The last week has been one of massive breakthrough as I achieved TWO big dreams and then had to make some VERY tough decisions.
I attended the California Women's Conference in Long Beach, CA where I had the opportunity to spend time with my mentor, Jack Canfield. This was a dream come true as Jack has been a wonderful guide for me over the last few years in my dream of becoming a published author. I've learned so much from him and grateful to finally be able to thank him in person.
Also during the CWC I was able to hear Arianna Huffington speak and she really inspired me as well. Another of my dreams has been to write for the Huffington Post and thanks to Arianna, that dream has now become reality. I posted my first blog "4 Steps to Manifesting a Life of Bliss" on May 27th. You can read it HERE.
The last couple of months I've been the launching queen, launching my sixth book, It's Simply Publishing and a new membership site, Cali's Crew. I also revealed the new website for my new publishing company, Serendipity Publishing House. All of this, and I was trying to write another book, It's Simply Tuesday in Paris. With any new book comes massive amounts of marketing and promotion and I've been marketing the Paris book for the last year and a half as it was initially slated for a July, 2013 release.
Since returning from the California Women's Conference I have felt so much excitement for the opportunities that have presented themselves, but also I have felt complete overwhelm. I'm just one person doing EVERYTHING myself, and realize I can't go on this way. Something has to give, and unfortunately that something is the Paris book. The idea for the book came to me at the end of 2012 and I thought it would be a nice way to stretch my writing by experimenting with fiction, but I'm realizing it's not in alignment with my purpose of serving other writers.
Having said that, I don't plan to fully abandon the project, just put it on hold until I'm in a better position to give it the love it deserves. I'm not about doing things halfway. I'm a perfectionist and I feel I've been rushing of late to try to get this book out in time for the July, 2014 deadline I set. In the last week the words have completely left me as has the motivation to continue and I've decided to once again listen to my intuition that is saying, not now.
I do apologize to those of you who were excited about its release, but I assure you that when the book does come out, it will be in its best form. I do love the storyline, but the timing is just not right. Who knows what adventures I'll come up with for Jayne & Philippe. I know when the time comes for the book to be written, the words will indeed flow again.
Sometimes we must make difficult decisions in life, but it doesn't mean we are weak. In fact, it's quite the opposite. It takes courage and faith to know when something doesn't feel right, and regardless of the reaction from the outside world, what really matters is how we feel when we look in the mirror each day. I am very proud of all of my accomplishments, but I also know my limits. I am human after all. The next time you are faced with a tough decision, instead of trying to analyze it in your head, see how it feels in your heart. I know I'm making the right decision for ME.