This is my “Year of Yes”. You can read more about that here and here. I’m not a negative person but my tendency is to immediately say no to anything that makes me uncomfortable. My husband, Greg, asked me if I wanted to have a retirement party when I retire in October. My answer was no. I felt discomfort at being the centre of attention with people bringing gifts. He looked very hurt and I felt a little selfish. Then I remembered my promise of saying yes. I thought about it and came up with a solution.
I’m hoping to have my book, Not My Story To Tell ready for release soon. I have an artist, Ashley Barron working on a book cover. I wrote about Ashley here. I’ve already had several ideas for the cover. You can read about that here. None of those first ideas felt like “the one” although I’m keeping the tag line. I’ve given Ashley an idea that I’m very excited about. It’s entirely different from the other ideas. I’ve had the book edited and have a beta reader. I’ve taken two online courses on book publishing and have developed a platform of over 3000 people. I’m nearly ready to launch my book.
This brings me to my “Yes” moment. I’m thinking of having a combination retirement party and book launch. This will mark the end of my career as an Educational Assistant with the beginning of my career as an author. Instead of gifts I would ask everyone to contribute $5 to buy a copy of a signed book. I’m also publishing the book as a Kindle Book on Amazon so people would have the option to go online and buy one there, instead. I’m saying “yes”.
What do you think of this idea?