“What’s the book about?” Of course, this is the follow-up question that I get asked when I tell others that I am writing a book.
The book that I am writing is a memoir that I started back in May 2010. I went through a devastating divorce a few years ago that lead to the desire to heal emotionally. Inspired by the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, I pushed fear to the side and I did something similar to what she did. I sold my house, I quit my job, and I decided to go to Spain as a student in the fall of 2007. A much needed and well-deserved break was in order and I am very fortunate and grateful to have had this opportunity.
My life has been one continuous wave of change since then. Upon my return, I did not have a job and I substituted for a couple of years to make ends meet. Also, I decided to go back to school to get a Master’s in linguistics and a T.E.S.O.L. (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages) certificate because I had loved Spain so much that I wanted to go back and teach adults English. This plan didn’t come through as I had a change of heart when I finished school and decided to stay in L.A.. About a year and a half after completing school, I got the opportunity to teach ESL classes to adults in Northern California with a non-profit organization. A little afraid of this move, I pushed fear to the side again and I would be there 7 months. After this, I moved on to high school! It’s been interesting to say the least, but I am grateful to have had this opportunity. I don’t regret a single thing that I have done in my life and I would do it all over again. To say that I have learned a lot from my experiences is an understatement.
In the memoir, I write about these changes and many other events that have transformed me as a person. I’m currently writing a book proposal for a chance to win a $10,000 advance and to have my book published with Hay House Publishing.
This is the premise of the book:
Our life purpose is to develop our spiritual selves, which entails being happy and peaceful. The purpose of this book is to tell my story: a story that begins with a divorce and goes from emotional healing to spiritual healing. As a result, an imminent spiritual awakening and spiritual transformation was in order, and I began to create my life as I envisioned and desired it with every day miracles.
The memoir has ten chapters and these are the titles of the chapters:
Chapter 1: In the beginning…
“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” ~Jane Austen
Chapter 2: Emotional Detachment
“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” ~Winston Churchill
Chapter 3: On my own again… The Separation
“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Chapter 4: Nurturing my Spirit ~ A Well Deserved Break
“Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” ~Dale Carnegie
Chapter 5: More Changes: Going Back to School – August 2009
“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.” ~ Joseph Campbell
Chapter 6: Back home and the ‘Bumps’ in the Road
“My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents, and I lay them both at His feet.” ~ Gandhi
Chapter 7: A Happy Heart of My Own
“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.” ~ Democritus
Chapter 8: A Semester with Adults with Sprinkles of Kindness and Compassion
“Our main goal is to help others. If you cannot help them, then at least resist from hurting them.” ~Dalai Lama
Chapter 9: And a Dash of Gratitude and Patience – The High School Year
“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” ~ St. Francis
Chapter 10: Coming Into my Own
“Our Creator would never have made such lovely days, and have given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal.”
Have you ever thought about writing a book? What is your book about? What are your ideas? Everyone has a story. What is yours?