I'm going to address a question that I frequently get asked as this question appears in my inbox at least 3 times per day and during all hours of the night 😬😬😬
The question is--> "How do you write a book?"
So here it is! I'm giving you everything that I know about this subject... Which isn't much. So this post will be short and sweet! Writing a book is clearly not my forte but I figured out how to get it done... The hard way!!! (PS.. I'm not recommending this approach 110%😉)
But this is how I did it....
Step 1. One day I sat down, opened up my laptop and began typing...knowing that I was NOT going to stop until I was done. I refused to let myself "off the hook." I held myself accountable, everyday.
Step 2. When I was finished writing the entire manuscript, I prayed about it, and asked God what to do next. And one night, I got out of bed at 3am and googled various words; including the word "editor." And on page 5 of Google, I found someone who appeared as if he could help me...sent him an email.....and we were a match!!
Step 3. Found my cover designer on Craig's list... (I prayed about it first, tho😉)
Step 4. Found a local publisher who put all of the "moving parts" together for me.
Step 5. Done! I'm off and running
That's it!! Like I mentioned earlier, how I completed this project was definitely not the "norm" and possibly not for everyone. You will figure out which way works best for you 😊
In addition, if you're mission is to write your first book, my advice would be to seek out a "writer's coach" and follow a structured path. If they have a proven, successful track record, there is something to be said for that... Listening is good!
And finally .... Everyday, someone asks me how I got Dr. Wayne Dyer's endorsement....
And my answer is quite simple. I prayed about it. The wisdom came to me on how to find his address, what to say, and what color of envelope to send it in... And when I dropped my book off at the post office it, I detached from the entire process. And two weeks later, I received an email from Dr. Dyer along with his endorsement, and he told me that when he came to Denver he wanted to meet me in person. That's it!!!! This "entire thing" was Divinely guided. And it wasn't because I knew someone who knew someone, or I bought my way "there".
I hope this post was inspiring and maybe even motivated you to "do whatcha gotta do" to make yourself happy.
Based on the In-Spirit-ational work that I get to do, I often hear extraordinary stories from clients who are looking for a bit of insight about their current situation. Many of the stories are unforgettable, heart-wrenching, and loving moments in time when I even say, “WOW! Holy Smokes!! Really??!!”
I wanted to share with you a story about a man and his dog. This is proof of how our beloved animals are not only reliable companions, but spiritual messengers and healers. They invite us to take a deeper look into our own hearts and examine the energy we may be subconsciously projecting to the world around us. Animals are highly sensitive creatures and have been given instincts for a reason. To keep them safe!!! Like you and me, we all want to feel safe, secure and unconditional love.
Animals have the uncanny ability to teach us how to better master ourselves through demonstrating acts such as: trust, detachment and unconditional love. Animals also have the tendency to mirror our deep- seated wounds, pain and unresolved hurts that may be standing in the way of living a life of inner freedom and happiness. If you choose to take the time to truly connect with your four- legged friend, you may find the wisdom you are seeking; and insight on how to resolve a daunting situation. When you are ready to become aware and listen to the spiritual messengers that are always guiding you in the direction of knowing yourself, you behold authentic power and the necessary ingredients to heal your life from the inside-out. It’s true. Anything is possible when you are willing to expand your mind, open your heart, and feel the source of unconditional love.
I share this story with you for various reasons. First of all, I am an animal lover. And secondly, my passion and purpose is to help others make successful choices and offer inspirational insights on how to move forward. [For obvious reasons, the names in this story have been changed to maintain the integrity and privacy for all who are concerned.]
One afternoon, a gentleman named Darin came into my office for an intuitive consulting session for his 3 year old, 160 lbs., beautiful gray, great dane, Max. Max glowed with a kind, happy-go-lucky spirit and savored the attention from anyone who was willing to acknowledge his presence. He proved to be intelligent beyond his own good and quickly acquired the label of being a “high-maintenance problem child.” You see, Max had severe anxiety issues and hated to be left alone; even for a short period of time. For example: When Darin resigned Max to his doggie crate, (because he couldn’t be trusted otherwise) he would bark uncontrollably, and repeatedly spin in circles, until he would tip the crate over (with him in it) and break the door wide open. And then… veraciously proceeded to chew holes through the drywall, in hopes of burrowing his way to find his favorite human. It was no secret. This dog had been severely traumatized in numerous ways: including experiencing the underlying pain of lack of love and no stability. Throughout his journey, Max had continuously been tossed around from one family to the next, living in a total of 5 foster homes, until finally, one day, he was taken in by an owner who was willing to cater to his needs and give him a forever place to stay.
