|Just a few of the people who've helped me along the way and to whom I owe a great big THANKS to just for being who they are.|
"[We] thrive on the power of teamwork and win-win dependencies that enable everyone to achieve their goals" ~Guerrilla Marketing for WritersI didn't think I would enjoy the journey of self-publishing as much as I do this very moment. It's been a grueling several weeks: researching, editing, writing, marketing, and executing. And it's not over yet. But it isn't so much the the work and the fulfillment of completing each task or reaching another milestone: it is the opportunity to work with so many others. To pave a future where we can continue to support each other, no matter the endeavor.
I've had the chance to meet some amazing people. To force my introverted self come out of its delicate shell and have lunch with people I have never met, have coffee with old acquaintances, be a guinea pig for projects, and work with various types of artists. I've read more blogs than I have in years, networked with fellow writers, and laughed over fond memories with new and old pals.
Having worked in the corporate world, these "meetings" or activities aren't uncommon. But what makes them unique is that it's coming from a very different place. A place much more timid and much more vulnerable.
I have enjoyed every moment of it. Everyone has an amazing story to tell, and it's been so much fun reading them and hearing them all. And I enjoy knowing that these relationships are long-lasting. That there is opportunity to work together again in the future, whether it be my project or theirs. I very much look forward to helping all the people who have supported me, cheered me on, and helped in some form or other to keep me sane, and feeling loved and secure.
This post is a simple thank you to every single new and old friend I have made along this journey, (which I find to be inadequate because I just can't express my gratitude enough).
To those on the journey to pursuing their dreams, courage is never further than a call away. A friend is waiting to answer.