The last 2 years have been quite the adventure….
On October 18th, 2016 I published my first book, Balanced Body Breakthrough, my wellness coaching guide to getting your mind, body, and spirit in great shape so you can love your life.
The journey was filled with ups and downs, challenges, lessons, a whole lot of personal growth, and took me 2 years to complete from start to finish. One of the hardest things I’ve done in my life and also one of the most rewarding. In fact, I’m already starting to want to write a book again…
I vividly remember the day I got the inspiration for Balanced Body Breakthrough in my head. I had the idea during an acupuncture treatment (great things come from those tiny needles) and I remember jumping off the table excited, “I am going to write a book!” I told all my friends and family. I started writing right away. From that point on I couldn’t stop. I put aside nonnegotiable time each day to work on it. Exclusive “book only time”. No phone, no email, no meetings, no facebooking, or innocent instagram checking. Just me and writing. I loved it.
I completed the first draft within 6 months. 278 pages. I was pumped, I had finished writing my book! Then I started to research the next step: getting it published. I read, watched Youtube videos, interviewed authors, put out queries, googled, googled some more… and then I started to get really discouraged. Damn, publishing a book is expensive and hard. Like really hard. Unless you are famous, rich, or Kim Kardashian, getting a book published will take some blood, sweat, and unicorn magic. I spent about 4 months researching to figure out the best course. I didn’t want to go bankrupt in trying to publish it, but strongly believed in the book’s purpose and powerful content.
The truth is: stress and burnout have become extreme health problems in our world today, and exercise, nutrition, sleep, meditation, and relaxation dramatically help. According to the World Health Organization, the cost of stress to American businesses is as high as $300 billion and unless we change course, this will only get worse. Over the last 30 years, self-reported levels of stress have increased 18% for women and 25% for men. This has tremendous consequences because of the role stress plays in a wide array of illnesses; like high blood pressure, which afflicts nearly 70 million, and which costs $130 billion a year to treat. Or diabetes, which 25 million Americans have.
I know firsthand the negative impact of stress. I’ve been burnout, depressed, lost, overwhelmed, anxious, frustrated, sleepless, and broken. I recovered my life and rediscovered the joy in it. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live in a world where people are getting sick from stress. I wrote Balanced Body Breakthrough because I wanted to share my story and help people beat burnout to find success through health. Getting sick and burnout should not be an expected side effect of life.
I knew I couldn’t give up. This work was needed, I had to make this book come to life. Then I came across Inkshares, a reader based crowd funding publisher that works off book pre-orders. I decided to go for it and run a pre-order kickstarter campaign on the platform. I had to sell 250 pre-order copies of my book to get it published. I hustled hard. I asked for support from my community online and off. My friends and family generously donated their time and help. I started the campaign at the end of September 2015 and reached my goal January 2016 (great start to the year!). From there, the publishing process began with Inkshares. I worked with their editing team on the manuscript through a million structural, copy, digital, and interior edits (did you know how many versions a book goes through before it becomes real? a LOT). I worked endlessly on edits and took regular walks to give myself computer breaks. I shot book images with Mark Kuroda of Kuroda Studios and designed the book cover with graphic designer Lexie Tiogngson.
Then all of a sudden it was time to set a date to publish the book. I planned a launch party on the official book “Pub Date” and Equinox generously opened their doors to host. Everyone was invited, my community of clients, colleagues, and friends from all walks of life. We sampled treats from my generous partners including Suja Juice, PurePharma, Zico Coconut water, Clearly Kombucha, Perfect Bar, Vega, NuNaturals, Fitbit, and Rothy’s. The event was a night full of love. I walked around with stars in my eyes and happiness in my heart. When I see the book on the shelf I think of all the people who made the dream possible and fill my world. To share a publish date party with my community was a memory I’ll always hold close to my heart.
I can’t even begin to tell you how good it feels to see this long term dream come to life. It’s like climbing to the top of a huge mountain, admiring at how far you’ve climbed, how much stronger you are, and sitting back to savor the view. One of those, “Wow I did it!” kind of moments where you recognize that all the effort was worth it and are renewed with a deep sense of purpose and appreciation for life.
Today one of my biggest goals is to use the book as another platform to support my corporate and public wellness work. I want to see it succeed as a tool and resource for company + individual health. I also plan to host events that incorporate the book’s content of mind, body, and spirit wellness. I am on a mission to help people develop a positive relationship to self and exercise that adds quality to their lives. This book is a tool that helps me empower others to create a life that feels good on the inside and to live every moment with wisdom, well-being, and gratitude.
I am so excited to share this book with you and support you in beating stress, finding health, and LOVING life. You can order your copy of Balanced Body Breakthrough here.
If you feel so inclined and would be so kind to leave your review of the book on Amazon, I’d greatly appreciate it! Amazon reviews are a key ingredient in having the most successful book launch possible and helping others live a balanced life they love :
That’s where I’ve been over the past two years and where I’m going next. Now, what am I most grateful for? YOU. You are my community, my tribe, my people! You join me in living a positive life, making moments that count, and enjoying health. I wouldn’t be where I am today without your love and support. I want you to know how much I appreciate you and how excited I am to share more adventures with you in the future.
An adventure I will always cherish shared with people I’ll never forget. Thank you. I love you. Here’s to you and here’s to loving life.
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