Today I’m grateful for being one step closer to publishing my book! It’s out for proofreading and the finish line is within sight! I’m a little nervous and have butterflies in my stomach every time I think about it. I can’t believe I’m actually doing this! I’ve wanted to be an author since I was a child but didn’t pursue that idea as an adult until recently. I’m so proud that I followed my gut and went with it. There was a part of me that was scared to put myself out there like that. I share how I overcame a long battle with depression but I also reveal things about myself that friends, acquaintances, and former co-workers don’t know. The thing is if one person can benefit from anything shared in the book, that alone is worth the temporary discomfort I may feel.
I’m so thankful for everyone that’s had a part in helping me with this process. I’m thankful for my family who stood by me during those difficult years. I’m thankful for the patience and understanding my family extended me during the writing process. I’d be up late into the night hours that extended into the early morning. Even my young girls were understanding on the days I was running on just a couple of hours of sleep. My mom has been an incredible help with so many aspects of the book. My beta readers provided such honest and insightful feedback. Fellow bloggers have helped point me in the right direction and even helped spread the word through Q & A posts and reviews.
Ultimately I’m thankful I’m able to share my story in a way that is meant to inspire and empower others. The one thing I was very aware of is that it’s great that I overcame my battle with depression but what does that do for others? Having overcome it benefits me directly and as a result, those in my circle but on a greater scale how did that help? Publishing this book and sharing the process with others was a way for me to get the story out and empower others to overcome theirs.
What are you most grateful for today? Feel free to share in the comments! Happy Sunday ❤