First, I have to say thank you. Thank you for reading my blog. Thank you for following my journey and choosing to be a part of it. Thank you for all of the ways you support my efforts. It means so much and I am so grateful for it, especially as I embark on this new chapter of my professional life.
Now, I must confess something – I still haven’t looked at the reviews for either the curriculum or the devotional. The only reason I know there are good ones is because of things other people told me (and when I share the link the picture shows up with a 5 star rating).
Everyone in public life has a way of navigating the review process. I seem to recall avoiding reviews is a fairly common strategy (judging from how many of my author friends do the same).
You may be wondering, how can she do this when she said worth doesn’t hinge on another person’s judgment?
What can I say? Old habits die hard. I’m still working on myself and I need to continue spreading this message of compassion regardless what anyone says. I can’t let anything cause me to question this.
Truthfully, I’m not sure if there is anything that would cause me to question my work that significantly. Still, I’m doing this until I’m in a place where I feel able to respond to anything in tranquility and love.
So what have I been doing with my time?
I’ve been practicing some unusual strategies lately. For example, I’ve been consulting my gut on everything. This has ensured I feel really good about everything I do. I’m careful not to do anything that doesn’t feel right. This gut consultation practice has made my publishing journey much more enjoyable. I don’t worry about anything. I don’t stress about anything. Everything feels exactly how it should.
Another strategy, which I’ve mentioned before, is to meditate. The more I observe this in action, the more I am convinced it directly impacts my wellbeing and therefore, everyone with whom I connect. I feel better when I meditate. And when I miss a day, I notice a difference.
In book specific matters, I’m really pleased to say that I had an extremely enjoyable podcast interview last week with Scott Golden over at Power of Perception (check it out here). I had so much fun in fact, that I really want to do more podcasts/radio. There’s something about a conversation that is so effective at reaching the heart of a person’s work. Through this experience, I can see how doing webisodes/television could also be fun and I hope to add this soon.
Along those lines, I scheduled a 40 minute resilience talk, “Thrive: 3 Keys to Super Resilience,” at First Baptist Santa Barbara (with the potential for a compassion talk at a later time). If you’re in the area stop by for lunch at noon on March 24. This is a talk that has gotten immediate requests for more speaking, so it’s sure to be a good event.
I’m also brainstorming collaborative projects over resilience, acceptance, and empowerment (more about this soon). Likewise, I’m looking to make connections regarding my SIX DEGREES work.
I have a good feeling about this current direction and I’m certain spreading empathy, compassion, and empowerment will do wonderful things for the world. I already see seeds sprouting, and I can’t explain how much joy this gives me.
In gratitude and love,
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