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Christine Royse Niles — Changing the world one word at a time

The Secret No One Tells You

…a manifesto for the discouraged


Recently, I posted these words:

When you start chasing a dream, it’s new, it’s fresh. You feel inspired.

You decide on a focus. You start a blog to share your dream with the world. You set a schedule. Word counts, posting goals. You tweet. You write.

You watch as your traffic grows and you celebrate your tenth subscriber.

There are hard times, too. There are days when you really just want to stay in bed, but you get up and you slog it out. There are days when the words don’t come easy. You get in the ring, lace up your gloves, and come out battered and bloody with maybe only a couple hundred words to show for it.

You’re ready for that too.

You get back up and you keep doing it, just because it’s hard. You’re a pro, and that’s what pros do.

But there’s a little secret that no one told you when you were starting out:

there are days that you just can’t do it at all.

Those are the days that no one tells you about.


A Gift For You

I’m honored to share a short eBook that might encourage you when you hit one of those days when you just plain “can’t” keep going.

You can receive a free copy by joining my update mailing list here:

(Enter your email address in the box above, and click “Join.” More details about the mailing list can be found here)

**Note:  Current email subscribers should see this arrive later this afternoon.  If you’re an RSS subscriber and would like a copy, drop me an email or a comment and I’ll get you the download link…You’re important, too!**


Here’s what a few dreamers have said:

“You are inspiring.” Tammy Helfrich (Twitter: @tammyhelfrich)

“Wow, amazing story” Pilar Arsenec (Twitter: @pilararsenec)

“I really feel like you wrote this just for me.” – Scott Kerzner (Twitter:@skottydog


After you get back up…

Thank you for reading! I know there’s a lot of words out there in the world, and I appreciate the opportunity to encourage you.

If you liked it (or even if you didn’t), I’d love it if you would share your thoughts in the comments, and share this resource with others that might need it.

And thank you again for finding a little rest down here by my river.


*Photo Credit: Stephen Depolo (Creative Commons)

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About Christine

I am a writer, a project manager, and a corporate refugee with a heart for orphans around the world. My two daughters were adopted from Ukraine at ages 12 and 14. I post about writing, chasing dreams, and making a difference in the world, and sometimes I share fun snippets of fiction in-progress.

12 Replies

  1. This is one of those publications that will be read over and over again. I thoroughly enjoyed this ebook and it came along at just the right time in my life. I suspect it will do the same for many others as well.

    Thank you!

    1. Christine

      So glad that it came when you needed it. Your commitment to helping others achieve financial freedom is so important…the world needs you, man!

  2. I love this! We need this encouragement. I am so excited for you that you are living your dream. You are an inspiration! Thanks for the shout out, too. I was incredibly humbled and honored. So thankful for you, friend!

    1. Christine

      I’m humbled and honored to be your friend. Your encouragement is what keeps me going!

  3. Page 50: I love you too!

  4. Just read your manifesto. Loved it. I laughed when I read the line about trying to make a meal out of ramen, artichoke hearts and brown sugar. Been there.

    Thanks for acknowledging that some days you simply can’t do it and that it’s ok to take a break. :)

    1. Christine

      The funnier thing is that I was thinking about you when I wrote that! I remember (and connect to) your struggle with meal planning from your Finish Year comments…

      So glad that it touched you!

      1. Ha! Love it. Thanks for the incognito shout out.

  5. The book is absolutely fabulous! I see you going places, Christine. Well done!

    1. Christine

      Thanks Joseph!! I *am* going places…if you count Nashville! Maybe I should visit you next? 😉

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