I've always been impatient. I rush through everything in life. It's a race for me. How fast can I drive to work? Ooops! I got a speeding ticket. How fast can I get my work done? Oh, you say I work too hard and I don't socialize enough? Hmmm. How fast can I make dinner? Oh no! I burned dinner! Again!
Do you remember the Adam Sandler movie Click? In the movie, he gets a magical remote control that allows him to fast forward through his life. So he starts using the remote control to quickly get through the parts of his life that he deems unimportant. Just a little at first. And then more and more. And then suddenly he's old and alone and he realizes in hindsight that he fast forwarded through all of the important parts of his life. Of course he regrets ever using the remote control at all.
That movie touched me deeply at the time because I have always focused on the end result. I want to get to the finish line and I don't want to waste time getting there. I turn into a machine sometimes, checking tasks off as I go without much awareness of anything going on around me. Multitasking, working on auto pilot. Not tuned into the present moment at all. Missing out on important parts of my life.
I can't help it! Sometimes I would love to be able to fast forward through certain things in life. Like driving. I hate driving! But I have to remind myself to slow down and be present. The entire journey is the goal, not the end destination. Every minute of every day is important. Even driving. I don't want to look back at the end of my life and wish I hadn't sped through most of it.
Three Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy Your Journey
Take Time to Wander
I rush to and fro every day, taking my daughter to preschool on the same route, doing the shopping at the same places. I pass by interesting coffee shops, grocery stores and restaurants and think "Someday..." I'm too busy today. Years pass by this way. Well, guess what? I'm always going to be too busy! Someday is today! We are here to learn and grow and explore, not just get through the routines of life. I finally took a Nia class last week and I really enjoyed it! Nia is a barefoot cardio-dance workout combining dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts. It's a workout for your body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Nia is an excellent way to slow down and be present. Another good way to slow down and be present is to drive a different route than normal. Whenever I find myself driving around Portland looking for something I automatically slow down to admire all of the beautiful homes and yards. People really take great pride in their homes here so it's a joy to wander through neighborhoods. Get out of your routine and step out of your comfort zone. Explore your world. Open your mind and your heart and try something new. Nourish your inner wanderer!
Reconnect with Nature
I run at a nearby park several times a week but I rarely pay attention to what's going on around me. Running is just another task I need to complete. And I'm usually in my head plotting and planning my life away! But upon the suggestion of a friend, I've started to walk more than run. I get out of my head, put my to do list aside for a few minutes and really tune into nature. I watch the squirrels gathering nuts and running up and down the trees with ease. I watch the wind blow the leaves on the trees and smell the flowers. I listen to the birds sing. Nature moves at a slower pace. Being present in nature helps you slow down. Get outside and walk around the block, take a hike, or even just sit on your porch and be attentive for a couple of minutes. You'll feel refreshed and energized.
Simplify Your Life
Sometimes I like to think I'm superwoman, able to handle anything and everything that gets thrown at me. And then I get so frazzled, running around like a crazy lady and I wonder why I always have so much to do. But I do this to myself! And I can stop doing it to myself too. I am in control. I don't have to subscribe to every newsletter, join every writing group, take every writing and marketing course I learn about, read every magazine and newsletter that gets sent to me, use every coupon I come across, and be on every social media platform out there. I get to a point every now and then where I have to cut back and simplify or I'll go stark, raving mad! Pick and choose what's most important to you and just say "no" to everything else. Throw away, give away, unsubscribe, cancel and downsize whatever you can live without and simplify your life. You'll find more time for the important things in life like making memories and having fun with family and friends. And you'll find that you're enjoying the journey more.
When I first got the idea to write a novel back in 2006 I had no idea what I was getting myself into! I was a Certified Public Accountant and I managed accounting departments but I had always wanted to write, ever since childhood, and I had a story idea and I was finally ready to tackle writing it. It was difficult at first but I had a writing partner and we scheduled weekly writing dates and helped each other work through our ideas. I began reading books about the writing craft and I subscribed to Writers Digest and Publishers Weekly. I was enthusiastic. But my enthusiasm faded.
Fear kicked in often and each time it did I gave up on my project. I was working full time so my writing was only done on nights and weekends and it was slow going. I started thinking I was nuts to be spending all of my free time writing something that people might never even want to read. And I felt like I would never finish the book. But I had brief periods of intense inspiration that kept me going. And thank God I kept at it! I made it to the finish line and published my baby in April and I've gotten really positive feedback on it too.
