I made this happen.
I feel like I'm dreaming. Actually, now that I think about it, I feel this way often. I look around at my life and wonder how I got to be so lucky. And then I remember-it wasn't luck that brought me here, but hard work and faith.
I made this happen.
wow. These last four months have been such a whirlwind--an unbelievably overwhelming process of publishing with endless lists and emails; starting my own "limited liability company", obtaining a federal tax ID number, buying barcodes and ISBN's, and registering my copyright. I've been working with copyeditors and graphic designers while editing my book, working on my website, editing my book and then editing some more. Get up early and work, then go to work, then go home in the evening with a take-out dinner and go back to work until I fall asleep on my over-worked and over-heated computer.
I suppose I knew it was coming, and I've tackled the lists and the to-do's the way I knew I would...but I lost myself a bit in the process. I became exhausted and found myself looking at the obligations and lists with resentment. Publishing a book is a full-time job. It can take over your entire life and since I've never done it before, it became overwhelming to a point where I considered giving up.
So, when you're tackling your dream and find yourself overwhelmed, what do you do? What did I do?
Do you want to hear something funny?
I am terrible at talking about my book.
I'm serious - I rarely tell anyone about it. Okay, here's how a conversation about my book goes:
"So, Jillian. I hear you've written a book?"
My face turns red. "Yes, I have."
"Well, what's it about?"
Don't say it's a travel memoir...
"It's a travel memoir."
*Insert long sigh.
"The dreamers are the saviors of the world... Composer, sculptor, painter, poet, prophet, sage, these are the makers of the after-world, the architects of heaven. The world is beautiful because they have lived; without them, laboring humanity would perish. Those who cherish a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in their hearts, will one day realize it.
Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind... if you remain true to them, your world will at last be built.
The thoughtless, the ignorant, the lazy... talk of luck, of fortune.. Seeing someone grow rich, they say, "How lucky they are!" They do not see the trials and failures and struggles that these men and women have voluntarily encountered in order to gain their experience; they have no knowledge of the sacrifices they have made... the faith they have exercised.. that they might overcome the apparently insurmountable and realize the vision of their heart.
The vision you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart - this you will build your life by, and this you will become." - As You Think by James Allen
My first editor has finished my book.
Thoughts about facing fears, pursuing passions and the human condition.
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The primary focus of this blog is on self-improvement.
I spent my youth devouring self-help books and filling journals with words that inspired me. I know without a doubt those journals saved me during the darkest days of my life.
Twenty years later and I'm still writing. I seek things that inspire me and share them here in hopes of inspiring others as well.
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