I often refer to 2011 as being the WORST and BEST year of my life. The book chronicles the experiences of losing my child and ultimately my home. It ends at my first book signing at the prestigious Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito, California where I felt I had finally reached the pinnacle of success as a published author.
It is often a misconception that when we create the life of our dreams, fears and limiting beliefs all of a sudden disappear. Well, that is not the case. It just means we tend to deal with them in a different fashion when they do arise. With the exception of losing my child, the story I shared in It's Simply Serendipity was about material loss and things that no longer served my higher self. PEARL shares the story of material loss as well, but also what it was that led to me to losing myself.
The series of events I experienced in 2011 allowed me to discover my true authentic self and with that, my purpose in life as an artist. The 18-month period shared in the story of PEARL reveals the choice I had to make between living that authentic life versus sacrificing that authenticity in the name of love, or at least what I thought was love. What lessons did I learn because of that decision, and how did that experience teach me about self-love?
I saw a quote today that read "God changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls and coal into diamonds using time and pressure." I smiled when I read that thinking back to my journey in It's Simply Serendipity. I had often felt like the caterpillar/butterfly analogy. PEARL shares the story of transformation that led me to the sands of the Pacific Ocean here in Santa Monica. Perhaps now I'm in the carving stages of the coal?
I have learned a lot since losing my child and realized that birthing a child is not part of this journey I call my life. I do feel however that birthing a book is quite similar, and PEARL will be my seventh. It also seems fitting that I decided to name the book, PEARL as this could also be a girl's name, and the child I lost would have been a girl.
Conception of PEARL began in October of 2013 while visiting Santa Monica. For some reason the words flowed and the fresh memories allowed me to construct the story in outline form. Little did I know that some mere days later I would decide to leave the San Francisco Bay Area and my beloved Sausalito, to start over once again. Little did I know that answering my soul's calling would lead me to the life I was ultimately meant to live.
I welcome you all on this journey as I begin to put my story into book format. I know many of you are anxious to learn what happened next. How did I create my dream life in such a short time? Whatever happened to my Love? What was it that led me to leave my beloved Sausalito? All of these questions are revealed in PEARL. I'm excited and eager to begin writing again. The next nine months will be filled with caring and nurturing my new book, and I thank you all for your continuous guidance and support.
Until we meet again,