Undeniably, Max was shown unconditional love by his new owner. It came in the form of constant attention, daily walks, car rides and he was a regular client at doggie day care. But because Max’s behavior was getting to become costly: emotionally, physically and financially, Darin was at “odds” with what-to-do next. He thought that putting Max “to sleep” (euthanizing him) might be his only option for eliminating Max’s internal struggle and irrational behavior. Granted, this decision was not taken lightly, therefore; Darin was willing to give Max any chance he could before scheduling the final vet appointment.
The day Darin brought Max into my office to ask for inspired advice, my stomach twisted and turned when I heard about this dilemma. I wanted so badly to say something that would inevitably change Max’s destiny, but I was unsure of what that would be.
As we sat, conversing about the obvious, I was rubbing Max’s belly---and my intuition “hit” me like a ton of bricks! The real reason why Darin was sitting in front of me wasn’t because of Max! Max was only the catalyst to get Darin into my office. The issue remained with Darin ---and Max was sent to help his human friend heal various aspects of his life. Max was unintentionally shedding “light” (no pun intended) on his owner’s unresolved issues. The underlying pain of never belonging and abandonment Darin had faced throughout his entire life was finally being brought to the surface. Make no mistake, this unresolved issue was yearning to be thoroughly addressed, healed and released. It was all part of the Divine plan.
When I talked with Darin about the intuitive insight I received about their relationship, his eyes began to swell and tears began streaming down his face. He was experiencing the pain that had been suppressed for years, and now he was being given the opportunity to heal the past in the present moment.
I’ve often heard those who have rescued homeless animals say, “ I was the one who was actually being saved,” …and after hearing this statement, it seems to hold true in this instance, as well. The significance between this man and his dog seemed almost unreal.
So, as this life coaching session was coming to a close, Darin asked what should the next steps be to help Max find peace considering the circumstances. And my advice was, “With all your heart, empathize and have compassion for Max. And while you are doing this, empathize and have compassion for the boy within you. The one who was once neglected years ago. This experience is being brought to your consciousness so that you can heal yourself; and heal Max at the same time.” I also offered this suggestion, “Give Max one more week. And if the situation doesn’t change, then follow your heart when determining Max’s fate.” Darin replied, “Okay, and walked out.”
Fast- forward two days.
Every week I volunteer for hospice. But before we begin with the day’s activities, a few of us discuss the highlights of the week. (PS. There are no coincidences in life).
As we were sharing our thoughts, one woman said, “I have a story,” and everyone's ears perked up to listen! She said, “My neighbor owns a doggie day care and had the strangest thing happen to her today. One of her favorite clients, this beautiful gray, great dane was standing at the top of a staircase, but missed taking the first step; and unfortunately tumbled to his death. He shattered the bones in his hind legs and the fractures were unrepairable. They were forced to put him down, immediately. The owner was devastated and said, ‘I have just lost my best friend and one of the greatest teachers in my life.’ “
Yes. This is Max’s story and how these extraordinary circumstances prevented Darin from having to make the unbearable decision of putting him “to sleep.”
Honestly, I could barely believe the story myself. What were the chances of me hearing about my client, who literally came into my office 2 days prior in a completely unrelated environment!?? I was shocked and speechless. But at that precise moment, an expanded view of the “bigger picture” became obvious to me. Max’s desire to leave his physical body was irrefutable. In addition, he no longer wanted to cause his master further stress, heartache or pain. So, Max decided to take it upon himself and place his destiny into his own paws.
Needless to say, the following day, I received a phone call from Darin verifying the information I’d already known to be true about the death of Max.
In the end, Max remained a forever loyal companion as he demonstrated in this message so clearly: No relationship in life is ever a one-way street. We are ALL here to guide, inspire and empower each other (and the lives of furry critters) in the best way we know how. And the Divine blessing was that Darin and Max were given the opportunity of being brought together in order to heal similar wounds; and given the wherewithal to recognize the meaning behind the gift of giving and receiving unconditional love. You, too, can heal your life and be of assistance to those around you. Anything is possible when you add a big dose of LOVE! Love can and will heal any man, woman or pet’s heart with a little bit of effort and a lot of soul.