I wish I had known what I know now way back then because I would have pushed past the fear and finished my book much, much quicker. 20/20 hindsight, right? Well, it may be a little late for me but hopefully I can help someone out there right now who like me, wants to write a book but is too scared to start or finish.
#1 You MUST establish an author platform! I heard over and over again that I needed an author platform but I ignored the advice. Now that I have just published my first book, I totally understand why everyone says you need an author platform. My sales are slow. No one knows about me. There are millions of books out there for people to choose from, hundreds more new books come out every day. You have to get attention in order to get sales. No one will ever know about you or your amazing book if you are not gathering followers on social media and/or with a blog. You might hate to hear this as much as I did, but I think you'll grow to enjoy it as much as I have! Start professional accounts on social media - I use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. I'm late to the game because I started doing this the month before my book was published. I recommend you start much earlier - at least 6 months to a year before your book is published. Have fun, follow writers you like and post quality helpful content. Build up momentum for your book too but don't make that your only focus. Make friends. Help people. You will grow your following slowly but surely!
#2 PUSH PAST THE FEAR! I wish I had pushed past my fear a long time ago. I was living in Hawaii as I wrote my novel. I spent a lot of my time outdoors at the beach or hiking or rock climbing. It wasn't terribly important to me that I publish the book until we moved to Portland at the end of 2015. I felt lost and sad. I missed Hawaii and my life and friends there. The only thing I could think of doing to help me get out of the funk I was in was to work on publishing my novel. I finally pushed past my fear and made it happen but I was still fearful right up until the day after I published. The week before publishing I had panic attacks. My fearful ego kept telling me to back out, not go through with publishing. Throw the stupid book away. People were going to laugh at me. Was I nuts? I was exposing myself to the world with my novel. Why would I do that? A fellow writer recently said that publishing your book is like getting naked in front of all your friends. That pretty much describes it perfectly! It's scary as hell! Push through that fear though, do not let it stop you! The only thing to fear is truly fear itself! Fear stops progress. Fear keeps you stuck. Don't let it win! Feel the fear and keep on going anyway. You'll be glad you did. It's pretty great on the other side!
#3 Just Keep Writing You'll have good days and bad days. You'll feel inspired sometimes and you'll be at a total loss for what to write other times. The key is to keep the momentum going and write every day no matter what. Write your frustrations out if nothing else. Get a writing partner or join a writing group. Google writing groups in your area - there are writing groups everywhere. Get online and join writing groups in social media. I have found that most writers offer amazing support. Some of the groups I belong to have daily or weekly writing goals. We all post our progress every day or every week and we encourage each other. 500 words a day is a good goal. And don't try to edit as you go. Editing disrupts the flow. I kept going back and editing as I wrote. It took me seven years to finish. Don't be like me! Wait until you are done getting all of your ideas out and then go back to the beginning to edit.
#4 Start Thinking Like a Marketer NOW If you want your book to be read by others (and hopefully make a little money) then you need to start thinking about how to market it as you write it. Write up a really catchy book description, something that grabs people and makes them feel the need to read your book. Play around with it. Think about the genre your book fits into and think up the main key words for your book. Google your keywords and put your key words into Amazon's search engine and see what comes up. Put those key words into your title, your subtitle, and your description if you can. Use those key words in your social media posts. Analyze other books in your genre, especially the top performing books. What are they doing right? Learn from them.
#5 Spend a Little Money to Make a Little Money With all the books available to choose from today the two most important things you need to do to make your book stand out are to have an amazing cover that catches people's attention and polish and perfect your writing. You can make your own cover for very little money on Canva or you can pay someone on Fiverr to do it for very little money but unless you have an eye for design and some experience then you are taking a big risk. If your cover doesn't look great people will pass it by. You only have a few seconds to get people interested in your book when they see the cover. Make them say wow! There are a lot of professional book cover designers to choose from online. Same thing with editing. No one can edit their own work. We are too close to our babies to see things that may be off. And your friends and family are probably not editors (and even if they are editors you want someone impartial to edit your book for you, trust me!) Other writers are not editors either. I've learned this the hard way. I paid for two editors for my novel because the first one, a writer, was really unimpressive. Professional editors can fix things in your book that no one else can. Plain and simple. You do not want to get bad reviews from readers who complain about things like grammar and typos. That makes you look like you are not a professional. Be a professional. If you're going to write a book, give it 110% and make it the absolute best it can be!
