Update

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 🙂

 

21 Thoughts.

  1. I’m in!!! I will eagerly read, devour and munch all the writings you give me. So yes, I will subscribe. If needed I can even help you with publishing in the Netherlands/ Germany. No idea how, but I will find a way.

    Your words were (again) so recognisable. It has been an eventful year till now. Still there is more peace, rest and contentment every day. I feel so clearly that by letting go, live tends to come to you by itself. And presents you with whats needed. Although at first glance it’s often not what I want (…) most of the time it is what I need.
    And when mind and body ate at peace, the heart tends to open up. Though still very shy and even afraid, there is trust and hope. And no need to hurry.

    • That’s so wonderful to hear Yvonne! What good news!! And thank you so much for all of your support 🙂 Until I can publish in those countries, feel free to invite your friends to join my email list 😉 Much love to you ~~~~

  2. Well, this is exciting news! Things are progressing full steam ahead. I had a busy summer and just couldn’t focus on getting online, but here I am back and to find such wonderful news, that you are continuing ahead with this book idea. I’m glad you didn’t give up the idea. I think you have a lot worth sharing. And, with that in mind, I think I better go make sure I’m actually on the email list.

    Much love to you, Danielle!
    Kathy

    • It’s SO great to hear from you Kathy!!! I have thought of you often. I hope you had a wonderful summer with your family. And thank you for getting on the list! Your encouragement is much appreciated 🙂

  3. Brava Danielle. Sounds like you need a stretching of time to accomplish everything:)). I Just subscribed. I am sure you will meet your quota.
    Know of my support. Lovingly, Charlene

    • Yes, I do 🙂 But, I have decided to not let that stop me. It took a long time to stretch my brain muscle into places I had never been before. That is what stopped time for this project most of all this. But today is one step toward my breakthrough of that inertia 🙂 I so appreciate your ongoing support Charlene. Truly. Thank you. Love ~

  4. There is no father in the world that is more proud of their daughter than I am of you. You are contributing so much hope and happiness to this world. You have found your true self and your vision and your commitment is so clear. You are truly a light shining bright in this sometimes dark world. Keep going.
    Much love,
    Dad

    • Thank you Daddy. Your words mean so much to me. And knowing that you are, and always have been, in my corner cheering me on, never waivering on that for one moment, has given me so much strength and stability. It’s impossible for me to express my love and gratitude to you but I believe you know it in your beautiful heart. Hugs.

  5. I agree with your father and everyone here. With that being said, count me in, my dear mentor, soul-sister and beloved friend. Who wouldn’t be proud of you? I think I speak for all of us when I say we are all so very proud of you and your journey of growth, enlightenment, reunion, rediscovery and self-actualization. You have helped so many along the way, myself included as I have stated previously, as you have been an integral part of my own progress by admission of my family, friends, and support system including rehabilitation staff.. One piece of advice that was given to me by a dear friend as you know, I said this about others and have said about you but I will repeat for all here: “Never change who you are. Don’t please anyone but yourself. Just be you. You are a rare gem, one you don’t see every day.” This is who you are meant to be, so just keep shining like the beautiful jewel you are.

  6. Hi Danielle!

    I am so excited to hear that you are feeling led to move forward on writing your book!!! The moment I finished reading “Born With Teeth” this summer, I looked you up on the internet to see if you had also written a book regarding your adoption experience, which is how I found this website. I really hope you start setting aside quality time to help you complete this project as I think it is so important, not only for your healing journey, but also for the thousands of people you could help who are affected by adoption! More specifically, I am hoping that you include WHAT the various difficulties have been in the reunion process, and HOW you and your birth mother have navigated through those challenges to strengthen and deepen your relationship with yourself, God, your families, and each other. I will definitely ADD my email address to the list!

    I too am an adult adoptee (as I have written before) who has been in reunion with my birth mother and father separately at different times and varying degrees of relationship for the past 20 years, have read a lot on the subject, have been fortunate to be involved in Adoption TRIAD support groups along the way, and now lead a support group for Adult Adoptees searching and/or in reunion, and am still discovering there is SO much more healing to do! Have you and your birth mother ever attended a TRIAD support group together or separately? I know it might be difficult with Kate being a celebrity, but I have found talking to others who have walked through similar journeys to be the Most helpful as these people REALLY understand without much or any explanation! Too bad you don’t live in Michigan, or I would invite you to ours! 🙂
    Okay, so excited for you to continue and complete this promise to yourself! You can do it Danielle! You are a very gifted writer, and just might have to realign your priorities for a little while so you don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity! I will be PRAYING for you! 🙂

    Many thanks again to you and your birth mother for being so vulnerable and letting others get a glimpse of your journey!!!

    Karen in Michigan

    PS – I look forward to meeting you on your book tour! 😉

    • Dear Karen, thank you SO much for your kind words and encouragement. It makes me really happy when I get to meet fellow adoptees here, and yes it feels good to know we understand each other. I will take your suggestions for the book to heart.

      And to answer your question….no, I have never been to such a meeting. In fact, I’ve never even heard about it. I actually didn’t spend a lot of time getting support around my adoption in any way shape or form. I just did a ton of inner work on my path and it all came up and I’ve been navigating my way through it. I have only ever read one book on the subject – The Primal Wound.

      So thank you for bringing the Adoption TRIAD support groups to my awareness, I’ll have to look into it 🙂 And thank you again – so much – for supporting my blog!

  7. I am also an adoptee who has reunited with my birth family, and have myself adopted a member of my birth family, who is now my son. I always enjoy reading other reunion stories, and the paths that lead to the reunion. I would definitely read your book!

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