writing again myself, the least publish my own book. That one  “airport boredom”  piece of poetry prompted to many more WP posts/poetry. After years of struggling to find my voice, I made a breakthrough in poetry with my “Summer Rain” poem series – a poetry series in honor and remembrance of my beloved father you is now reunited in heaven with our creator. The response was very overwhelming and I realized I must be really doing something right. That time, I was posting under my pen name “michnavs”, with no profile bio or even a photo. My readers and followers were completely unaware of who I am/was. Then, came my next struggle. Should I go public about my identity? I don’t even have any social media accounts. I was enjoying the that I was writing anonymously. WP was my sort of my “virtual self”. Some of my closest friends and family don’t even know I was in WordPress. 

Well, until of course opportunity happens. Luck happens. Great thing happens. I had the best opportunity of working with Perak Women for Women Society, in helping to create awareness on abuse and violence. (I’d write a separate post to honor these lovely women)

I wrote my first book Last 2019. It was well-received in Ipoh, Perak. And then, the next is history, they say. Writing and speaking gigs happened one after the other. It boosted my confidence and I made several submissions to different international poetry platforms and online magazines. Surprisingly, my first ever submission was chosen among the hundreds of poems submitted. And, before I realized, I was making submissions almost every week and got published and made few award nominations too. ( I will write another post about my submission journey)

I then made my debut in the online publishing during the pandemic. My first ebook was well-received too, and thus, it gave birth to more, better, and greater opportunities.

Currently, as I mentioned in my previous post, I am working on some amazing projects.

I am expanding my poetry and my advocacy on “abuse and violence”, via my online instructional videos and awareness campaign. 

So, to all of my WP followers and readers, you will now be able to finally see the face behind “Michnavs” and behind all of my poetry. 

Final announcements and links will follow soon.

With this, I say, over and over again “dreams do come true” – even when you least expect it. Just quiet yourself and listen to what the universe is telling you. And, wait, just wait for that “perfect timing”.

“So hush now, the universe is telling you something”. (oh, my I think I just have another poetry collection theme)

Watch out for my second book too.

Thank you all wonderful WordPress people….cheers…

Thank you to my family for all of their support and encouragement. I would have not done it without them.

@michnavspoetry

My first WP post (https://michnavs.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/fly-high-flight-5j-799/)

I am a mother of four. A former college English Professor. It’s been two long years since I quit my job to be with my four beautiful girls—— full time. This means I got to prepare breakfast for them, drive them to school, pick them up in the afternoon, and tutor them in the evening. It’s exhausting but very rewarding. (and oh, in case you wanna know I am lean and fit at sighhhhhh…36 …they say I am the eldest version of my children) And as a usual reward, my husband would fly us all to Singapore every summer… for the past years, we’ve been flying through Cebu Pacific. I discovered that it’s very affordable not only that the flight attendants are really friendly…my list could actually go a long way so I wrote them down in poetry.. in case I haven’t mentioned I’m a self-proclaimed writer (Whatever that is……)

On a chilly morning

I hear your voice ringing;

signals a new beginning

wishing for a happy ending.

On this motion-filled place

I see your image as I trace;

signifying a new world to face

hoping it to be an enchanting maze.

On this seat, I first had your touch

feeling the warmth, marvelous as such;

waits as we soar waits as I catch

flying so high the sky within my touch.

Seven years and still flying

with you it’s wonderful and enchanting;

discovering new worlds so amazing

watching the stars oh breathtaking.

“thank you for flying with us

making Cebu pacific your airline of choice”;

intercom interrupting as I chase

ending a dream with a smile on my face.

through the years we’ve been in the sky

enjoying the heavens so might;

flying like the rich and famous safely

without being costly.

P.S.

this is not a paid article… I just thought you guys wanna travel in style minus the guilt of overspending for an airline ticket.

fly high and enjoy…..see you…

87 Comments

  1. Sadje says:

    Congratulations Mich. you’ve come a long way and I am so happy for your success. You have a talent for writing and with time you’ve honed it. Looking forward to your next adventure

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    1. michnavs says:

      thank you so much Sadje. i am really grateful for your support and encouragements.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re always welcome my dear

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  2. Secrets says:

    Wonderful post Mich and I personally didn’t find it overly lengthy, perhaps because I was fascinated. I loved reading about your journey 💜

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much.. i am happy you enjoyed this piece and my journey

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  3. calmkate says:

    yea congratulations Michelle, well done!

    A series, a third book, interviews .. and a professor, I never knew 🙂 What a pinnacle, your dreams have certainly come true, as they do for those who try and wait …

    Well I’ve only been blogging for five years … so hoping I make some impact in two years time when I make the lucky seven 🙂

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so so much Kate. you are one of those very few special people here on WP who really encourage me all the time. There were times (many times lol) i was losing the enthusiam, but you would always cheer me up and remind how special i am.