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Music plays a big part in my life and I bet in your life too. My favorite music is the synth-pop of the seventies and eighties, mostly because I was an angst ridden teenager in the eighties and I can still clearly remember all the big feelings I had back then whenever I hear certain songs from that era. Tears for Fears, Everybody Wants to Rule the World makes me exceedingly happy for some reason. Maybe because I actually thought I could rule the world one day! On the other hand, Somebody by Depeche Mode makes me want to cry every time I hear it!
Music played a big part in the creation of my first novel too. I was living in Hawaii at the time so certain Hawaiian music is briefly mentioned here and there. My favorite Hawaiian musician is Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole, also called Bruddah Iz (Brother Iz). His medley of Somewhere over the Rainbow is breathtakingly, heartrendingly beautiful. Every time I hear it I get goosebumps and chills and my eyes start watering. Wow. If you've never heard it you may have been living under a rock because its been featured in several movies and a couple TV commercials. Check it out. The whole album is amazing. That man had an amazing voice. In my novel, I have Fred sing the song at his birthday luau.
Another Hawaiian song I mention in my novel is I Am Queen by Lilo De Lima of Kapena. This song will get you all fired up! Her voice is beautiful! Check out the YouTube video of her singing the acoustic version below:
Another song that my main character Liz is heavily influenced by at a low point in her life is Into the Ocean by Blue October. This is a hauntingly beautiful song that I used to listen to over and over again at a low point in my life (which is why I gave it to Liz!). I've followed Blue October over the years and they remain one of my favorite bands, but Into the Ocean will forever be my favorite of theirs.
Saved the best for last - Could You Be Loved by Bob Marley. Liz hears it at the Halloween street party in my novel. This song reminds me of what it was like to live in Hawaii for seven years - AWESOME! I used to drive around the island sightseeing and playing this song full blast as I sang along. Good times. Ahhhhh....
What type of music do you prefer? Are there certain songs that bring a tear to your eye or get you all fired up and ready to go? Comment below!
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Have you ever wanted to have a character in a series named after you? Would you like to be the bad guy or gal in the story? Or would you like to be the wise spiritual mentor who helps the main character develop into the amazing bad ass she was always meant to be?
Well, here's your chance!
I'm currently working on my next creation - a paranormal thriller series! I'm very excited about it and I have everything all planned out. But I need a killer title and I'm not great at coming up with titles.
My working title is Out of Body Service.
It kinda sucks, right?
Can you come up with an amazing title for my series?
Comment below with your amazing title and your name. If I select your title for the series then you will get:
1) A character in the series named after you (either the bad guy/gal or the wise spiritual mentor - your choice!)
2) Dedication to you in the front of the book
3) All of my eBooks free for life! (What? YES!)
Here are the details for my next series:
Summer Frost is a beautiful American Indian woman with a chip on her shoulder. As a detective in Colorado Springs, Colorado, she takes her frustrations with the world out on the criminals she chases down. But one fateful day, as she closes in on the biggest crime ring she’s ever dealt with, she nearly loses her life in a scuffle with the bad guy/gal (insert your name here?). Luckily, Jack Campbell, a ruggedly handsome detective from a nearby precinct, arrives on the scene just in time and saves her life.
As Summer lies in a state her doctor’s call “locked in syndrome”, unable to speak or move except for blinking or moving her eyes, but fully aware of everything going on around her, Jack attempts to pick up the case where Summer left off. Summer is drawn to Jack but she has always had lousy taste in men and she has questions about Jack and doesn’t fully trust him.
After a visit from her grandfather/grandmother (insert your name here?) who she hasn’t seen in twenty years, and in frustration with her predicament, Summer accidentally learns how to astral project her spirit. As she explores her newfound abilities from her hospital bed, she plots revenge against those who put her there. Will she ever wake up from this nightmare? And is Jack the hero of the story or the villain?
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I've been living with a lot of broken things lately. My car's Check Engine light was on for almost a month. My ice maker stopped making ice a long time ago. And my computer kept freezing up on me for 30 seconds at a time off and on, all day every day for at least a month.
