My new book releases in just another few weeks.
I've started getting wrapped up in it. Withdrawn. Worried. Anxious. My go-to emotions that I fear I'm passing on to my children. No matter how many times I read and re-read all of the many places God instructs me not to fear I still find myself doing the very thing I know I shouldn't.
I realized yesterday that preparing to release a book is a very vulnerable time for an author.
In order to write it, you almost have to fold yourself into a cocoon. Enter another world where outsiders may not fully understand. You spend long hours wrapped in the same position, talking out loud when there's no one else in the room. You watch the movie of your story as it plays in slow motion in your mind. You try to capture words that will paint pictures of what you're seeing...and when it's all done, there's a joy, an elation...
Until you realize other people are going to read it.
That's when those crazy little voices start. You know the ones. They like to remind you of failures that date back fifteen years. They like to tell you you're not good enough with their constant questions like:
Who do you think you are?
Anytime you're a creative and you put yourself out there, it's vulnerable. And if there's one thing that I know, it's that being vulnerable is hard.
But then, as Aristotle said...
What I'm learning is that God hasn't called me to remain in that cocoon. He hasn't called me to continue my path, folded inward. Not in my writing career and not in my life. What I have to offer won't be for everyone (and that's the part that takes some getting used to)...but it will be for someone.
It's this journey, this learning how to see ourselves as God sees us, learning not to let the critics have the final say...that is at the core of a course I get to participate in next month. It's a beautiful course with 19 beautiful women, each with their own story to tell...and I have to believe that it's meant to change lives because the message is too important for it not to.
I kind of grew up alongside Jeanne Oliver. We went to the same elementary school, but it wasn't until years later that we reconnected and discovered a mutual passion for sharing the goodness of our great big God through creativity, that I started to realize that God had put her in my life for a reason.
Her heart for this class is what will draw you in. Especially since she's offering it for FREE. You can read all about it on Jeanne's blog.
And look at the women who are participating:
Many faces I love and admire.
Won't you join us as we dive in to this study together? Women are sometimes so hard on themselves (and each other) and I want to invite you to come forward with an open heart and an open mind to see what God has for you or how he might speak to you through one (or several) of the stories shared throughout this course.
To join this free study you just need to be registered at jeanneoliver.ning.com (registering is free).
Once you are on the site you will find this study, free videos (business and art), the Creativity Takes Courage series and new online courses along the left hand side of the page.
You will find all of our courses/videos under the COURSES heading.
1) Go to COURSES along the left hand side of the page
2) Go to the bottom of the course and click “view all” to find Becoming | The Unfolding of You
4) Click on Becoming | The Unfolding of You
3) Click the +join button on the upper right hand side
4) All of the details are on the page and you are all set for the study to begin on January 6, 2015
Grab a cup of coffee & let's get ourselves unfolded...this world needs you.