      Thank you so much.

      And yes you will.. and yeah you just made me think about that “lucky seven”

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      1. calmkate says:

        yes you seemed to falter for a while after your rain series, not sure about your direction … then you really clicked back in and got into a flow … now it’s your love series 🙂

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      2. michnavs says:

        And i have to thank you for always reminding me then…thank you kate😍😍

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      3. calmkate says:

        always a pleasure Michelle, now look how it’s turned out benefiting so many … have your daughter arrived yet?

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      4. michnavs says:

        Not yet Kate…but they are arriving soon..

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      5. calmkate says:

        ouch this is such a long soon Mich, praying for you all!

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      6. michnavs says:

        Thank you Kate..

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  4. Garfield Hug says:

    I finally get to know more about you. Proud of you and am glad your dream has come true and am sure, you will achieve greater heights! Garfield hugs!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so so much GH.. your Grafield hugs are always comforting.

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  5. kittysverses says:

    Congratulations, Mich!!!🥳🎉 Dreams do come true, here’s to many more.👍

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    1. michnavs says:

      thank you Kitty… so much

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      1. kittysverses says:

        You are welcome, Mich. 🙂

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  6. Sabiscuit says:

    Congrats Mich. Great trip down memory lane. Love the setup in your home office. I wish you many more happy years with your family. Warm hugs. 💚❤️🧡

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    1. michnavs says:

      Awww thank you so so much…for the love and suport😍😍

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  7. Oh dear Mich, so happy for you! Yes, dreams certainly come true! What a journey it has been for you! Learnt so much more about you.
    Always wishing you more success, more happiness and now lots of fame! ❤️😍💕🤗

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Punam..it has been really a wonderful 7 years and i owe it all to people like you who believe in me over the years.😍😍😍

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      1. You are so welcome, my dear. You deserve every bit of success. ❤️❤️

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  8. aysabaw says:

    Congrats! In your 7 years of blogging andaming achievements…ako in my 8 years ganun pa din hahaha…

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    1. michnavs says:

      Lol…thank you so much….dadating din ang sayo..kapit lng😍😍😍

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  9. Miriam says:

    You have certainly flown high Mich. Congratulations on your book and all the success you’ve achieved over the years. You so deserve it!! Yes, dreams really do come true. Sending much love your way and happy writing into the future. xxx ✨

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Miriam…you were always been there..and one of my earliest followers.😍😍😍

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      1. Miriam says:

        You’re always very welcome Mich. A pleasure to have you in my blogging world. xx 🙂

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      2. michnavs says:

        😍😍😍😍

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  10. Congrats, SweetMich! You are an inspiration! I’m so proud of you! I’m so happy and excited for all that you have accomplished and all that you are yet to accomplish! Your amazing journey has just begun!!! 🙂 Keep dreaming! Keep flying! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) ❤ 🙂

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Carolyn..for the love and support and encouragement…

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  11. Rupali says:

    Enjoy your time Mich.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Rupali.
      😍😍😍

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  12. Congratulations Mich. So happy to see your growth. Yes, everything happens at the right time if you so believe. I wish you all the success in your endeavours. Lots of love 💖

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Radhika…always grateful for your support..😍😍😍

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  13. Northside says:

    Congrats Michnavs! Good things come to those who wait. It’s your time to shine.😀

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    1. michnavs says:

      I agree..and thank you..

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  14. Congratulations, Mich. It’s wonderful how this has developed.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much for your support..

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  15. Hearty congratulations dear Mich and I loved your whole post. You are so inspiring for all of us and keep it going. Nice to be hearing that your poetries are creating such goodness everywhere. Loved your picture too. Great post.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Kamal..i am thankful for your support always..

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      1. Welcome dear Mich you deserve all this. May you always be happy and joyful 💞💞💞💞

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  16. -Eugenia says:

    I’m delighted for your success, Mich! Congratulations!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Eugi..

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      1. -Eugenia says:

        You’re welcome, Mich!

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  17. You have worked so hard for many a deserved cause you deserve the merits you are gaining. Congratulations.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks so much Nanette..always grateful

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  18. Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:
    Come Spend Some Time with Mich!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you chuck

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  19. mrswrangler says:

    A lovely poem. I am glad you have had some luck getting published. I have not tried to dip my toes into the publishing route.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much..happy Sunday..

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  20. Msdedeng says:

    Wonderful news indeed!