For a while, I chose to just live with it all. I had lots of excuses. I don't have time. I can live with it. It can wait. It's not urgent. I can't afford it. Other things are more important.
This procrastination mindset started affecting other areas in my life. I had a goal to write a new blog post once a week but I've been putting it off for a couple of weeks now. I started a new blog post one day but I didn't really like the direction it was going - so I just stopped. I wasn't in the right mood. I didn't have the motivation. Something was off.
Finally last week I hit a breaking point. I could no longer put up with my computer freezing up on me all of the time. I was tired of not having ice readily available. And my car was jumping as I accelerated and I realized that whatever was wrong with it might get worse if I didn't take it in.
So I called a computer guy who remotely cleaned up my computer. It took an hour or so and $150 but now my computer runs like new again. And my sanity has been saved! This one repair is worth its weight in gold to me.
I called about the warranty on my ice maker and a repairman was sent out to fix it free of charge 3 days later and now I have all the ice I want again. Why didn't I call months ago?
And I took my car in to the repair guy down the street. I had to leave it with him for a couple of days and that meant that I had to drive my husband's car and he had to drive his big truck. But we survived. My repair guy fixed a couple of small things which cost me $253. My Check Engine light is off and the car is driving well again. Relatively painless.
Now I feel as if a ton of weight has finally been lifted off my shoulders. I am free!
These are all minor problems to have to deal with. But still, they each added up to more and more stress on me. The question is - why did I live with them for so long instead of dealing with them as soon as they became problems?
Procrastination is a slippery slope. A vicious cycle. You don't feel like doing something so you put it off. You think that by putting it off you are saving yourself from stress or grief. You put it off for so long that you start to feel guilty about it. The stress builds because you still have a problem to deal with and time is running out. You start taking your frustrations out on people around you. The guilt and the stress overtake you until you finally do what you should have done days or weeks ago. Only now you are rushing and anxious about it and probably not giving 100% or doing your best work. You just want to get it over with.
Even the best of the best face the old procrastination monster from time to time. Victor Hugo, the great French poet and novelist, whose masterpieces include the epic historical novels Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, had a unique method to stave off procrastination: he had his servant strip him naked in his study and not return with his clothes until the appointed hour.
I started writing my first novel, Naupaka Blooming, seven years ago. I procrastinated A LOT over that 7 years and now that I've finally finished it and published it I desperately wish I had not procrastinated for so long. I wasted a lot of time.
If you are anything like me then you want to figure out how to overcome the procrastination beast the next time it creeps up on you.
First - figure out the why. Why do we procrastinate? It all comes down to fear. We fear the task will be too time consuming or too difficult. We fear we are not capable of handling the task. We fear that we are not smart enough or strong enough. We fear the outcome - the expense, the grade, the opinion of others.
Then - just start. No matter what. Move past the fear. The only thing to fear is fear itself. Wise words from President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Fear will keep you from reaching your potential if you let it.
Stop the negative self talk and start thinking positively. Your attitude determines your direction. You are more than capable. You are smart enough. You are strong enough. You can handle this!
Remove the obstacles in your path. If you need to go to the library, coffee shop or park to concentrate then get going.
Get organized and make to do lists. Break your project down into small manageable tasks. Start with simple easy things. Checking tasks off your list will help build momentum and give you the confidence to finish.
Whatever it is that you are currently dealing with - fixing a broken car, starting on that term paper or novel you've always wanted to write, or starting an exercise or diet program - I promise you will feel a million times better if you just get going on it. Right now! Today! Don't let procrastination talk you into putting it off until tomorrow. Or next week. Or next month. You will regret it.
Whew! I feel great now that I finally got my next blog post done! One more thing off my list...
On that note, I'm off to join that local gym I've been meaning to join for several months now...
What are you putting off?
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I was lucky to live in Hawaii for nearly seven years and let me tell you - I did not take it for granted! I drove all over the island, exploring every nook and cranny. I hiked as many trails as I could (some illegal!) I kayaked and I camped and I snorkeled. I discovered rock climbing. I visited the other islands - OFTEN. And I spent A LOT of time on the beach!
