The lasting impression of this event for me is one of appreciation for my ever-growing family of friends for whom differences are cherished and arms of acceptance are always open. One observation in particular left me in awe.
In looking at the photos shared with me, I was reminded of how the challenges in our lives have significance. They grow us into knowledge of who God has created us to be and intensify our character and our ability to reach out to others. We are able to be there for each other, to understand, and to encourage one another. When I need nuturing, I find it in a friend who has been through hard times, who has depth and strength, wisdom of experience. These folks are gifts. Thank you for being among those gifts in my life!
I have been thrilled to read the comments and reviews that folks have shared. Please let me know how I can be an encouragement in the challenges you may be facing with care-giving whether it be for children, parents, grandparents, or in another role that has become yours. There is comfort in knowing someone understands the selfless nature always being there for another person often requires. Yet it is so important to remember that you will be better equipped to provide for their needs if you’ve met your own, too.
I have been so fully engaged with this for so long, in anticipation of being able to share it. Now that it is time to share I must admit I am apprehensive. It is a bit intimidating to know that what is very personal and sometimes painful is open. My prayer continues to be that my words help others to know they are worthy to make time for self-care in the midst of giving so much support to others and that it is never too late to begin life anew after the caring role is complete.
I have three book signings planned. The first is at Madison Elementary School, 4120 Constitution Ave. on Thursday, October 24, 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. I will have books with me and, of course, brownies!!
The second is at the Barnes & Noble located at 1565 Briargate Blvd. across from the Chapel Hills Mall, Saturday, November 9, 12:00 – 4:00.
The third is at the Barnes & Noble located at 795 Citadel Dr. East at the entry to the Citadel Mall, Saturday, December 7, 11:00 – 3:00.
Full Immersion will be available on October 15. I apologize for the inconvenience. I want to be certain to provide you with my best. Thank you so much for your patience!
In the meantime please consider this with me: Overthinking is the biggest cause of our unhappiness. Keep your mind off of things that don’t help you. No amount of guilt can solve the past, and no amount of anxiety can change the future.
I have just completed my first book, Full Immersion. A dream of mine to share my story for many years has come true. My goal in doing so is to encourage caregivers (and teachers) as they try to consider their own needs while meeting the needs of others.
“Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one. You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this.” -Eleanor Roosevelt