Dream Chapters

Welcome to Dream Chapters.

This is where it all starts for me. I’ve got nothing to sell but something of value to give, my voice. Dream Chapters is your free look into my life as I pursue my dreams. My professional goal in life is to support myself and my family by doing what I love, writing. I’m documenting everything along the way for you all to see. I’m committed to being genuine and vulnerable through the ups and the downs. Be by my side as I face the “what the hell moments.”

I’ve decided that there’s no more playing it safe, and there’s no more living day by day. It’s time to put all of my chips on the table. I quit my job, sold my house, and am overcome with a furious obsession never again to settle.

Buckle your seatbelts. I’m going all in, and you all are a part of it. Subscribe at the bottom of the page to Dream Chapters and follow me as I follow my dreams

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How did Dream Chapters Get Started?

I’m lucky. Do you know how many people in this world don’t know what they want to do with their lives? How can I justify having a clear understanding of exactly what I want to do with mine? Yet, I worked in a production facility that packaged frozen vegetables. I’ve been doing my dreams a disservice. After wrestling with the constant mental and emotional back and forth in my mind, I decided it was time, and Dream Chapters was born.

We need to go back to about June 2020 to get to the start. Around this time is when I really began to start asking myself what I was waiting for. I became obsessed with the thought that I’m wasting my time packaging vegetables when my dream is out there for me to grab hold of.

I was out of work for about ten days in June. Someone at the facility I had been working with tested positive for Covid. Shortly after, there were two positives, then four, all of a sudden, there were eight. I asked my boss what we were waiting for; I asked, “What’s the magic number?” To which he replied, “The direction we have at this time is that we will continue to operate.”

At the end of my shift, I went home and thought long and hard. This shit isn’t worth it is what I came to a head with. I called my boss and told him I would be taking a leave of absence until corrective actions are taken to protect employees. I made the right decision as less than a week later, there were over 30 positive tests at the facility, and we shut down for two weeks.

During all of this time off is when I couldn’t escape all of the questions to myself. My mindset changed from being afraid to pursue my dreams to making a decision that I was going to make this happen for myself no matter what.

How My Thoughts Started

  • “You’re wasting your time Zach.”
  • “How are you going to feel 20 years from now when you look back on your life and have to accept that you never took the risk?”
  • “If you continue to do every day what you’ve always done, you’re going to continue to have what you’ve always had.”
  • “You’ve got kids and a mortgage. How can you do this?”

Finally, I Decided Fuck That, And My Thoughts Began To Change

  • “How are you going to make this happen?”
  • “Can you make this happen while you continue to work six+ days a week?”
  • “No more doubt, you’re doing this.”
  • “What’s the plan? How can you do this for yourself?”

My Mind Was Made Up. I’m Doing This. Now It’s Time To Figure Out How.

I understood that the amount of time it was going to take for me to make my writing a career I didn’t currently have. There was no way I could work my full-time job, maintain a relationship, and be a father with enough time left over to become a writer. I realized quickly that working at my production job full time wasn’t going to be an option, but I also had bills to pay.

I got a real estate agent and found that I could sell my home and come out with enough profit to support my family with zero income for over a year. Problem not enough time and money, solved. I put my home up for sale, and once I went back to work, I communicated with my boss. I told him the plan and told him I don’t have a quit date yet, but as soon as my home was sold, I’m going for it.

Of course, there’s always hate and doubt from others, but that didn’t bother me. If I was going to be fazed by haters already, then I had made a severe mistake. The most pushback I received was from my girlfriend at the time. She was not having it at all. I explained to her that I made this decision and I’m doing it. An ultimatum was given to me, but I already had my mind so made up that it’s time to chase my dreams.

Let’s fast-forward to mid-July. Sold, I no longer have a home. I punched out for the final time. After working since the day I turned 15, I was no longer employed. And the girlfriend… Yeah, she was gone the day I explained to her my plan.

A Lot Has Happened since

  • I’ve moved twice and am currently living with my new girlfriend and our kids.
  • I’ve made two websites. The one you’re on now, Dream Chapters and mysfgiantstop.com, my baseball site.
  • I’ve received upwards of 20 no’s from potential employers for writing gigs.
  • I’ve written and published multiple articles on my two sites.
  • I’m begging to understand SEO and how important it is to get my work seen. (I didn’t even know what that meant when I started this…)

The list of things I’ve learned is much too long to continue, but I can undoubtedly say that I could. My journey is still new, and I continue to have mountains to climb to reach my dreams and in creating financial stability through my writing. If you’ve made it this far, you’re already apart of Dream Chapters. Enter your email address and hit the subscribe button below. Continue to follow me as I follow my dreams.

Thanks everyone,

Zach Walling, from Dream Chapters

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