Oahu. The third largest and the most populated island. Many people are well aware of the main Oahu tourist attractions:
Polynesian Cultural Center
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
These are all great places to explore on Oahu. But I actually have a favorite spot that not many people even know about The Mac Nut Farm. http://www.macnutfarm.com
The Mac Nut Farm is a hidden gem and a blast to visit! It's a family owned farm that was started in 1987. Today you can find every flavor of macadamia nut and macadamia nut products (chocolates!) and coffee in the gift shop And they have free samples of everything! They also carry local products like art and jewelry. I've picked up a few special pieces of local art here.
The best thing about the Mac Nut Farm is the tour (done by Alii Tour). This isn't some old boring farm tour. This is a big production with talented performers! Hop on a bus with some local guys dressed up in costume and acting the part. Get ready to laugh! The tour guides flirt shamelessly with the women. They drive you around the property and point out plants and where famous TV shows and movies have been filmed. (Gilligan's Island, Fantasy Island, 50 First Dates, Lost, Tears of the Sun and Along Came Polly.) There is a brief stop at a scenic luau area where the tour guides entertain and educate by teaching how to start a fire with sticks and crack a coconut. You get to try your hand at cracking the coconut too and then you get to snack on it! They also throw in a little fire dance, because what Hawaiian tour isn't complete without a fire dance? And then they head off again this time to a little man made pond where everyone jumps on a boat for a short ride. Back on the bus and back around to where it all started with plenty of chances for pictures along the way.
As you can see, the Mac Nut Farm was a memorable experience for me! I went several times while I lived on Oahu. I highly recommend it. But the tours are only twice a day so book your tour early and plan your trip around it.
What's your favorite out-of-the-way spot on Oahu?
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I realized last night as I sat re-reading Eat, Pray, Love for the first time in ten years that my debut novel is being released almost ten years to the day that the book that changed my life was released. This seems somewhat monumental. Even more monumental is the fact that I started writing my novel seven years ago. Self doubt plagued me and I put it away many times thinking it was a waste of my time. Thank goodness I didn't give up on it! It's interesting to me that I finally published it now. This month. This year. Ten years after my life changed. Seven years after starting it.
Number seven is considered a lucky number. It's popular too. There are seven days of the week, seven colors of the rainbow, seven notes on a musical scale, seven seas and seven continents.
Snow White ran off to live with seven dwarves, there were seven brides for seven brothers, Shakespeare described the seven ages of man, Sinbad the Sailor had seven voyages. And James Bond's secret code was 007.
Multiple anniversaries are occurring for me this week. Nine months ago I found out that I was pregnant with baby number two and I was ecstatic! My husband and I were living in Hawaii at the time but we decided that if we were going to grow our family then we needed to move back to Portland to be near family again and so we immediately started making plans. Unfortunately several weeks later I lost the pregnancy (on the same day that my husband gave his notice to his boss) It was too late to change our plans to leave Hawaii and it was too late to have any more kids. I am 45 years old this year and while some people might say that 45 is the new 35 and women in their late forties can still have kids, I know that my time has come and gone.
I have absolutely nothing to complain about because I have already been blessed with the most beautiful, amazing daughter. I feel incredibly lucky every day that I get to be her mom. She is everything that I never knew I wanted! What's funny is that I never really had the desire to have kids until my late thirties but I always knew that I would have a daughter. You see, when I was a young girl a friend made a paper fortune teller and we told each other our futures with it. I was told that I would have 1 daughter. Ever after that, even though I didn't have the desire to have children, I knew I would one day have a daughter.
As I look back on my life now I can clearly see a pattern. Through heartbreak come breakthroughs and the universe is always there, guiding us along. If I hadn't gotten a divorce in 2006 and moved to Hawaii with a broken heart, then I never would have experienced the Aloha of the islands which transformed me, inside and out. And I never would have met my soul mate and we never would have had our beautiful daughter. And if I hadn't thought I was pregnant again last year then we might not have made the move back to Portland and I might not have felt compelled to finally publish my novel. And if I hadn't finally pushed past my fears and limiting beliefs to publish my novel then I wouldn't be pursuing my dream of writing full time now. I believe that the universe has been leading me to this point for a very long time. I was just too stubborn to listen - until now.
