Updated: Jun 17, 2019
I used to think that writing a book was reserved only for the super articulate people of this world. You know the type, they have the ability to speak fluently and coherently, have multiple degrees hanging on the wall and 'hob-knob' in elite circles.
But then something profound struck me when I was taken by a quote from Bradly Cooper's character, Jackson Maine, in A Star is Born: "Look, talent comes from everywhere, but having something to say and a way to say it so that people listen to it, that's a whole other bag. And unless you get out there and try to do it, you'll never know."
Five years ago I began my journey, documenting life events, health struggles, triumphs, detours and incredible achievements... all along the way developing a very supportive following. I was getting out there with something to say, and saying it in a way that people were listening. Many of those faithful followers often commented on the inspiration they found in my words, and soon encouraged me to gather my thoughts and write that book. What my followers didn't know, however, was that I just didn't see myself as a writer or author. I didn't think I was the 'type.'
It was a chance meeting with two strangers last October that would send my journey in an entirely new direction: Andrew Kurz and Kim Hall. They saw in me what I didn't see in myself, and they quickly jumped in and began following me on social media. The connection between us was palpable. Three very different souls with very different backgrounds, yet somehow there was an understanding and immediate bond. We just hit it off! I told them about my dreams of finally building a website and writing a book, and wouldn't you know, they both had the exact talents I was hoping for to fulfill those dreams.
Then on a Tuesday night in February we met up to discuss how we were going to collaborate and Andrew Kurz threw me a curve ball. He actually wanted me to commit to a date to publish my 'thought book'. There was a long pause, and I was nowhere near an exit! And then there is Kim Hall, a super talented marketer and word smith who challenged me to land here and also finally build a 'grown up' website. Yes, this beautiful site is her handy work. Time to share my story with more of you.
It's true that three heads are better than one. Kim focused on the website while Andrew and I worked on the book. One night while working late, I happened to glance at my vision board, and there here it was, in the right hand corner, one of my goals to become a published author! This has happened. In fact, Andrew and I just finished up the audio version last night. Who knew?
Yes, I was terrified. Yes, I'm absolutely amazed at what collaborating with the right people can do. A very special heartfelt thank you to Andrew and Kim. Thank you for holding me accountable while holding my hand. And we have so many great things in progress, it's just the beginning. We successfully wrapped our first dating workshop to help singles cut through their internal clutter, 'The Mating Game.' Maiden voyage = success! We're working on many more to come, both online, in person, and a new series, 'The Mating Game for Couples: a Tune-Up' workshop.
If you have not read my book '21 Day's To Bloom' yet, I highly recommend it. It's available on Amazon in paperback, digital download and coming soon audible. It's what I like to call a "TINY but MIGHTY" little thought book.
So lesson learned: if my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can absolutely achieve it. That's not just a fluffy old saying to make you feel better in tough times. I'm living proof it can, and does, happen!
Another one of my favorite quotes of all time that perfectly epitomizes my story... 'If it's both terrifying and amazing, then you should definitely pursue it." ~Erada.
I'm so glad I had the courage to step out of my comfort zone and that the right people completed the puzzle. Don't live your life with regrets about what you could have done. Even if it's scary and uncomfortable, but the dream is in your heart, I encourage you to live boldly and chase your dreams!
With much love,