Book Launch Party – June 1, 2012

There is no going back now. Today’s ‘to-do’ was to announce my book launch party and it got done. (Excuse me a minute, while I hyperventilate a little…)

I set up the Facebook page and sent emails to (almost) everyone in my contacts list. I can’t shake the feeling that I’ve just stepped off a cliff, but considering the book title and themes, it’s totally appropriate. I’m also feeling energized as I make my way through the self-publishing process. The hard copy is almost formatted, the ebook is ready for a final proof and my cover should be ready next week.

And then there’s planning a huge party and rehearsing the reading…

Somebody pinch me.

Be Happy

When I decided to start blogging, I had one rule: NO NEGATIVITY.

That rule proved very tricky to abide by. At first. With time, vigilance and practice, it is now almost effortless. Something has shifted in my perception. I can’t pinpoint what caused this shift – maybe getting married to the love of my life in paradise, or reconnecting with my creativity, or something as simple as focusing on recent successes rather than day-to-day stresses – whatever the catalyst, it’s a happy change. I made up my mind to be happy, paid attention to my choices and trained myself to stop spiraling.

Last night, I had drinks with a long-time friend I hadn’t seen for awhile. She finds herself at a crossroads, on the cusp of a new era, but feeling paralyzed by old patterns. We’ve all been there.

We talked it through, comparing stories of old memories that keep us trapped. Then, I suggested that she spend some time searching the internet using simple terms like “happiness” or “joy” or “success”. With something as vast as the world wide web, you never know where it might lead you. Even as I write this, the old cynic in my head is gagging at how cheesy it sounds. (But my friend and I also discussed where our inner critic gets her ideas – usually from what we believe other people must think of us. In my experience, those perceptions are often flat-out wrong.)

When I got home, I tested out my own advice and plugged “happiness” into my browser. I found this fantastic article that outlines, step-by-step, how to be happy. Apparently, it’s as easy as that.

I love the internet.