The week before I published my novel I was near to having a panic attack, fearing for the reaction I would get to my writing. I sat down to read A Camino of the Soul in the middle of the day one day because I had promised to read it for a friend and I just wanted to escape my fears for a while. I read straight through the book. I was so inspired by Katharine's story about listening to the universe and how she was able to follow her dreams in spite of life's setbacks and her fears that my own fears for my writing completely dissolved. I contacted Katharine on Facebook and we had an amazing and intimate conversation and instantly became friends. Once again the universe sent me what I needed to keep moving down the path I was meant to be on.
I'm getting better at listening!
We are all interconnected, a part of something bigger and we all have purpose in this life. If we pay attention the universe will guide us. There is great joy to be found in fulfilling our purpose, following our dreams, and making a difference.
I highly recommend you read Katharine's book if you want to learn more about her experience with the universe. You'll see why it's a 5 star best seller on Amazon!
What is the universe trying to tell you? What are your big anniversaries and lucky numbers?
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It's hard for me to believe that it's been ten years since Eat, Pray, Love came out! In 2007, I was seeing a therapist who recommended that I read it. I had just moved to Hawaii after my divorce and I was raw and I felt insignificant and unworthy. I was initially resistant to reading any type of inspirational book so I wrote her suggestion off. But one day in a bookstore I saw it sitting there and the cover was beautiful and it seemed to be calling out to me. So I decided what the heck and I bought it. Boy, was I in for the ride of my life!
Now a new book has just come out to celebrate the ten year anniversary of Eat, Pray, Love. It's a compilation of readers short essays sharing how the book changed their lives. Eat, Pray, Love Made Me Do It is nearly as powerful as the original. Reading about all the lives that were dramatically altered because of Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir is inspiring and incredibly heart warming. I love hearing stories of transformation!
I've never devoured a book the way I devoured Eat, Pray, Love. I was hooked right from the start. I highlighted and re-read and analyzed and even made a Word document with my favorite passages. I told all my friends about what an amazing book it was. At the end of the book when Elizabeth Gilbert talks about her future self waiting for her present self to catch up, I knew my future self was waiting for me too and I knew I needed to read more inspirational books. So I went to Elizabeth Gilbert's webpage and looked for her suggestions on other books to read. She recommended Pema Chodron.
Pema Chodron changed my life too. I looked her up on Amazon and found that she was highly rated and recommended so I ordered everything I could of hers. I immediately set out reading her books and listening to her retreat recordings. I had so many "A ha!" moments reading and listening to Pema. The first and most memorable was when Pema described the hook, or "shenpa", when something gets under your skin and irritates you and you go off. That was so me! I've always had anger issues. But after Pema, I actually started catching myself when I would get "hooked" by something someone said or did and now I would laugh about it instead of loosing myself in it, getting angry about it or acting out because of it.
I was so changed already that one day when I got together with a close friend who had been away he mentioned that I had a new glow and that something was different about me. I told him all about Eat, Pray Love and Pema.
My love of inspirational books has only grown since then. I have discovered Eckhart Tolle now. His book, A New Earth was another transformational read for me. Eckhart talks about when he was depressed at one point in his life and he thought to himself "I cannot live with myself" and then he realized what his thought meant - that there were two of him. The "I" and the "myself" that the "I" couldn't live with. There is the mind (or the ego) and there is the consciousness that witnesses the mind. Our minds can run us ragged without us even realizing it. But we can become aware of our minds and we can control our minds. It takes practice. Meditation is the key.
Shutting down my ego and living in a new state of presence and consciousness has been an ongoing goal of mine ever since reading Eat, Pray, Love. Is it easy? NO! I fall back sometimes and let my anger take over and my husband kindly reminds me to get back on track. Which is funny because I taught him about this stuff!
Is it worth it? Absolutely. There is so much peace in being more aware and letting go. I wouldn't be married again, this time to the love of my life if I hadn't learned what I learned nearly 10 years ago starting with Eat, Pray, Love. I wouldn't have a beautiful three year old daughter who is the light of my life. And I wouldn't have finally just published my first novel, a life long dream.
Thank you Elizabeth Gilbert! For being brave enough to go on your adventure and for being brave enough to share your story with the world.
What did reading Eat,Pray, Love make you do?