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  21. Congratulations! Enjoy your time to shine! ❤️ Cindy

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  22. Mitch says:

    Congratulations, Mich. What a wonderful journey you’re having. Glad to have met you here. ❤

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Mitch..(with a “t”..lol) you were one of my earliest followers .you read and liked my poems..thank you..i hope you will be writing/blogging again regularly

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      1. Mitch says:

        You’re always, welcome. I find it lovely that we share the same name and the love for poetry. I’m planning to, as soon as I get more time to write for pleasure. 🙂

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      2. michnavs says:

        indeed… thank you Mitch..

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  23. I am so happy and grateful to get to know you and your story. It is very supporting and uplifting for so many journeys – yes there is divine perfection in the design, we simply have to listen carefully and follow. Congratulations and heartfelt wishes for continued success and happiness! Much Love.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I am happy to be part of this wonderful community ..thank you and wishing you more publications too.

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  24. so proud of you and blessed to be your friend, your friendship means a lot to me, and now to see your soar, it’s beyond happiness and joy for you – take it and run dearest Mich

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so so much Gina..i am very happy and thankful to have met you. I miss the coffee with you..
      I am sharing my story because i want to inspire others to believe in their own dreams and their own self. And believe too that something good happens even in the presence of a really bad situation.

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      1. Sharing our personal story is important. Many a time I have been inspired by the journey others are on. We are different yet so alike. Real stories touch real lives. Yours truly motivates me. Yes miss the coffee and the chats and your warm company most of all. Stay safe dearest.

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      2. michnavs says:

        Stay safe too Gina…i hope to see you soon

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  25. Niki Flow says:

    Well done, Mich. Dreams do come true and I’m very happy they have for you. ☼ Keep soaring! ☼ ♥.

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    1. michnavs says:

      thank you so much Niki… how are you?

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      1. Niki Flow says:

        Doing well thanks so much Mich. How are you? ♥

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      2. michnavs says:

        Been very busy too Nikki..keep safe😍😍

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  26. I remember those beautiful Summer Rain poems, Mich!
    I also wonder how I managed to press “publish” when I read my very first post, yikes!
    Congratulations on your lovely growth and adventures…

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Kim.. really thankful to have you as part of my blogging community.. it has been wonderful 7 years…

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      1. I like the fact that we’re a tight group that is always willing to welcome a new writer/friend!

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  27. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    WHOOOOOOOLO ARE YOU? 😀

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  28. Kritika says:

    The awakening part, I totally get it. I am super happy for you. Your poems filled with love and they really are a warm hug. Inspired by your journey and am heartly delighted by your words. I have read the post late but I think it has been read at the right time.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Kritika..how are you?

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      1. Kritika says:

        I am doing good. Just shifted to a new place, looking for a job. How are you doing?

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      2. michnavs says:

        I am so glad to hear from you been checking every now and then if you have written anything yet…
        I hope your doing well in your new place…and praying for your new job..

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      3. Kritika says:

        Thank you so much Mich. You have been a great support for me through your likes and comments on my yoga page. And this one post has touched me. ‘Dreams do come true.’
        And thank you so much for checking on page. I will be adding a post soon.
        Loads of hugs and love (Heart)

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      4. michnavs says:

        Awww ..i am so happy to know that…yess kritika …dreams to come true..i love your yoga page and plank and cos of that i am back to yoga and been doing planks as well

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      5. Kritika says:

        I am happy that you are doing planks and yoga. And a plank of 10 mins on the first day would have been awesome. Could feel the energy in your words.

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      6. michnavs says:

        Ahhhhh twas the best Kritika..

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      7. Kritika says:

        😊 Can imagine it. When I did mine and was super charged. 💖 You are awesome 🌻❤

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  29. Hi, Michelle!
    I’ll greet you first with a warm congratulation for coming this far and achieving so much. Your work does have a sense of oneness with which I can relate to. This post in particular touched me because like you, I too started my journey on WordPress a few years back. Actually a lo-o-o-o-ng time back but I gave up on it because of a lot of reasons (mainly procrastinating and not being much updated). I am planning to come back and post here because I have to admit its a great platform to share thoughts and come across lovely stories like yours that push me towards the “dreams do come true” phenomenon. I hope I catch up too. Wishing you so much love and best wishes for your future endeavors.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much for this lovely and warm congratulatory comment..it got me teared up. I started with WP few years ago..it was a rough start as i don’t even know which direction i was heading. Over the years my blog evolved and i learned a lot from other WP bloggers.
      Don’t give up on your dreams..just hang on there..it will happen ..it will😊😊😊

      Thank you and i would love to see you publish your work soon😊😊😊

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  30. See!
    That’s the power of words. I too had a rough start but I guess a few bumpy rides are so important to learn in life. I will publish some fresh work now too. I really need to get on track and hopefully feel as content as you are. Thank you again for the beautiful and inspiring motivation, Michelle. More power to you. 🙂 ❤

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    1. michnavs says:

      More power to you too and dream on😊😊😊

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