On Saturday, November 18, 2017 I finally accomplished one of my long held dreams, I published my first book. While I have put my thoughts out there in the world via my blog, it is different to see my name on a book cover and to have it accessible to anyone through Amazon. I found myself going back and forth to the website, just to see if it really was true – Yep, there it is!!
What is this book? Well, it is the first book in a series, birthed out of my desire to get back to the truth – “Happiness Is Easy and Sweetly Simple”. The books are generated out of thirty-five years of reading, researching, practicing, taking classes/workshops, facilitating classes/workshops/courses, teaching and speaking. I love that today there are a plethora of books out there for our interpersonal growth, back when I started this journey it was hard to find such reading material, no one was talking about the “self-help” industry. Today it is everywhere, I can go to the big bookstores today and mosey a whole section set aside for such exploration, we have come a long way!
Why write another one then? While there are many to choose from, most are long, very involved and can be overwhelming, especially for the intensity of today’s world. I wanted to share that it can be simple, not that complicated, we already have all we need inside us. So, all my books will be 80 pages or less, they cover 1 topic with active ways for you to experience and explore your own personal journey with the lessons/teachings. As a junior high teacher, one of my biggest lessons, as I have shared before was – Keep It Simple!! That is my focus with this “K.I.S.S. Happiness Is Easy.., Series” – Keep It Sweetly Simple. Even the art work on the front has been intentionally kept delightfully simple!
In the first book I explore something we all struggle with “Taking It Personal”!! What I call getting TIPped Off! I began exploring this way of being over twenty years ago when I read “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz – wow, that was life changing and it continues to have profound impact on my life. I watch TIP unfold everyday with people, it saddens me that so much power is given away to others and situations. It creates and stimulates a REACTIONARY life, one where you are expending your energy in reaction to all that is around you, versus being engaged with CHOOSING how you want to feel and interact. That old adage “Life is happening to you versus Life is happening for you”.
I write and share with the inner dream to touch as many lives as I can with the beautiful truth that happiness is there and waiting, it is all about choice and action. It is an exposing sensation to have my personal life out there in black and white words. I feel vulnerable and “naked” – which is perfect, for then I know I showed up authentically real. I am excited to start book 2 – Stop APING Around, APE = Attachments, Perceptions, Expectations”, I am sure none of these show up in your life – hehehehe.., we all interact with these little gems.
I hope that you will peek at my book, maybe even read it and share it with others. It is simple, to the point, short and sweet, with the potential to change how you react in your daily life. May today be full of CHOSEN moments and few reactions. A.C.T. (always choose truth – Book 4) today from your loving present truth and experience what marvelous things unfold!