Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Journey Continues

Last week in my monthly Personal Renewal Group, we ended our women’s circle by each sharing something we’re grateful for. What came to me is the ability to shift our perspective—and in turn, our mood.

My last blog post touched on some of my personal struggles during April and May. I was feeling emotionally spent after pouring my heart into the development of the book over the last 12 months and was having a hard time seeing the forest for the trees.

A little over a week ago I attended the National Independent Book Publishing Association Conference ( and Book Expo America in New York. I went to the conference with a specific mission—to get insight into a certain aspect of the book distribution process. I left feeling validated, encouraged, inspired, elated and supported by peers, industry executives and publishing professionals from around the U.S. My perspective completely shifted in terms of how I see the work I’m doing and our national initiative.

Often, when we give ourselves space and/or change environments, this allows an opening for new insights/information or learning to come our way. And, the way we see our whole world (or at least important aspects of it) can totally change. Wow, what an amazing gift! Some of my biggest “shifts” have come during or right after trips. I’m a huge believe in the power of travel and learning as portals for new ways of seeing things. And, truly, this ability is something we all can access (we just often forget this).

Wayne Dyer (, author of “Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling,” says “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

Thank God! I certainly needed a new pair of glasses and am grateful to know the way I see things one day, doesn’t have to be the way I seem them for the rest of the month, year—or my life!

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