Today has arrived faster than I anticipated. The year has been a tumultuous one, but this day makes me smile. It took a lot of courage to hit the publish button on Kindle Direct Publishing. The above picture is a quick picture I took on my phone after I submitted.
I wanted to remember that moment. Cherish it, even.
A weird fact is that on my book's sales page on Amazon, it lists the publication date as July 23, but I published on July 24, 2016 at 10:57am on a Sunday. It took one little click to send my book into review before it was live on the Amazon site.
There were a ton of tears shed while I wrote this book, but it felt cleansing to release it and own my truth by breaking my silence. I learned a lot during the process of producing this book from writing, working with two editors, a proofreader, a cover designer, an ebook formatter, and a paperback formatter. It would have been a different journey without my accountability partner and the other authors I met along the way.
So much has happened in the past year that wouldn't have been possible if I hadn't broken my silence with my book. I wouldn't have met Pam, other survivors, House of Representative Mark Rozzi, author Jon Krakauer, Lucy, and so many more.
I feel blessed. My heart is full of gratitude. Huge thanks to anyone who has supported me on my journey. I wouldn't be here without my family, friends, readers, fellow survivors, R.A., Pam, mastermind authors, mentors, and anyone who gave me some encouragement and/ or a kind word when I needed it the most.
I lost so much this year and faced some steep hurdles, but it makes me even more thankful for the love of my family and friends. Hope you have a blessed day!
Is there something you can do to encourage someone today? Even if it is someone you meet in passing and hold the door for them.