Today, Living with Intent is officially out in paperback – available online and in bookstores. (On Amazon, you can get it for less than $10 right now!)
I was reflecting this morning on how different I feel today than I did a last April when the book was originally released.
To be honest, the day of the release I was anxious, an emotional wreck and felt a bit like a failure. I didn’t have much media on “launch” date, and spent the day getting my hair done for my book party at ABC Home… Not what I had anticipated.
At the event, which the amazing Gabby Bernstein graciously hosted, I felt emotional when we started – I saw friends and family there to support me, as well as kind, passionate, interesting people who were there to celebrate. All the effort I had spent writing and promoting the book left me speechless until at last I let go (with a few choking tears) and enjoyed the evening.
The rest of the week, I had lots of emotional highs and lows as I felt anxious about book sales and exposure, and then validated when people shared they liked the book. What a roller coaster week it was! And what a lesson in how words and situations can affect our mood on a minute to minute basis… And that ultimately we need to be anchored in knowing ourselves, being connected to our soul, to be able to live and serve with authenticity.
I will forever be grateful to my friend who took me for a long, quiet walk in San Francisco later that week to just breathe and be present. To this day, I don’t think he knows how healing that walk was for me emotionally.
And yet, despite all the anxiety of that first week, this year has proven to be a truly fulfilling and successful year. So many people have shared with me how relatable my story is, and how the book has helped them begin their journey to living with intent. I travelled to Holland and Mexico for events, and have connected with thousands of people during my talks around the county.
I also shared lessons and got many laughs at my TedX San Diego talk earlier this year.
Today, I feel immense gratitude to my family and close friends who have supported me on this journey.
And, I feel incredibly lucky that I have had the opportunity to connect with thousands of more people at my talks and through social media. It is through our conversations and shared stories that I feel like I am serving in my unique way.
PS I am signing bookplates (sticker that you can put in the book) and mailing them if you would like to personalize your book, or gift it to someone you think will enjoy it. You can learn more here about how.