Reflecting on the first birthday of my book ...

This time 12 months ago, I was preparing for one of the biggest days of my life - the launch of my first book!

I was packing pre-orders, organising catering and my speech, transforming the studio into a massive event space, and shitting myself at the very thought of it all!

The most self doubt I faced on my entire writing journey happened in the days leading up to the launch - because I had laid my soul bare for others to read, judge and critique.

it was in these days leading up to the launch that I discovered Brene Brown, and was reminded of a very relevant, and very true quote from Theodore Roosevelt-

The Man in the Arena: “It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, knows, if he fails, at least he failed while daring greatly, so this his place shall never be with those cold or timid souls who neither know victory or defeat."

It was here that I was reminded that my book was, if not anything else, something that gave me true purpose, and true challenge; and if it didn't have the positive impact I had hoped for, at least I put myself out there and gave it a go!

Well, 12 months on, I'm proud to say that my book did have a positive impact, and it has helped many amazing people realise the value and courage that sits within them all. And while in the last 12 months I have faced many critics, I simply reminded myself that they were not in their own arenas, fighting for their own causes; instead, they were bystanders.

So, 12 months on from the launch of my first book - I'm now calling myself a writer, I'm supporting and empowering other writers or wanna-be writers, and I am helping others live the life of their dreams. And, in six months’ time I will be sending off book proposals for #2!

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