Hello, to everybody and anybody who came here for a visit 🙂
We are now cruising through September of 2016 and we are almost in the month of October. The year is truly flying by! Some of you may remember that I began my year with a theme. I decided it would be called the year of “Breakthroughs.” To my satisfaction, I have experienced many breakthroughs on various levels this year. Also, I am eager to meet with the grand finale of breakthroughs that still await me!
The thing that I am the most happy about at this moment, is it is the first year of my life that I can honestly say I have not given up on my goals. I continue to utilize those goals as a way of developing myself. In previous years, I often wouldn’t even remember what I had promised to do on January 1st by the time February rolled around. That’s because I had not fully chosen those goals, and therefore could not even commit them to my memory, let alone my action. But this year I made a change. I really tried to CHOOSE. And it has made all the difference.
In fact, at the end of last month I realized, “It is almost September and I have done nothing this year for strengthening my muscles!” (which was one of the things on my list :)) So I contacted someone in Seattle who I met last year at a business networking group, a personal fitness trainer, and we decided to do a trade. I have been meeting with Jason every week, today being the 5th week in a row. And yes, I do think my muscles have grown stronger! But most of all, I feel proud of myself for not giving up on my goal. That single thought drives me as I force myself to enter into his dungeon-of-torture every week where I huff and puff and sweat and ache and sometimes whine for one hour 🙂
When we keep our promises to ourselves, we grow our confidence. I finally have realized this key to inner strength. When I take actions for my choices and achieve my goal from my sincere will, an unbreakable sense of self-esteem begins to develop in my heart. Of course, life still has many ups and downs, but I can now feel the self that is able to bounce back again and stand proud more quickly, because I have been cultivating this center within me through keeping my promises. It feels liberating, and it feels good.
Having said all of that, I would like to ask you who is still reading this blog post to help me to keep one of my promises to myself this year. Let me explain…
Some of you may also remember that I have been interested in writing and publishing a book on the topic of my own life journey of adoption, re-uniting with my birth mother, Kate Mulgrew, and the healing spiritual path that I have been on for 16 years. Well, I decided at the beginning of the year that I would enter a contest led by Hay House Publishing Company, where I can submit my book proposal to them. I became eligible for this contest because I took their online writer’s workshop, and I was exhilarated when I found out the prizes! Simply, the first 3 winners will have the opportunity to publish their book through either Hay House, or their partner self-publishing company, Balboa Press. So, I made my mind that, at the very least, I would enter. Proposals are due December 24th, 2016.
This has been one of the most difficult choices for me to keep to this year. I am so busy with my job – happily busy, but still quite busy – and I have very little time to write. When I do make time to write, I find it challenging to switch the gear in my brain from managing a center, leading workshops and trainings, teaching classes and counseling people all day long, to book-writing mode. For anyone who has ever written a book or tried to, you may know exactly what I’m talking about! But yet, every week and sometimes even every day, my promise keeps haunting me and pushing me….I must overcome my excuses and limitations! I must keep this promise! So, here I am, still at it. Chipping away, little by little, at my future book. I have an intro and two un-edited chapters, a rough outline, a blog full of content to pull from, and hope 🙂
However, there is one more thing required to enter this contest. I need to have a “platform.” This means that I need to show Hay House I already have an audience of people who would be willing to read my book if it were to be published. They are asking for proof of that through a sizable email list. That’s where I need your help!
If you are at all interested in reading my future book, then please add your name to my email list. You can find it by visiting the Services or About section of this blog. Even those of you who I know well and who contact me often, I can only submit your name on my list if you put it here. Also, if you have friends or know of others who also may be interested, please ask them to add their names as well.
If you do this, then you will be helping me to keep my promise to myself! And you will be helping yourself by investing in something positive, healing and good in this world! So, I see it as a win-win opportunity 🙂 Thank you – all of you – in advance.
And, more than anything, I hope that through this post today you will not only feel moved to join my list, but most importantly you will be inspired to check in with your own promises to yourself. Then, no matter where you are at in the process, make a choice to move forward again and discover a new strength within you! I will be cheering you on 🙂