How My Book Publishing Story Can Inspire You to Follow Your Own Dreams
I’m beyond excited to announce that my book, Project Me for Busy Mothers: A Practical Guide to Finding a Happier Balance is now available on Amazon and loads of good book shops.
Without an epidural or morphine, birthing this Project Me book has been a long and sometimes painful process. But like all newborns, once they’re safety delivered into the world, the labour pains are replaced with pride and joy.
I want to encourage you to take action on your own goals and to understand that your BIG DREAMS will come true once you put your mind to it. It’s all about having a clear vision, then taking small, steady steps. One step at a time WILL get you there.
Reflecting back on the time frame of my book dream…
In 2012 I put it on my Vision Board. There was no website, no platform – just a working title and logo. I took the time to type it up and glue it over the top of whatever was #1 in the book chart that week!
In 2013 I joined Marie Forleo’s amazing B-School to learn about how to build an online presence. I created the Project Me Facebook page, followed by the website – and within a few short months mothers from all over the world began subscribing to my newsletter!
I’d put Marie Forleo on my Vision Board at the same time as my book idea having NO idea about B-School or what an influence she’d have on my life!
In 2014 I began running goal setting workshops and then teaching mothers how to improve their productivity and time management.
In late 2015 I worked one-on-one with a mum in London – who happened to be a top literary agent who wanted to represent me!
In early 2016 I got a book publishing deal with Orion Spring (yay!!!) and began actually writing the Project Me book.
In 2017 I finished writing and began the editing process, submitting my final manuscript in October. (whew!)
In January 2018 my book is finally released into the world. (Dream fulfilled!!!!)
Yes, it’s taken me a few years to make my dream vision a reality, but it was all about taking those slow, steady steps. I’m a busy mother – I couldn’t just run off to ashram to write my book in silence. Besides, how could I understand your struggles if I weren’t working with real mothers all over the world to get into their heads and help them find solutions?
And how on earth could I write a book all about living a well balanced life if I weren’t living it?
Prioritise means ‘choose something over something else’. That means something has to give, at least a little, so you can priortise a goal you want to achieve.
Things I wasn’t willing to give in on while pursuing my dream:
My sacred family time, my morning ritual of meditating and journaling, my fitness routine, and meeting up with my Power Posse once a month.
Initially I’d set aside just one day a week to write my book. ‘Sacred Writing Tuesday’. As my deadline approached I could see that wasn’t going to cut it and I began dedicating 4 days a week to writing. (That was the hard labour part!)
What I chose to give in on while making writing my priority was other parts of my business. I stopped doing one-to-one work, I didn’t run any online programmes, I had to bow out of my private Facebook group for awhile. That hurt financially, but I’d rather have a low bank account than be trying to fix my marriage, my family life or my health right now.
I’m proud of the balance I kept throughout. I definitely walked my talk and lived true to the title of my book: Project Me for Busy Mothers: A Practical Guide to Finding a Happier Balance. I’ve used every strategy I teach in my book and I can hand on heart say they work!
I wrote this book to encourage and support YOU to get the foundations of your life into a stable position so you can clear a path to follow your bigger dreams – and not get so bogged down by the day to day stuff.
What are your BIG dreams? Do you need help getting clarity or moving off the starting blocks? That’s what my book is all about.
Here’s to giving your goals and dreams LIFT-OFF in 2018!
In the comments below, share a goal or dream you’ve either made true (so we can celebrate your win!), or one you’d like to make happen (so we can cheer you on!). Don’t be shy. The more you write it, the more you share it, the more it will become your reality.
ps – Mare Forleo’s B-School only runs once a year and registration opens for 2018 on February 20th! Read more about it here.
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