“You are the magical fairy that makes things happen in your life. Don’t wait for someone else to make your dreams come true.”
~ Natalie Rivener
I’m launching my Year of ME Planner – 2016 tonight, and tomorrow it will go live here on my blog.
In reflection, it’s the continuation of my great self-publishing tradition. When I was at kindergarten I insisted that the teachers help me make my first book. It was art day, and all the other kids were doing pictures for the fridge. But I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to write a book. Only problem? Couldn’t write enough bigger words yet. My kindergarten teacher was coerced to do the writing as I dictated the story, which went with my elaborate texta pictures. To her endless credit she then stapled all of the pages into a small book which become The Princess. A book I still own, from a humble print-run of one.
I’ve wanted to write since my earliest memories.
My next published book, authored solely and publicly by me (an important note because I have ghost-written several books for paying clients about such diverse things as gardening and grave digging) is also self-published, and isn’t a book at all, but a Planner with a purpose.
I hadn’t thought about this project as a book. It was just 287 pages and 60 000 odd words, a few magical carrots and some charming illustrations by my dear friend Sally. Begun as a concept in mid-October and worked on in stolen moments while my friend died and my world was busy and upside-down and totally dishevelled. It seemed like madness but the day I thought about giving up, the Universe sent me a strong message to keep going.
I printed out the first proper copy of my Planner last night. Then I punched holes along one edge and placed a comb binder on it. As I lifted it up and felt the weight of it, I was suddenly as proud as my five year-old self had been of The Princess.
“Look, Ben,” I declared as I danced around the lounge-room with the Planner in my hands. “I made a book.” And I did!
Soon it can be your book too. The book of your life. Unfolding in front of you in ways that make your soul sing.
Here’s me in my pyjamas, with my finished Planner. Unglamorous, I know, and totally unsuitable as a publicity shot. Jarmies, so so sleepy face, gardening hands, no make-up or fancying. But real. And happy. Also, who ever looked photo-ready straight after birthing something? I don’t care. Happy!
And here’s my baby. Yay!
Only a month ago this was just a wild idea that I floated with my business mentoring girlfriends. Lots of sustainable madness later, and with the help of several good friends, here it is. Done. When your soul’s on fire with an idea that you can’t let go, best get onto making it happen.
What will you make happen in 2016? I can’t wait to find out what magic is in you, waiting to be birthed into the world. 🙂
PS – Look, Mum, I made a book, with a title inspired by you! <3