We bought a house on Salt Spring -- It felt like a Divine Guidance thing (more on that later), and sold ours in three weeks of craziness (two or three showings on most days). The place we bought on SSI is a fixer upper....the house and yard have been let go for a number of years. Anyway, that is where all my creativity and elbow grease has gone for the last month. Thankfully, it is all starting to come together and this place is starting to feel like home. I love old houses, and this little cottage close to town has potential and heart. But it is going to take some work.
On Friday of this week I felt the stirrings (once again) to get on publishing that book I have written (Lady and the Fox). The book which I have literally poured hundred of hours into the making -- painting the art and writing the inspired by Emmet Fox pieces. It also contains a very vulnerable biographical part in which I share my journey -- a journey that has not always been easy. The book has been sitting on my computers collecting dust for many months now. I had to look at what that last little bit of fear that was keeping me from going forward with publication, was all about. I am sure it has something to do with not really believing in myself at some level. I read my introduction, a poem, and a daily writing piece again. And that got me really excited again. Then I got up the courage to ask an accomplished and brave writer/editor/business woman, that I REALLY admire, if she would consider reading my book and writing the forward for it! To my overwhelming joy, she said that she would!
The making of this book has really pushed me past many long held fears. Several months ago, I had mustered the courage to ask another well-known author -- one I also deeply admire (who writes in a similar genre that my book is written) if she would read my manuscript, and perhaps consider writing an endorsement for it....gulp. Both of these women, who are currently doing so much in service of humanity, took the time to read my manuscript, so they could give me their feed-back on it. I was humbled by their generous words of encouragement, and the love they offered me. They are both promoters of women speaking up and telling their story so that other women do not have to feel so alone. I LOVE that. It can be painful to be stuck in a story, thinking we are the only one on the face of the planet that thinks and feels the way we do. When we share our story we bust that illusion. My involvement with both of these ladies has helped me to overcome a lot of of my own fears, so that I could share my unique story (and we all have one) with the world and heal through doing so.
These two have been among some of the wonderful role-models that have emerged lately, helping women (and men) band together in support and love for one another, so that our souls could be free to live out loud, with purpose. We have proven that we can do great things together, my friends. We just have to get up the courage to to put ourselves out there by asking for help;, all the while reminding ourselves that this glorious universe is filled with limitless opportunities. You deserve success! What we are overcoming together is beautiful. We do not have to live in shame, paralyzed and isolated in the shadow of our mistakes, anymore. We can cast the light on our errors, knowing we ALL make mistakes, so we can begin to embrace each other's whole and True Selves. We are not our mistakes. We are Perfect Spirits!
It takes fearlessness to be vulnerable, though. Remember, it is NEVER easy for any of us, but stepping through our fears is where our gifts are.
My heart is full right up to the brim with love, appreciation and respect for my book, myself and these two women who said yes when I believed enough in myself to ask for assistance. I am happy to report that I have contracted with a publishing house to start making my manuscript into a real-life book! Stay tuned. We can celebrate our accomplishments together because we are in this life thing together. <3