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I have to admit that the only reason I am here today, about to publish my first novel, is because I joined Self Publishing School. When my novel was finished and I decided to self publish I knew I needed to learn all the ropes of self publishing. I wanted to make sure I did everything I could to make my book a success but I didn’t have a clue as to what to do. I also needed some accountability because it’s really quite scary putting your work out there for the world to read and possibly criticize. I might have sat on my novel forever with fear. But I didn’t want to let fear win!
Chandler Bolt’s Self Publishing School promised to get me to the finish line and beyond and they promised I would reach best seller status. So, I nervously handed over my credit card information thinking I could always get it refunded if they failed me. Within a couple of days I knew I had done the right thing. Self Publishing School lays out every step of the writing and publishing process in simple terms for you to follow and the community of writers is simply amazing. The support and advice are invaluable. I’m so glad I took that leap of faith and dived in to SPS.
So of course now I have to spread the word and heartily recommend SPS to anyone who wants to write any kind of book whether it be fiction, non fiction or even children’s books. Do you know a lot about health and fitness and want to share it with the world? Write a book and let SPS help you make it a best seller! Do you want to write a series of fictional fantasy books? Do it and join SPS for the support and advice on getting it to the top of the charts. Do you want to write a memoir? A children’s book? A spiritual book? Make your dreams come true! Don’t wait as long as I did. Just go for it! Now!
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I'm excited to announce that my debut novel - Naupaka Blooming - is soon to be published on Amazon! Being a published writer has been a life long dream for me. In grade school I used to write little stories for my friends. When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I always answered "a writer!" I enjoyed drawing with pencil too and I was pretty good at it by college so my first major was art. But then I started thinking about making a living and eventually I decided to be practical and go the same way my dad did with accounting. I've made a good living as an accountant over the years. There are always jobs for accountants, even in the worst economies (and I've survived a couple downturns successfully!) I even finally got my CPA license after putting it off for years. I passed all 4 of the CPA exams on the first try within 6 months. I don't know why I was so afraid of taking the exams for so long! I became a controller and managed accounting departments which was a goal of mine from the beginning. I worked at a yacht club, a boy's private school and a construction company. So, I started thinking recently, since I accomplished what I wanted with my accounting career I think it's time to do what I really wanted to do all along - write!
I faced a turning point in life after a divorce in 2006. Broken and defeated I ran away as far away as I could and miraculously found a way to renew myself in Hawaii. I really blossomed spiritually and physically in the warm, humid island setting. I fell in love with the Hawaiian islands, the people, and the history. I made new friends, got out hiking and kayaking and learned to rock climb. I read the novel Hawaii by James Michener and then I started writing Naupaka Blooming a few years later. My original idea for Naupaka Blooming has morphed into something entirely different and much better, if you ask me. Here's a little description of my baby, Naupaka Blooming:
In ancient Hawaii, a princess and a commoner fall in love. But powerful forces are against them and they are not allowed to be together. They both die tragically. In modern Hawaii, true love gets a second chance. But the same powerful forces are still out to keep them apart.
I truly feel I was inspired to write this story and I'm thankful it's finally all out of my head, even if it did take a long, long time to get to here. I met my husband, got married, and had a baby girl as I was trying to write this story. I also moved from Hawaii to Portland and then back to Hawaii and then back to Portland. (I know, I know! I can't seem to make up my mind!) Life has kept me on my toes. But my imagination has only grown over the last few years and new exciting story ideas continue to come to me. I'm excited to start on my next novel... I promise it won't take another 6 years to write the next one!
After much debate about whether to try for a publishing deal or go the self publishing route I've decided to self publish. It seems to be the way to go for people like me who like to have a lot of control. I never even tried to find a publisher so who knows, maybe I would have been embraced by a publisher. But some of my favorite writers today either started out self publishing or continue to self publish.
I just want to get my novel out there for people to read as fast as possible. So... please keep an eye out on Amazon in March for my debut novel Naupaka Blooming...
If you want to read Chapter One of Naupaka Blooming you can read it for FREE by clicking on the link below:
I'm a romantic at heart with an overactive creative mind and an artistic soul. I've always been an avid reader - I read as much as I can as often as I can! Writing has been a life long dream that I haven't allowed myself to pursue until just recently. In April I finally published my first novel - Naupaka Blooming, a Hawaiian Reincarnation Romance. And now I'm working on the first book in a new fantasy thriller series called Summer's Shadow.