The Birthing of a Dream
Hello everyone! Welcome to coffee and conversation with 40+ and Fabulous, and the first of many blog posts that will keep us connected.
As I’m sitting here reflecting on the end of one year and the beginning of another, I have to acknowledge the deep sense of gratitude I’m feeling, at having realized my dream of publishing 40+ and Fabulous.
I imagine that every new author is filled with excitement and enthusiasm for writing their first book. And I can say with certainty that the trek to the finish line may be overwhelming and stressful at times, but seeing your name on that cover is a satisfying and rewarding feeling that makes it all worthwhile.
My biggest obstacle came in the form of making sure my business survived a weakening economy. Trying to weather the storm and keep the ship afloat was a major priority that left me with very little time, energy, or even desire to write.
It’s funny, but in retrospect what I thought to be a major roadblock to finishing my book, was actually a perfectly timed interruption, that would prevent me from making a few serious first time author mistakes.
Although completely distracted and seriously overwhelmed with life, I never stopped thinking about 40+ and Fabulous. It persisted as the first thought on my mind in the morning and the last thought on my mind at night. In my heart, I desperately wanted to finish what I had started, but the discipline and passion I had in the beginning just seemed to elude me now. No matter how hard I tried – I could not find it in me to write. Finally, I told myself I had given it my best effort, and gave myself permission to quit. Fortunately, my brain never got the memo and still morning and night, this book stayed on my mind.
You see, the stories of the women I had interviewed had nurtured and brought me laughter, healing, and inspiration during one of the most challenging periods of my life. Throughout the day, recalling an anecdote, piece of advice, or pearl of wisdom that had been shared was like food for my soul or tonic for my wounded spirit. What a selfish act to keep these wonderful stories to myself and what a dishonor to the women who had opened their hearts and shared them with me. I needed to get over myself, quickly. This book has the power to affect the lives of thousands of women for the good, and I have a responsibility to make that happen.
“God, please restore the passion so that I can write again; so that I can fulfill this dream You placed in my heart.” But God’s instruction for me, was to start writing again, and the passion would follow. And that’s what I did.
I got busy and made a promise to myself that 2010 would not end without my book being finished. Although I cut it close, giving my mom an autographed copy of 40+ and Fabulous on Christmas day, was one of the happiest moments of my life. I’ve been dreaming of starting this journey with you; for us to engage and share a mutually nurturing relationship. I’m completely humbled that the journey can begin now. Welcome to 40+ and Fabulous!