Well, this news is pretty much just as exciting (and maybe a smidge more) and I am happy to say that the time has come to reveal my little secret...Yay!
Long Story Short...or maybe just the long story:
When I received the email from Cedar Fort Publishing that said they would not be able to publish my memoir, I was crushed. However, they did have some very positive things to say, including mentioning that they were interested in learning more about an idea that I had for a journal.
That's when I turned to my good friend, Jenn, over at J*Doodles. I love her work and...well, everything about her really, so I knew that I could not move forward with this project without her talent and creativity. (We share the same crafting/creative disease and our brains work well together.)
As we brainstormed and discussed our visions for a journal that would help people heal from hard times in their lives, our excitement flew through the roof. We worked for weeks, putting together a proposal that we hoped would pass the editorial board. Then I hit the send button. It was exciting and terrifying at the same time.
A little over two weeks later, I received the "golden email"; the one that said, "Yes! We would love to publish your journal!"
I may have cried a little...or a lot.
And so I introduce you to our "1" journal: One Breath,
One Day at a Time.
As of next week when I send in the signed contract to Cedar Fort, Jenn and I will commence on an adventure of a lifetime. It is an adventure that overwhelms us, excites us, and humbles us as we think about the healing possibilities that a journal like this will provide for people who are going through hard times.
This journal idea was inspired by a wonderful little friend of mine. It stayed by my side throughout my own hard journey with cancer and as I shared my thoughts and feelings within its pages, I felt that I was truly able to release some of the sorrow and fear that filled my soul. My hope is that the journal that Jenn and I will create will offer the same type of healing power to those who need it.
It will be filled with inspiring quotes, journal prompts, amazingly beautiful coloring pages created by the one and only, Jenn, and plenty of space for you to record the details of your journey.
This will not be a journal that can only be used by cancer patients. I have said it before, and I will say it again...We all have a "cancer" of sorts when you think of a "cancer" as any situation that pulls the rug out from under you or robs you of health, time, or happiness.