Follow Your Dreams . . .

I have been asked the question as a self-published author, How do you measure success and failure?

Success is defined by Merriam-Webster as: the correct or desired result of an attempt; favorable or desired outcome.

Failure is defined by Merriam-Webster as: omission of occurrence or performance; specifically: a failing to perform a duty or expected action.

Too often it seems people make up their own definition of success and failure for others and as a result so many people give up on their dreams and goals because of the misuse of these two words. If I have reached my goal then I have succeeded. If I haven’t, well, I won’t give up until I have. If I give up, then I have failed, and only then.

Henry Ford said it best, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you’re right.”

Do not let others define your success for you. You are the only one who can define success for yourself. Be true to yourself and follow your dreams. It may not be easy, but believe me, it’s worth it!

Day Parker

Quote of the day

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

Author of Concealed in the Shadows and Released from the Darkness.


Gabrielle Arrowsmith was born to her loving mother, father, and older brother on August 16th, 1988. She grew up in the small town of Ham Lake, MN enjoying reading, writing, playing soccer, acting in school plays, playing piano, and adventures with her brother and cousins.
Gabrielle’s high school years were very well-rounded and challenged her time management skills. She studied diligently, enabling her to graduate near the top of her class and earn an AP Scholar with Distinction recognition for her success in college-level courses and exams. She was seen as a leader in both the National Honor Society where she was elected vice president and on her soccer and track teams which each appointed her as captain. Between soccer and track seasons, Gabrielle acted in enough school theater productions to be inducted into the Thespian Society. During her senior year, she earned the Triple A award for performance in academics, athletics, and arts.
From 2006-2009 Gabrielle attended the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN where she earned a degree in Elementary Education. She played collegiate soccer for the Saints, held two work-study positions, acted in three theater productions and volunteered often. She was on the Dean’s List every semester and graduated summa cum laude.
Since 2009, Gabrielle has enjoyed teaching third through sixth graders in various school settings. She has recently transitioned to substitute teaching in order to pursue her passion for storytelling through both writing and acting. She also continues to enjoy playing and coaching soccer.

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