The last few weeks of 2017, I found myself launching what will be my biggest project for 2018. After self-publishing my first book, an open, honest, raw and inspirational capture of my own personal journey, I found myself on the receiving end of some really wonderful feedback. Those that read my book took away a boost of motivation and were inspired to do things they hadn’t before tried, or had put off doing. I was asked multiple times if I would be writing another book. I kept saying that I didn’t know.
After some soul searching, and reflection upon where to spend my time and talents, I realized that I knew I should write another book. Thus, before the end of the year, I made space in my life, and I launched myself into the writing of my next book. This time I am venturing into the world of fiction
When I came across the ‘Insecure Writer’s Support Group‘, which was posted by an amazing author who is deeply passionate about helping other writers, I immediately joined. A monthly post to share about our own writing journey is part of being in this group. Thus, this is my first post !!!
A little over a year ago, I wandered into the Chapters store in my neighbourhood. I was immediately drawn to the vibrant energyof a woman standing by a table, which displayed a number of books. We exchanged smiles, and she asked if she could tell me about her book. I though ‘ooooh, an author here in the flesh and blood’!! Of course I jumped at the opportunity to learn more about her and her stories. I walked away with one of her works, ‘Safe’, which I could not put down once I started reading it!
When I shared with her that I had started to venture into the writing world, she was quick to provide advice and support. She recommended that I attend When Words Collide, a volunteer driven writing conference. When I looked it up and read all about it, I could not believethat it was actually a very full three days of non stop sessions for the minimal costof $55! Well known and experienced authors would be speaking on all sorts of juicy topics.
13 years ago, I met my bike. Up to the point of this pivotal meeting I was the least athletic person in the world!!! I had no belief in my physical being. At times, I was completely uncomfortable in my own skin. I would experience a lot of anxiety in many situations, and simply wished I could blend into the wall.
My bike changed me life. It helped me to find a strong, capable physical side to my being that I never knew existed. It took me on adventures to new worlds and cultures. It took me deep into nature where I could connect with earth in a way I had never experienced. It introduced me to new friendships that would have otherwise been undiscovered. It took me to a place where my mind, body and soul melded into one and worked together to get me to the tops of mountains one pedal stroke at a time.
How a girl with no connection to her physical being could cycle to the tops of mountains belonging to the Tour de France pros I will never totally comprehend. All I know is that I get out there and I find a freedom that I never knew.
What is your passion? What do you long to do but are terrified to try?
I just joined my first ‘Blogging University’. I am very excited!!!
The task for today is to clearly articulate at least three concrete goals for my blogging. Once I got going, I just kept going! This was a great exercise which helped me to focus on what I really want to accomplish in the short term.