Dun dun da da! Here it is, my manuscript in it’s entirety. After five years of working on and off on this project I have finally complied all of my thoughts.
I have to admit something to you though, this last week has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster. As excited as I am about having completed my first book, it’s also a little scary. One of the first reactions I had when I picked up the 244 pages of my own writing was fear. My inner critic was having a field day yelling all sorts of self defeating thoughts in my head.
I wondered why all of a sudden these fears were being voiced when just moments before I was completely elated to hit the print button. Then my dear friend, Melissa (who accompanied me on the writing trip to Weymouth), sent me an e-mail with one of my favorite quotes attached as a reminder.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.”
I cried as I read these words and remembered their truth. Not only have I called forth my own inner light, but I’ve written it all down on the page to help inspire others to do the same. Sure my ego / my inner critic is scared. This is BIG and there is absolutely no hiding it once this book is out there.
We all have dreams and visions of ourselves living our highest possible lives. And we are all tested by our internal critic as well as many external voices in our lives. They tell us our dreams are impossible, that we simply can’t do it, that we will fail and that it’s not practical. They are basing their opinions in that unhealthy state of fear. But we, who have seen our own inner light, know the power of love. We know within that love anything is possible, we are the creators of our own lives.
Are you living in LOVE or fear? Every day, every moment of our lives, we have the option to choose which one it will be. My dream is to see you and I living in a constant state of LOVE for ourselves and for each other. I see beautifully happy, healthy, creative souls radiating their inner light so brightly that it sparks the same light in everyone we pass.
By writing this book on Love, Life and Self Discovery I am letting my light shine. I give you permission to do the same. Move towards your dreams, your highest vision of yourself, let it shine! Be the beautiful, creative, joyful self that you were put on this Earth to be! It is sincerely my hope that the work I do will help to keep you inspired, confident and constantly moving towards your dreams!
“For what is the best choice, for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve.”
– Aristotle –
I recently read “Courage and Croissants: Inspiring Joyful Living” by Suzanne Saxe-Roux & Jean P. Roux. It was a fantastic story of breaking out of the box and following your heart. I won it in a give away and would like to gift it back to the world to help spread their inspirational message. To enter to receive my copy of the book simply leave a comment below. I will randomly choose a winner next Wednesday, March 7th. Good luck!
Love & Blessings!