As the new year begins, I am filled with gratitude that a dream is becoming true thanks to the support and generosity of so many people in my life. Creating and bringing a book into the world takes more than just one person. Like raising a child or birthing any creative project, it takes a village.
I am blessed and grateful to have a tribe of people who support me and can help me bring this book into the world. My successfully funded Kickstarter campaign is one small example of the power of the collective. Nearly 150 people pledged over $7,500 to make this book a reality.
Starting today, I desire to update you on the writer’s journey, sharing with you what it took to get here and what it feels like to take one step at a time as this book is brought into the world. In this update, I want to share with you a very brief overview of bringing this book into existence. This book is a long time coming. It didn’t start when I launched my Kickstarter campaign in October of last year. It started long before that with an idea, an inkling, an inspiration. This is how all things start. Like a seed was planted and it took months and years of being watered and receiving sunlight to blossom into the thing it is today. And, just like nature, it takes less doing and more being on my part than one might think. It’s not that I haven't done anything—but the practice is to get out of the way more than it is to make it happen.
Here is a very quick tour through what the journey has looked like up until this point in time and all of the incredible people who played an important role.
- Michelle James serving as my Creative Emergence Coach served as my guide during a major transition in my life where I decided to face the fear and trust all will be well as I journeyed off on my own, paving my way to where I am today.
- Alexandra Franzen's Tiny Book Writing Workshop. This day-long workshop gave me the courage and momentum to get my first book idea on paper and, eventually, finished.
- Support of my mentor, Jeannine Yoder, and all of my sisters from Mentor Masterclass. Without this tribe of women in my life, I would not be where I am or who I am today. Their ongoing love and support over the past two years proved paramount to bringing this book into existence.
- Working with Amy Biondini helped me get clear on what it is that matters most to me and how I desire to show up in the world.
- Traveling, taking trips, and listening to my soul’s desires offered me the space to learn, grow, and begin organizing my thoughts in an inspirational way.
- Hay House Writer’s Workshop offered me a platform to be inspired by other writers and see just how important sharing my story is with the world.
- Steven Pressfield’s “Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t” and “The War of Art” served as two instrumental books in how I approach this book and the structure I have chosen to write into.
- Finding my publisher, Jane Ashley of Flower of Life Press, was Divine. Meeting her not only brought a publisher into my life, it served as evidence how things Divinely unfold when we are in alignment and getting out of our own way.
- The support of each and every person who contributed to my Kickstarter campaign (all 150 of you plus those who supported me energetically) provided me with the financial and emotional support to bring this book into the world.
- Having a community of people at The Bakery who support me has been paramount, along with a special shout out to the videographer and creative genius behind my Kickstarter video, Tanner Chambers. It is people like this who make the creative process possible.
I am sure someone has gone unnamed or left off this brief list, not intentionally but simply because there are so many people who have made this possible and have supported me along this journey. Please accept my heartfelt love and thanks. You know who you are.
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