Day 71 – It’s funny how much difference a week can make in your perspective. Last week I was feeling very down and stressed. This week – and especially the last few days – has been amazing. In fact I don’t even know where to start.
First fact – I just passed my 10 week mark. That is pretty awesome. Although I have not completely abstained from alcohol in that time, I have for all practical purposed quit drinking and feel much better as a result. I am more energetic, focused and clear-headed. This is a plus and a minus as I seem to be having a hard time relaxing and stopping working. But I will find my balance soon I’m sure.
Second fact – I have lost weight/fat and am looking a lot more trim than since I quit smoking in 1993. I am excited about this and hope I can keep the momentum going with some good workouts over the next month while I am home.
Third fact – When I got back from my conference, my newest book, Reflections of My Heart: A Poetic Journey of Love, Life, Heartbreak and Healing was waiting on me. Though I don’t currently plan to promote it heavily since it is so personal, it was important to me to put this in print and to add to my “family” of books.
But probably most exciting fact is the email I got Monday morning inviting me to speak in South Africa in July. This came somewhat out of the blue but can be tied directly to a couple of specific events in my life.
- Last summer I was involved in a somewhat difficult continuing education class in Florida. Though the planning and promises did not line up as they were supposed to, while I was there I met with a friend in Miami who helped me get set up to teach at a couple of conferences in Miami and Dallas – perhaps others later this year. This friend was the editor of a magazine called Les Nouvelles Esthetique and Spa (LNE) and I have had a great time at their events.
- Fast forward to a month ago when I ran a 5K to raise money for African penguins. At that race my friend Tammy mentioned that her boss had seen penguins when he was in South Africa and suggested that I look for a conference there. Later that day I did some online research, found a conference put on by the South African edition of LNE and applied. Then this week, I found out that they do in fact want to bring me there. WOW!
What this tells me is that a) something good can come from something bad if you only look for the opportunities and b) you have to pay attention to the small signs and coincidences that come up as they are there to guide you. I am thrilled about the potential opportunity and hope I will get to stay in the country for a few weeks to speak at ANOTHER conference later in the month for another organization.
I should also mention that the cover design is almost done for my third book, The Sunflower Princess, AND that I have found an illustrator. I am SO happy with this as I have been looking for ages to finish this book and can’t wait to see it in its final form. I am working on another idea for a follow up book and also see the possibility of other Sunflower Princess books and products thanks to my friend, Lora.
Like I said it has been an amazing week filled with one awesome thing after another. Though I can’t directly attribute most of them to not drinking, there is definitely an influence here and there from it and I am grateful. May the blessings continue!!