Confession: I’m a reality television whore. I’ll watch almost anything that is a reality show. I started years ago with MTV’s Real World and I haven’t looked back. A few years ago, late at night, when I was breast-feeding my littlest, I even became hooked on Keeping up with the Kardashians. I know, I know, you think my head is lacking a brain but I assure you it’s there. I just can’t help it, I love watching train wrecks or people achieving their goals.

Since, I’m confessing my dirty little secret, I thought you should know that I glean secret nuggets of advice from them too. The latest that smacked me right up side my head was from Keith Urban (Mr. Hottie), one of the judges on American Idol. He said, and I’m paraphrasing here, “You need honest people in your life providing you with the truth about your talent because they are the only ones who will set you on the path to becoming better.”

I know he was specifically speaking to singers, but I really feel it can be applied to artists across the board, especially us writers. If we think our drivel is brilliant we will never achieve our potential–see our words sprout wings and fly. I want to be the best I can be and therefore I want to say thank you to all of the people who provided honest (sometimes painful) feedback to me about my writing. I wouldn’t be where I am without you and for that I’m grateful.