Before last summer, I couldn't have guessed that I would be signing a book contract with a NY publisher on a subject that I so deeply love.
I had just finished filming The Desha Show in Nantucket and decided to have a front porch meeting with Development Editor/Author Suzanne Kingsbury and Literary Agent Dede Cummings to discuss how to grow the show, when Dede suggested writing a "Style Book." Her words made my heart RACE. The energy and ideas flew back and worth and at the end I was almost scared of the idea. It sounded so good and so close to my heart that if I let myself get too excited, and then it didn't work, I would be more than disappointed... I would be devastated.
Isn't this how it works? We can't acknowledge our number one dream b/c it's too scary to admit we want it. If we admit it and fail, it hurts so much worse than if we failed at something we didn't really care about.
I am not an interior designer. I am not a stylist. I am not an author. It seemed like a long shot to try and write a book on home decor/style and meaning. But I thrive in the world of possibilities. If there was even the slightest bit of hope that it could work, I had to try.
I might not have the right degrees or certificates, blah blah, blah. But I do know what I like when it comes to style and I am willing to work hard.
Since that day on the porch, I put my whole heart and soul into writing the proposal and tried to be patient through the process. Now I know why authors have sentimental dedications in their books... writing a book is sort of like hanging up a piece of art that took you two years to paint. You've thought about it a lot, it's personal and it makes you feel a bit vulnerable to show the world.
There's so much more I want to share, but for now I just want to take a deep breath and acknowledge my feelings of gratitude. I've loved decor, style and inspirational stories 4-ever and now is my chance to write a book about what I love most. Yippee- Hayay!
Do you have a dream you're too scared to even admit to yourself? Did you take a risk and follow a dream even though it seemed impossible? How did it go? I'd love to hear your stories in the comments below.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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I had a bit of a rough weekend, all consumed in my thoughts and getting overwhelmed. A sadness overcame me and I decided to feel it, really feel it and allow the tears to just flow out. Not just for my own little problems, but for other people's bigger problems and sorrow. I know I have the power to control my reality, my thoughts and my feelings so this morning I decided to wake up and start enjoying. There's too much to enjoy to be sad in my life. Here is my morning meditation, the things I'm grateful for in this moment in time. thank you, thank you, thank you.
|thank you for the beauty that surrounds me|
|thank you for life's little luxuries|
|thank you for allowing me to appreciate the things that really matter|
What are you grateful for today?