To say I woke up on “the right side of the bed” is an understatement.
- I love Friday’s!!
- Even the jar of jam that smashed on my kitchen floor this morning didn’t dampen my mood.
- I’m smiling randomly (yes, I know I’m weird).
This has been a big week for me and I think today is the day that I am finally reflecting on it all.
Monday: My family celebrated what would have been my son Zachary’s ninth birthday. Zachary passed away just a few minutes after he was born. You might think this would be a sad day to commemorate, and in some ways it was, but more than that there was LOVE.
Click this image to read my blog post from Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day, October 15, 2019.
Tuesday: My brand new novel Below the Moon—book two in The 8th Island Trilogy was released!
Click this image to learn more about Below the Moon!
Wednesday: Can’t remember Wednesday at all lol…
Thursday: Added a 17th school to my Read-In week visits – and this time it was my kid’s school! Plus, two members of my street team attended one of my presentations and they wore their street team t-shirts! So fun!!
Friday: Who doesn’t love Friday, right?
As I work today, I’m reflecting on all the hard work and amazing experiences that have brought me here. Yesterday, in one of my presentations, I was talking about rejection letters I’ve received as an author and artist. In creative professions, rejections abound. I still remember the day I received my 50th(!!!) rejection letter. Back then I recorded my acceptances and rejections diligently. Before that 50th rejection, I would get very sad when I worked my tush off on an application only to receive a generic “No.” It stung. BUT, that sensitivity slowly wore off and by my 50th rejection, I stopped crying. I strengthened myself, and developed an attitude that says:
“You don’t think I can do it? WATCH ME!!”
I credit this attitude shift – this intentional change – with what has led to all my major accomplishments in my life. I no longer let another person/organization’s “No” be my final answer. I’ve sawed open my own doors and paved my own roads. I’ve encouraged others to join me and we’ve formed our own band of misfits out there doing cool stuff. All because WE HAVE MADE IT HAPPEN. We didn’t wait for permission.
Releasing a book is a MASSIVE UNDERTAKING. No lie, I am amazed and grateful to have crossed the finish line in publishing Below the Moon! My team and I have busted our butts for YEARS – and there are so many people to thank. I am grateful for all the people who have believed in me. It’s humbling and also heartwarming. There I go, getting all misty eyed as I write this.
My mind is reeling, I’m smiling again, and beaming with joy.
Thank you for your part in this journey. Thank you for reading this blog post right now!! I wish you an amazing Friday and an amazing life!! If you were here, I’m sure I’d hug you long and hard, and you couldn’t help smiling along with me.