To all the Savvy Girls out there… It is my sincerest prayer that this short-note will find whomever it needs to find, while in the best of spirits and highest of hopes. I wish to inspire and to empower you to continue to press through whatever journey that you are on right now; whatever path that you have chosen and found to be your passionate destiny.
I hope that it provides the confirmation that you are seeking, in this present moment in time. If you are having a rough day, I hope that this will make you smile. If you are facing difficulties, I hope that this will give you the encouragement that you need today.
I hope that you understand that all the stars are aligning in your favor right now and know that you will flourish if you trust the process.
I would like to share something with you.
I spent the first week of June writing, editing and drafting a book for publication while visiting my parents’ home. Began on 6/4/2018.
When I initially sat down to write, (or should I say, type) it was not my intention to end with a whole book. A book was not on my mind that day at all. However, A book had been on my mind lately, but I did not know what it would be about. I knew it was time for me to write another one, because I had that urge. That urge that would not relent, but I could not put my finger on what I was supposed to be or should be writing about.
Actually, when I sat down at the laptop, I was sifting through topics and looking for something of interest to blog about. At the same time, my mom walked into the room and asked, “What are you doing? Writing another book?” I responded, “Yes.” And just like that, I started writing another book. I wrote until there was nothing else to write about the story I was writing about.
I don’t want to make it sound like it was a simple task or process, because I don’t want to make anyone feel that just because they are not able to do it with ease, that they are doing something wrong.
I thought it was important to share how it happened, because I want to make a point about how the stars always align when it’s your time. And how you will know, if you pay attention.
But let’s go back for just a second. In 2014 I started on a book, which I end up pulling from publication and production. In 2016, I wrote and published a book that talked a little about what was in the book from 2015, but I switched gears somewhere near the beginning because it became more of a celebratory book for me.
The interesting thing is, in that book; I used the example of an incubator and its function, as it related to premature babies, to explain how we are sometimes in places where we are in a premature state of greatness, where being in an incubator is necessary. (such as a seed, in the ground) I described my life at that time, as having been in the incubator.
Reference: An incubator (or isolette) is an apparatus used to maintain environmental conditions suitable for a neonate (newborn baby). It is used in preterm births or for some ill full-term babies. There is additional equipment used to evaluate and treat sick neonates
So, once I released that book in 2016, I thought I hung up my hat in the book writing arena. I literally told everyone, “This will be my last book” All while knowing deep down inside, that there would be more to the story. (That’s called a seed) And if you think in terms of seeds of greatness, you’ll understand where I am trying to go here.
Yolanda Adams sang a song I used to listed to everyday for about 6-months, back in 2007. One of the lines that gives me chills every time I hear it is:
“…So, keep the dream alive don’t let it die
If something deep inside keeps inspiring you to try
And never give up; don’t ever give up on you.” – Never Give Up
Seeds of greatness are ever-producing. Completing my book last week, brought the 2014 and the 2016 book back to life, with the full story. And what I didn’t realize in the process was that the book was writing itself, every day of my life. What do I mean by that? You ask.
Well, I looked back at where those books began and ended. Then I examined the time in between the then and now. Before those books could be what this new one is, I needed the time between the then and now. (incubating)
In the middle of writing this new book, I was coming to parts where I was able to go back to posts and blogs and articles and journal entries that I had written in the last few years, where they seem to have been created especially for those sections/moments in the book. It was very surreal how they meshed right into format. Some were written while I was angry. Some were written while I was happy. Some while I was frustrated and others when I was completely lost in translation. But it showed growth. (That’s what you see when your seed begins to produce something, and you are now seeing the outcome of what was planted, as it begins to pierce through the dirt; the soil) (Or when that baby is getting stronger and stronger and coming out of that incubator)
What was most amazing about doing all of this, was two things in particular:
1 Looking over to my right and seeing a title on a document I had just dropped in the mail. Instantly, I knew that this was the title of my book
2 Was having the revelation that I had already written the last chapter of the book, without even knowing. I wrote it back in April, for this very platform. At the time I wrote it, I had absolutely no idea that it would end up in a book.
The chapter that I am referring to, was an article post here on SheSavvy. It was titled: Chapter 40; Gratitude Changes Everything. Now, how profound was that!
About a month later, I shared another article on SheSavvy, (A Quick Note on Revisiting The Past) which had actually been written before Gratitude Changes Everything, but it was just sitting in a word document, on my laptop, as I was debating on if I would share it.
This was a testament to how things come together, falling into perfect order, even when you don’t know that they are. For goodness sake, even the titles of the articles were already named appropriately.
That tugging feeling that I kept having, was the nudge saying that it was time. Because I had just arrived at the last chapter. I think I personally had to arrive at the Gratitude I spoke about in that article, before this book would have ever come out of me. And the mere fact that latest article I wrote for SheSavvy, wasn’t sent when it was written, tells me that it’s because it was out of order. It wasn’t supposed to go before gratitude. Once I arrived at gratitude, I was then able to share a story and then tell people about a quick note on revisiting the past.
And that, is literally what the book is and what it does: Revisiting the past, navigating through, falling, flying, hurting, suffering, triumphing, being faithful, being grateful and then sharing your story.
I finished the 3rd draft for the book today and submitted it for publication. I am excited to announce that it will be available in a few short weeks.
And not to sound like that 3am infomercial that wakes you up on Sunday morning, but I hope this note touches whomever it was supposed to touch today, so that you will realize that you have a seed inside of you. You must nurture it and trust the process even when you don’t see immediate results. Know that everything that you are doing, is working for your good.