Well, here we are, the second half of 2013. Happy Canada Day! The month kicked off on a pretty quiet note. I began my 4th month without a home trying to figure out where I was going to stay next on this journey. I checked quite a few places but everything was booked because of the holiday. I finally booked a bed at the hostel in the Marin Headlands. I've never stayed there before but figured it will be a new adventure. I spent the day watching TV and surfing the net. I also organized my things, what has to go into storage, and what to take with me for the rest of the week. I listened to my Silva Method meditation and stretched my body. My back is beginning to heal which is nice.
**This was my journal entry from a year ago. Little did I know at that time that I would continue to be without a home until December, 2013 and that my life would take an unexpected turn, one I certainly didn't see coming.
July 1, 2014
I woke this morning still on a high from the excitement of my bestseller campaign for my book, It's Simply Serendipity. Last night around 7:30pm I was chatting with this girl from Quebec who found me on Facebook and told me she had read the book and really enjoyed it. I thanked her and asked her if she would be willing to write a review on Amazon.ca. She happily agreed and I went to pull up the link and that's when I saw it. #1 CANADA.
My book, my beautiful baby that I wrote, marketed and published while I was homeless had become a #1 International Bestseller. I nearly jumped out of my chair. I had done it, reached the top spot. All of the sudden, the memories of the last year came flooding back. All those days of not knowing where I would sleep next, the hours spent writing and researching, and never giving up on my dream. It had all paid off.
At the end of 2012 I had sustained a pretty severe back injury that resulted in two bulging discs (L4 & L5) and seven months of severe sciatic nerve pain. By the time July had rolled around, I was on the brink of once again giving up. I had visited a multitude of doctors who all told me the same thing. It's going to take time and no stress. HA! Right. After coming up empty of any relief of the pain from all the specialists I visited, I decided I would just HEAL myself. I meditated twice daily to the Silva Method recordings and did slight stretches for two weeks leading up to July 4th, Opening Day of the 2013 America's Cup. I firmly stated to myself that I would be healed by that day, and I WAS. I woke up on the 4th and the pain was gone. Thank God!
I look back at that time now and realize the back injury was a blessing. I had created my life of Bliss in the Spring of 2012, but by doing so, I couldn't write the book that shared my story of loss and despair. I needed to somehow get back into that state of mind, and the back injury did precisely that. I could barely walk or sit for more than a half hour at a time, but what I could do was lie in bed (wherever I found a bed) and write my book.
This beautiful book, that is now a #1 International Bestseller was birthed through an agonizing period of labor, but it was so worth it. In reading the reviews on Amazon of the lives I've touched with my story, it warms my heart to know I made a difference.
If you have a dream and life throws you a curveball, DON'T GIVE UP! Hold tightly to that dream and believe in yourself. You never know, something truly magical and miraculous can be waiting just around the corner.
Dream on and Dream BIG!