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10 Child Prodigies That Put Me to Shame

Since the age of five, I've wanted two things: to be a mother, and to be a published author. At the age of 34, I've finally accomplished the first goal, as a proud mother of a 6-month-old daughter. As for the latter, I came as close as I probably ever will in the year before I got pregnant.

At that time, I put together a book proposal, landed an agent, received positive feedback from publishers and started to feel as if my dreams were finally coming true. Then things fizzled out. I went back and forth with my agent about the possibility of reworking the whole damn thing. But then I got pregnant. I got distracted. I started to have strong feelings about diaper bag patterns.

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Now I feel my dreams of traditionally published authorship dissipating like a cloud of smoke. The kind of smoke that gathers in the air when I burn the vegetables I'm preparing for that roasted vegetable panini recipe because I stepped away to change a diaper. Sometimes, seeing that dream drift away hurts. Sometimes it doesn't. Then I saw the latest Sophia Grace Brownlee music video.

Not only does this 11-year-old have a better wardrobe—and better dance moves—than me, but she has also achieved a level of fame and success I never will. And she's not the only one.

The following young ones are all doing more than I ever will. And as I look at them, I wonder what the hell I'm doing with my life. Luckily, there's more than one definition of "success," and as I mentioned in my last post, my life is already in abundance.

1. Sophia Grace Brownlee, 11 years old, YouTube Pop Star

Sophia Grace is an 11-year-old YouTube pop sensation who hit it big when she covered Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" and, subsequently, appeared on the Ellen Show. Her most recent video release is a song of her own: "Best Friends."

2. Moziah Bridges, 12 Years Old, Bow Tie Purveyor

Moziah Bridges founded Mo's Bows in 2011 when he was just nine years old. His grandmother had taught him how to sew his own bow ties using fabric scraps. I am such a sucker for adorable children in bow ties. Also, I'm not only impressed by Bridges's entrepreneurial spirit, but by his fashion sense and sewing abilities as well. I, myself, have my husband hem my pants for me (she says while hanging her head sheepishly).

3. Aelita Andre, 8 Years Old, Abstract Expressionist Painter

There are apparently a ton of talented children out there kicking ass in the art world, because children are magical and I am a bum. I'm most drawn, however, to the work of Aelita Andre, whose paintings are vibrant, dreamy and surreal. I want to give her all my money because, honestly, I've been looking for some quality artwork to hang in my living and dining rooms.

4. Ayan Qureshi, 6 Years Old, Computer Whiz

A few months ago, when he was still just 5 years old, Qureshi became the youngest MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) in the world. These certifications are information technology professional certifications for Microsoft products. When I was five, computers were not yet a thing. So I feel that maybe I can let myself off the hook for this one.

5. William Poteet, 11 Years Old, Math Whiz

Poteet is not on this list for matters of professional success, but rather, for his smarts. At the age of 11, he is well on his way toward earning his undergraduate degree at Western Kentucky University, where he takes honors calculus courses with people nearly twice his age. I, on the other hand, never made it past high school pre-calculus. Which I barely passed.

What have I accomplished this week? ... Nuclear fusion? I'll leave that to the (13-year-old) experts.

6. Isabella Rose Taylor, 13 Years Old, Fashion Designer

This dress reminds me of a top I bought my very first time in an Urban Outfitters when I was 21 years old and had just moved to Boston to attend Emerson College. Memories. The girl who designed this dress is just thirteen. She was recently the youngest designer to appear in NY Fashion Week. You can shop more of her designs here.

7. Alec Greven, 15 Years Old, Author of "How to Talk to Girls"

It took me about 30 years to even come close to publishing a book, and in the end, it just didn't happen. Greven, on the other hand, published his first self-help book ("How to Talk to Girls") at the age of nine, and has since published four more. He has been on the New York Times bestseller list. I give up.

8. Asia Newson, 11 Years Old, Entrepreneur

Newson sells candles through her website, Super Business Girl, but that's not what impresses me so much. Rather, I'm impressed by the fact that money she raises goes to support the entrepreneurship workshops she offers in both junior high and high schools.

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9. Lily Warren, 13 Years Old, Lip Balm Purveyor

Lily Warren was just 8 years old when she decided to start a lip balm business with her younger sisters. Her parents had started beekeeping, and after learning about beeswax (and by extension, beeswax lip balm), Sweet Bee Sisters was born. I think I've reapplied my lip balm at least eighteen times since I started writing this piece, so obviously I'm a fan.

10. Jamie Edwards, 14 Years Old, Scientist

Finally, we have Jamie Edwards, who at the age of 13 created nuclear fusion. I, on the other hand, nearly failed high school chemistry and mostly avoided science after that. (Shut up. My strengths lay in other areas.)

What have I accomplished this week? I taught a few yoga classes. I hung out on Twitter. I conducted an interview. I wrote this post.

Nuclear fusion? I'll leave that to the (13-year-old) experts.

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