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Namaste, Angela 🙂
I’ve always been fascinated with the classical fairy tale of Cinderella. Maybe it’s because as a 6th grader, I was chosen to play the lead role of being Cinderella in the school play; or perhaps it’s because I love the idea of enchanted castles and being swept away by prince charming. Regardless of whether or not these moments in time do come true—love, hope and happiness is the stuff dreams are made of.
Over the weekend, I decided to sit through the latest rendition of this magical tale. As I was being drawn into the life of a princess and the thought of never never land, I heard “this” inspiring message that moves beyond living happily ever after.
You see, when Cinderella was a young girl, her mother passed away. But prior to her death, she gave her daughter instructions on how to live her life. She said, “Have courage and be kind.”
WOW! Imagine that! Have courage and be kind—Powerful words for building a magical kingdom based upon grace.
Courage is a necessary virtue when staring directly into the eyes of fear or embarking on an unpredictable venture. The act of “being” courageous furthers your quest of internal exploration in gaining a deeper understanding of Self; and challenges you to heal unresolved hurts and move beyond limited perceptions with curiosity and an open-heart. Courage is the binding agent that fortifies your vision with optimism, while remaining diligent when doing the task at hand.
As the famous quote states, “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” — Lord Chesterfield
It takes courage to apply unwavering strength in rising above today’s obstacles and making a life change. It takes courage to be kind to people who may not have earned such a loving gesture. And it takes courage to stand up and speak your truth, while setting an example for those who seem to need it the most.
So, as your life candidly unfolds while traveling down your path in the pursuit of happiness—remember to demonstrate courage and to be kind. Deciding to BE BOLD when confronting your greatest challenge is a courageous action--hardly established by those with the faint of heart.
With the inner knowing that you are a spiritual being having a human (and charming) experience, it’s possible to walk in faith; roar with courage; and have the awareness that each encounter is a stepping stone for uncovering the gift of being your Highest Self. The simplest form of generosity may be the force of nature needed to transform another’s pit of darkness into a beacon of light; and in return, it may be the guiding factor in fulfilling your personal destiny. The choice is yours. Exemplify magnificence in every situation; and trust that anything is feasible when you BELIEVE in just a little bit of magic. 🙂
I wanted to share with you a conversation I had with God last week. I know that when I receive intuitive messages for myself, I also need to share these words of inspiration with others. (My disclaimer: Spirit is right to the point when I ask for guidance. If the message seems a little harsh, well, it is, because that’s how I needed to hear it).
Last week, I said, “God, I need a miracle. I desire to take my business to the next level and sell more books. What do I need to do?” And this was the reply:
”If you choose NOT to “see” the miracle in everything and everyone, YOU are missing the point. Miracles and blessings are everywhere! If your ego needs to “see” a miracle, go outside and LOOK at a tree. Notice it’s magnificence. Imagine how many storms it had to weather in order to become the structure that it is today. Become aware. Look into the eyes of child or animal and feel their innocence. Take a moment--feel your own heartbeat. That’s a miracle!”
Get over yourself. Become miracle minded. Instead of asking for a miracle, BE A MIRACLE! Everywhere you go, look for ways to BE a miracle in somebody’s life. Period.
I began to look for ways on how I could positively impact anything (a friend, neighbor, stranger, an animal, or the environment). My goal was to serve, unconditionally--either through helping an entrepreneur promote their business, giving a compliment, a smile, holding a door, picking up litter, or simply by holding space for a complete stranger, without judgment or criticism, being in a state of peace and expressing love.
Guess what happened….
On Thursday, my book hit the best-sellers list on Amazon. Sure, that was really exciting and I’m eternally grateful. But, in all honesty, the best part of this exercise wasn’t about me or my book. It was about the joy I felt in my heart when I was on a mission to BE A MIRACLE for somebody else! It was so much fun!!!
Starting today, I challenge you to BE miracle minded. Be the miracle you are seeking in your own life! Start small. Do it for one-day, a week or a month. Journal about your experiences. Notice how your outside world begins to change with a slight shift in your consciousness.
With much love and gratitude,
P.S. If you know someone who may benefit from this message, please forward it. It just may be what they needed to hear….