In the process of writing this book, I feel humbled by the process and complexity of what is involved. It reminds me that everything we try has a learning curve. As a baby we learned to walk, then we tackled the bicycle, and as a teen we learned how to drive. They all took time and practice.
As adults, we tend to resist this natural process and are surprised and even frustrated at the length of time it takes to try something new. This book has had so many steps that at times I felt overwhelmed. My feelings stemmed more from how much I did not know, than from the actual process. I think that this is at the heart of resistance and it perpetuates stress. It is natural to want to feel secure in our knowledge and intelligence, but this need can get in the way of success. Buddhist philosophy suggests a beginners mind, and that has been helpful to me. Think about how a child explores something new. It is with curiosity and excitement. What a great way to live.
As this book comes to completion (I hope!), I have learned a great deal about all aspects of the process. I will certainly write another book, if only to amortize the time and money that this book required!
As with any project, I needed to remember what my wise husband says each time he tackles a new task; project how much time and money you think it will cost and Double It. How true!
What process have you gone through that had a learning curve? Let me know in the comments below.
Yes, if is around the corner—my first book is in its final stages.
The entire process reminds me of childbirth. I am now in labor and I can assure you that it is quite uncomfortable, even painful at times. The due date of Custom Calm Chronicles first book, Splash into Calm is at the end of August. As with any estimate due date, we are hoping for an early delivery, but I must wait until it is ready. This process cannot be rushed.
In my joy of the upcoming birth of my book, one of my helpful professionals wisely said “after it is born, you have to raise it!” The reality of this stopped me in my tracks. Once the book is published, I must market my new infant. Now the work really begins.
I will keep you posted on my progress and share some tips from my book.
Custom Calm Chronicles presents material with simplicity. With that in mind, I have designed a format for this book that is easy to follow. It is based on the calendar year and presented in monthly themes, each having four articles. The topics are as follows:
January: New Beginnings
March: Pain & Illness
June: Balanced Living
July: Emotions & Relationships
August: Attitude & Perspective
October: Day to Day Living
Look for excerpts in the next few weeks.
I will notify you when I deliver. Until then…take a breath and enjoy life moment by moment.
Let me know in the comments below how the process of achieving something you deemed important felt for you.
It has finally happened! I am finishing up my book and will be at print in the next few weeks. I wrote a book because I see the need for practical help with stress.
The book is part of what I hope to be a series called Custom Calm Chronicles and the first book is: Splash Into Calm.
There seems to be a myth that living a calm life means “uneventful” or “chilled out”, and that is far from the truth.
What calm living gives you the ability to enjoy increased stamina, vitality, clarity and ease in daily life. For those who enjoy living a full, busy life, then you will be able to enhance this lifestyle you already have with increased energy to do the things you love doing.
The book is filled with different perspectives and techniques geared toward quickly get centered. It is not that you will not have stress in your life, but you will know how to neutralize its effects. The best part is that it is practical, so there is no big time commitment. I have set it up in monthly themes to make it easy.
Short and simple is greatly needed. That is why I keep my posts short. In our busy lives we do not have the time, so why not quickly get to the point? Once I am at print, look forward to hearing much more about it.
One final thought; if I can find my calm center, than anyone can do it!
Let me know in the comments below what you do to come back to center when you get stressed.