Posts Tagged ‘dreams’

2017Well then…

It’s the year two thousand and seventeen — 2017. Wow! Imagine that in years. That’s a long time.

I remember as a kid, sitting around the dinner table with my family. One night we started talking about how old each of us would be in the year 2000, then 2005, and so on. We could not fathom that then. It seemed so unimaginable to reach the year 2000, like 2001 Space Odyssey, so surreal and futuristic.

Anyway, here we are in 2017, always with resolutions, whether spoken or silent, ideals for a better year, hope for resolutions far and wide, and we march on because that’s what we do.

Madison Lake has no great plans and yet, I love surprises, and hope you do too. One never knows what’s around the corner, who you’ll bump into with a new plan in store for you.

Be observant. Be open-minded. Be flexible. Be willing to try new ideas, taste new things, experience all that is available in this big wide world. At times we may fall flat. Other times we may win big. But we all know that with every new adventure we learn and grow, so keep at it. There is no such thing as too much knowledge and life experience.

I’m starting my next book. Yessss! I can’t wait. I won’t reveal clues as to the storyline yet, but once it gets rolling I will share tidbits to fuel your curiosity.

On another note…I am sad to say that Madison Lake’s Modern Trash is losing one of it’s finest and most loyal contributors as of this new year. Jade Lake (no relation) has worked tirelessly for Madison Lake dot com since the early days. She and I struggled together through the trials and tribulations of learning social media. She did all sorts of marketing and research and created youtube clips and experimented with advertising. In the early days she edited my books.  wonder_woman_commission_by_jadeddreams1-d6gr5ah

Most recently she has been the brains and creative talent, researcher and author, of our most popular blog, The History of Sex. That in itself is a wondrous feat. What the hell am I going to do without her??

Many people don’t know there are others onboard to make Madison Lake dot com happen all year round. Jade has been with me for so many years I seriously don’t know how I will manage. But she has her own life (imagine that!), a new daughter, and plenty of her own hopes and dreams. She is a creative, energetic, clever, free spirit and I know whatever she chooses to do in life, she will always find success.

Best of luck to you, my rock. You will be missed.


Design Your Destiny

Posted on: February 23rd, 2016 by Madison Lake No Comments


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about work and making money – basically survival in the 21st century. I mean, who doesn’t think about these things all of the time? It accounts for so much stress in our lives and takes up far too much brain power than it deserves.

I’ve been putting my life force into my thoughts about work and earning power. I’ve done this before only about love and it worked except I neglected to add to my list of ‘wants’ integrity, and my list of ‘don’t wants’ sociopath.

Anyway… this process is often called creative visualization or the power of thought. Many of you might know of it or even do it, but try turning that into your life, not just your thoughts. In other words, try living it full time.

Being self-employed can be a constant source of financial anxiety. Should I take another job or would that spread myself too thin, distract from my creative work? Should I go back to school so I can double or triple my earning power (or not)? Should I quit this thing called writing altogether (heaven forbid) and get a real job?

The power of positive thought can create our reality. We are in charge of ourselves. We can make our lives – work, romance, happiness – be what we want. I really do believe this to be true.

My current design plan looks something like this:

  1. Write out my very specific goals – my ultimate dreams and desires. Even if something seems unattainable, I am certain I can attain it.
  2. Put this list someplace in my home (can be your car, office, wherever) so I can see it every day.
  3. Visualize each goal or dream.
  4. Reach toward each goal or dream so I begin to live it.
  5. Break it down if that helps me – one step at a time
  6. Wake up every day with a bounce in my step and give gratitude.

That’s just a sample. We can do whatever works for us. Do what feels right, what feels good, what feels doable – and do it. Put your heart out there for fulfilment, success, peace, love and happiness. They are all there.

Share your goals and dreams with others by leaving your comment on this blog. You’d be surprised the results from feedback.

ML xo

When One Door Opens

Posted on: September 22nd, 2015 by Madison Lake 2 Comments


When one door opens, they all start to open. It’s exciting, exhilarating, overwhelming. The trouble is, which one(s) do you enter?

Have you ever felt you have too many options, that there is so much to do and you want to do it all? But it’s difficult to do it all really well. We might feel we are good at many things but what is it we are great at, that gives us the most pleasure, what seems to be our natural gift?

It was always easy (at least for me) to think or say “hey, I can do that” or “sure, I’ll get involved, I’m really good at doing that”. My right brain and I just love doing all things creative. But too many times I felt overcome with the possibilities.

Over the years I have learned to rein myself in, or maybe I just finally found my thing. Sure, I am capable of doing many things but I’m not talking about hobbies and extracurricular activities, I’m talking about the gold nugget, the one thing that makes sense.

Many people know what it is from early on in life; being a doctor, dentist, photographer, chef, explorer, singer. Decision made. I had to open many doors to find my way to the write room, even though it was there all along.



Publishing Woes

Posted on: February 17th, 2015 by Madison Lake No Comments


As I sit editing and polishing my fifth book, the third and last in the Cloud of Hawthorne series — before I begin book six — I contemplate publishing.

It’s a long road.

I self publish my books through a wonderful self-publishing house called Friesen Press. I am always happy with the process and the end result and really, it’s not that different a process than if I were getting published. However, that doesn’t stop me in my attempts to get my work recognized and picked up by a big name publisher. Why?

I suppose it’s still considered a badge of accomplishment in the writing world. It shows your work is ‘worthy’, although that is debatable. Big names like HarperCollins or Simon & Schuster give you clout, but no matter how good your work is, it’s a tough slog.

My friend and colleague recently posted this link. I think it says a lot. Just love what you do and keep doing it.