I'm going to post that first book in my next blog. It's quite the story. I mean who writes books about robots going to school and ends the book with a death of one of the books characters? Apparently, I did. Looking at that little book now makes me smile because it was obvious that I had a penchant for telling stories and possessed a very creative little mind. So, I have to ask myself "What took me so long to write my follow up?". Good question!
The answer is...I don't know. I had always thought about writing books for years but perhaps I was just distracted by life. I've written commercials when I worked in radio, I've written magazine articles and I've written a bunch of poetry and song lyrics. Books just seemed like a lot of work. I found out that they are, indeed, a lot of work.
"You can not lick your elbow" took me almost a year. I got distracted by life, again and frankly just didn't have a plan to finish it. 2015 brought the loss of my father, a cancer diagnosis for my other father, 1 friend was sent to prison, 2 former martial arts students died, 1 current martial arts student died, my step mother suffered a aneurysm, my dad's dog had to put to sleep and when I took a vacation with my family to Branson, MO...Our van broke down and cost us nearly $1000 to repair. Oh, and I had pneumonia the entire trip.
2015 presented a lot of challenges for me both personally and professionally. I'm sure there are many others out there that faced difficulties, loss and heartbreak. 2015 was also the year that I wanted to be the best year of my life. It sure didn't seem like anything positive was ever going to happen again. Everyday it felt like bad news was waiting for me, my family or my friends.
But...2015 was also a great year. I took a day to sit down and think about all the positive things and they definitely outweighed the negative things. If you sit down, I'm sure you can think of a lot of positive things that have happened to you in 2015! I saw a lot of smiles in 2015. I heard a lot of laughter in 2015. I got a lot of hugs in 2015. I also got my children's book published. Sometimes people say "It's the little things that matter". It is the little things. The little things make the big things possible.
Dream big. Dream often. Then do everything you can to make those dreams come true!